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Mr. & Mrs. Daniel + Arlyn Co! #20yearsinthemaking #LoveWins

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Jiu-Jitsu promotion day! #revolutionmartialarts

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Hilarious time with the PI cousins! #ShakeShack #85degrees #halalguys #BJsDJs #Jenga #IrishCarBombs #4horsemen #dontforgetyoursukabag

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San Dimas Turkey Tri and Kids Duathlon Race Report

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San Dimas Turkey Tri Race Report

I look forward to participating in this race every year as it gives me the closest chance to race with my kids.  Granted, it’s not the same race but all of us are racing on the same day and get to cheer for each other.  Another cool thing about this race is that every year, I have to sign up the kids for the USAT cards.  I love that they have USAT cards at this age!

Going into this race, I was gunning for a PR.  I’ve swam more consistently this year, especially with joining SCAQ.  I’ve definitely ridden a lot more this year due to more bike commuting and participating in more off-road races.  I’ve also ran more consistently this year, with Greg joining me for my early morning runs.  The foundation is there for the PR, it’s just a matter of executing.

Swim

I remember losing a lot of time last year trying to catch my breathe because of the cold water.  It was raining at the beginning of the race and the water was freezing last year.  This year, the water temp was a more reasonable 66 degrees.  I tried to learn my lesson from last year and spent more time warming up.  Or so I thought.

Side note: this was the race I was thinking of going without a wetsuit and just could not bring myself to do it.  I have to find another race to do that in.

The gun goes off and we all go running into the lake.  I was able to get some last cheers from Marilyn and the kids as I ran past them.  I felt pretty good till the first buoy.  The adrenaline must have weaned off and I could not catch my breathe.  Same as last year but this year it wasn’t because of the cold.  I think my heart was just racing and I was having problems controlling my breathe.  Panic momentarily set as all these crazy thoughts ran in my head (Wetsuit isn’t buoyant enough, I’m going to sink; Where’s the lifeguard; Stupid race; etc).  I doggy paddled for a bit and swam over to a lifeguard who was helping somebody else out catch their breath.  I was able to gather myself while holding on to the surfboard and I was off.  After that reset, I was fine, which annoyed me to no end.

I was debating earlier this week whether I was actually seeing improvements being a part of SCAQ.  I don’t feel my times getting faster and I’m always one of the last in the slow lane. Maybe it’s because I’m around people who swim a lot faster than me or because the workouts are always different so I can never seem to get in a rhythm.  Or, it could be that I still only go once a week 🙂  However, as I was swimming during the race, I felt good.  So good, that I actually PR’d from last year, even though I wasted a few minutes panicking (at least 2 minutes!).  Maybe next year, I’ll try running in the water during warmups to prevent my lil panic attack.

2017 Swim: 19:24

2016 Swim: 22:13

T1

My goal for all the transitions this year was to not walk, which I can say I successfully executed.  Unfortunately, I guess I had the same goal last year as I didn’t see much of an improvement.

2017 T1: 2:39

2016 T1: 2:48

Bike

Considering that I’ve ridden a lot more this year, I thought it was a gimme that I would ride well on this race.  That said, I did have a couple yellow flags coming into the race.  One, after Ironman Santa Rosa in July, I used my tri bike as my main bike for Zwift.  So I still rode her several times during the week, but just indoors.  I actually had to do a test ride on Saturday to make sure the tires were still OK.  My second and more pressing concern was that I didn’t ride at all after the Spandex Stampede.  It was only a week so I didn’t think anything of it.

Since I was still mad about the swim, my goal was to catch up to as many people as I could.  I was pushing from the get-go.  Tried to keep my cadence greater than 85 and looking at my data, I avg 84 so I’m happy with that.  I also saw that I averaged 212 watts, so I was happy about that too.

What I wasn’t happy about was getting distracted by riders when I should have minded my own business and it almost cost me.  I had finished my 2nd lap and was turning it to the driveway leading back to transition when I heard two riders ask the volunteer if this was the turn for the 2nd loop, not back to transition.  I knew this was back to transition but I turned my head to see what the volunteer said.  That lil head turn caused me to take a wider turn than I expected and hit an orange cone in a way that I dislodged by rear wheel.  Fortunately, I was able to get off the bike safely and put the rear wheel back on.  I’m still wondering how I hit that cone to loosen the quick release enough to dislodge the wheel.  Didn’t take long but it was still time off the bike that I didn’t want.

So yeah, despite more riding this year…I was slower by 4 minutes from last year.  I wish I can explain it but I can’t.  Maybe the location of the timing mats were different but I doubt it.  The course was the same yet I was 4 minutes slower when I feel like I am my fittest on the bike.  Definitely a head scratcher!

2017 Bike: 49:27

2016 Bike: 45:07

T2

This past year, I started running with no socks.  I thought that the combination of not walking in transition plus the no socks would give me more time than 34 seconds but beggars can’t be choosers.  An improvement is an improvement.

2017 T2: 1:15

2016 T2: 1:49

Run

The one discipline that I never seem to do well in before this year has been my saving grace.  All that good vibes from the IM Santa Rosa run carried over.  My goal was to run sub 9 minute miles because…why not?  It was only 4 and some change miles, right?  Well, as I got out of transition into the parking lot, I realized that man, I forgot this was a hilly run course.  I am fortunate to still be running 3x a week with Greg helping me be accountable for my run frequency.  I remember thinking to myself that Greg and I run bigger hills, better not stop.  So yeah, I kept the pace up.  Ascending the hills burned my lungs but descending gave me a chance to catch my breathe while maintaining my pace.  I was starting to cramp up around the halfway point but was able to suck it up till the finish.  I was able to pass people so that felt real good.  These people weren’t walking either but were going at a decent clip so yes!  Also, I was able to sprint past one guy in the finishing chute…always a favorite of mine.  I’m very happy with my time…I averaged a 8:36 pace this year vs a 8:59 pace last year.  It is very crazy to me though that all my running netted me ONLY a 2 minute improvement lol.  I’ll take it.

2017 Run: 38:47

2016 Run: 40:49

Conclusion

While I felt like I left minutes out there on the course, I did accomplish what I set out to do, which was PR.  So yes, I was very happy with the results of yesterday’s race.

2017 Time: 1:51:34

2016 Time: 1:52:48

Kids Duathlon Race Report

We weren’t sure if the kids would be even able to race as Alyssa had a slight fever Friday night.  We were going to play it by ear Sunday morning.  Both of the kids woke up fine so on with race day!

The third time’s the charm.  The last several years, the intent was to always go with Andrew on the course.  The first year, there was a miscommunication between Marilyn and I to see who would go with Andrew.  By the time we figured it out, he was already on the bike course, gone.  Now this is a 2 mile bike ride so I had freaked out and ran the reverse of the route to catch him.  He saw me and had told me “Daddy, I was brave.”  Last year, I thought I’d be able to run with him on the bike but Andrew was pedaling so fast, he left me behind.

So this year, I had my bike ready.  The difference this year is that this was Alyssa’s first multisport race!  So the plan was for me to accompany Alyssa on her events.

So the kids course consisted of a .5 mile run, 2 mile bike and .5 mile run.  When the first leg of the run started off, it went great!  I had gone ahead to take video and pictures of both of them.  The first .5 mile is an out and back and on the way back, Alyssa tripped on a crack and scraped up her knee.  She was not happy and started crying.  I went to her and we walked for a bit.  Made sure she was OK and told her she can continue when she’s ready.  She didn’t want to continue anymore but told her that wasn’t an option.

By the time we got to their bike transition, she was the last bike there.  She got on her bike and took off.  I followed behind her on my bike, keeping my distance.  She actually didn’t know I was behind her until more than halfway through the bike.  What I saw amazed me 🙂  She passed these kids left and right and only stopped once on a big hill when most everybody else had stopped.

For the last run leg, she kept chugging along and only walked briefly.  She loved high-fiving all the volunteers who were cheering her on.

I saw Andrew several times and made sure to cheer super loud for him as he zoomed by me.

Super proud of both of them for finishing the race and trying their hardest.  Especially for Alyssa, who had wanted to stop after she tripped yet she continued the race.

As a side funny note: Andrew had asked me why I raced.  I had told him I like the challenge of trying to win.  He proceeds to tell me that he’d never seen me win in any of my races.  I explained to him that my definition of winning is beating my old time.  I race to win against myself, not anybody else.  So it’s pretty cool to see Andrew beat his time from last year, which was an improvement from the previous year 27:33.

So this is Alyssa’s first year and she did a 25:34, which was an improvement over Andrew’s first time 27:33.  And that was with a few minutes spent dealing with her scraped knee.  Andrew better be careful as Alyssa’s coming for him!

2017 Andrew: 19:40

2016 Andrew: 22:37

2017 Alyssa: 25:34

 

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San Dimas Turkey Tri and Kids Turkey Trot #MyAthletes #TeamGeraldez

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Oktoberfest!

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Mickey's Halloween Party! #Disneyland #SuperMarioBros

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Mickey's Halloween Party! #Disneyland #SuperMarioBros

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Fun night with the Aussie cuzzos! #ShakeShack #TheAmericana #TheFamous #Jenga #cardsagainsthumanity #HalalGuys #BJPizzokie

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Fun night with the Aussie cuzzos! #ShakeShack #TheAmericana #TheFamous #Jenga #cardsagainsthumanity #HalalGuys #BJPizzokie

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SMT! Through it all… we still find time to laugh, eat and take a photo. #everysecondcounts

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SMT! Through it all... we still find time to laugh, eat and take a photo. #everysecondcounts

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