Life Time Tri Maple Grove - Olympic Course - Triathlon

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Maple Grove, Minnesota
United States
Dare to Dream Events
Total Time = 2h 47m 59s
Overall Rank = 125/438
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 12/45
Pre-race routine:

Breakfast of greek yogurt/granola, water, and coconut water. May not do the yogurt/granola thing next time. Left house a little late. Because of this I ended up parking a little further away (at Boston Sci). I had an issue with my pump and my back tire. Fortunately, borrowing someone else's pump solved the issue.
Event warmup:

Soley consisted of arm/rotator cuff stretch/warm-up.
  • 33m 20s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 13s / 100 meters

I thought the swim went well. I was very surprised by my posted time/pace. As others have stated, I am suspicious that the course was a little long. I certainly did not feel that "slow". Despite that, my placing within AG was good. Interestingly, I was one of only 3 without a wetsuit. Water temp was absolutely fine, but I may like the float/swim benefit of a wetsuit.
What would you do differently?:

Swim faster, likely buying wetsuit.
Transition 1
  • 03m 16s

Thought the time was a little slow. Bike was racked within 30' of bike in/out which was nice.
What would you do differently?:

Qucker still.
  • 1h 18m 47s
  • 26 miles
  • 19.92 mile/hr

Much better on bike. Upped my avg mph by 2mph. Uphills still not very good. Kind of bonked in the last third. Took a gel despite not wanting to due to fullness. It helped/hurt: helped with the bonk but increased the fullness feeling. I was hoping for 20.5-21mph but missed that target.
What would you do differently?:

More training, better pacing, better nutrition mgmt.
Transition 2
  • 01m 13s

Was fairly quick. Could be a little quicker, but overall satisfied.
What would you do differently?:

Continue to speed up.
  • 51m 22s
  • 6.2 miles
  • 08m 22s  min/mile

My run was not as good as it should have been. For the 1st 2mi I was battling a moderate side ache. I can't remember the last time I had one of those. While it decreased over time, it never fully went away. While I consider myself a strong hill runner, the hills today smacked me pretty good. I also had a litttle left calf cramping and ILTB pain. Nothing bad and I don't think either contributed at all to my slow time. It's possible I biked too hard, but it didn't feel like it at the time.
What would you do differently?:

Better pacing.
Post race
Warm down:

Some stretching and walking.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nutrition wasn't the best. Need to work on pacing better.

Event comments:

Overall, satisfied with my placing on 1st Oly. I met (barely) my biking goal. Well below on swim/run. It's possible my bike might have been a little too fast, but it didn't feel like it at the time. Can't complain about 12/45 in AG and 125/438 overall for 1st Oly. Need better pacing and fitness.

Last updated: 2013-06-05 12:00 AM
00:33:20 | 1500 meters | 02m 13s / 100meters
Age Group: 8/45
Overall: 10/438
Performance: Good
Suit: Pearl Izumi tri shorts, cap, blue Speedo goggles
Course: Triangle course. Scuttlebut was that it was a little long.
Start type: Run Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 78F / 25C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Time: 03:16
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:18:47 | 26 miles | 19.92 mile/hr
Age Group: 20/45
Overall: 152/438
Performance: Average
Wind: Strong
Course: Strong southerly. Irritating but it was there for everyone.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Too much
Time: 01:13
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:51:22 | 06.2 miles | 08m 22s  min/mile
Age Group: 15/45
Overall: 139/438
Pace was slower than I wanted.
Course: Plenty of rolling hills.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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] 4