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Minneapolis, Minnesota
United States
Life Time Fitness
68F / 20C
Total Time = 1h 57m 51s
Overall Rank = 783/996
Age Group = M 45-49
Age Group Rank = 48/52
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 4:30 AM, loaded up the gear and Fred and I headed to pick up Steve. Ate a bowl of cereal for breakfast and a banana.

Got thing set up, a little anxious, and tried to decide whether or not I should swim in the westsuit. Water temp was close 74.6 degrees.

Overall, just enjoyed the morning.
Event warmup:

Watched the pro's exit the water, talking with a couple of the pro's Sponsor, who was telling me a bit about them. Was really interesting and fun to watch them

About 30 minutes before my start time, I headed over to the warm-up area had my buddies squeeze me into my wetuit. Swam a little bit and thought I'd be ok. I think I was wrong.

Got in line, waited for my number to call -- and away I went

  • 18m 26s
  • 704 yards
  • 02m 37s / 100 yards

I love this course, and this venue, but I made a couple of tactical decisions on this part of the course that had impact throughout the remainder of the event.

First, I waffled for a day and a half about whether or not to wear my wetsuit for the swim. It's a little small for me right now, and hindsight being 20/20 I should not have worn it. The water was cool, but not cold, and becuase the suit is a little tight on me right now, it tended to pull down on my shoulders making me have to work harder to swim. That fatigued me some, and even this morning (Sunday) as I write this I can feel the stiffness in my shoulders that I don't normally get after this short of a swim.

But, the dcecision was made to wear it, nothing I can do about it now, but learn from the experience.

I did have a small amount of trouble sighting and tended to pull to the left (away from the course) in my swim. I seemed to get it back under control toward the end of the swim.

I was pleased with my exit from the water. I swam in until I was clawing at the sand on the bottom and then I stood up. This strategey was something I learned from the last time I did this race, and that helped a lot

What would you do differently?:

Hindsight being 20/20 I would definately NOT worn my wetsuit. Water temp, while cool, was perfectly comfortable. At least 40 percent or so of the participants did not wear one. I wish I hadn't, because I'm confident that my overall race performance was impacted negatively because I did. If I did wear one again, I would like a sleeveless for this event.
Transition 1
  • 06m 24s

This transition was terrible. Mainly because of the wetsuit. They did not have strippers on the beach and so you were on you own to get the suit off. Not that that is bad, because generally, I prefer to take my suit off on my own, but I could have used some help for this one.

I really struggled to get out of my suit, first getting it off my shoulders was really tough, then it stuck on my ankles as well.

I also had a small problem with my bike shoes in that one of the straps came out and I had a hard time getting it back in.

This was NOT a pretty transition
What would you do differently?:

The wetsuit was the biggest issue I dealt with today, and I'm convinced it cost me 5-10 minutes on my overall performance today.

Lose the wetsuit, or get into one that fits me better.

  • 55m 8s
  • 15 miles
  • 16.32 mile/hr

This was my best portion of the race today (maybe all that time in a spin class is paying off). My goal was to average 16-17 miles per hour, and that's exactly what I did. I had to work hard to keep that pace, but it felt good.

I enjoyed thanking the officers and volunteers as I rode past them. I do apprecitate them out there on the course.

I had to keep reminding myself to "just enjoy the ride", and keep pushing on. And I did that. The first 5 miles seem to take forever, but after that I got into a groove and started to improve. My placing on the bike was my highest placing of the day.
What would you do differently?:

Hydrate better. Something I've never done well. Learn to take better advantage of the downhill portions of the course and capitalize on those.
Anticipate climbs better so I don't bleed off so much pace on the hills.

Transition 2
  • 03m 23s

This transition was a bit closer to my normal transition. I did take my shoes off before running through transtion, but I didn't take them off while I was still on the bike.

Overall, starting to feel pretty good fatigue, and was just slow
What would you do differently?:

I've really got to learn to get my feet out of my shoes before transition. It would help a lot.
  • 34m 29s
  • 3 miles
  • 11m 29s  min/mile

This run was interesting that I had strength (at least I felt I did) but I never really got my running legs under me until about 2 miles in. My 3rd mile was the best of the day, so I was excited about that. I walked a lot on this run, way more than I should have let myself, but I was hammered. Pleased that I did run mile 3 faster than the other two!

What would you do differently?:

Stay intensely focused. Push through the pain. Manage walking more.
Post race
Warm down:

Got to the finish, Mrs. UTTriman was there at the side as I approached the finish line, Gave her a high five as I passed by and finished as strong as I could.

Got the cold towel that they pass out at the finish (one of the best 'perks' of this event) and draped it around my neck, proceeded to the nearest garbage can and puked!!

Walked it off as best I could, met up with the gang, and resumed my 'rightful place as the cow's tail! '

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My weight, and overall condition. I'm really frustrated with how hard I've been training, and the weight isn't coming down and my endurance is off. I'm going to try a couple of new things here in the next few weeks to see what I can do.

I also, if I'm honest, didn't expect to perform terribly well in this race. I knew I could do it, but mentally didn't have my 'winner' game face on. So even though I was excited to be here, and have absolutely NO regrets about the race, I wasn't ready mentally to push myself through it as strong as I could have.

I also feel that using the wetsuit impacted my performance for the day in a big way. I know it cost me 5-10 minutes overall.

Event comments:

I love this race. It's generally pretty well organized (There are some opportunities for improvement, but it's good none the less) and it's a lot of fun to watch the pro's!

Weather conditions for today were as close to perfect as they could get for a race. Take away a couple miles an hour of wind (there wasn't much to begin with anyway) and increase the water temp 3-4 degree's and you'd have had a PERFECT race condition in my opinion.

I'm anxious now to go home, train hard and comeback next year and kick this race in the butt again. Comparing this race to the race 3 years ago, well, I shows what I'm capable of, and how far off my game I've gotten. No worries though, I came to this race today to have fun, be with my friends, and enjoy myself, all of which I accomplished. Could I have done better, absolutely, but I'm not letting it get me down in any way. I had fun, and learned much, and I'm ready to get back at it for next year!

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Last updated: 2009-03-22 12:00 AM
00:18:26 | 704 yards | 02m 37s / 100yards
Age Group: 39/52
Overall: 712/996
Performance: Below average
Suit: Long sleeved Wetsuit
Course: Rectangular course in Lake Nokomis. Water had a little bit of chop, but not much. Course was well covered with at least 20 guards in the water and several on boats. Water was nice overall. Got shallow a little further out than I'd have liked but was ok.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 06:24
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Bad Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:55:08 | 15 miles | 16.32 mile/hr
Age Group: 46/52
Overall: 624/996
Performance: Good
Mile 1 - 3:27 Mile 2 - 3:24 Mile 3 - 3:49 Mile 4 - 3:08 Mile 5 - 3:30 Mile 6 - 3:04 Mile 7 - 3:49 Mile 8 - 3:46 Mile 9 - 3:23 Mile 10 - 4:01 Mile 11 - 3:02 Mile 12 - 3:29 Mile 13 - 3:57 Mile 14 - 4:03 Mile 15 - 3:33
Wind: Some
Course: Fairly techincal course, a bit more hilly than I remembered it, but I do like the course overall. It fits me well. Some sharp turns, short climbs and lots of opportunities to shift gears. Some of my buddies don't like this course as much as some, because they feel that they can't really hammer it. It's a great course for me
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 03:23
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Below average
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:34:29 | 03 miles | 11m 29s  min/mile
Age Group: 50/52
Overall: 851/996
Performance: Below average
Mile 1 - 11:02 Mile 2 - 11:33 Mile 3 - 10:47
Course: Mostly shady, fairly flat. On Running Trail
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
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

2009-07-12 7:54 AM

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Peoria, Arizona
Subject: Life Time Fitness Triathlon - Sprint

2009-07-12 9:45 AM
in reply to: #2278955

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West Chester, Ohio
Subject: RE: Life Time Fitness Triathlon - Sprint

You went out and raced the race you had.

Well done.  The wetsuit issue is a tough one.  To me a 74 degree water would be freaking COLD and I would want the suit--but a small suit would cuase problems with the stroke.


Excellent.  I am glad you got a race in

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