Square Lake Triathlon - Sprint Distance - TriathlonSprint

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Stillwater, Minnesota
United States
Vacation Sports
60F / 16C
Total Time = 1h 56m 42s
Overall Rank = 166/433
Age Group = Clydesdale
Age Group Rank = 14/29
Pre-race routine:

Alarm went off at 4:30. Dozed until 4:45. Didn't get out of the house until 5:30 or so (originally planned on 5). I had a bowl of Fiber One cereal (no jokes, please) and some orange juice. I had a Powerade and a Clif bar packed to munch on at the race site. I had everything packed the night before so I just had to throw the backpack in the car and look at the map.
Event warmup:

I arrived just as transition was opening up - I had to ask which side was bike out. I got a great spot about 20 feet from bike out in one of the wider rows. Folks around my spot were pretty talkative - some younger guys. The guy next to me I ended up talking to before and after he put on his wetsuit. We had a good laugh as his wetsuit was on backwards. "Are you kidding me - this is how I practiced with it!" It was one of those body glove watersport wetsuits. I think he was embarassed, but a couple of told him that all he needs to do is win his division and everyone else will start wearing theirs backwards, too.

I said hi to the people I swim with at Plymouth Lifetime: the Kellers, Kevin Olsen and Terry Alexander.

The only physical warmup I did was some swimming about 20 minutes before the start.
  • 14m 33s
  • 880 yards
  • 01m 39s / 100 yards

I HATE it when swim caps are the same color as buoys (orange). The sun was very challenging on top of that as was the small chop heading away from the beach.

I was 5 seconds slower than my St. Paul swim time for the same distance.
What would you do differently?:

I'm not sure if my placing is due to my performance or the higher calibre of people entered in this race compared to St. Paul. My wave felt like it went out fast - the clydesdales Saturday were good racers. I don't think I could have sited any better given the conditions.
Transition 1
  • 01m 41s

Since I can't do the shoes-on-bike trick, I haven't really tried to streamline my T1 in general. I sit down to pull my legs out.

I seem to have done alright time-wise even though I didn't push it up those stairs.
What would you do differently?:

Get my cap and goggles off sooner. I waited until I was seated before I realized they were still on.
  • 54m 47s
  • 18 miles
  • 19.71 mile/hr

I knew I wanted to leave some energy for the run as that's my hardest event and probably where my extra energy is best spent.

This is my longest race so far and I took most of a gel in at mile 14.
What would you do differently?:

Get a professional bike fit next year? I feel like my position is still not quite as good as it can be.
Transition 2
  • 01m 12s

This race compared to St. Paul my heart wasn't pounding in each transition. While somewhat slow in transition, I wasn't panicked.
What would you do differently?:

Try to get my feet on top of my shoes? Again - no tri bike shoes so I'm not too comfortable pulling that trick.
  • 44m 32s
  • 5 miles
  • 08m 55s  min/mile

Whoever said the run course was short may have been right. I was running 9:00 to 9:15 I think but ended up with 8:55 average per mile. I felt good and finished off a gel around mile 2.
What would you do differently?:

Knowing how I felt at this distance I might spend a bit more energy on the bike instead of saving myself.
Post race
Warm down:

I drank lots of water, then got my results ticket.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I held back just a smidge. I dont' think I could do much faster, but maybe a little.

Event comments:

hazelmn - good race. You were 2 places ahead of me in the clydesdale division.

Last updated: 2008-09-07 12:00 AM
00:14:33 | 880 yards | 01m 39s / 100yards
Age Group: 6/29
Overall: 63/433
Performance: Good
Suit: Sleeveless wetsuit
Course: This was the standard clockwise rectangle.
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Below average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:41
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:54:47 | 18 miles | 19.71 mile/hr
Age Group: 15/29
Overall: 171/433
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Bumpy, scenic, areas with fair amount of traffic.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:12
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Bad
00:44:32 | 05 miles | 08m 55s  min/mile
Age Group: 18/29
Overall: 278/433
Performance: Good
Course: Hilly, scenic, some dirt roads but well-packed I thought.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4