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Lakes Country Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Baxter, Minnesota
United States
Pickle Events
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 32m 45s
Overall Rank = 52/330
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 11/37
Pre-race routine:

We stayed at my brother's place about 40 minutes away. Woke up around 5, had some oatmeal and coffee and headed to Baxter.
Event warmup:

A quick bike and swim.
  • 13m 42s
  • 800 yards
  • 01m 43s / 100 yards

While my time was ok for me, it was a rough swim. My goggles would not seal and as a result I was basically swimming blind. On the backstretch I ran into slower swimmers from wave 1 and had a hard time finding a clean lane because I couldn't see anything.
What would you do differently?:

Make sure the goggles are sealed and ready to go before hand...
Transition 1
  • 01m 34s

no issues, a pretty standard T1 for me.
  • 45m 51s
  • 17.3 miles
  • 22.64 mile/hr

I pushed the bike about as hard as I could. HR was in upper z4/z5 pretty much the entire ride. The rumble strips on 77(?) made it really tough to pass. Your only option was moving out onto the road.

There were other stretches of road that were really rough also but such is life.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 01m 21s

wasted a little time here because I went down the wrong row.
  • 30m 26s
  • 3.9 miles
  • 07m 48s  min/mile

Felt ok the first mile, really struggled the middle 2 miles but felt better the last mile.
What would you do differently?:

For me, this is a decent run. I need to put more miles in this winter...
Post race
Warm down:

grabbed a couple waters and a hot dog and waited for my wife and friends to finish. Also ran into an old co-worker from like 10 years ago so that was fun.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My run stinks.

Event comments:

I think this race is just a really nice no frills race. Not a lot of extras but they just do a nice job. The bike course is rough but the RD doesn't have a lot of options given the location of the swim. Hopefully the county will get around to repaving some of the roads.

Last updated: 2009-07-21 12:00 AM
00:13:42 | 800 yards | 01m 43s / 100yards
Age Group: 12/37
Overall: 70/330
Performance: Good
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:34
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:45:51 | 17.3 miles | 22.64 mile/hr
Age Group: 7/37
Overall: 25/330
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Road: Rough  Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:21
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:30:26 | 03.9 miles | 07m 48s  min/mile
Age Group: 23/37
Overall: 120/330
Performance: Average
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
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

2009-08-24 8:45 AM

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Arden Hills, MN
Subject: Lakes Country Triathlon

2009-08-24 9:47 AM
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Subject: RE: Lakes Country Triathlon

Great job!  Fantastic bike split.

2009-08-24 4:18 PM
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Rochester, MN
Subject: RE: Lakes Country Triathlon

Good race!  This was my 1st time at Baxter.  Totally agree with the nice rice, no frills comment.  I didn't the roads were that bad.  I was wave 4 and passing a lot people on the bike so I just stayed out on the road.  Great bike split!

2009-08-24 10:44 PM
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Central MN
Subject: RE: Lakes Country Triathlon
Awesome bike split! I found it interesting that the RD mentioned during the pre-race brief that there would not be any officials on the bike course so as to keep the cost down. Personally, I didn't see any drafting at all. At other races (square lake, chisago, to name a few) drafting/packs were more obvious IMHO.
2009-08-25 11:13 AM
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Minnetonka, Minnesota
Subject: RE: Lakes Country Triathlon

Nice race with a great bike split.

I did see a drafter right at the end of my bike leg.  I guy passed my and then another like 1 length behind who then pulled in right behind the lead guy...pissed me off!  I hollered after them "nice drafting!"  I wondered if they had been trading off.

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