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Clearwater, Minnesota
United States
Graniteman Endurance Series
85F / 29C
Total Time = 1h 22m 4s
Overall Rank = 62/316
Age Group = M45-49
Age Group Rank = 3/26
Pre-race routine:

Stopped drinking three hours before. Had banana and granola bar about 5:30am. Gel pack an hour before. Thought I lost my timing chip so got another. It was cleverly in my bike shoes so I couldn't possibly lose it.
Event warmup:

Go for a spin on the bike after desperately adjusting brakes. I had borrowed race wheels that don't seem to play well with my brakes. I've never used race wheels before. Kris and I went for a jog on the path and noticed a lot of roots. Said hi to Christian with TC Multisport. Swam a little. Decided to use wetsuit as they were allowed and I had decided to go all out for speed on this race.
  • 13m 37s
  • 809 yards
  • 01m 41s / 100 yards

A couple of dolphin dives and then there's a quick drop off. People go very different speeds, so I did run into some other swimmers. Lost some time trying to get back to the narrow exit chute.
What would you do differently?:

Stay closer to the buoys to save effort aiming for the chute.
Transition 1
  • 01m 2s

This went well. I just went to the TCMC clinic on transitions on Tuesday so that was fresh in my mind. I still got a little stuck getting the wetsuit off my legs. Mounting the bike on an incline is a challenge, but it went ok.
What would you do differently?:

Practice getting the wetsuit off.
  • 43m 27s
  • 15 miles
  • 20.71 mile/hr

Went hard the whole time. Never laid eyes on another wave 5 racer the whole race after the swim start. Passed lots of people and got passed by fast bikers from waves 6 and 7.
What would you do differently?:

Not drop bottle and run it over. That was scary.
Transition 2
  • 01m 8s

My bike got stuck on my wetsuit so that slowed me down a little.
What would you do differently?:

practice transitions more.
  • 22m 53s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 07m 23s  min/mile

Had serious doubts about running after going full blast on the bike. Struggled running out of transition. Stopped at the aid station to drink both times. Tripped on a root in the last mile. Got vertical before I did a face plant. I forgot my garmin so I was pretty much not pacing. Just running hard.
What would you do differently?:

Do more than 20 minutes of trail running if I'm going to race a triathlon with a trail run.
Post race
Warm down:

Walk around the final stretch waiting for my wife. Lots of water and cool aid.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of trail running and need more experience on the bike.

Event comments:

This is my first time placing in an individual athletic event! What's even more cool is my wife placed second in her division too. Of course I stayed a long time, but left after the awards as our family was expecting us and they drew my number for the garmin. Argh. Stay 'til the end!

Last updated: 2012-07-03 12:00 AM
00:13:37 | 809 yards | 01m 41s / 100yards
Age Group: 8/26
Overall: 87/316
Performance: Good
Suit: Bionik Full
Course: Point to point swim and you exit between the legs of a giant inflatable "graniteman." How cool is that?
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Time: 01:02
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:43:27 | 15 miles | 20.71 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/26
Overall: 67/316
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Local roads. Some had been worked on recently so a little rough. Gentle rollers, but enough to slow me down a bit.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:08
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:22:53 | 03.1 miles | 07m 23s  min/mile
Age Group: 7/26
Overall: 96/316
Performance: Good
Course: Mostly trail (changed a week before). Some hills, roots, and great tree cover. That hill on 200th street looked a little depressing.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
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? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2012-07-15 12:11 PM

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Subject: Graniteman Clearwater Triathlon

2012-07-15 10:01 PM
in reply to: #4312234

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Minneapolis, MN
Subject: RE: Graniteman Clearwater Triathlon

Congrats on a great place.  It always seems like the time you leave early, you win a prize.


2012-07-17 2:55 PM
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Subject: RE: Graniteman Clearwater Triathlon
Great job! Congrats on the top 3!
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