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Annandale, Minnesota
United States
90?F / 0C
Total Time = 1h 48m 24s
Overall Rank = 29/383
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 1/14
Pre-race routine:

Up at 4. Drank shake, ate banana. Packed van and got all 4 kiddos loaded up.

On the road by 5:10ish.
Event warmup:

Spun on the bike to check things out. Quick little jog. Didn't really need a warmup cause it was so stinking hot and humid already:-)
  • 15m 45s
  • 880 yards
  • 01m 47s / 100 yards

I decided that I was not going to wear a wetsuit because it was hot and I was just racing in my shorts so I figured I'd be good without. The swim felt like I was holding good form and everything but I was waayyy slower than expected. Think some time was lost to not having the byouancy of the suit and some to the course possibly being a bit long.

The whole of wave 8 was really slow when looking at the results.
What would you do differently?:

Wear a wetsuit if permitted. The water was cool enough that it would have been an advantage. But, still did adequate without.
Transition 1
  • 01m 36s

Long transition runs. Since the total transition ground to cover was to large I really ran hard and it somewhat showed in my T times.
What would you do differently?:

Register elite next year (pending improvement on bike) and be near the mount/dismount/run out line:-)
  • 54m 26s
  • 21 miles
  • 23.15 mile/hr

This was a pretty good ride for me. My PT was jacked up so I rode off of feel and came right out at about what I would have expected. Ended up finishing into headwinds which is less preferred on such a hot day when the run is already going to kick your butt...
Transition 2
  • 01m 35s

Great T2. Nearly had an epic fail crash when someone just ahead of me smashed on her brakes and veered left into my direct lane far before the dismount line. Was a very nerve-racking moment given I generally am still around 12mph when I jump off into the transition run.
  • 35m 1s
  • 5.3 miles
  • 06m 37s  min/mile

Hot run. Knew it was going to be hot and was going to hurt. And, it did... Very difficult run to get through. I kept thinking that this was nothing compared to how hot the run will feel next weekend (the Chisago Half course) and that I needed to suck it up and push. Dropped a lot of time over my goal, but finishing with the time I did I'm not complaining. Still had fun too. I love running in the heat because everyone is dealing with the same stuff. Maybe not great for PR's, but great for mental toughness.
Post race
Warm down:

Walk to the lake. Get in. Enjoy body temp plummeting back to normal levels:-)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Heat. Humidity.

Event comments:

Great race. It was my first time here and the whole town is about this race it seems. Great atmosphere.

Wonderful event to bring the entire family to. We had a wonderful time!

Will certainly be doing this event again.

Last updated: 2011-06-20 12:00 AM
00:15:45 | 880 yards | 01m 47s / 100yards
Age Group: 2/14
Overall: 90/383
Performance: Below average
Suit: None
Course: Long out and back rectangle.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 79F / 26C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:36
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
00:54:26 | 21 miles | 23.15 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/14
Overall: 48/383
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Large loop around the lakes and through rural roads.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 88
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:35
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:35:01 | 05.3 miles | 06m 37s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/14
Overall: 15/383
Performance: Below average
Course: Lap around the lake in the HOT, HOT, SUN!
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
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

2011-07-17 8:17 PM

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Shoreview, MN
Subject: Heart of the Lakes Triathlon - Long Course

2011-07-17 9:16 PM
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Subject: RE: Heart of the Lakes Triathlon - Long Course
Congrats.  I just don't know how you ran that pace in the miserable heat.  You did awesome!  Love your upbeat comments. 
2011-07-18 7:12 AM
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Subject: RE: Heart of the Lakes Triathlon - Long Course
Awesome job.  See you at Chisago.
2011-07-18 11:41 AM
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Nice work. You should race Elite in my book. Great job in the heat.
2011-07-18 2:13 PM
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Great job and good to see you out there. I went without a wet suit also and noticed two things. First was that even though you feel faster without a wetsuit and body feels food, you are losing ground to those wearing them. Second was the swim course was long for sure. Top swimmers should have been at 1:10 or so per 100 and they were at 1:25 or so. look forward to seeing you at Chisago.
2011-07-22 10:10 AM
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Subject: RE: Heart of the Lakes Triathlon - Long Course
Fantastic job!  I bet that post race dip in the lake was totally awesome.

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