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Baxter, Minnesota
United States
Lakes Country Triathlon
78F / 26C
Total Time = 1h 28m 59s
Overall Rank = 32/218
Age Group = M 45-49
Age Group Rank = 4/11
Pre-race routine:

Breakfast of waffles, butter, syrup, banana, coffee and water.

Drove to tri from cabin, got a good parking spot, filled tires (disk rear and training front as I can't get air into my Hed race front). Got setup with a decent spot in tran. Checked in, got body marked, and organized tran area.
Event warmup:

Rode bike about a mile to check things out, walked/jogged/ran about a mile with Jason, then swam maybe 50 yards before swim start. New goggles worked GREAT!
  • 12m 22s
  • 880 yards
  • 01m 25s / 100 yards

Good swim. Best draft for me ever I think, but did go off course on the way back a bit following then correcting, but happy with 1:25 per 100 pace. My ankle strap seemed very loose and iffy before the race, and sure enough it fell off somewhere early on in the swim. I think it was retrieved and volunteers looked for me at the swim exit and put it back on. Way to go volunteers!
What would you do differently?:

Swim straighter after the last turn and maybe put electrical tape on my ankle strap to help it stay on.
Transition 1
  • 01m 11s

Good tran. Didn't push overly hard but time was decent. Saw Jason and Jim and Anna and said hi.
What would you do differently?:

  • 44m 46s
  • 17.3 miles
  • 23.19 mile/hr

Best bike split ever for me at 23.2 mph. I pushed it hard on the flats staying close to 25 mph.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, except wished I had got my front race wheel valve fixed as the deep dish would have helped a bit on the fast cousre.
Transition 2
  • 01m 6s

Solid tran.
What would you do differently?:

  • 29m 37s
  • 3.9 miles
  • 07m 35s  min/mile

It hurt. I had only run like 20 miles the whole previous month due to travel, fatigue after a huge, hard hike in Ca near Lake Tahoe and calf tweak about 2 weeks prior to race day, so was very happy I could finish without injury and manage this pace. Was actually running about 7:10 pace until the middle of mile 3 when I faded a bit. Jason paced me, which was fun and helped drag me in as I was hurting pretty bad and wanted to walk.
What would you do differently?:

Run more and especially not tweak my calf 2 weeks prior to the race.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around with Jason, got water and food, talked to Jim and Anna, and met Brett Lovaas who was the overall winner by over 2 mintues and a MN Tri stud.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Injury and lack of running the previous month.

Event comments:

Love this race, favorite of the year! We had perfect weather. Smaller race this year as I think Maple Grove has sucked a lot of the TC racers away.

Last updated: 2012-08-27 12:00 AM
00:12:22 | 880 yards | 01m 25s / 100yards
Age Group: 3/11
Overall: 24/218
Performance: Good
Suit: Neosport sleeveless
Course: Counterclockwise rectangle.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:11
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:44:46 | 17.3 miles | 23.19 mile/hr
Age Group: 4/11
Overall: 17/218
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Big clockwise loop pretty much with one bigger hill and some rollers.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:06
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
00:29:37 | 03.9 miles | 07m 35s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/11
Overall: 36/218
Performance: Below average
Course: Flat and fast through the neighborhoods around the park.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
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? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2012-08-27 11:13 AM

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Minnetonka, Minnesota
Subject: Lakes Country Triathlon

2012-08-27 12:26 PM
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Subject: RE: Lakes Country Triathlon
Holy cow those are some fast splits to not make podium.  Tough competition this year.
2012-08-27 3:00 PM
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Minnetonka, Minnesota
Subject: RE: Lakes Country Triathlon
Thanks for the kind words.  This race does bring out some fasties as it is the last in the Tri Minnesota Series and just a great venue and well run race.  Much smaller crowd this year due to Maple Grove Tri on the same day, although still plenty of speedsters it seems.
2012-08-29 2:22 PM
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Subject: RE: Lakes Country Triathlon
Nice job!!!  It was a good race this year, and you are right, some very fast people for the smaller turnout.
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