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Orono, Minnesota
United States
Minnesota Tri Series
40F / 4C
Total Time = 00m
Overall Rank = 219/336
Age Group = Clyd
Age Group Rank = 16/25
Pre-race routine:

Nothing specific for this race, it is about 5 minutes from home, so easy drive in, set up the bike in transition etc. Found some friends and chatted for a while. Had some of my Infinite pre-race about 30 mins. before the start.

The night before, filled the water bottles etc. Decided with such a short race, no need to go with any significant nutrition on the ride. I did take along a flask of EFS and that ended up being a good decision.
Event warmup:

Nothing too much, a quick run... headed to the dirt since the majority of the run is on the dirt for this one... uneven surface etc.

  • 26m 33s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 32s  min/mile

As always, started out a bit too quick. I did hold back enough to keep out of the front group which was a good thing. It wasn't until about 1½ miles in where I finally pulled back to my pacing.
What would you do differently?:

Hold back at the start and have more even pacing through the run. My pace ranged from a 6:48 to a 10:20... too much variablity.

Transition 1
  • 01m 24s

coming into transition, I had unzipped by running jacket to take it off for the bike. Forgot to complete that simple task.
What would you do differently?:

Take off my running jacket. Get some yanks for my running shoes.
  • 53m 26s
  • 17 miles
  • 19.09 mile/hr

Out of a good transition, to 30 secs. later realizing I forgot to take off the running jacket... too late, zipped it up tight and kept pushing forward. Nice little "training" device. Easily impacted my power by 10-25 watts for the course.
What would you do differently?:

NOT forget to take off the run jacket... Sort of like finishing the swim and hoping on the bike with your wet suit on... what an Idiot I felt like!!!
Transition 2
  • 01m 25s

FINALLY got my running jacket off for the last run!
  • 24m 35s
  • 2.65 miles
  • 09m 17s  min/mile

I was pleased... only took me about a minute to get my running legs back. And I know this is a bit sad, bur for me, it was the first time doing this race where I didn't walks some portion of the last mile!!!
What would you do differently?:

Nothing much other that continue to lose weight and get in better shape!
Post race
Warm down:

walked and drank more of the race Infinite blend (Robb's Silverman blend)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Conditioning, stupidity (running jacket)

Event comments:

As always, Gear West puts on a great race with some great talent!

Last updated: 2009-05-17 12:00 AM
00:26:33 | 03.11 miles | 08m 32s  min/mile
Age Group: 20/25
Overall: 255/336
Performance: Average
Course: First ½ mile or so is on pavement then it drops off to dirt and paths through grass (mowed down very nicely!) Actually a great run, but have to watch your foot placement and there are a couple of "interesting" turns and hills throughout the course.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Time: 01:24
Overall: Average
Run with bike? Average
Jump on bike? Average
Getting up to speed and into shoes: Good
00:53:26 | 17 miles | 19.09 mile/hr
Age Group: 15/25
Overall: 191/336
Performance: Below average
Wind: Little
Course: Loop course with rolling mini-hills, only one or two with any significance
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:25
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:24:35 | 02.65 miles | 09m 17s  min/mile
Age Group: 15/25
Overall: 222/336
Performance: Average
Course: Same as first run, without the road leading in...
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

2009-05-18 7:52 AM

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Minnetonka Beach, MN
Subject: Gear West Duathlon

2009-05-18 7:58 AM
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Wisconsin near the Twin Cities metro
Subject: RE: Gear West Duathlon

Nice job. We got lucky with the weather this year.

2009-05-18 11:17 PM
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Subject: RE: Gear West Duathlon

Great job, especially running through the last mile!  Isn't it crazy how fast everyone starts out?  I was running sub-8s (which is CRAZY for me) and I was in the back of my wave immediately.  Wow.  Looking forward to nice paved runs from now on

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