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Shoreview, Minnesota
United States
68F / 20C
Sunny
Total Time = 2h 16m 52s
Overall Rank = 315/795
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 34/85
Pre-race routine:

I actually got all my stuff organized the night before. Amazing. First time that's happened. Woke up at 4:45, had my usual pre-race food -- scrambled eggs, a banana and Gatorade. Took the wheel off my bike and threw it and my bike in the back seat, along with my transition bag and my 'extra' bag (duplicates of a lot of things in my transition bag -- extra running shoes, tri top, tri shorts, body glide, goggles, etc.). Got up to Shoreview about 6:10, and rode my bike to bodymarking. Set up at a spot next to some older age groupers (55+) and LeAnn. Talked to Neal, Matt and finally Roger (rabkaman). Roger's mom was in town visiting, so she snapped a picture of us together pre-race. We're like Mutt and Jeff. Also saw Cathy. Stayed in transition area until they announced the water temp (77.9!) and pulled my wetsuit out of the transition bag and left transition.
Event warmup:

Put on my wetsuit. Swam out 100 yds and back in. Hooray for no weeds, but the water was pretty murky. Met Cathy's husband, and FINALLY met Sharon (yoganerd)...great to meet you Sharon.
Swim
  • 30m 3s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 50s / 100 yards
Comments:

Very good swim. I think I was pretty relieved to know it was a wetsuit swim. I did just do an OWS the day before, and maintained a pretty good sub-2 pace, so I felt fairly confident either way.

Swimmers left every 3 seconds. This is the first time I actually ran to the water. Started my swimming a little too early. My hand hit the 'mud' a few times before I could really start swimming. Kept a 'lane' between me and the buoys so I wouldn't have to deal with any of the faster swimmers coming from behind.

Hit the sandbar and swam over it. Last year I walked a bit just to get a rest, but ended up stepping on a few sharp rocks. Didn't want to repeat that again this year. No panic issues. I think this may be the first swim where I actually tried to race the distance. I would try to catch drafts from fast swimmers that went by. I'd stay on their feet for a while, and then lose them. Kind of made the time go by faster. Before I knew it, I was at the first 'corner' buoy. No singing 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot' in my head to pass the time, no mental math, just concentration on swimming. Great swim on the way back. Buoys actually curved in on the way back, but I was able to sight the finish baloons and target a straight line on those, so swam quite a distance from the buoys. I'm sure the strategy saved me a few yards. Swam it in strong all the way until my hands hit the bottom. Stood up and saw 29 minutes on my watch. Boy, was I stoked! Took out my earplugs, THEN goggles and swim cap, unzipped my wetsuit to my waist before I even hit the timing mat.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Swim faster?
Transition 1
  • 01m 39s
Comments:

No problem getting out of wetsuit. Sunglasses and helmet were on top of the aerobars. Left a gel on top of the bottle sponge and threw that into my tri top pocket. Threw on my shoes and rode out of T1 (allowed at Turtleman).
What would you do differently?:

Nothing.
Bike
  • 1h 02m 32s
  • 21.13 miles
  • 20.27 mile/hr
Comments:

Good bike. Did the whole race 'nekkid.' No HR monitor, no Garmin GPS for race pace, no cycle computer! Just went by perceived effort and internal pace. For nutrition, aerobottle full of Gatorade mixed with 2 PowerBar gels (about 330 calories). Water bottle behind seat to wash things down. Slight cramping at about mile 19. Saw Daryll (volunteer Sherriff) and shouted out a 'thank-you.' Did the same darn thing in the no pedal zone as last year. Stopped pedaling at the line. Started stretching out the calves, bike slowed down and I started pedaling again (maybe 2 rotations). Glad I didn't get a penalty...:)
What would you do differently?:

Try to consume the full 300 calories. I had some Gatorade left in my aerobottle.
Transition 2
  • 01m 26s
Comments:

No issues. Went sockless.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing.
Run
  • 41m 14s
  • 5 miles
  • 08m 15s  min/mile
Comments:

Good run. Started out 'slow.' Worked on getting the HR stabilized. Surprised myself. First couple splits were great (8:07, 7:57, 8:19). Started to feel it at mile 4 - 8:34. Finished strong - 8:17.
What would you do differently?:

Run a little harder. I had more than I should have at the end.
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed a water. Stood in the hot dog line. Looked for Roger and didn't see him. Walked down to the lake to grab my sandals and shorts. Talked to LeAnn for about 15 minutes. Got my bike and bag out of transition. Talked to Daryll about triathlons. He just started running again -- a few miles here and there with a co-worker. I told him we need to do this as a relay next year. :) Walked my bike back to the car (had to travel down to Mankato with the family at 1:45pm). Loaded things back in the car, and in the process left my phone on the ground BEHIND the car. Left the parking lot and headed towards 694, went to reach for the phone to call my wife, could NOT find my phone. Went back to the lot to look for it and didn't find it. Walked back to the volunteer tent to ask if they had it. They did. My wife had called my phone and a volunteer answered it and announced that my phone was there at the booth. Funny thing is Cody (sharp4850) heard my name announced and came over and met me at the booth. We talked triathlon for several minutes. Thanks for stopping by Cody. Great to meet you. Headed home. Stopped by to pick up my usual post-race food (double cheeseburger at McDonald's).

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Trying to keep my pace in check.

Event comments:

Great race. One of my favorites. I actually 'raced' this year rather than just trying to finish. Nice 'small' venue. A good opportunity to just hang around and visit with folks. Very relaxing race.




Last updated: 2007-10-19 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:30:03 | 1640 yards | 01m 50s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/85
Overall: 0/795
Performance: Good
Suit: BlueSeventy sleeveless
Course: Rectangular clockwise
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 01:39
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
No
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
Biking
01:02:32 | 21.13 miles | 20.27 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/85
Overall: 0/795
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Flat.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
T2
Time: 01:26
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
00:41:14 | 05 miles | 08m 15s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/85
Overall: 0/795
Performance: Good
Mile 1 - 8:07, mile 2 - 7:57, mile 3 - 8:19, mile 4 - 8:34, mile 5 - 8:17.
Course: Moderately rolling, but essentially flat course.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race?
Evaluation
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

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2008-08-11 10:50 AM

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2008-08-11 12:28 PM
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Great job! I really enjoy this race also. Although I do it at a much slower rate than you, so I get to enjoy it longer ha.

Maybe next year I will get the chance to meet you.
2008-08-11 2:09 PM
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Great report and great race.  Sorry I didn't get a chance to meet up with you guys... 
2008-08-11 3:24 PM
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Elite
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Another great job!!!!   Really, the water was almost 78 degrees and you wore a wetsuit.... and to think I thought our water was warm at 70 degrees

2008-08-11 3:45 PM
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Congratulations on the swim improvement!  That's awesome.  Somehow, I think they might have found a cool spot in the water for that temperature. 
2008-08-11 3:46 PM
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2008-08-11 3:51 PM
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Elite
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Great job Sal.  Sounds like you had fun.
2008-08-11 4:00 PM
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Master
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Sounds like you had a great race!  Congrats
2008-08-11 4:05 PM
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Elite
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Great race! Really fantastic times too   Well done.
2008-08-11 4:57 PM
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Master
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Awesome race, congrates on the times.  I wish I could hold times like that.
2008-08-11 5:25 PM
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Nice job, Sal! Nothing wrong with them finding the coolest part of the lake to take the temp.

Sweet deal about your phone too...if I had left it, I certainly would have run over it!

WHOO WHOO!


2008-08-11 5:31 PM
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Woo-hoo, awesome race!  You sound very positive about everything.  Great job!
2008-08-11 5:58 PM
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TinkerBeth
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WTG Sal!  Congrats on a great race!  and it is awesome that you finally got to meet Sharon

 

2008-08-11 7:26 PM
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Royal(PITA)
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Great job out there, Sal!  Awesome job on the swim!
2008-08-11 10:50 PM
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I love the post-race nutrition, I'm a Wendy's guy myself
Great race! Especially beating your bike goal by 1mph without a computer! Wow!
2008-08-12 8:09 AM
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Solid performance Sal!!  Nice job


2008-08-12 8:29 AM
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Great race Sal! You were so strong across the board. I'm glad you didn't have to sing while swimming...I'm sure it made you a few seconds faster. You really rocked Turtleman!! Way to go.
2008-08-12 10:08 AM
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Great race and great report.

Sounds like you were completely "there" for the race and had everything moving in the same direction. 

You worked hard this season and it really shows!

 

2008-08-12 10:37 AM
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dcarson - 2008-08-11 12:28 PM Great job! I really enjoy this race also. Although I do it at a much slower rate than you, so I get to enjoy it longer ha. Maybe next year I will get the chance to meet you.

Donna, glad you enjoyed the race as well...

Keep hanging out in the MN forum, and eventually you'll meet us at one race or another...

Congrats on a great race!

2008-08-12 11:23 AM
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ball6135 - 2008-08-11 2:09 PM Great report and great race.  Sorry I didn't get a chance to meet up with you guys... 

It's all good.  Many more MN races on the calendar for next year.

2008-08-12 11:45 AM
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Nice job Sal. What...no piddling in T1 this time around?


2008-08-12 11:47 AM
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leapdog - 2008-08-12 11:45 AM Nice job Sal. What...no piddling in T1 this time around?

Well, no, not so much...took care of the majority of that before I hit the timing mat...

2008-08-12 12:15 PM
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Master
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77.9?  Too funny!

What an awesome, amazing race for you Sal!  You worked so hard this year and it's great to see it pay off so well for you.  Nicely done!
2008-08-12 4:28 PM
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Way to go Sal. Great job on the race! super times!
2008-08-12 4:46 PM
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nice to see you again sal... you rocked that race.. very good... sorry I missed you at finish..
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