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Rockford, Minnesota
United States
The Final Stretch
78F / 26C
Total Time = 2h 34m 44s
Overall Rank = 63/158
Age Group = M45-49
Age Group Rank = 8/15
Pre-race routine:

Banana and some crackers. Stopped drinking at 5:15.
Event warmup:

Biked with Helen. Did some sun salutations. Ran from bathroom to transition. Swam for 10 mins.
  • 30m 28s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 52s / 100 yards

Lined up on right. Figured everyone goes left so I went right and lined up in back. Got beat up the whole first half. One guy even gave me a half hug in the water - his left arm over my left shoulder. That was new. Took less of a beating after the turnaround but kept zig-zagging and wasn't sure where the "out" was. I need a nice arch to sight off. Way out of breath when I got out of the water to run. Weazed a thank you to one of my TCMC teammates as I ran out.
What would you do differently?:

Practice sighting more. It was good experience being in the fray despite getting slapping and kicked. It helped me learn to focus. Next time I'll have more of a plan and not do things on an impulse.
Transition 1
  • 01m 51s

I was out of breath. That was a long haul up the hill. Forgot I cleverly put my electrolyte pills in my shoes. They stayed there for 23 + miles.
What would you do differently?:

Stay calm and move deliberately.
  • 1h 08m 9s
  • 23.16 miles
  • 20.39 mile/hr

Tough beginning. I struggled in the headwind and got passed six times in the first mile or so. Then I started passing quite a few people. Sadly, no one in my division. Only ate two gel packs. I brought three, but must have lost one.
What would you do differently?:

Need more hill training. I'd say take it easier on the bike, but I admit I didn't want Eric to catch up with me so I was going faster than normal. Bring extra gel packs.
Transition 2
  • 01m 35s

I just never got around to putting elastic laces, so I had to tied my shoes the old fashioned way. It takes me forever, just ask my wife. Took two electrolyte pills.
What would you do differently?:

Elastic ties.
  • 52m 43s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 29s  min/mile

7:20 to start, realized I was messing up. Still didn't back off enough, so first three miles under 8 mins each. Started quad cramps on mile 3. Couple of minutes walking there. Stopped and drank at each stop. Didn't have to pour water on myself until the 5th one. Definitely slowed after mile 3. I usually pick up the pace in the last mile, this time I opted for doing so in the last 0.1 miles.
What would you do differently?:

Slow down out of transition. Why can I not learn this???
Post race
Warm down:

Visit with friends and eat bad for you food. Drank coca-cola provided by TC Multisports Club. Membership has its benefits! Walked into lake and then went home.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

I enjoyed the race. I would like to see something big on the beach for me to aim for. This is a big improvement over my 2010 lifetime Oly where I ate a burrito the night before and cramped on the swim. Fun to see people I know out there and competitors and volunteers were very positive.

Last updated: 2012-05-26 12:00 AM
00:30:28 | 1640 yards | 01m 52s / 100yards
Age Group: 8/15
Overall: 68/158
Performance: Good
Suit: Full
Course: Oblong - turn by giant yellow tetrahedron
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:51
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:08:09 | 23.16 miles | 20.39 mile/hr
Age Group: 10/15
Overall: 67/158
Performance: Good
Wind: Headwind
Course: Headwind at the beginning, but fine otherwise. Very fast course. Just enough climbing for bragging rights that it wasn't easy.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:35
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:52:43 | 06.21 miles | 08m 29s  min/mile
Age Group: 9/15
Overall: 67/158
Performance: Average
Course: gentle rolling hills on bike path. Nice cover.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
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] 4

2012-06-09 10:31 PM

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Subject: Liberty Triathlon - Olympic Distance

2012-06-12 8:48 AM
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Subject: RE: Liberty Triathlon - Olympic Distance
Great job!  That was funny about the bear hug in the water.  I am always trying to figure out how I get into weird positions out there.   The ones that surprise me the most are when someone swims under me, perpendicular.  I never go that far under the water..  - why???     Congratulations on doing so well on such a hot day!
2012-06-15 9:11 PM
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Subject: RE: Liberty Triathlon - Olympic Distance

Great race, Shaun! Definitely tough conditions with the heat and wind. I know what you mean about pacing. I did the half and thought I was pacing well off the bike. My quads (yes, both) cramped after about 3/4 mile, requiring stretching at the first water stop. Thankfully it got better. I thought my pace was slow, and that I picked it up in the last few miles of the course. It turns out, that first mile was by far my fastest, and I was simply in more pain at the end.

Again, good swim, great bike, and excellent run in tough conditions!

2012-06-16 6:42 AM
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