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Chisago City, Minnesota
United States
Midwest Sports Events
92F / 33C
Total Time = 5h 38m 3s
Overall Rank = 175/355
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 40/75
Pre-race routine:

Up early. Check out from the hotel. Got to the race site nice and early. Set up transition. Ate some powerbars and had a short swim.
  • 40m 34s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 55s / 100 yards

This was a terrible swim. There we so few bouys that I had a terrible time picking up where to go as I was trying to site. (And the ones they had were not big enough) I'm sure I added a few hundred yards to this swim by swimming all over the course.

Plus the water was veeeeery murky. I literally could not see my own hand when I extended it to stroke. This led to a lot of people swimming in to each other. (More than usual.)I got kicked in the face at the turn, which caused my goglles to fill up. So I had to take time to stop and fix it.
Transition 1
  • 02m 18s

They had wetsuit strippers. Which - as always - was awesome.
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 48m 39s
  • 56 miles
  • 19.92 mile/hr

This was a training race for me, so my intent was to not go too hard. But when I got out on the flat smooth course I couldn't help myslef. I probably went to hard, but in the end I survived. (Although I felt in on the run.)
Transition 2
  • 02m 34s
  • 2h 04m 55s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 32s  min/mile

It was hot. Really hot. Africa hot. (Did I mention it was hot?)

I started with a nice easy pace. Tried to take in fluids and keep comfortanble as much as I could. I had told myself that I would take it easy, and if I had anything left in the tank push the end of the run. When I got to the turn I felt pretty good so I started pushing. At about mile 9 the wheels came off. The last 4 miles were an exercise in suffering and trying to keep down the liquid I had taken in.

Not a great run. But I'll take it given the conditions.
What would you do differently?:

Go easier on the bike and wait longer in the run to push the pace.
Post race
Warm down:

I laid down in the shade afraid that I was going to pass out.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

I'd give this race a B-. It was well organized, with plenty of super nice volunteers. But there were some problems. The swim bouys really messed with my swim. There were no porta potties anywhere on the course. (I had to find a tree to duck behind on the bike course.) Most importantly, while there were plenty of aid stations on the run, they only had water, gatorade and hammer gels. A race of this distance really needs better nutrtion available on the run course.

Oh yeah - minor complaint - but the announcer for the race was really annoying.

Last updated: 2012-07-23 12:00 AM
00:40:34 | 2112 yards | 01m 55s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/75
Overall: 0/355
Performance: Bad
Suit: QR Sleeveless
Course: Triangle shaped out and back.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 77F / 25C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Bad
Time: 02:18
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
02:48:39 | 56 miles | 19.92 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/75
Overall: 0/355
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Course was flat and fast to start. Some rolling climbs in the middle and mostly flat to finish.
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:34
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
02:04:55 | 13.1 miles | 09m 32s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/75
Overall: 0/355
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back. Fairly flat.
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race?
Course challenge Too easy
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2012-07-23 9:23 AM

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Subject: Chisago Lakes Triathlon - Half Iron Course

2012-07-24 6:20 AM
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Subject: Back stroke swim

I'd love to share my swim experience with you all legends. I used to be the national champion for the back stroke and free style swimming competition.  But two years ago, I met with an unfortunate accident and I quit swimming.

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2012-07-24 7:59 AM
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Subject: RE: Chisago Lakes Triathlon - Half Iron Course

Good job out there. The weather made the run pretty tough. Miles 4-9 were particularly dreadful b/c of that total exposure. Way to stick to your plan and push through it.

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