Dare To Tri Maple Grove Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Maple Grove, Minnesota
United States
Dare to Dream Events, LLC
74F / 23C
Total Time = 2h 17m
Overall Rank = 7/167
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 3/18
Pre-race routine:

*** Overall is all competitors M/F Elite and AG ***

Drank my morning shake as usual. Packed my gear, packed the car and headed out by 6.
Event warmup:

  • 26m 6s
  • 1575 yards
  • 01m 40s / 100 yards

The swim was really good overall. It was very windy so that translated to a bit of chop so sighting other swimmers was a bit challenging, but still easy to sight the buoy's. I'm glad I wore my wetsuit on this because the chop was just enough to drain a bit more energy from you and the suit obviously helps with buoyancy. I noticed that on the first part the chop made me drift right a bit and then when coming back into the finish you couldn't see anything because of the sun's position. It was directly over the finish arch and reflecting on the water so all you could do was sight into the sun. But, I stayed on course and got to the finish so it was all good.
What would you do differently?:

I swam this well. I would suggest to the RD's that they reverse the course next year so the sun's positioning is not such a difficulty for the swimmers.
Transition 1
  • 01m 29s

T1 went well. Pretty standard and actually remembered to switch the sports on the 310XT so bonus on timing!
  • 1h 11m 45s
  • 26.28 miles
  • 21.98 mile/hr

Wind. Maybe more mental, but Wind...

My hips were really tight for the fist 15 minutes of the bike. After finally getting more loosened up I was able to push my wattage a bit more, but my legs were really tired and just heavy feeling for this one.

Looking at my data I really dropped off on the last 1/3 and didn't really even keep my HR up going into the headwinds. I picked this race in order to use it as a training day for a final walk-through before Rev3 Cedar Point. Definitely could have put in a better mental effort and toughed it out better but I think the fact that it was not an A race let me ease up...
What would you do differently?:

If it was an "A" race push much harder through the bike.
Transition 2
  • 00m 30s

Well. T2 was a bit of a disaster. Was all primed for a speedy 1 legged running dismount and then when jumping off I screwed it up and unclipped a shoe. So, I ran back to get the shoe, ran to the rack and it was empty? (that's NEVER happened to me before!) threw my handle bars over the rack and almost tip it over! oops.

Shoes on, hat, race number belt - all good.
What would you do differently?:

practice, practice, practice. I have not practiced a single transition this year because training for long distance, but if id do short stuff next year I'll need to do transition practice sessions.
  • 37m 49s
  • 6.59 miles
  • 05m 44s  min/mile

Was a pretty good run. The course was through residential neighborhoods and was mostly uneventful. Lots of Sprint participants out there! I couldn't really tell who I was trying to chase down in terms of the Olympic distance people but started reeling in some of the elite woman on the second loop.

I really pushed the pace a bit harder for the first couple of miles trying to go for a sub 6 average but then started drifting a bit by mile 3 and 4. Splits: 1: 6'04" 2: 6'03" 3: 6'09" 4: 6'16" 5: 6'08" 6: 6'12" .2: 54: (5:09 pace)
So I just didn't have the leg speed to pull it off, but I'm pretty sure that if I focus on Olympic or Half Iron next season I'll be able to run sub 6's at this distance. Something to shoot for in the future!
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

No real speed work, mental toughness (not having this be an A race), pre-existing accumulated fatigue on the bike.

Event comments:

It's a pretty good race. I certainly had fun!

Couple things they could improve next year:
1) Don't put elite's as being eligible for AG awards also (maybe it's normal and I just never realized it?)
2) Reverse the swim course to be clockwise so the sun is not blinding you for the stretch into the finish.

Got to meet Matt (@Prie065) [who, by the way won a pair of shoes at the swag givaway!] and Mike (@mikfinne) and chat for a while. BT is such a great resource and it's always so fun to actually meet people from here out at the events!

Last updated: 2010-01-05 12:00 AM
00:26:06 | 1575 yards | 01m 40s / 100yards
Age Group: 4/18
Overall: 18/167
Performance: Average
Suit: ProMotion Sleeveless
Course: Large Triangle going counter clockwise.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:29
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:11:45 | 26.28 miles | 21.98 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/18
Overall: 12/167
Performance: Average
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Do half of a loop and then turn to start a larger loop. Intersect where you joined the larger loop and return to finish the first loop. (Maybe not the best description?)
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 91
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:30
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Below average
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:37:49 | 06.59 miles | 05m 44s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/18
Overall: 3/167
Performance: Average
Course: Double loop through residential.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3