Chaska River City Days Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Chaska , Minnesota
United States
Midwest Events
72F / 22C
Total Time = 1h 37m 57s
Overall Rank = 45/104
Age Group = F35-39
Age Group Rank = 14/25
Pre-race routine:

*Overall is female only.*

Messed up race morning a little. Had only half a bagel and also realized my Muscle Milk, which is also my caffeine source, was expired. The drive to the event was uneventful and easy to park - gotta love a small local race! I chatted with Eric, the one other person I knew racing, and that's about it.
Event warmup:

I did swim for a few minutes. There was no wetsuit rule, but the water temp was 85! I decided that if I was ever going to try a tri without a wetsuit, this was it, but I needed to make sure I'd be okay. I wasn't terribly inspired by this warmup swim, but decided to go without the suit anyway.

I then lined up with the other periwinkle caps for the time trial start.
  • 13m 38s
  • 586 yards
  • 02m 20s / 100 yards

This is an unusual swim. It's in a very small "lake" (they called it the clayhole, I don't know what that means). The swim took out the entire body of water and with the time trial start it was constant people. I can't say I felt great, and since I stopped a few times to look and get my bearings I am not surprised by my pace. Oh well, you can only have so many victories in one day...
What would you do differently?:

I guess now that I am over that hump I need to work on my swimming without the wetsuit. Although I am not so inspired to bother. I can swim fine in the pool and the opportunity for warm open water isn't that plentiful until July each year.
Transition 1
  • 01m 12s

Well, no wet suit sure helped here!
  • 52m 13s
  • 15.6 miles
  • 17.93 mile/hr

The bike course was altered due to new chipseal, so it was shortened from 16 to 15.6. We learned this in a e-mail before the race, I haven't checked my bike computer yet.

This went pretty well. My goal today was to really push myself on the bike, I have gotten lazy in races. I haven't been training enough to really bike well, but this is a huge leap for me. Right away I passed a ton of girls I recognized from my swim group - yay! Apparently I passed a lot because my AG bike rank was 7/25! The hills were mostly manageable. I went flying over a railroad track and it was really a hard bump, I am glad my tires survived. Fortunately the majority of the uphills were in the first part of the course. The last 4 miles or so were a breeze. The minimum maintenance road they used due to the chipseal issue was pretty bad, but fortunately short.

It rained pretty much the whole time and got so hard in the middle I almost stopped simply because the big hard rain drops hurt at speed. The course wasn't terribly technical, so other than the annoyance the rain didn't really interfere. I wish I had enough guts to bomb the hill at the very end of the course. Fun!
Transition 2
  • 01m 27s

The insole of my shoe got bunched so I lost a few seconds taking the shoe off and on a second time. I neglected to take a gel with me on the run, which I think is a mistake for me.
  • 29m 20s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 09m 26s  min/mile

This was definitely the hardest regular tri run I've done. The first half is uphill, like really up a hill. The incline was bad enough and then I had paced the bike so hard everything hurt more than usual. FINALLY hit the downhill and just ran as hard as I possibly could. I wish I had the splits for each mile. I knew I ran the risk of a tough run after the hard bike, so I am actually quite pleased with this result. Fortunately it was cool and still damp, so I had good weather luck for me. So the overall time is fine, but there was a LOT of walking in that first segment.
Post race
Event comments:

I really liked this race. The pond was cute and the bike course was really promising. The run is a little masochistic, but you're all in the same boat. The downhill part more than makes up for it.

The food was great. A warm square of egg bake, fruit, yogurt, and a mini muffin. Really creative and different, perfect for a morning race. I will definitely come back!

Last updated: 2012-06-30 12:00 AM
00:13:38 | 586 yards | 02m 20s / 100yards
Age Group: 17/25
Overall: 72/104
Performance: Below average
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:12
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:52:13 | 15.6 miles | 17.93 mile/hr
Age Group: 7/25
Overall: 23/104
Performance: Good
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:27
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:29:20 | 03.11 miles | 09m 26s  min/mile
Age Group: 18/25
Overall: 71/104
Performance: Average
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
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