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Oak Grove, Minnesota
United States
MinneMan Triathlon
Total Time = 1h 20m 7s
Overall Rank = 114/350
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 5/14
Pre-race routine:

Ate a bagel and cream cheese and drove to Oak Grove (about 45 minutes from my house).
Event warmup:

  • 11m 31s
  • 528 yards
  • 02m 11s / 100 yards

Weeds, weeds, and more weeds...
This swim went so much better than the Buffalo tri! I started in the very last wave of the event. The race had special waves for novice triathletes (if this was your first season you were a novice). The men's novice was second to last and the women's novice was last. I think I was second or third out of the water in the women's novice (I even passed some people in the wave ahead of me!). I felt strong the whole time, did a much better job with siting and was very happy with the results. I think the time included quite a long run to the transition area since there was no timing mat on the beach, so my time/100yd is slightly elevated. In the swim I was 6th in my age group and I finished 5th in my age group. My swim is catching up to the other events, woot!

What would you do differently?:

Keep working at it :)
Transition 1
  • 03m 18s

Oh man, this was horrible. I struggled really hard to get my wet suit off! I knew this transition was slow during the race and the results confirmed it. The four women that beat me in my AG all had T1s at least 1 minute faster. Now that my second race is over if I'm gonna get serious about my times I gotta start working on this transition thing!
What would you do differently?:

Practice taking my wet suit got caught on my timing chip.
  • 39m 22s
  • 13 miles
  • 19.81 mile/hr

Hmm, wanted to average above 20 mph. Oh well. Just didn't have the legs. Happy with my placement in my AG though.
My bike computer said 13.6 miles when I got done the bike and I had specifically made sure to zero out my computer when I racked my bike, course may have been a hair long.
Transition 2
  • 01m 39s

This transition was better than T1. Can probably cut off 15 to 20 seconds with some practice.
  • 24m 18s
  • 3 miles
  • 08m 06s  min/mile

The run was flat as a pancake. Legs were stiff for about the first 1/2 mile. If the mile marker signs were correct my miles were 8:08, 7:52, and 8:18. I actually felt strongest the last mile, go figure. Wanted to be sub 8 min pace but am very happy with the nice consistent pace I ran throughout.
What would you do differently?:

Definitely need to throw in a few more brick workouts, especially for sprints. By the time your legs get going the race is over!
Post race
Warm down:

Ate the post race food and hung out.

Event comments:

This race was great. There were loads of beginners in the race. They even have special awards for the novice division. I got first in the women's novice 24 to 29 age group so I got a sweet beer mug and some organic coffee, not too shabby :)

Last updated: 2008-04-02 12:00 AM
00:11:31 | 528 yards | 02m 11s / 100yards
Age Group: 6/14
Overall: 143/350
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back triangle in the water. Very weedy!
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 03:18
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:39:22 | 13 miles | 19.81 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/14
Overall: 106/350
Performance: Average
Course: Rectangle course on local roads. Pretty much flat just a few little rollers. Small head wind on two stretches.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:39
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:24:18 | 03 miles | 08m 06s  min/mile
Age Group: 5/14
Overall: 108/350
Performance: Good
Course: Flat. Out and back along the lake.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
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

2008-07-06 7:19 PM

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Minneapolis, MN
Subject: MinneMan Triathlon

2008-07-06 10:46 PM
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Northridge, California
Subject: RE: MinneMan Triathlon
Hooray for prizes!

Way to go...really great consistency of placements across the disciplines! That T1 time isn't really especially bad, frankly (it was a lot better than my last T1, that's for sure, and I had no wetsuit issues).

Good job!
2008-07-07 7:57 AM
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Great job.  You are going to be a force to reckon with very soon.  You said the wetsuit got stuck on timing chip.  You are putting the wet-suit over the chip, right?  Don't put timing chip on over the wet-suit.  Sorry if I'm telling you something you know. Once again, great job.
2008-07-07 9:30 AM
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Washington , MO
Subject: RE: MinneMan Triathlon
Way to rock the Minneman! Nice job all the way around and grats on the beer mug, woot!
2008-07-07 4:03 PM
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A farming town in MN
Subject: RE: MinneMan Triathlon

Sarah, great race and congrats on the hardware!

Agree with Bryan...roll your wetsuit leg up slightly, put on your timing strap, and then roll the leg back down...that prevents anyone from accidently pulling your timing strap off your leg too...

You were strong in all 3 events!  Congrats on a fantastic race...

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