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Sartell, Minnesota
United States
USAT
50F / 10C
Overcast
Total Time = 1h 45m 3s
Overall Rank = 77/257
Age Group = M25-29
Age Group Rank = 13/19
Pre-race routine:

woke up, ate 3 pieces of toast w/ peanut butter, drove to race. Registered, got bike ready and in transition, and relaxed a litttle
Event warmup:

Rode 3 miles on the bike, ran about 1.5 miles to loosen the legs
Run
  • 21m 7s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 06m 47s  min/mile
Comments:

The first mile came quicker than I expected, and I decided to slow a little. Kept my HR between 166 - 173. The other two miles were relatively comfortable at about 7:00/mile. I was really excited to see that my 1st 5K was at 21:07, since one of my long term goals is to run a sub 21 minute 5K.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing
Transition 1
  • 00m 47s
Comments:

Faster transition than last year, no complaints
What would you do differently?:

nothing
Bike
  • 59m 12s
  • 20.5 miles
  • 20.78 mile/hr
Comments:

I cruised up the first hill, and passed about 4 people. I was crusing down the hill at about 33 mph, I shifted into my 12 tooth cog, and my chain froze solid. I tried to pedal, and was stunned, I was not able to. I looked down to figure out what the hell went wrong, and saw that my chain was locked between my 12 tooth cog, and my frame. So, at the bottom of the hill, I came to a stop and tried to figer out what the hell to do. I tried to pull it out and pry it out, but to no avail.

I remember thinking about 2 things, Norman Stadler in Kona in 2005 when he cut two tires and was freaking out. And the other thought that ran through my head was from a video I watched 2 nights prior of the 2006 Spirit of Racine, when David Thompson's wet suit zipper was stuck, so after a little bit of struggling, he ended up ripping, yes ripping, himslef out of it (he did go on to set the US HIM record for 2006 @ 3:51), after those two thoughts ran through my head, I realized that I needed to relieve pressure from the rear of my bike. I decided to unscrew my Quick Release a little until I was able to free the chain.

After seeing (and hearing) many people fly past me on the downhill, I was able to get going. At that point, the only thing that I could think of was HAMMER TIME!! I rode hard, probably a little too hard, looking at my second run, but just went to town and started picking people off.

The only problem was that all of the 25-29 AG'ers were no where to be seen. It seemed everyone that I was passing was in the 30 - 39 groups. I was happy I was passing them, but would have been much happier if they would have been in my AG.

The wind for the last 8 miles was super strong. For the first part of it, I did a great job of keeping the speed and cadance high, the last 3-4 miles, my legs were crying uncle and there was not much I could do but reluctantly give in.

With about 4 miles remaining I noticed a group of about 6 riders who appeared to be drafting big time, about 3/4 mile ahead. I was solely focused on catching them, and passing before T2. With about .5 miles left to go, I was able to catch the first of the 6 who had dropped of the pace line. As I was getting ready to turn the corner, I started to get out of my shoes, and was able to pick off one more. With less then a block left to go coming into T2, I caught the last 4 of the peleton, just as we were all coming into transition, I dismounted and beat them all into transition.
What would you do differently?:

Not shift into my 12 tooth gear until I figure out why it happened. I think it has to do something with having a disc and the hubs being a little different, but I need to figure this out before my next race in 6 days.
Transition 2
  • 00m 30s
Comments:

My time was faster than last year when I did not have clipless pedals and bike shoes, plus I had a top 10 T2 time...I would say this was a victory
What would you do differently?:

Nothing
Run
  • 23m 28s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 33s  min/mile
Comments:

Same as the first 5K, the lasrg hill was my killer last year, and I ended up walking up it. I was determined to keep running the entire time, even though it hurt, and finish off this race with a huge time gain over last year.

Managed to almost make the first of my time goals for the year of 7:30/mile, but I guess that pace will have to wait until the next race in a week
What would you do differently?:

I crossed the finish line 10 minutes faster than my time last year, making significant gains in all 3 legs, so I can't be too dissappointed. I was really hoping to break 1:42, wich would have been possible if my chain would not have locked up.

All in all, I had a great race, and should be very happy with my improvement, but somthing inside of me just can't be happy knowing that it could have turned out a lot better...Yes, I know, I am a little tough on myself


Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, said hi to a few friends, talked to a few people, and ate some food

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The damn chain!

Event comments:

This is a great race, even though I am not a fan of DU's, becasue they hurt and becasue I can't run 5:00/miles like the rest of the gazelles.




Last updated: 2007-03-03 12:00 AM
Running
00:21:07 | 03.11 miles | 06m 47s  min/mile
Age Group: 12/19
Overall: 102/257
Performance: Good
Course: Large hill to begin with, but then flat
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
T1
Time: 00:47
Overall: Good
Run with bike? Good
Jump on bike? Average
Getting up to speed and into shoes: Good
Biking
00:59:12 | 20.5 miles | 20.78 mile/hr
Age Group: 12/19
Overall: 61/257
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong
Course:
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 95
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 00:30
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
00:23:28 | 03.11 miles | 07m 33s  min/mile
Age Group: 15/19
Overall: 116/257
Performance: Good
Course: Same as the first 5K, the lasrg hill was my killer last year, and I ended up walking up it. I was determined to keep running the entire time, even though it hurt, and finish off this race with a huge time gain over last year.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
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

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2007-05-27 8:57 PM

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2007-05-27 9:20 PM
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Great report.  It was nice meeting you the other day.  Great improvement from one year to the next.
2007-05-28 5:36 AM
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Way to overcome that chain thing!  Great performance and improvement over last year.  It was nice meeting you there. Nice report.
2007-05-28 1:33 PM
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Way to deal with bike problems and come through strong. Nice race!
2007-05-29 7:12 AM
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Now you know that you can handle yourself under a pressure situation.  Many people would of freaked out when their chain got stuck.  Just relax and deal with it.

And awesome PR and overall race. 

2007-05-29 8:19 AM
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Great job dealing with your chain situation! Also, awesome performance overall. You were in a tough AG!


2007-05-29 8:37 AM
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Excellent race! Congratulations!
2007-05-29 11:43 AM
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That's a damn shame about your chain, but you still had a hell of a race. Congrats on such a big improvement over last year!
2007-05-30 10:58 AM
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Ben --- You cut 10 minutes off your time from last year!!! Awesome!

Now, about the chain thing...That sucks, but you handled it very well.

Next, on to Buffalo, where you'll beat me out of the water by 10 minutes! See you there.
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