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Rochesterfest Triathlon - Olympic Course - TriathlonOlympic

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Rochester, Minnesota
United States
Final Stretch
75F / 24C
Total Time = 2h 28m 23s
Overall Rank = 30/126
Age Group = M55-59
Age Group Rank = 1/4
Pre-race routine:

Honey Nut Cheerios and banana for breakfast. Arrived fairly early, about 5:35 at 1st RPU parking lot. Got an end rack position at the swim in end of transition.
Event warmup:

Ran & biked a little pretty early, then wandered TA taking pictures and chatting with fellow TriRochester athletes. Got a short swim in beforehand as well.
  • 30m 57s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 53s / 100 yards

I had a little water leak into my left goggle right at the start of the 1st loop but it didn't really bother me too much. I decided to keep going and wait until the end of the loop to fix if it didn't get worse. Turned out I was able to wait. I felt I was swimming OK but my time wasn't very good, my worst RochesterFest Oly swim out of the 4 I've done by 1:32.
What would you do differently?:

My nose plugs came off when I took off my top. Had this been a USAT event I would have stopped to find and pick them up but I just kept going here. More swim speed work in my training for the Olys and sprints would be helpful.
Transition 1
  • 01m 26s

I had a little trouble getting the top of my wetsuit off, stuck at my wrists. This is a first for me. I had put some Body Glide on but will have to pay more attention at future races. 1st in AG. -15 sec over my previous best at this race.
  • 1h 10m 52s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 21.04 mile/hr

I got a little tired on the way back after the turnaround. I kept pushing but did watch my HR and tried to not overdo it. The wind was more of a factor on the return. Avg was 22.2 last year for Sprint, previous best in Oly was 21.7 on old course. I expected my bike to be a little better, at least 21.5. Garmin had me at 21.4 over 25.16.
What would you do differently?:

BWCA trip which caused a week off of training then back to training for a week is not optimum for peaking for RochesterFest. It was better when the race was a week later as it was the 1st 3 years.
Transition 2
  • 01m 11s

1st in AG but +23 sec from previous best at this race. I wore socks and had trouble with right sock. Not sure what happened but sock was inside out. Other than that I thought T2 went well so a little surprised by the time difference. I think I wore socks last year but not the 1st 3 years so sock time adds a few secs.
What would you do differently?:

Double check socks and then put them on correctly.
  • 44m
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 05s  min/mile

Held a good pace until mile 6. Tried not to go too fast early, trying to stay just over 7:00 pace and finish fast. Was able to maintain pace better than at Buffalo but course does not have the hill as at Buffalo. I was hoping to get under 7:00 pace but knew it would be a push with the training issues caused by BWCA trip. 3rd best run time here after 2008 and 2009.
What would you do differently?:

Satisfied with run under circumstances.
Post race
Warm down:

Lots of fluids, water, gatorade even a couple of beers (thanks Joe!) and the free lunch.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

BWCA trip 6/4-6/10 with no training makes this a tough race to peak at. Satisfied with my performance overall under the circumstances. I did win my AG by a wide 29:08 margin and would have won the M50-54 by 9:59 as well and even been 3rd in M45-49. After 3 2nd place finishes in the M50-54 AG, I did get my first RochesterFest AG win. Only got chicked by 3, all elites.

The first time there have been 2 Ewens with podium finishes at the same race as Barb took 3rd in F55-59.

Event comments:

HyVee and Canadian Honker had better food. Nice to have TriRoch tent set up by awards area. Lots of volunteers out on the course.

Last updated: 2012-06-19 12:00 AM
00:30:57 | 1640 yards | 01m 53s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/4
Overall: 67/126
Performance: Below average
Suit: DeSoto Black Pearl
Course: 2 loop rectangle with a short run on the beach between loops
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:26
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Average
01:10:52 | 24.85 miles | 21.04 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/4
Overall: 25/126
Performance: Average
Avg HR = 150
Wind: Some
Course: My 1st time on new Oly course.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 96
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:11
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
00:44:00 | 06.21 miles | 07m 05s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/4
Overall: 23/126
Performance: Good
1 - 7:01 - 157 2 - 7:06 - 163 3 - 7:01 - 166 4 - 7:07 - 169 5 - 7:07 - 171 6 - 7:20 - 172 x - 6:23 - 177
Course: Same as all previous years. Out and bike along 37th St and bike paths with a little trail run on the return.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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

2012-06-19 6:17 PM

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Rochester, MN
Subject: Rochesterfest Triathlon - Olympic Course

2012-06-20 7:06 AM
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Subject: RE: Rochesterfest Triathlon - Olympic Course
Nice job, especially considering the blip in your schedule.  And congrats to the rest of the Ewens, too!
2012-06-20 8:17 AM
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2012-06-26 7:49 PM
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Western WI
Subject: RE: Rochesterfest Triathlon - Olympic Course

Looks like a successful day!  Great work!  I bet the BWCA trip was great, and hopefully worth a few minutes on your time!

2012-07-16 7:16 PM
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Minnetonka, Minnesota
Subject: RE: Rochesterfest Triathlon - Olympic Course
Nice race, especially great run split! Wow!
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