Lots of wind today with longest segment being directly into the wind. Nice wide course so it was not crowded and easy to navigate around swimmers. Last turn was directly into the sun and you could not see the swim finish. I just swam directly at the sun which was right in line with the finish.
A little bit of a run from the beach to T1, short distance on the sand then a path. Very clearly marked so no confusion as where to go. Not sure why, but I got cramps in both legs as I put on my cycling shoes. The transition area is pretty big but I was fortunate to be right by the bike in/out which helped my time a little.
When I drove the course I was concerned because it transits several intersections with stop lights. The race director did an excellent job with coordinating with local police to control all of these intersections. There is one section that does not have a shoulder (county Rd 47) but I did not have any problem with traffic in this area. Overall I like the course. The winds were from the south and pretty strong with some sections directly into the wind or a cross wind (majority of the course). The segments with a tail wind were a blast!
Good T2 for me. Pay attention to where the run out is prior to the race. There were lot's of volunteers but if you didn't know where the run out is it might take a minute to figure out.
Pretty nice course with lots of volunteers and people out in front of their houses cheering you on. Couple of hills as you near the finish area (you get to run them twice on the Oly course). Overall I really enjoyed the run course which was a little protected from all of the wind.
Lots of water and plenty of the usual bananas, bagels and chocolate chip cookies. They also had a pasta salad but I didn't try any.
Good event that I would do again. Very organized with lots of positive volunteers and local support. Even the local High School Cheerleaders were spread out along the last segment of the bike. I thought the RD did an amazing job for a first event. The three things that would be nice to have differently, is the parking situation (lugging all my stuff with bike a half mile back to the car after the race was less than fun). The waiver at check-in seems like it could have been done differently more clip boards, online prior to the race...It also would be nice to have a swim warm up area still open at the start of the race. Having said that, this is a great race and one to put on your list.
Last updated: 2010-05-11 12:00 AM
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Overall Rank = 48/167
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 6/13
Got up at 4am had PB&J and a glass of Ironman Perform. I wanted to leave early because of the distance from Lakeville to Maple Grove, road construction and parking for the event. Parking is about half a mile away from the event site (an Elementary School) and if you don't get in that parking lot you have to ride a bus from a further parking lot. I was glad I made it early because there was not a lot of parking in the first area. At check in you had to fill out a waiver form which also slowed the process. So my advise is to go early.
After the pre race briefing (0700) I swam out to the first buoy and back. My wave started at 0748 and the race started at 0730. Once the race started there really is not a place to warm up (swimming).