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Chisago Lakes Triathlon - Half Iron Course - Triathlon

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Chisago City, Minnesota
United States
65F / 18C
Total Time = 5h 36m 58s
Overall Rank = 200/410
Age Group = F35-39
Age Group Rank = 15/32
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 4:45 AM. Had a banana and protein shake and loaded up for the race. We stayed just 3 minutes from the start. Parking was pretty chaotic, but we found a spot on one of the side roads so nothing too crazy. We walked about 3 blocks to the transition area. I ate a granola bar there and had my pre-race E&E just before the swim talk on the beach. Felt nervous but in general very prepared.
Event warmup:

I did some active stretching and got in the water to swim about 25 yards.
  • 41m 36s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 58s / 100 yards

I took the swim easy as if I were doing my Ironman event (this is a training race for that). Felt great, remained very calm throughout. Exited the water feeling good.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 01m 57s

The mount area was packed so it was slow going. The first mile or so was tight and over grass and through very small areas so I took it nice and easy. Saw a few wrecks!
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Considering the long run up the beach and my transition area being on the very far side of the park I was happy with this.
  • 2h 52m 22s
  • 56 miles
  • 19.49 mile/hr

I did not think I would pull out much more than 18 mph on this ride. I have put in the rides but I have been slow all season. I think the training is finally paying off!
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 02m 35s

Slower transition. I was a little worn out. :)
What would you do differently?:

Maybe just be a little bit faster/more efficient.
  • 1h 58m 28s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 02s  min/mile

I really did not push on the run. I knew I was prepping for my Ironman performance and I acted as if I was doing just that. I ran the first 6 miles around 8:20 pace and felt decent. Then, I began to implement walking breaks about every .6 of a mile. Sometimes I walked a little more than I should have. I had met other racers and we had a good time.
What would you do differently?:

I think in hindsight I would push harder and try to come in with a better average pace (8:45 or so). I know I had it in me but was too busy enjoying the moment.
Post race
Warm down:

Crossed the finish line and felt very good. Crediting that to my "not so hard" run/walk. ;) Stretched a bit but my back was pretty sore.

Event comments:

I probably won't do this race again, but I am glad I did it once! It was pretty organized and there were plenty of very talented athletes there! They didn't have much at the expo (if you even want to call it that) and there wasn't much in the town to speak of. It was decent countryside and everything was very accessible.

Last updated: 2014-07-28 12:00 AM
00:41:36 | 2112 yards | 01m 58s / 100yards
Age Group: 14/32
Overall: 205/410
Performance: Good
Suit: Sleeveless Orca
Course: Huge circle/square with buoys on the right. Water temp felt perfect and there was only some light chop on the back side parallel with the beach start. I would guess about 600 meters of choppier water. Start was tight but thinned out before we reached the first turn buoy.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 77F / 25C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:57
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
02:52:22 | 56 miles | 19.49 mile/hr
Age Group: 14/32
Overall: 210/410
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Course was perfect. Would not call it a "flat" course but had just enough rollers to keep your legs from getting bored with the same elevation. There were a few long hills where my pace slowed considerably, but the roads were all very nice and smooth.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:35
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Below average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
01:58:28 | 13.1 miles | 09m 02s  min/mile
Age Group: 16/32
Overall: 211/410
Performance: Below average
Course: This course was not through neighborhoods as the web site described. 90% of this course was out on the highway with big rolling hills and very boring scenery. It was okay, but nothing to write home about.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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

2014-07-28 10:02 AM

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Subject: Chisago Lakes Triathlon - Half Iron Course

2014-07-29 10:08 AM
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Subject: RE: Chisago Lakes Triathlon - Half Iron Course
Nice race!

Conditions were challenging out there. It was like racing in four different climates on one day. Looks like you were up to the challenge.
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