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Liberty Triathlon - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Rockford, Minnesota
United States
The Final Stretch
72F / 22C
Total Time = 2h 42m 35s
Overall Rank = 91/159
Age Group = 45-49 Men
Age Group Rank = 11/15
Pre-race routine:

Pre-race weight: 168.0

Two cups coffee. Banana. Two eggs. Drove to event at 5:30 AM. Got there at 6 AM. Ate Hammer bar about 1/2 hour before my wave started.
Event warmup:

Not much.
  • 30m 58s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 53s / 100 yards

Sighting was awful. Did the breaststroke a bunch. Didn't seem to go much slower as a result. But basically happy with time.
What would you do differently?:

Sight better.
Transition 1
  • 02m 14s

Forgot to eat a gu as I had planned. Somehow my plan just falls apart when in transition.
What would you do differently?:

Eat a gu. Composure, composure, composure
  • 1h 11m 54s
  • 22.65 miles
  • 18.90 mile/hr

For me, I thought I did ok. Strong headwind on way out. Strong tailwind on way back. I averaged 19 mph according to my Garmin. (Something like 21.5 according the race, but that is because they assume 40k, not 22.65 miles which is what my Garmin had.) Last year I averaged 17.6 mph on Liberty (different course). I'm slowly getting better on the bike.
Transition 2
  • 01m 43s

Again, I should have taken a gu. Very muddle headed. Forgot number belt.
What would you do differently?:

Composure. Composure. Composure.
  • 55m 48s
  • 6.03 miles
  • 09m 15s  min/mile

disaster. Last year I did the 10k in 47 minutes and change, not 56 minutes and change. Usually my best leg where I make up for swim and bike. After a 1/4 mile I was trying to decide between 7:30 pace and 7:20 or 7:15. Then on first hill I start walking. Still not sure what happened. Could have been nutrition (I had no nutrition on race other than HEED), hydration (I drank a lot after race and didn't need to urinate), lack of run fitness, or just lack of mental toughness.
What would you do differently?:

First mile much slower, then gradually increase speed. Do not ever walk. Slow running to a crawl if necessary, but do not walk.

Drink much more on bike. Eat gu's in transition.
Post race
Warm down:

Socializing. Hamburger.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Heat. Mental toughness. Lack of run fitness.

Event comments:

Race directors should get the distances right. An olympic should be 1.5k, 40k, 10k. 40k is 24.8 miles, not under 23.

Last updated: 2012-03-11 12:00 AM
00:30:58 | 1640 yards | 01m 53s / 100yards
Age Group: 10/15
Overall: 82/159
Performance: Good
Suit: xterra vortex 3 full sleeve
Course: out and back. bouys on right.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:14
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:11:54 | 22.65 miles | 18.90 mile/hr
Age Group: 13/15
Overall: 94/159
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 86
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:43
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:55:48 | 06.03 miles | 09m 15s  min/mile
Age Group: 11/15
Overall: 95/159
Performance: Bad
Course: out and back. Hot. Lots of hills.
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Bad
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? No
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

2012-06-12 4:19 PM

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Maple Grove, MN
Subject: Liberty Triathlon - Olympic Distance

2012-06-14 9:06 AM
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Subject: RE: Liberty Triathlon - Olympic Distance
Thanks for the report. I went out too fast on the run too. Maybe they do could do hypnosis to stop us from doing that? I do it more often than not.   Keep on racing!
2012-06-14 9:14 AM
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Subject: RE: Liberty Triathlon - Olympic Distance

Congrats on the bike improvement!  I wish I could breaststroke and still come in under 2:00/100 yards on the swim

I am sure your run troubles were affected by the weather, too, don't you think?   It is hard to remember the race plan, including nutrition, pacing, etc, in the heat of the moment.    That is something that will get easier with experience.

2012-06-15 11:43 AM
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Maple Grove, MN
Subject: RE: Liberty Triathlon - Olympic Distance
Thanks for encouragement Shaun and Emily. Hope to see you at Chisago or Maple Grove if you are competing in those.
2012-06-15 8:51 PM
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Maple Grove
Subject: RE: Liberty Triathlon - Olympic Distance

Great Race, Chris. I'm sorry I didn't see you in transition pre-race. Looking at your Garmin, you had an excellent swim, and you did a great job on the bike! It was tough heading out into that wind, and you definitely took advantage of the tailwind on the way back in. The run was just brutal with that heat! We've been lucky that the last couple of months have been fairly moderate temp-wise for training, but it left us completely un-climatized for the conditions Saturday. I think that 1) just showing up with that forecast, and 2) finishing that tough, hilly course were both big accomplishments. Again, great job! I'll be spectating at Maple Grove Tri this year (cheering on my wife in her first), but I'll keep an eye out for you to cheer you on.


2012-06-16 7:00 AM
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2012-06-16 7:44 PM
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Somewhere in the Swamps of Philly
Subject: RE: Liberty Triathlon - Olympic Distance
Thanks for the report. Always tough going into a race with any level of doubt. I find too often that if I have doubt it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. You did your best under the circumstances and you knew your limiters going into the the race. You are a strong competitor and don't lose faith in the art of the triathlon ( no matter how much we love to just run). Tons of support from the hometown!

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