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Stillwater, Minnesota
United States
Front Runner
Total Time = 5h 10m 13s
Overall Rank = 25/170
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

I am going to preface this whole thing with: I was not mentally ready for this race as early as the day before. Almost a whole baked potatoe pizza with extra bacon, from luce is not a good choice the day before. Then I go through my usual routine race day, except I am not focused while setting up in transition. More to come with that.

I don't know where my head was
  • 26m 10s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 14s / 100 yards

I led the first lap. I knew Dan was drafting on me. I expected that.

The second lap my cap kept wanting to come off so I kept pulling it down. That slowed me down. I figured that and the congestion of catching the other waves gave Dan the opportunity to pass me.
What would you do differently?:

I can't figure out why my cap always seems to want to ride up and off my head. Damn cone head I guess
Transition 1
  • 02m 44s

This is where my day starts to get a little odd for me. I walk up the long steps which slow me down a lot, but that I expect. Then I take off my wetsuit and I realize I did not put my tri suit over my shoulders, before putting on my wetsuit. So I am pretty lucky that I was not completely naked when I removed my wetsuit. Or should I say the spectators were lucky. So I had to put that over my shoulder and zip up. My tri suit has a zipper in the back that is not easy to get to when I am dry. Joy I thought. I finally got it.

So I got my self going. Thinking to myself: what the heck was I doing prerace?

What would you do differently?:

Be ready to race
  • 2h 39m 15s
  • 54 miles
  • 20.35 mile/hr

Next bone head move: I left most of my nutrition in my back pack. I realized this about a mile out. I had 2 gels mixed Ina water bottle and a bottle of water. Zero solid food. So I am thinking maybe with the Gatorade bottle at the halfway point I can make it, with a relatively cooled day.

The winds were tough and were worse (directionally) the second lap.

I still had a strong bike performance. I gained 10 minutes over last year, which was right in line with the rest of my race results this year

I love my aero helmet and am pleased with my bike performance
What would you do differently?:

Have my nutrition
Transition 2
  • 01m 16s

I took my time and got set. I grabbed a gu, which I normally don't do. My stomach does not like stuff added to it during the run, but I thought I might need something. I should have just downed it and grabbed another. But I thought I could nurse it and make it through
  • 2h 00m 51s
  • 13.2 miles
  • 09m 10s  min/mile

So I was out of transition at 3 hours and 9 minutes. If I ran the exact same pace as Chisago , earlier this summer, I would finish in 4:54.xx. I would be very happy with that, after the way the race was going. So I purposely held myself back to 8 minute miles.

That lasted 2 whole miles. Then things started going wrong. I was slowing down and my heart rate was much lower then my normal run heart rate. And I was starting to cramp in my gut. I figure I am not used to that much Gatorade during the bike. I really did not know what to do.

I kept going holding 8:30-8:45. Then at mile 4 I stopped and peed. That helped with the stomach.

But I could not go any faster. My legs just had nothing left. I started to take in Gatorade at every aid station to get some fuel. I slowed more and was more than ready to quit after the halfway point. By then I figure how will I get back so keep moving. I walked some and shuffled some. Now I had to go to the bathroom. I was not going to go poop on the side of the rode. This happened in one other race. That pizza the day before was not very smart.

I finished. And then damn near filled a porta potty
What would you do differently?:

To many things to list
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Poor decisions

Event comments:

I enjoy square lake a lot and hope to redeem myself next year.

Last updated: 2013-04-21 12:00 AM
00:26:10 | 2112 yards | 01m 14s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/
Overall: 2/170
Performance: Good
Suit: Full wetsuit
Course: Triangle with 2 laps
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:44
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Good
02:39:15 | 54 miles | 20.35 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 31/170
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong
Course: 2 loops with some good hills
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:16
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:00:51 | 13.2 miles | 09m 10s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 87/170
Performance: Bad
146 avg
Course: Out and back with hills
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Bad
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? No
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2013-09-09 9:27 PM

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Minneapolis, MN
Subject: Square Lake Triathlon - Long Course

2013-09-12 9:30 PM
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Subject: RE: Square Lake Triathlon - Long Course
That whole pizza the day before did you in buddy!
Were you drinking the night before too?
2013-09-13 8:30 AM
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Subject: RE: Square Lake Triathlon - Long Course

Oops!  Well, lots of good lessons for the next one

I think doing a race where you know everyone is distracting.

Edited by BikerGrrrl 2013-09-13 8:31 AM
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