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Square Lake Triathlon - short course - TriathlonSprint

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Stillwater, Minnesota
United States
Vacation Sports
75F / 24C
Total Time = 1h 48m 43s
Overall Rank = 73/334
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 10/44
Pre-race routine:

Woke up early and ate breakfast 3h prior to race start. Cereal, peanut butter toast, and banana. Plus two cups of coffee.

Sipped water and Powerade until race time.
Event warmup:

Quick bike ride to make sure it was operating well and get familiar with transition area.

Short run to break a light sweat and check the start.

Light stretching.
  • 16m 41s
  • 880 yards
  • 01m 54s / 100 yards

Felt good. Swam a solid crawl the whole way and tracked fairly straight. My navigation after the last turn (into the beach) was bad because of fogged goggles and facing the sun.

Surprised by the slow split. I did 900y in the pool Tuesday at 14:40, and expected race environment to carry me faster.
What would you do differently?:

Ditch these crappy goggles. And train the swim more. My last race was over a month ago, and I've had difficulty scheduling swim wo's since then.
Transition 1
  • 02m 5s

Long climb up wood steps to the transition area adds time. The actual technical parts of T1 went well. Did not have a wetsuit and ride with running shoes and toe clips. Just had to rinse the feet and put on socks and shoes. Helmet on aero bars. Smooth.
  • 47m 58s
  • 16.5 miles
  • 20.64 mile/hr

Felt really strong. Like my first race, I found myself going noticeably faster than training rides. It didn't bother me this time and I just kept pushing.

The hillier course was tougher with my older bike with downtube shifters.

This race bills the bike portion as 18 miles. But my bike computer and the gmap pedometer both say 16.5 miles.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. It was a good ride.
Transition 2
  • 00m 42s

Entrance to park was slightly downhill, which allowed time to loosen the toe clips and coast with body on one side of the bike.
  • 41m 19s
  • 5 miles
  • 08m 16s  min/mile

Run felt good right away. Bricks work.

Just can't seem to up my pace. That'll be on the list for next year. The last hill on a hot day was tough - made it hard to put the hammer down in the last mile.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, but will need more track and hill work next season.
Post race
Warm down:

Water, talking with other athletes, walking around.

Hit the food line after my buddy finished.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Very infrequent swims in the last month. No speed or hill work running the last month.

Event comments:

Nice routes, clean lake. This was a great venue and the race was run well, despite what I'd heard about poor race organization on other sites.

Last updated: 2005-09-14 12:00 AM
00:16:41 | 880 yards | 01m 54s / 100yards
Age Group: 16/44
Overall: 110/334
Performance: Good
Suit: Tri shorts and top
Course: Clockwise triangle
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:05
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:47:58 | 16.5 miles | 20.64 mile/hr
Age Group: 5/44
Overall: 46/334
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Clockwise course, so all right turns. Was not closed to traffic, but traffic was very light, with wide shoulders available on the more heavily travelled roads. Rolling hills with a couple longer grueling ups in the last 6 miles.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:42
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:41:19 | 05 miles | 08m 16s  min/mile
Age Group: 20/44
Overall: 120/334
Performance: Good
Course: Counter-clockwise route, about half paved half gravel roads. Rolling hills. Long tough hill in the last mile.
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2005-09-15 8:10 PM

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Subject: Square Lake Triathlon - short course

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Subject: RE: Square Lake Triathlon - short course
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