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YWCA women's triathlon - Triathlon

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
United States
Total Time = 1h 20m 4s
Overall Rank = 10/1209
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 2/229
Pre-race routine:

Woke up early so I had plenty of time. Had some coffee here at the house and made my bagel to-go. Biked down to the race site. So nice that Nokomis is convenient and easy for this race!
Event warmup:

Nothing special.
  • 08m 51s
  • 500 yards
  • 01m 46s / 100 yards
What would you do differently?:

One of my best swims I've ever had. I know I struggle with what a hard swim feels like and I don't push my swim as much as I push it on the bike and the run. Today at the start I told myself "sprint like you do for the bike and the run".I also reminded myself "this should hurt a little". It is easy for me to get into that zone biking and running but swimming has always been more challenging to push into that somewhat painful spot. This race is also great for not amazing swimmers because it is a time trial start. Each wave starts during a certain window and they release 4 or 5 swimmers every 5 seconds. 5 seconds doesn't sound like much but it makes it so much more spread out and you can swim your race without being kicked, punched, etc.
Transition 1
  • 01m 37s

stripped the wetsuit, said hello to a friend in T1 at the same time and ran my bike out
  • 45m 2s
  • 15.5 miles
  • 20.65 mile/hr

This bike course is not a fast course. There are multiple sharp turns, river road isn't the best biking surface and the course is very very crowded. Luckily everyone out on the race course has to deal with that stuff! The timing chip tracks how many people you pass. During the bike I passed 270 people. That means I yelled "on your left" at least 200 times. ha!
There was one other woman hammering it out there with me. Her and I ended up finishing 1/2 in our AG for the bike splits. Last year I got a tri bike and I definitely think it gives me a little bit of an advantage.
Transition 2
  • 01m 13s

Oh, Sarah. I turned the wrong way out of my bike rack and took the long way out of T2. Oops!
  • 23m 23s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 07m 32s  min/mile

A great run for me. Over the last week my left calf cramped up on two separate runs so I was very nervous starting this run. I kept thinking "when is my calf going to cramp?" I let that kind of consume my thoughts for the first mile or so. Then I did some positive self talk and tried to not worry about it. This is a flat fast run around nokomis. I've ran around nokomis thousands of times which is kind of helpful. I know exactly where along the course and can use that to my advantage. I took a GU with about 2 miles left in the bike and that definitely helped my run.
In the last 800M I was passed by a woman in my AG. She ended up wining our AG and beating me by less than 30 seconds. She put down a fast run of close to 7 minutes per mile. That feels out of my reach but now I am thinking "man, I could have stayed with her".

Post race
Warm down:

This race is amazing and lets friends and family finish with you for the last 100 yards. The girls sprinted in with me and I looked at my watch and i was so excited!! I took close to 3 minutes off my time at this race 2 years ago when I did it last.
I honestly can't believe the times I threw down today. I had a good swim, a good bike and a good run. So hard to put all three together in one day and I did it today. The weather was perfect. I executed my race, had a blast and just felt great out there. My time put me at 10th overall in a race with more than 1200 women and 7 of the 9 women that beat me are elites. Just two age groupers ahead of me. What a day!!
I tell my girls "you have a strong mom" and today I got to show them. They got to see all different shapes, sizes, ages, races of women out there doing something amazing with our bodies.
I love this race and I will keep coming back every single year.

Event comments:

The YWCA women's triathlon is a top notch race. Great venue, great volunteers, great course, great post race food, great expo. It is an amazing race if you are brand new to the sport and it is an amazing race if you've done 100 triathlons. Every woman should experience this race!

Last updated: 2019-08-12 12:00 AM
00:08:51 | 500 yards | 01m 46s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/229
Overall: 0/1209
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:37
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:45:02 | 15.5 miles | 20.65 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/229
Overall: 0/1209
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:13
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:23:23 | 03.1 miles | 07m 32s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/229
Overall: 0/1209
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
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

2019-08-12 6:14 AM

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Subject: YWCA women's triathlon

2019-08-12 7:10 AM
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Fantastic!!! Congrats!!!
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