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White Bear Lake, Minnesota
United States
White Bear Racquet and Swim
PoolF / 0C
Total Time = 1h 14m 33s
Overall Rank = 5/50
Age Group = 40-49
Age Group Rank = 2/5
Pre-race routine:

This was my first tri, so had no real routine. Breakfast: Cheerios and a banana. Race was close to home so arrived and got # painted on. Racked bike and laid out transition area as best I could.

Event warmup:

Not much time for warmup. No biking, no running but a quick 50 before the pool swim.
  • 10m 45s
  • 600 yards
  • 01m 47s / 100 yards

Swim went pretty well. Started off with a couple super swimmers in my lane. They lapped me by the 250 yd mark. Stayed within myself the bulk of the race. First 300 felt long, the 2nd 300 flew by and I was on my way to the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Perhaps push a little harder than I did but didn't know what to expect in my first race.
Transition 1
  • 01m 16s

T1 was a bit odd as I didn't wear a wetsuit in the pool, nor did I wear my tri shirt there. So, I put on my shirt as best I could in T1. As practiced, it stayed bunched up under my armpits and stayed that way until T2.
What would you do differently?:

Wear tri shirt and wetsuit in the pool or practice with a trishirt in the poo.
  • 38m 23s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 20.48 mile/hr

Cornering was good because I practiced the course 4 times in training. Pace was best I have done in the 4 times I rode this route. Race day'll do that to a guy, I guess.
What would you do differently?:

Pace myself better in a longer distance event. HR was 150 + (z4+) the bulk of the ride.
Transition 2
  • 01m 9s

Didn't take shoes off before hitting T2. Toes and fingers were cold so racking and putting on shoes was tough. Legs felt a bit strange when hopping off, making the run with bike a bit bad.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure. Practice taking shoes off on bike for sure. Didn't realize hands and toes were cold till I exited the bike.
  • 23m 16s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 07m 31s  min/mile

HR was a bit elevated going off bike so I tried to get it settled down. Legs felt OK, but not great. HR leveled, but then was pursued by the eventual womens winner who passed me about mi 1.5. Hung with her a bit but ultimately relented. I didnt feel too bad as she's an excellent runner. I felt a little bad as I had just passed her about mi 11 on the bike!
What would you do differently?:

Pretty much the same as for the bike. Will need to get HR under control and have better pace for longer events.
Post race
Event comments:

First event, so it's tough to rate. All my needs were taken care of, but familiarity with the course helped me.

Last updated: 2006-04-26 12:00 AM
00:10:45 | 600 yards | 01m 47s / 100yards
Age Group: 2/5
Overall: 11/50
Performance: Good
Suit: Tri shorts
Course: Pool Swim - 12 laps Not sure how this time was calculated. May include a run or a 20 sec differential.
Start type: Inside Pool Plus: Waves
Water temp: 81F / 27C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:16
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:38:23 | 13.1 miles | 20.48 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/5
Overall: 5/50
Wind: Little
Course: Some main suburban streets and a lap around Bald Eagle lake. Some small rollers and a few 90 degree turns.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:09
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:23:16 | 03.1 miles | 07m 31s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/5
Overall: 7/50
Performance: Good
Course: 5k flat loop
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2006-05-24 3:25 PM

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Subject: Dirtie Girtie

2006-05-24 3:41 PM
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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
Subject: RE: Dirtie Girtie

Dude, you were 2nd in your AG and 5th overall in your first race!!!  That rocks. 

Yeah, you definitely want to wear a tri top.  Getting a shirt on in T1 is like wrestling a python!  Were people wearing wetsuits in the pool?  Just curious.




2006-05-24 4:01 PM
in reply to: #433216

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Subject: RE: Dirtie Girtie
Thanks! It was a fun way to start my tri career.

I was a bit conflicted on what to do with the top as I knew it would be a problem putting it on wet. I'd practiced it and had issues so knew what to expect.

A few folks had wetsuits in the pool. I'd say 3 or 4 of 50.

In hindsight, I'd wear a wetsuit and avoid the T1 shirt issue or get a tighter fitting tri shirt and swim with it.

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