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2010-03-24 12:19 PM

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Subject: Lake Minnetonka Triathlon : Official Thread

has anyone done this race before?  what is the elevation like for the bike and run? is the swim short or with a current?  thanks in advance for the information!



2010-03-24 12:35 PM
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I did it the first year it was held and it was my first tri ever.  Swim is pretty flat and is a point to point.  You walk to the start from transition and then swim back.  Bike I remember being rmostly flat and the run is pancake flat on a trail through a park.  I liked this race a lot.

2010-03-24 1:03 PM
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djdavey - are you signed up?  If I bring my copy of The Distance, will you sign it? 

(If I was going to be there that day, I'd totally bring it...but sadly I am not)

There are a bunch of race reports to look at for this too...  But judging from what I've heard/read, looks pretty flat overall.

2010-03-24 1:36 PM
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I've done this course twice (both times in 2008) and liked it as well, but I wouldn't classify the bike course as flat. Of course, I live and train in corn field country, so a speed bump qualifies as a hill for me. There are a few pretty good hills on the bike that I recall, particularly the one right before the turnaround. The run is completely flat and on a very nice little trail that I really liked.

2010-03-24 1:37 PM
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MNDiver is spot on but I'll add my two cents

Swim is a lake swim, no current.  it is near a big part of the lake so with the right wind it could get choppy, last year it was super calm.

the bike is pretty flat except for one decent hill near the turn around (its an out and back). I think I have it traced on here as a route.

the run is as flat as you can get.  most of run is on a crushed limestone bike path (old railroad bed) and again is an out and back.

I heard it was already full for this year.  I did it last year and will be back again this year.  One bonus is the t-shirt is a dry-fit shirt, not a cotton t-shirt, so I actually wear it a lot instead of making it a rag.

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2010-03-24 1:40 PM
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mndiver - 2010-03-24 12:35 PM

I did it the first year it was held and it was my first tri ever.  Swim is pretty flat and is a point to point.  You walk to the start from transition and then swim back.  Bike I remember being rmostly flat and the run is pancake flat on a trail through a park.  I liked this race a lot.



I heard it was a real hilly swim?

Seriouosly - I am in an and excited for the race!  It will be my first Tri of the year.
 

 



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2010-03-25 6:57 AM
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Well, with the possible waves in excelsior bay, it could be classified as a hilly swim!!

I have done this race, but I did it when it was the Best of the US race in 2006 (I believe). The bike course is deceptive, as it seems like it should be flat, but i didn't tink it was

Here aremy notes about the course

http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/discussion/forums/thread-view.asp...


Best of luck, Ross runs a great race!

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2010-03-28 4:57 PM
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BikerGrrrl - 2010-03-24 1:03 PM

djdavey - are you signed up?  If I bring my copy of The Distance, will you sign it? 

(If I was going to be there that day, I'd totally bring it...but sadly I am not)

There are a bunch of race reports to look at for this too...  But judging from what I've heard/read, looks pretty flat overall.

all signed up!!!  made a deal with my stepsister to do this one, was late signing up so grabbed a charity slot and then found out that my stepsister decided not to do it!!!!  oh well, i'll still go up and have a great weekend with all those minnesota packer fans we have up there!!!  and of course i would sign the DVD - no charge!!! (andrea and toby will be along too, maybe they could sign as well?? ....).  If anyone wants any copies of the DVD i can bring some up, just let me know!  im sure mndiver will probably want at least another 5 more .............

 

2010-04-08 10:13 AM
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Wow, looks like 21 BTers are planning on doing this one.  We should plan a party or something!
2010-04-13 12:34 PM
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ejshowers - 2010-04-08 10:13 AM Wow, looks like 21 BTers are planning on doing this one.  We should plan a party or something!

Totally agree!!  I will be leaving Milwaukee on Friday morning at about 8ish or so on the 18th.  Probably pull into the Minnetonka area around 3ish i reckon (bringing the lovely spouse and T1 along so will probably have to stop at least once along the way for some stretching and food for the wee one).  Cant remember the name of the town where my Brother inlaw and his fiancee live at the moment, but just on the outskirts of Minnetonka, MnDiver knows...................................

 

2010-04-13 12:40 PM
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djdavey - 2010-04-13 12:34 PM

ejshowers - 2010-04-08 10:13 AM Wow, looks like 21 BTers are planning on doing this one.  We should plan a party or something!

Totally agree!!  I will be leaving Milwaukee on Friday morning at about 8ish or so on the 18th.  Probably pull into the Minnetonka area around 3ish i reckon (bringing the lovely spouse and T1 along so will probably have to stop at least once along the way for some stretching and food for the wee one).  Cant remember the name of the town where my Brother inlaw and his fiancee live at the moment, but just on the outskirts of Minnetonka, MnDiver knows...................................

Plymouth be the town.  Not sure how they will do it this year but the first year of the race you had to pick up the packet the night before at the race venue.  Might be a good time for a short swim and a meet up if anyone is interested.

 



2010-04-13 2:57 PM
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The maps on the Lake Minnetonka Triathlon website http://63.255.227.21/index.htm are pretty lame.  Does anyone have a link to a better bike route map?  I searched on here but couldn't find one.  Maybe a group ride on a May weekend or evening?  Thanks!
2010-04-13 3:03 PM
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Try this one
http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/discussion/training/map.asp?routeid=125846
not sure the turn around point it exactly right but its within a tenth or two.

This was the course last year anyways, I haven't looked to see if there were any changes for this year.
2010-04-13 3:08 PM
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mndiver - 2010-04-13 12:40 PM

Plymouth be the town.  Not sure how they will do it this year but the first year of the race you had to pick up the packet the night before at the race venue.  Might be a good time for a short swim and a meet up if anyone is interested.



Last year, and according to the website, again this year packet pick up was at the Start Line (Running store in stip mall across from Ridgedale)

2010-04-13 3:11 PM
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Looks the same as on the Tri site map.  Thanks!
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2010-05-03 11:53 AM
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any ideas knowledge out there about the best possible place to stay thats close to the race site?  any help will be greatly appreciated!!!!

2010-05-03 1:19 PM
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That's kind of no man's land for hotels.  Aren't you staying with your family in Plymouth?  Or will you be visiting them?  The best is probably a hotel on 494 in Plymouth.  This County Inn & Suites is pretty well located: http://www.countryinns.com/hotels/mnmouth/locations/

 

2010-05-03 1:22 PM
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Tough q - I live not too far from the race site but can??'t think of an?ything close.  ??I? ?t?h?i?n?k? ?t?h?e?r?e? ?i???s? ?a? ??B???&??B? ?i?n? ??E?x?c???????e?l?s?i?o??r?,? ?t?h?e? ?h?o?s?t?i?n?g? ??c??i??t??y?,? ?a?n?d? ?t?here is a motel in Long Lake?, Mn n?o??????t too far a?n?d sev?eral along the 494 loop ???near Hwy 394...  ??H?o?w? ?m?u?c?h? ?d?o? ?y?o?u? ?w?a?n?t? ?t?o? ?s?p?e?n?d???

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2010-05-03 1:25 PM
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If you are not staying with your family in Plymouth there are a couple of hotels in Chanassen which is actualy closer to Excelsior the some may think.  However its completly the oppisite way direction than Plymouth so would be further if you were to visit the fam.
http://www.countryinns.com/chanhassenmn
http://www.hiexpress.com/chanhassenmn

neither are spectatular, but they are not real old either.
2010-05-03 1:28 PM
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Yeah, this is a good idea too if you don't have to go to Plymouth.  You'd want to be on the south side of Lake Minnetonka, for sure.    Also really anything on 494 would be a snap.  Easy to reach from Wisconsin and on race morning, very little traffic in either direction.

jaredfore - 2010-05-03 1:25 PM If you are not staying with your family in Plymouth there are a couple of hotels in Chanassen which is actualy closer to Excelsior the some may think.  However its completly the oppisite way direction than Plymouth so would be further if you were to visit the fam.
http://www.countryinns.com/chanhassenmn
http://www.hiexpress.com/chanhassenmn

neither are spectatular, but they are not real old either.



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Thanks for all the tips guys!!  looking forward to seeing and meeting all of you!

 

2010-06-02 11:28 AM
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I am thinking about riding the bike course this Saturday morning.  Anyone interested in trying to get  a group together?  
2010-06-02 2:43 PM
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interested, however, dont think the lovely spouse would give me clearance on the commute!!!

anyway, just over two weeks away!  i dont think ive been this excited for a sprint ever!

does anyone want to purchase a copy of "The Distance, A Triathlete's Journey"?  if so let me know and i can bring up some copies..... here is a link if you dont know about the movie yet...

www.distancedvd.com

 

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