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LIFE TIME MINNEAPOLIS TRIATHLON - International Course - TriathlonOlympic

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
United States
77F / 25C
Total Time = 2h 38m 59s
Overall Rank = 213/774
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 35/121
Pre-race routine:

Breakfast in the car-Special K with red berries, Bagel with peanut butter. Got to the race site @6:15, set up transition (not a lot of space, 6-7 bikes per rack) and not a lot of space left. Walked around, did some light stretching, stood in line for portajohn, looked for fellow BTers. Got in on the early BT group photo at 7:15 with SteveStenzel and MNRunnerGirl. Then did a light jog, peed again, then down to the swim start.
Event warmup:

Essentially none. Did some light stretching of arms and legs, jogged about a 1/4 mile, and that's it!
  • 31m 27s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 55s / 100 yards

Bad sighting, listed to the left for the entire race. I just simply never fully corrected. Goggles fogged on back stretch, had to pause at 2nd buoy to clean them and regroup. The good news was that I didn't have too many people to dodge as far out as I was!
What would you do differently?:

Swim a little straighter, though not bad. I simply need more time in the pool
Transition 1
  • 02m 3s

Good transition. Needed to jog lightly to my bike to get my feet under me, but overall went very smooth (no wetsuit involved, so that probably helped).
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 13m 13s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 20.36 mile/hr

Excellent pace, and nearly 2 minutes faster than what I thought could be my best time (averaged 20.9 per official results). Maybe could have pushed a little harder, but overall felt very good, and based on the start of the run, I'm glad I did it the way I did.
What would you do differently?:

Get my nutrition (fruit snacks and nutrigrain bar) out of their wrappers before the race. I thought if it rained hard (like i thought it would based on the radar), it would make a mess in my bento box. Instead, I had to try to open them while riding, which was a bad idea. I hope no one wiped out on the fruit snacks I dropped on the course.
Transition 2
  • 01m 56s

pretty good. Legs were dead off the bike. Took my time, grabbed the last bit of gatorade left on my bike, and headed off
What would you do differently?:

  • 50m 19s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 06s  min/mile

Very tough off the bike. Took it really easy for first two miles (~9 min/mile, gradually built up pace, ended up running a negative split (probably 26:00->24:20). Lost the pace a little toward the end. Got a nice shout out from the race announcer
What would you do differently?:

More bricks might help, but overall this was much better than I expected. Wouldn't really change anything.
Post race
Warm down:

light stretching, wandered around. drank some beers, muscle milk, banana, gatorade, water, etc

What limited your ability to perform faster:

lack of training, particularly on the swim. a good swim would have saved me 5 minutes. Run went better than expected, but has potential to get sub 50 very easily. Bike probably couldn't have gone any better

Event comments:

Awesome support. The entry fee is definitely worth the cost when you look at the number of volunteers and the amount of swag post-race. Greatly appreciate the volunteers and MPLS police out on the course!! Definitely will plan on this again next year.

Last updated: 2011-06-02 12:00 AM
00:31:27 | 1640 yards | 01m 55s / 100yards
Age Group: 28/121
Overall: 264/774
Performance: Below average
8:40 to first buoy, over 22 at second turn. HR mainly in mid-high 160s.
Suit: Pearl Izumi shorts and 2XU Endurance aerotri tip
Course: triangle, turns to the right. Lots of lifeguards (I got to meet most of them given how wide I was for the course)
Start type: Run Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 83F / 28C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Good Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Below average
Time: 02:03
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:13:13 | 24.85 miles | 20.36 mile/hr
Age Group: 35/121
Overall: 221/774
Performance: Good
Averaged low 160s, peak at 172 on a hill climb, low 156
Wind: Some
Course: Decent course, very scenic (had I had time to enjoy it). Some rough sections, but overall not bad. Seemed to be well mark (except for the one hole I hit while cornering at 35mph)
Road: Rough Wet Cadence: 80s
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:56
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Below average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:50:19 | 06.21 miles | 08m 06s  min/mile
Age Group: 47/121
Overall: 282/774
Performance: Good
160s at start (getting the bricks out of my shoes), up to upper 170s over back part of 2nd lap.
Course: 2 laps around Lake Nokomis, very flat, on trails
Keeping cool Average 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

2011-07-09 12:49 PM

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Subject: LIFE TIME MINNEAPOLIS TRIATHLON - International Course

2011-07-09 4:31 PM
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Subject: RE: LIFE TIME MINNEAPOLIS TRIATHLON - International Course
Great job and great first Olympic!
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