Chaska River City Days Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Chaska , Minnesota
United States
Midwest Events
80F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 23m 7s
Overall Rank = 53/299
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 13/38
Pre-race routine:

Woke up to eat (peanut butter, whole wheat bread, and grapefruit) and have coffee 3hrs before. Got to race site over an hour early to scope things out, packet pickup, etc.
Event warmup:

Biked the beginning of bike route, 5 minutes or so and back, ran a few minutes, swam a few right before start.
  • 10m 54s
  • 586 yards
  • 01m 52s / 100 yards

Signed up for "elite" wave, as registration form suggested it if you intended to finish in under 1:25. In hind sight I'd have passed, as it's been quite a while since I did a wave start, and my swim training has been minimal this year. Got cut off at buoys, etc.
What would you do differently?:

More swim workouts...relied on good swim background, but end up burning a little too much energy not being smooth and steady.
Transition 1
  • 00m 48s

I didn't have far to run to mount line and don't feel fast having shoes already clipped in. So, slipped shoes on and clipped in at mount. I can slide my shoes on while putting glasses and helmet on.

Here was one benefit of choosing "elite" - the race gave elites designated spots at the end of racks so didn't have to fish the bike out between others.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I had a top 10 T1 - solid.
  • 48m 4s
  • 16 miles
  • 19.97 mile/hr

Good ride. Lots of rolling hills. Very little flat sections. Too bad the final good downhill ended at the dismount. No chance to run that high speed out a while. This was another downside of racing elite - just didn't see that many people on the bike.
Transition 2
  • 00m 48s

Nice rolling dismount and run with bike, struggled just a bit with the tongue of the shoes and speed laces. This was the first time I raced with those shoes and speed laces.
  • 22m 35s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 16s  min/mile

Felt solid on the run. Good as this was my focus for the last month. My run usually doesn't match up with my swim and bike performance. This time it did. Had a bit of muscle cramping at my left shin, but was able to finish strong.
Post race
Warm down:

Heat and humidity was starting to build at the end of the race, so just tried to cool down with water and stay in the shade. Later did some stretching.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Doing minimal swim workouts, and not doing many speed/strength workouts on the bike.

Event comments:

Nice race, well run, with a "brunch" meal for athletes afterward. Good venue.

Last updated: 2010-07-08 12:00 AM
00:10:54 | 586 yards | 01m 52s / 100yards
Age Group: 10/38
Overall: 85/299
Performance: Average
Suit: One piece trisuit
Course: Totally sheltered pond. 3 left turns.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 00:48
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:48:04 | 16 miles | 19.97 mile/hr
Age Group: 18/38
Overall: 70/299
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Long gradual hill to start. Very little flat overall. Quick downhill at end.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:48
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:22:35 | 03.11 miles | 07m 16s  min/mile
Age Group: 11/38
Overall: 56/299
Performance: Good
Course: 1st mile uphill, 2nd mile flat, 3rd mile downhill.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4