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Timberman Triathlon - Olympic - TriathlonOlympic

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Grand Rapids, Minnesota
United States
70F / 21C
Total Time = 2h 26m 51s
Overall Rank = 68/126
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 6/10
Pre-race routine:

Had a bagel/pbutter and a smoothie. Downed gel beforehand.
Event warmup:

Got in that water a bit to pee and see what it's like to swim in total whitecaps.
  • 24m 51s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 31s / 100 yards

Wow, was this a wind swim. About a 15mph WSW wind. Into the right shoulder on the way out, but a nice coast on the way back. Not sure why, but this swim seemed really easy for the conditions. I didn't draft at all, but felt comfortable the whole way. The lake is so clear you can see the bottom the entire way - water looks about 5 ft deep, but is much deeper.
What would you do differently?:

Not a whole lot. Navigation still needs to improve.
Transition 1
  • 01m 44s

Went pretty smoothly. Long run from the water to bike.
  • 1h 11m 19s
  • 24.49 miles
  • 20.60 mile/hr

Wish to heck I'd have pushed a bit harder on the bike. It's my best facet so I need to take advantage of that.
Transition 2
  • 01m 23s

Seemed OK. Long run with the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Get more fuel/water on the bike. I totally forgot!
  • 47m 51s
  • 6 miles
  • 07m 59s  min/mile

Pushed pretty hard, but just didn't have any energy.
Post race
Event comments:

Nice race in a north country venue. Lake is crystal clear and roads are pretty smooth for 'up nort'.

I've only done one other Oly (couple yrs ago) and wedged this one into my IM training so I didn't know exactly what to expect. I gave 'er pretty good and beat my last by 16 minutes.

Last updated: 2008-03-20 12:00 AM
00:24:51 | 1640 yards | 01m 31s / 100yards
Age Group: 4/10
Overall: 66/126
Performance: Good
Suit: Farmer John
Course: Out and back - clockwise.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 62F / 17C Current: High
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:44
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:11:19 | 24.49 miles | 20.60 mile/hr
Age Group: 8/10
Overall: 60/126
Performance: Below average
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Challenging course. Two loops. 2.5 mile slow incline was directly into the wind. Ouch
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 94
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:23
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:47:51 | 06 miles | 07m 59s  min/mile
Age Group: 7/10
Overall: 79/126
Performance: Below average
Course: Flat to slightly rolling. Mostly uphill on the way out.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-07-13 7:13 PM

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, Minnesota
Subject: Timberman Triathlon - Olympic

2008-07-14 7:29 AM
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Wisconsin near the Twin Cities metro
Subject: RE: Timberman Triathlon - Olympic
Nice job Jeff, good to see you up there.
2008-07-14 7:40 AM
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Subject: RE: Timberman Triathlon - Olympic
Nice race! I can't imagine what it's like to swim in clear water in a lake.   Cool.
2008-07-14 1:52 PM
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Dayton, Minnesota
Subject: RE: Timberman Triathlon - Olympic
Wow, 16 minute improvement--nice job! You're the first person I've heard who thought that swim was "easy." LOL I thought it was hideous.
2008-07-14 2:06 PM
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Blaine, MN
Subject: RE: Timberman Triathlon - Olympic
good job jeff... clear lakes sounds unreal considering all the rain these daze... nice going. .your swim was rocking fast...not to mention the bike.. and oh yah.. the run wasn't too bad either..
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