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Baxter, Minnesota
United States
Brainerd/Baxter Kiwanis Club
80F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 34m 29s
Overall Rank = 53/338
Age Group = 45 - 49
Age Group Rank = 5/21
Pre-race routine:

Went out for breakfast and had pancakes with butter and syrup, coffee, juice, water and a banana. Parked, pumped tires and got gear finalized into backpack and walked to event. Got a decent transition spot, met a friend and got checked-in. Organized tran area. Ate a banana and a gel with water. Got into wetsuit and went to pre-race meeting. Met our 3rd friend and family and chatted.
Event warmup:

Did some walking and light jogging and stretched. Swam 100 yards or so before start.
  • 13m 44s
  • 880 yards
  • 01m 34s / 100 yards

Good swim for me. I drafted off of Jim (3rd best swim overall) as long as I could, but he's too fast! Everyone agreed swim was longer than last year. Top-ten swim tims as well as my time reflect that, as I felt I was in good shape, swam hard and navigated well. Improved place over last year. Was in third wave so not nearly as jostled as last year.
What would you do differently?:

Swim a little tighter to the bouys on the way out.
Transition 1
  • 01m 24s

Good tran 1 for me. 3 seconds faster than last year. Had a little trouble clipping my helmet, which is a new aero helmet. It cost me maybe 5 seconds
What would you do differently?:

Practice clipping aero helmet more.
  • 47m 45s
  • 17.3 miles
  • 21.74 mile/hr

Good bike split for me with my fastest pace yet, despite fairly strong winds of 10 - 20 mph out of the south. Kept a good cadence and pushed the hills more. I had one bottle of gatorade-water mix and drank about 2/3 of it.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing other than ride more.
Transition 2
  • 01m 33s

Frist real transition error ever for me as I racked my bike one carrol over at a spot where the guy had my exact same shoes! I racked the bike and moved to the other side of my bike to gear area when I noticed everything but the shoes looked wrong and out of place. I then realized I was in the wrong spot altogether! Grabbed bike off of rack and moved to next support where my spot was. Got into shoes fine after that. My hat had blown away, so looked around for that for a few seonds, but then just grabbed a washcloth I had lying there intsead to wipe-off sweat during the run. Found hat about 6 feet away after race. Damn wind! This was 34 seconds slower than last year.
What would you do differently?:

Be more careful finding tran spot and don't get distracted. There was a relay guy standing with his bike in my aisle chatting with someone outside of tran that distracted me as he was right in my way as I was running to my spot. Got me out of my concentration, but no real excuse!

Also, put hat and race belt under my shoes to keep from blowing away.
  • 30m 4s
  • 3.9 miles
  • 07m 43s  min/mile

I was happy enough with the run as I had not been able to run much due to surgery and a sprained ankle at the end of July as well as hurting my left calf about 2 weeks before the race. I just wanted to run sub 8's and not have my calf hurt, which it didn't. I ran a very steady race and decided not to wear a watch as I was afraid I would get excited about my pace and push it too hard. I just went by my breathing and figured I was running around 7:40's, which was pretty accurate.
What would you do differently?:

Not have surgery and not sprain my ankle so I could have run more!
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed a nice cold water and walked around to cool down. Had some provided snacks and another water and a Gatorade Recover that I brought, which tasted terrible I thought. Waited for friends to come in then we hung out for a bit before heading to friend's cabin for a bbq and a dip in the lake and hot tub.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training, especially run mileage, due to surgery in mid June and an ankle sprain in late July.

Event comments:

It is my favorite race of the year and will be back again in 2011 if at all possible.

Last updated: 2010-02-01 12:00 AM
00:13:44 | 880 yards | 01m 34s / 100yards
Age Group: 5/21
Overall: 35/338
Performance: Good
Suit: Neosport sleeveless
Course: Counter-clockwise rectangle.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:24
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:47:45 | 17.3 miles | 21.74 mile/hr
Age Group: 5/21
Overall: 48/338
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong
Course: Large clockwise rectangle with one good-sized hill and a few rollers.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 86
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:33
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Bad
Shoe and helmet removal
00:30:04 | 03.9 miles | 07m 43s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/21
Overall: 95/338
Performance: Good
Course: Flat and fast with a hot wind out of the south.
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
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

2010-08-30 8:52 AM

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Minnetonka, Minnesota
Subject: Lakes Country Triathlon

2010-08-30 12:56 PM
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Subject: RE: Lakes Country Triathlon

Super race!  It turned out great, even with your unplanned "time off" this summer.  Bummer about the T2 mishaps - a tough lesson to learn.

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