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St. Paul, Minnesota
United States
Vacation Sports
80F / 27C
Total Time = 2h 35m 31s
Overall Rank = 71/182
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 9/20
Pre-race routine:

quick bagel and cup of coffee and then off to St. Paul.
Event warmup:

Just a quick run, bike and swim (about 5 minutes each).
  • 28m 34s
  • 1750 yards
  • 01m 38s / 100 yards

Pretty slow going early on due to traffic but I eventually was able to pick my way through the traffic and get into a rhythm.
What would you do differently?:

nothing - overall a decent swim.
Transition 1
  • 01m 32s

no issues.
  • 1h 06m 27s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 22.44 mile/hr

If I had known how rough this course was going to be I would have rented a mountain bike! It was really tough getting into a rhythm with the non stop jarring and bouncing.

What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 01m 39s
  • 57m 21s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 14s  min/mile

Overall a really crappy run!

Even though it was only a 6 mile run, going back out for the 2nd loop knowing I was completely gassed was not fun. I tried to bribe a Sherrif who was standing by his boat to drive me to the other side of the lake but no luck!

My focus the past 6 weeks has been biking so I shouldn't be too surprised that I'm struggling with the run lately. Plus the wife and I didn't decide to do this race until Saturday afternoon so there was no taper and I did a couple hard runs during the week so I was just out of gas.
What would you do differently?:

I simply need to run more.
Post race
Warm down:

grabbed some water and waited for Julie to finish. She had a nice race and came in 2nd in her age group and beat me by little less then a minute. So now she owns the bragging rights for at least another week.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

lack of run training, no taper, 2nd race in two weeks, blah, blah, blah...I have all kinds of excuses! Check back next week and I'll be recycling these same excuses after the Baxter tri :)

Event comments:

I've read lots of comments about this RD so my expectations were adjusted accordingly. Overall I thought it was a decent race. Post race food/drink were really weak and I thought the run could have used 1 more aid station.

I'd probably do the race again just because it's local and I love being home by 11AM on race day.

Last updated: 2008-08-17 12:00 AM
00:28:34 | 1750 yards | 01m 38s / 100yards
Age Group: 6/20
Overall: 37/182
Performance: Average
Course: 2 loop
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Good Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:32
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:06:27 | 24.85 miles | 22.44 mile/hr
Age Group: 7/20
Overall: 51/182
Performance: Average
Avg HR 165 Mx HR 176 z3: 1 min 30 z4: 27:32 Z5: 34:12
Wind: Little
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 89
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:39
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:57:21 | 06.21 miles | 09m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 16/20
Overall: 133/182
Performance: Below average
Avg HR: 168 Max HR: 178 z1: :05 z2: 3:01 z3: 21:52 z4: 28:31 z5: :22
Course: 2 loop course around the lake
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2008-08-18 7:26 AM

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Arden Hills, MN
Subject: St. Paul Triathlon

2008-08-18 8:58 AM
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St. Paul, MN
Subject: RE: St. Paul Triathlon
I think it is a little interesting how so many people had difficult runs. It looks like you had decent swim and bike times. I will agree with you too, on the craziness of the swim. Despite your training concerns that you said, it looks like you had a decent race. Well done.
2008-08-18 12:00 PM
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Subject: RE: St. Paul Triathlon
Nice race!  And how fun to do with with your (fast) wife.  Yeah, that run sucked.  It's a consensus.
2008-08-18 2:33 PM
in reply to: #1609916

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Dayton, Minnesota
Subject: RE: St. Paul Triathlon
Very nice race, congratulations!
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