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Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota
United States
Anderson Race Management
50F / 10C
Total Time = 1h 18m 39s
Overall Rank = 15/191
Age Group = M 40 - 49
Age Group Rank = 3/26
Pre-race routine:

Got up and had a bagel, banana, coffee and water. Went through final gear checklist, loaded bag into car and headed out. Arrived at about 7:20, a bit later than planned, so ended up with a not-so-great transition spot. Transition was not a run through type, so early arrivers had an advantage. Checked tran entrances and exits, got gear organized, visited Mr. Porta-potty and had some water.
Event warmup:

Walked/jogged begginning of run course and biked maybe one mile to get shoes on and gears set. Swam maybe 100 yards before start.
  • 09m 59s
  • 600 yards
  • 01m 40s / 100 yards

Water was cold, but not too bad with the full wetsuit. I went out strong, but then seemd to struggle catching my breath. Sighting was just OK...weaved a bit on the last stretch. Not my best swim, but ok.
What would you do differently?:

Swimming yardage had fallen off some which may have affected my swim fitness. Keep up the yardage.
Transition 1
  • 01m 27s

Solid tran for me.
What would you do differently?:

I got on my bike while standing on the timing mat for some stupid reason. The announcer said over the PA that I was doing it so I could hear my timing chip beep over and over - he was pretty good.
  • 41m 58s
  • 14.25 miles
  • 20.37 mile/hr

I pushed the bike pretty hard and felt good.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 00m 54s

Good tran for me.
What would you do differently?:

  • 24m 23s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 07m 52s  min/mile

Race description said some trail, but I was not ready for the amount of trail, especilly the grass/weed stretch where I was very worried about turning an ankle. I just took it easy on those parts. I ran with another racer for most of the run and we talked through the trail section and had a good time.
What would you do differently?:

Going in, I planned on pushing the run pace, but instead took it very easy on the trail. I just wanted to avoid a disaster, i.e. another sprained ankle.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around a bit and grabbed the plentiful post-race goodies. Watched my friend finish and then we chatted a bit and had some more snacks.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Decided to go easy on the run. Not the greatest swim for me.

Event comments:

They could have used some more volunteers on the bike course, especially the first major turn off the main road. There was one small sign that could easily have been missed. Run course was a bit too much weedy trail for my liking, but seemed to be marked pretty well. Course was very pretty however, with the fall colors just starting to show. Everyone was very friendly and it was a laid back race. Great way to end the Tri season in MN! Will probably be back next year.

Last updated: 2010-09-03 12:00 AM
00:09:59 | 600 yards | 01m 40s / 100yards
Age Group: 8/26
Overall: 25/191
Performance: Average
Suit: Full Tyr
Course: Clockwise triangle. I thought the turns were tough as they were greater than 90 degrees.
Start type: Wade Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 60F / 16C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Below average
Time: 01:27
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:41:58 | 14.25 miles | 20.37 mile/hr
Age Group: 4/26
Overall: 24/191
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Clockwise loop around Big Marine Lake. Plenty of rollers with 2 larger hills and many corners and turns where I had to slow down. Pretty tough course to really get into a good rhythm and push the bike pace. Last few miles were more open.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:54
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
00:24:23 | 03.1 miles | 07m 52s  min/mile
Age Group: 10/26
Overall: 41/191
Performance: Good
Course: Winding, mixed pavement and trail with some small rollers.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2010-09-20 9:48 AM

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Minnetonka, Minnesota
Subject: One Last Tri

2010-09-20 11:03 AM
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St. Paul, MN
Subject: RE: One Last Tri
Decent race, there. The trail running was a little dodgy and I'll agree on the concern for the ankles. Very solid swim and bike times. Nicely done.
2010-09-22 11:36 AM
in reply to: #3107872

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Subject: RE: One Last Tri

Wow, fantastic job!  I love the trail running, but if you're not ready it can be dangerous.  I pick different shoes, or at least tie them better, etc. 

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