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rockville, Minnesota
United States
Cadence Multisports
60sF / 0C
Overcast
Total Time = 1h 16m 9s
Overall Rank = 30/376
Age Group = M50-59
Age Group Rank = 3/26
Pre-race routine:

We stayed at our son, Scott's appt, arriving Sat about 1:30. My alarm did not go off but his cell phone woke us up about 20 minutes past when I had the alarm set. We were able to leave his appt about 6:05 and arrived on site about 6:20. Traditional Honey Nut Cheerios and banana with GE to drink on way
Event warmup:

Had a little bike and run warm up before the pre-race meeting. A little swim before my wave #4 went off. Chatted some with of course Scott and also Andy, Jenny and Renee.

I saw both the Larrys that have beat me in the past were registered so my goal was still to podium but looking for that 3 spot again this year. Figured I didn't have much margin for error.
Swim
  • 11m 27s
  • 581 yards
  • 01m 58s / 100 yards
Comments:

Start was mediocre, then I had some trouble getting a rythymn going. DId much better after the turnaround, even drafted some. Still not very fast but 37 seconds faster than last year.
What would you do differently?:

I can still go harder on the swim, especially a sprint. This was my first sprint of the year and I need to go harder on the swim.
Transition 1
  • 00m 59s
Comments:

No problems with my top but when I got to my bike I had not done anything with my bib. I had troubles with the heels cause I sat down for some reason, had to get back up and step on legs. Probably lost 10 seconds on this mistake.

I was still 2nd in AG only +1 sec
What would you do differently?:

Get top off and remember to work on bib as well. Maybe because this the shortest water to T1 I've had this year I didn't have time or did I just forget.

Bike
  • 42m 8s
  • 15 miles
  • 21.36 mile/hr
Comments:

I started out just behind someone from my AG and tried to stay with him but he left me early on one of the rollers and I did not see him again. I was a little disappointed because I knew Larry Stracke was a good biker but I was a bette rrunner than him. Turns out it was him. First half was really fast, 2nd half we had a little headwind. Only 15 miles so I was pushing hard counting on my run strength to hold up for only a 5k.

I drank almost my whole aero bottle of GE.
What would you do differently?:

My bike handling skills are still weak. I know I'm also a little gun shy from my crash earlier this year. I got out of aero and braked on some of turns when I did not need to. I really should find someplace to practice my cornering and turn skills at race speed. 1:11 slower than last year. More wind last year but also more bike fitness at this time of year.
Transition 2
  • 00m 49s
Comments:

5th in AG +29 sec. 2 guys were really fast, most likely no bike shoes as their bike speed was mid 18s. 2nd place Larry Stracke was 11 secs faster than me.
Run
  • 20m 48s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 06m 43s  min/mile
Comments:

Great run. I had a little trouble with my Garmin at start, I was hitting stop button instead of lap button. Garmin had me 6:30 pace for 3.11 miles. Mile 1 was 6:37, 2 was 6:31, 3 was 6:27 and last .11 was 5:49. I knew I needed to push to podium and my run was better than Larry Stracke or Larry Schonhardt. I passed a couple of wave 4 guys early. At about the 2 mile point I turned it up a notch, really decided to leave nothing in reserve and go hard as long as I could. I was passing tons of people. Once we got of the road back on the bike path you could see the finish and I kept pouring it on trying to pass as many as possible. Right at the end about 50 yards I saw a wave 4 guy and went all out. I passed him at the very end. In the finish shute I had a loud shout of accomplishment, pretty excited to pass a fellow AGer even if it wasn't for a podium. Turns out it was Larry Schonhardt who beat me by 4 min at RochesterFest last year, I was only 3 sec in front of him. I ended up 3rd only 27 sec behind Stracke who was 1st last year and beat me by 3:48. 1st was Pete Royer, a 50 yr old but I was only 1:11 behind him.

This was my first race this year where I improved last year's time. Only 17 sec faster but hey I'll take it. Plus I got closer to top of AG and beat someone who has beat me before.
Post race
Warm down:

Saw Scott, Jenny and Renee finish. Got some cookies from Renee. Scott and I got our stuff out of transition, got our food and stayed for awards. Scott went to look at results but didn't tell me anything. Andy, Jenny and I all finished 3rd in our AG, Andy was 6th overall. Scott did well for his limited training 21/44. Renee's name was drawn for HED 3 spoke front wheel but she had left....too bad.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Bike fitness is getting there but still needs time. Swim will always be my weak discipline but I need to keep working to improve.

Event comments:

2nd year at Graniteman, it works out well w/Scott living in St Cloud, otherwise probably would not do this one. We got hot dog and chips this year but only a towel, no t-shirt in goodie bag. Pretty low-key, non-USAT race. I do like the granite plaques instead of a medal for podium finishes. They had a the HED wheel and a mtn bike for prizes this year better than last year.

Thanks to a call from Andy we went down hy 10 instead of I94 and then headed east when 10 slowed down. It still tooks us 3:20 but it took them 5:00.




Last updated: 2009-02-12 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:11:27 | 581 yards | 01m 58s / 100yards
Age Group: 12/26
Overall: 127/376
Performance: Average
Pace 1:58
Suit: Desoto Black Pearl
Course: Out and back along noodle line to our right
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Below average
T1
Time: 00:59
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Average
Biking
00:42:08 | 15 miles | 21.36 mile/hr
Age Group: 6/26
Overall: 31/376
Performance: Good
Avg 155 Max 162
Wind: Little
Course: Gentle rolling but mostly flat, fair numbe rof turns
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 94
Turns: Bad Cornering: Bad
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 00:49
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
00:20:48 | 03.1 miles | 06m 43s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/26
Overall: 21/376
Performance: Good
Avg 167 Max 182
Course: Out and back, pretty flat
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
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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2009-07-14 5:15 PM

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2009-07-14 6:01 PM
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Subject: RE: Graniteman Triathlon

Nice and fast run, there.  Well done all around, really.  I was talking with a few people about one of the turns (~mile 6 or so).  It was a hard left turn that didn't give much space to swing wide at all.  I think a lot of people hit their brakes a bit there.  I know I saw one guy being bandaged up after he went off the side there.

Congratulations on the podium and improving your time over last year.  Not bad at all.

2009-07-15 8:15 AM
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Subject: RE: Graniteman Triathlon

I took the turns a little gingerly myself.  It's hard when you don't know the course, you have to be able to read them fast.  A skill I do not have, apparently.  Way to sneak in one more pass on your way to the finish!  Great job.

I am so jealous you had warning about the 94 situation. That sucked.

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