Chaska River City Days Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Chaska , Minnesota
United States
Midwest Events
Total Time = 1h 23m 40s
Overall Rank = 100/346
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 14/38
Pre-race routine:

Breakfast consisted of toast with peanut butter and jelly and some gatorade. Recheck my bag one last and then off to Chaska.
Event warmup:

Warmed up with a short jog about 20 minutes before the start. A little swimming right before the start.
  • 12m 37s
  • 586 yards
  • 02m 09s / 100 yards

This was only my second tri and I struggled a little during the first part of the race with all bumping. Pretty much all the way to the first buoy another guy and myself kept running into each other. I think I did the guy a favor, if I wasn't there he would have ran aground. I found my rythm on the last two thirds of the race. I was able to breathe every third stroke.
What would you do differently?:

It might have been better to start out off to the side or a few seconds behind the main group. I wasted a lot of energy battling the crowd. I need to work on my drafting. All in all not bad for my second tri.

Remember to suck in my gut when I'm coming out of the water.
Transition 1
  • 01m 29s

I didn't try to put my shirt on over my helmet like I did in my first tri, so it went pretty good. I had some trouble getting the bike jersey down in the back.
  • 46m 16s
  • 16 miles
  • 20.75 mile/hr

This is a really fun bike course. The men's 35-39 wave was one of the last waves. There were a lot of people to pass and it helped to always have a target passee in front of you. There was a pile of water bottles on the railroad tracks at the bottom of a hill. I didn't see or hear of any crashes.
What would you do differently?:

I need some more hill work.
Transition 2
  • 00m 35s

I got in the top 10 with this transition. On the bike I was wearing my running shoes with clips(as opposed to clipless) pedals. I flew through this transition. Realistically, this is probably my only chance to get a top 10 in anything.
What would you do differently?:

  • 22m 45s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 19s  min/mile

The first mile is uphill. I don't think I'm exagerating. I just took it easy and tried to find a rythm.
The second mile was fairly flat my pace felt pretty good.
The last mile was downhill. This was my "A" race of the season so I just let my legs go on the downhill. When I came around the bend to the finish line I saw a guy in my age group right ahead of me. I still felt pretty good, so I put everything into passing him strong. I didn't want him to chase me down at the end.

This was my best finish in a race ever. There've definitely been races where I've given up and coasted into the finish line.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Some stretches and talking to the family was about it.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I need to work on my swim, drop some weight for the hills, and get some more hill work for both the bike and the run.

Event comments:

This was a really fun race. It was very well organized. The food was excellent. They gave out a t-shirt, a goody bag plus a folding chair. It was a pretty good haul. This race report is a couple years late so I don't remember everything, except it was a fun race.

Last updated: 2008-02-29 12:00 AM
00:12:37 | 586 yards | 02m 09s / 100yards
Age Group: 20/38
Overall: 169/346
Performance: Average
Suit: tri shorts
Course: The swim was in a small protected lake. The water quality was fine.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Below average
Time: 01:29
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:46:16 | 16 miles | 20.75 mile/hr
Age Group: 16/38
Overall: 112/346
Performance: Good
Course: This is a very hilly course. I think I hit 40 mph coming down one of the hills.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 00:35
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:22:45 | 03.11 miles | 07m 19s  min/mile
Age Group: 16/38
Overall: 101/346
Performance: Good
Course: Long uphill start.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
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] 5