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Chisago City, Minnesota
United States
85F / 29C
Total Time = 5h 06m 43s
Overall Rank = 77/619
Age Group = M50-54
Age Group Rank = 5/25
Pre-race routine:

Honey Nut Cheerios and a banana for breakfast. We left the hotel just after 5:30. Timing was pretty good.
Event warmup:

Short bike, even a shorter run. The gal next to me was taking a little more space than she needed but I could fit my stuff in. I was right on the path leading to bike in/out. Good spot but crowded pre-race as thats where everyone was coming and going. Wave 5, short swim, ready to go.
  • 41m 25s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 58s / 100 yards

I thought the swim went well although my time does not reflect. I was about 5 min slower than last year so I'm guessing the distances between the 2 years is off.
Transition 1
  • 01m 56s

Decent T1. +37 sec from last year. 6th in AG +59 from 1st in AG.
What would you do differently?:

I had decided not to go too fast in my transitions. Take my time, make sure I had everything and go. No dinking around but oin a longer race I did not want to forget something.
  • 2h 34m 20s
  • 56 miles
  • 21.77 mile/hr

Good bike, I watched my HR and tried to not let it get too high. Kept my HR in target zone. Drank both bottles of Gatorade and most of water. Energy bar about mile 14 and 44. Gel around mile 30.
Transition 2
  • 01m 46s

Took a little time to make sure I had everything for the run. Garmin, hat, race belt, gels, endurolytes, etc. My thighs started to cramp but never knotted up. I was fine at start of run.

14th in AG +51. Maybe I went a little too slow in T cause I was quite a bit slower than leaders and I'm usually fast but I followed my plan of not rushing. Probably need to shoot for a happy medium.
  • 1h 47m 14s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 11s  min/mile

Started out OK, made sure I wasn't going too fast like last year. Pretty good thru mile 8, not at the 7:45 pace I wanted but still sub 8 by about 10 sec. Started cramping in left calf and right groin. I started to slow down as I couldn't stride very far, the marathon shuffle became my mode. In the last few miles I had to stop and stretch some and walk for a bit. This is the first time I ever had to walk in a tri. My energy levels were OK, my HR was Ok, I wasn't overly hot....I just couldn't run. I woulod not call this a bonk because my nutrition was OK, this was my body not able to respond to the demands I was asking of it. I was a little over 7 minutes slower than a 8:05 pace the last 3 miles which cost me a sub 5:00 finish.

My Garmin had distance at 12.58, my pace at 8:27.
What would you do differently?:

I was hydrated, I had taken plenty of fluids, not sure why I had the cramping issue. I pushed the bike hard but felt trained to do that kind of effort. My bike fitness was way better than last year, my run fitness a little less.
Post race
Warm down:

I went to medical, they gave me gatorade, had me stretch. Someone from the massage place came over and worked on my right calf. My left had some cramping towards the end but the right was the worst. I continued to drink and got some food. Walked some.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Cramping issues on the run.

Event comments:

Disappointed I could not finish the run the way I wanted to. I definitely had a shot at 3rd but 1st and 2nd in AG were both at 4:44. Very happy with my bike. I had an OK time but not what I was hoping for. I felt with work on bike I could break 5:00 again this year. Shit happens.

Barb had a tough swim but great bike and not so good run. Scott was happy with his times.

We went out for burgers and beer with Joe Ryan post race and had a good time.

Last updated: 2010-04-14 12:00 AM
00:41:25 | 2112 yards | 01m 58s / 100yards
Age Group: 16/25
Overall: 0/619
Performance: Average
Official pace 2:08, Water was warm but I never felt overheated.
Suit: Desoto Black Pearl Full
Course: Out and back. I think the course was short last year or long this year.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:56
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Average
02:34:20 | 56 miles | 21.77 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/25
Overall: 75/619
Performance: Good
Avg HR = 146, Max HR = 166
Wind: None
Course: Different course from last year, more hills. I never really knew where we were I just followed the people in front of me and watched traffic control and volunteers.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 94
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:46
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal
01:47:14 | 13.1 miles | 08m 11s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/25
Overall: 113/619
Performance: Below average
1-7:25-155 2-7:31-162 3-7:47-162 4-7:46-161 5-7:57-165 6-8:06-165 7-8:03-165 8-8:08-166 9-8:35-165 10-9:13-162 11-9:37-157 12-10:29-152 .58-5:41-157 pace for last .58 was 9:50 Avg HR 161 MAX HR 173
Course: Out and back, middle portion is hilly and open, some shade at turnaround. First and last roughly 2 miles in town and some shade.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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

2010-07-27 10:23 AM

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Rochester, MN
Subject: Chisago Lakes Triathlon Half Iron

2010-08-03 3:10 PM
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Subject: RE: Chisago Lakes Triathlon Half Iron

Sorry to hear about the cramping - that's a long way to go when hurting.  Hope to see you at Burrito Union this year!

2010-08-05 8:36 AM
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Lakeville, MN
Subject: RE: Chisago Lakes Triathlon Half Iron
definately a solid race...I hear you on he legs cramping...that happens to me on the run when I really get after the bike, but it sounds like you were able to run through it. Sorry to hear that you didn't get your sub 5 hour, but I think this years bike course was considerably harder than the last couple years by about 7-10 minutes at our pace, which would have made it harder to have a good run leg after this ride.

Hope to meet you at one of the races soon
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