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Rochester, Minnesota
United States
WIN Multisports
65F / 18C
Total Time = 3h 13m 37s
Overall Rank = 152/185
Age Group = 40-44 F
Age Group Rank = 11/13
Pre-race routine:

I really tried to rest as much as possible going into this race because I was looking for big improvement over last year. Not sure that happened, but I don't think I rested enough. Good dinner on Saturday night (green enchiladas) and early to bed. Breakfast of the usual PBB bagel and coffee. It's so nice to do a local race and not have to drive hours and camp out. Chatted with a few people and saw Cori and Abby, who were doing their first ever race.
Event warmup:

Got to the park around 6am and found an empty rack. After picking up chips, we took the bikes out for a bit. I didn't run since I knew I had lots of mile to run later. No real time to get in and swim before, so I guess I didn't do that either. Pretty standard for me and warmups.
Nutrition- gel right before lining up to start
  • 29m 41s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 59s / 100 meters

I wanted to swim this a little harder, but for some reason I didn't. I just cruised it. Several times I found good feet to follow and that helped. Mostly I just swam. In all, an average swim. Looking back on it 2 days later, I'm kicking myself that I didn't hammer it.

I had a good start right up front on the first lap. Just as I started the second lap, the younger guys in the sprint wave started. Got beat up a bit, but nothing too bad.
What would you do differently?:

Swim harder! Really, I could have done better here.
Transition 1
  • 03m 49s

It's a LONG way from the water to the bike. There were wetsuit strippers and they asked me if I needed help. At first I said no, then changed my mind. But I forgot to unzip my ankles. So it was stuck. Took two people to pull it off. Lesson of the day... unzip for the strippers. ;)

What would you do differently?:

Hustle a bit more. And unzip the ankles.
  • 1h 27m 25s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 17.06 mile/hr

Finally, the bike. This is where I knew I had to kick azz. And I really did try. The wind was pretty tough; crosswind from the west. That meant that I couldn't stay on the aerobars as much as I'd like. It was kind of crowded until the sprint riders peeled off. After that, it was pretty open. Passed a few people still and got passed a few times. Kind of average for me. Even though my HR was kind of low, I felt like I was going pretty hard. The tailwind on 100th was sweet! Kept sipping gel and water the whole time. Love that gel flask!
What would you do differently?:

Not sure. Maybe I could have pushed a bit more, but maybe not.
Transition 2
  • 02m 35s

Decent T2. Nothing really wrong here, except that it was a big T area and I don't run fast. Had to get my knee strap and put it on, so that took a little time. Also grabbed some Chomps for the road.
What would you do differently?:

Run faster?
  • 1h 10m 10s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 11m 18s  min/mile

The first 2 miles felt great. Ok, not great, but pretty good. I was right on pace with 9:45 miles. Then the wheels fell off the bus. My legs just wouldn't move any faster. No matter what I did or thought, nothing was making me move any quicker. And I needed to pee. I saw that 63 min run start to slip away and I couldn't do anything about it. Crap. This was a disappointing run as I know I can do better.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe my nutrition was off. Lack of calories? I don't know. I'm still wondering what happened here.
Post race
Warm down:

After I finally found the finish line after that miserable run, I got some water and stretched my aching legs.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The usual. My plan was to go hard on the swim and bike and survive the run. Maybe I could have gone harder. It's not like it would have hurt my run any more than it already hurt. That's the plan for HOLT at least. Sacrifice the run.

Event comments:

Another great race for WIN Multisports! Thanks to Bill, Wendy and crew. Looking forward to Waseca in a month. Holy carp, that's just a month away! Yikes!

Last updated: 2008-12-19 12:00 AM
00:29:41 | 1500 meters | 01m 59s / 100meters
Age Group: 9/13
Overall: 135/185
Performance: Average
Suit: Promotion full
Course: Two loops around Foster Arrend pond. We started in the water just outside the ropes in waist-deep water. Kind of different.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 03:49
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:27:25 | 24.85 miles | 17.06 mile/hr
Age Group: 10/13
Overall: 129/185
Performance: Good
Max HR- 170 Avg HR- 149
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Out and back with a loop at the turnaround. Lots of turns and hills. There were NO flat spots at all. The wind from the west was certainly a factor today. Only a tailwind for a couple miles on 100th st.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:35
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:10:10 | 06.21 miles | 11m 18s  min/mile
Age Group: 13/13
Overall: 169/185
Performance: Below average
Max HR- 174 Avg HR- 155
Course: Wandering course on the bike path. Even though there were a million turns, there were people at every one and it was impossible to get lost. Lots of drink stations too. We rode this course on Friday, so I felt pretty confident about not getting lost.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2009-06-30 10:35 AM

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Dodge County, MN (out in the corn)
Subject: RochesterFest Triathlon

2009-06-30 10:55 AM
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Subject: RE: RochesterFest Triathlon
AWESOME race! I hope I do that well when I do an oly! CONGRATS on a GREAT finish!  Yeah, I know you said you were disappointed in your performance, but I think you did GREAT!
2009-06-30 12:25 PM
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Great meeting you!

Nicely done, especially considering the windy conditions. Well played on checking out the run course ahead of time - I should have done that. The dirt and sandy portions caught me off guard.

"Unzip for the strippers" - I think I am getting that embroidered on a pillow.
2009-06-30 4:20 PM
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Subject: RE: RochesterFest Triathlon

Great job, especially with your bike on a challenging course!  The run part always is icky, isn't it?  I know the feeling...

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