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Baxter, Minnesota
United States
Pickle Events
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 33m 31s
Overall Rank = 54/332
Age Group = 45 - 49
Age Group Rank = 5/20
Pre-race routine:

Up at 6, two Eggo waffles, yogurt, coffee and water. Final checklist and out the door.
Got a good parking spot and pretty good Tran spot, checked in, got tires fully inflated, got gear settled, checked out the Transition area entries/exits, ate a banana and some gel, got suited up and went to Pre-race meeeting.
Event warmup:

Walked about 1/2 mile, jogged some and stretched a little. Got into water and swam mabye 50 yards.
  • 12m 55s
  • 962 yards
  • 01m 20s / 100 yards

This was the most jostled I had been in any race! Fianlly got into a good rhythm and was swimming hard when a hand grabbed my shoulder and pulled me back! We looked at each other and she said sorry...LOL. Don't know how I swam such a fast time. Course maybe a little short? I felt like I was stopping/starting/changing direction all the time as I kept running into people or getting run into, but best race split I have had.
What would you do differently?:

Get luckier? - LOL. Try to find more open water. Maybe try to start at the head of the wave.
Transition 1
  • 01m 27s

Fast transition for me!
What would you do differently?:

  • 49m
  • 17.3 miles
  • 21.18 mile/hr

My goal was 49:00 so hit it exactly!!! Also wanted to average over 21 MPH, so did that as well. Good ride for me, although I had a hard time along the back stretch staying focussed and pumping hard. Kinda cruised for aboue 3 miles (miles 12 -15 or so)...but took that time to recover a bit and drink some fluids, so maybe worked out for the best.
What would you do differently?:

Keep training on the bike and get more T.I.T.S.
Transition 2
  • 00m 59s

Very good transition for me! I got off bike running and kept it up to my tran area, got my running shoes on quickly, and ran hard out of the tran area.
What would you do differently?:

  • 29m 12s
  • 3.9 miles
  • 07m 29s  min/mile

Right calf problem right after mile 2. Major pain caused me to finally stop and stretch it for about 20 seconds. I easily lost 2 minutes on the run due to that and having to slow down. Bummer. I think I have an issue with my Plantaris tendon/muscle. It is a vestigal muscle (left over from days past like your appendix), and is a common problem for athletes over 40. It seems to crop up whenever I push the pace as I can jog no problem.
What would you do differently?:

Physical therapy???
Post race
Warm down:

Met family, walked around and stetched calf some. Got water and snacks and a hot dog for my daughter. Watched friends finish and visited for a bit.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Need more time biking and need my calf muscles to stop hurting!

Event comments:

My favorite race so far! Overall goal was 1:35:00, so beat it. I did a 1:40:40 last year with very slow transitions, but improved in all areas. There were 332 finishers 421 entrants.

Last updated: 2009-06-29 12:00 AM
00:12:55 | 962 yards | 01m 20s / 100yards
Age Group: 5/20
Overall: 45/332
Performance: Good
Suit: sleeveless
Course: Counter-clockwise rectangle.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 67F / 19C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:27
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
00:49:00 | 17.3 miles | 21.18 mile/hr
Age Group: 5/20
Overall: 70/332
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Flat and fast with only one hill and a few rollers to speak of. A little bumpy at start/finish and along Hwy 77.
Road:  Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:59
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:29:12 | 03.9 miles | 07m 29s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/20
Overall: 95/332
Performance: Below average
Course: Flat and fast with 2 water stops. Took some water to swish in mouth and pour down back.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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] 5

2009-08-24 9:57 AM

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Minnetonka, Minnesota
Subject: Lakes Country Triathlon

2009-08-24 4:25 PM
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Rochester, MN
Subject: RE: Lakes Country Triathlon

Very nice improvement from last year!  Can't beat improving in all areas.  This was my 1st time at Baxter and i thought it was a fun race. 

2009-08-24 10:50 PM
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Central MN
Subject: RE: Lakes Country Triathlon
Sorry about the calf problems, although congrats on the top five finish. Just think of your place had you not lost the two minutes on the run!
2009-08-25 11:03 AM
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Minnetonka, Minnesota
Subject: RE: Lakes Country Triathlon
Thanks for the kinds words.  Looks like the MN BT group was well represented!

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