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Albert Lea, Minnesota
United States
Tri Minnesota Racing Series
60sF / 0C
Total Time = 1h 48m 33s
Overall Rank = 34/94
Age Group = M50-54
Age Group Rank = 4/7
Pre-race routine:

Up to eat and load car. Normal Honey Nut Cheerios and banana. Left about 6:20 am. Arrived about 7:25. Skies look treatening, then started to rain. Radar showed it should pass so I went ahead and paid. Skies cleared then got overcast. Talked to Jssh, he had weather radar on his phone. Quick hi to Pattie and Jeremy.
Event warmup:

Short run, short bike. Knee felt good. Wetsuit on, short swim. Talked to Bill and Andy right before the swim.
  • 09m 2s
  • 440 yards
  • 02m 03s / 100 yards

Bad swim which seems to the norm for my first race swim every year. Water was not cold. I never got into my normal breathing pattern and did a lot of worthless thashing around. I ended up breathing every 2 strokes from my left (strong side) the majority of the race.
What would you do differently?:

Focus, focus, focus. Force myself to get into a every 3rd or 3232 breathing pattern and concentrate on technique. Poor mental toughness.
Transition 1
  • 01m 17s

+26 from AG lead, +10 from 2&3 in AG so 4/7 in AG. TA was uneven, very wet and muddy. I took a little extra time due to knee. Overall I think I was just in "safe" mode.
What would you do differently?:

Not much
  • 1h 07m 24s
  • 20.5 miles
  • 18.25 mile/hr

Right at the beginning after a short uphill where I was out of the saddle my bike made a loud clank. There was an audible rubbing, the tire was hitting the frame. I stopped and tried to adjust, I ended up opening my back brake levers. I was working hard and there was some wind on the 2nd part of the course but my speed seemed slow.

After the race, taking my bike out of transition, there was very noticeable rubbing of the back wheel on the chain side brake pad. I'm not sure whn this happened on the course but it definitely was a factor in my bike time. My stop was less than a minute but comparing my bike speed to others I have rode time trials with this spring I should have been at least over 20 mph instead of 18.2. I have not had any problem with my stock wheels. I rode my race wheels on Sat w/Barb w/no problems.
What would you do differently?:

I need to figure out the rear race wheel issue.
Transition 2
  • 01m 27s

Not a good T2. Up to and including dismount were OK. TA was very muddy and slippery, I was overly cautious because of my knee. SOmeone had their wet suit on the bike rack in my spot (wtf?).

What would you do differently?:

I've lost my transition edge. Especially with the poor conditions, uneven, wet, muddy, slippery I was overly cautious.
  • 29m 25s
  • 4.2 miles
  • 07m  min/mile

I thought the course was the same as last year, 3.5 miles. It was back to the original 4.2 miles. I know my run fitness is lacking, with knee issues I have not been able to train as much as I'd like. I was hoping for a 7:30 pace at the shorter distance so very pleased with the pace at the longer distance. My knee was a non-issue, I was running hard, careful of the few muddy spots and was able to maintain and even increase my pace. This was by far the best part of the race for me. Not great by previous years standards but excellent based on this years training.
What would you do differently?:

They did announce the run course was back to 4.2 pre-race but down by the water it was impossible to hear what they were saying.
Post race
Warm down:

Lots of fluids and some muffins. Changed pretty quick. I did not stay for awards.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Rear wheel issue on the bike. I was still 12 minutes from 3rd so would not have podiumed but at least could have been in the neighborhood.

Disappointing results, not good mental effort on the swim, maybe could have handled bike issues better, not sure. Way exceeded run expectations. Need to get back my transition edge.

First race post knee surgery, happy to be racing, not sure how long I will be able to continue so have to enjoy it while I can.

Event comments:

Albert Lea does a nice job for a smaller race. They do need to find a better spot for transition area.

Last updated: 2011-05-24 12:00 AM
00:09:02 | 440 yards | 02m 03s / 100yards
Age Group: 5/7
Overall: 51/94
Performance: Bad
Suit: Desoto Full
Course: Triangle
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 60F / 16C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Bad Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Time: 01:17
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Average
01:07:24 | 20.5 miles | 18.25 mile/hr
Age Group: 5/7
Overall: 43/94
AVG HR - 146
Wind: Some
Road: Smooth  Cadence: 92
Turns: Below average Cornering:
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:27
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Bad
Racking bike Bad
Shoe and helmet removal
00:29:25 | 04.2 miles | 07m  min/mile
Age Group: 3/7
Overall: 22/94
Performance: Good
1 - 7:10 - 157 2 - 7:10 - 164 3 - 7:17 - 167 4 - 7:01 - 171 .1 - 6:09 - 177
Course: Garmin had 4.1 miles and 7:08 pace
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? No
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2011-05-25 10:22 AM

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