Lake Castaic Sprint Triathlon: Race II – Aug. 11, 2012

Last weekend I competed in the second of two races that make up the Lake Castaic Sprint Triathlon Series. The distances were a 400 meter swim, a 10 mile bike, and a 3.1 mile run, the same course that we ran on July 14, 2012 and which I talked about in my blog Knowing your Weakness is a Strength. Back in July, I completed the course in 55 minutes and 15 seconds. This month I completed the course in 54 minutes and 45 seconds. You know it is funny how even though we know that something is supposed to be the same as it was, something in us when we get in race mode leads us to follow the person in front of us (even if they are going in the wrong direction – I may have to blog about “blindly following our leaders” at some future blog in time). Even though I knew the course was the same I ended up following the runner in front of me on the run course and added an extra minute on this course. So I ran a little farther than some of the other racers, but the time difference wouldn’t have mattered in my age group since I was bested by 2 minutes and 10 seconds. Regardless of this fact, the point of this race is that I went faster than I did just the month prior and that is what I am the happiest about. Of course taking second in my age group (35-39) and 13th overall made this older Triathlete feel pretty good as well (I was third in age group and 22nd overall in July).

Here are the results from this race.

Going in the right direction for sure! My next race is going to be the Bakersfield Triathlon – Olympic Distance put on by Kerry Ryan at Action Sports in Bakersfield . This race is about  twice a far, but I am hoping this might actually help me out with the final standings. Check out the blog on that upcoming race! here Bakersfield Triathlon .

Pearl Izumi ELITE In-R-Cool Tri Shorts – Product Review

Similar to the Racing Flat scenario, I have been looking for a new suit to wear during my upcoming triathlons.  18 years ago I would have just worn a Speedo and a running singlet and called it good.  Today though, everyone plays every advantage they can.  I had been looking at a couple websites and found that the Pearl Izumi Elite In-R-Cool Tri Shorts were the ticket for the Sprints.  These shorts can be worn to swim, bike, and run and are comfortable and non-restrictive.  The chamois inner is thin and small so as to not impair any running strides but supple enough to protect the pubic area from any undue stress. There are other suits out there but they can get a bit pricey, namely one from that I really am thinking heavily about for the future or some longer triathlons, but for the money ($80 Retail) this Tri Short will fit the bill nicely!  Thank you again to Kerry Ryan of Action Sports for being there and having these amazing products in stock!

Here are the particulars! The following information has been taken from

Designed for both training and racing, the Men’s ELITE In-R-Cool™ Tri Short is constructed with our innovative In-R-Cool™ fabric technology. Superior cooling and UV protection combined with an anti-odor, thermal–regulating chamois offer exceptional performance.

•ELITE Transfer fabric with In-R-Cool™ technology provides superior cooling and reflective sun protection
•Welded hem with silicone
•One back easy access envelope pocket
•TRI quick-dry chamois
•8″ inseam (size medium)
•Not recommended for use in chlorinated pools


Body: 80% nylon 12% Black Lycra® Spandex 8% polyester/ UPF 50+
Technology: coldblack®
Side Panel on White and Black Streak: 80% polyester 20% elastane