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Manitou Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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White Bear Lake, Minnesota
United States
Midwest Events
75F / 24C
Total Time = 1h 24m 35s
Overall Rank = 130/518
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 12/38
Pre-race routine:

Ate some oatmeal and a banana for breakfast. Sipped some Heed prior to the race.

This was an event format I'd never encountered. Transition setup was at 6:15, transition lockout was at 7:45. First of 7 waves went out at 8 and I was in the last wave going out at 9am. Couldn't go back to transition to retrieve gel/water so baked in the sun for 1+ hrs. Live and learn.

Event warmup:

I was a bit tired from yesterday's century ride so didn't warmup at all. Water had swimmers itch, and I didn't want to tax the legs running or biking.
  • 22m 23s
  • 880 yards
  • 02m 32s / 100 yards

I started out well. There were alot of folks in our wave and I got away pretty cleanly. I drafted a bit and all was well. I then veered a bit right and caught clear water. Of course the reason for clear water was bad, as I was pretty much going into oncoming racers. I hit one poor girl head on and veered back on course. After the turnaround things were pretty good, but the damage was done.

Consensus was that the course was a bit more than 800 yds. I navigated poorly, but most everyone's times seemed slow for such a perfect day to be in the lake.

Getting in the water felt good after baking in the sun for 75 mins.
What would you do differently?:

Navigate better. Sight more, draft more.
Transition 1
  • 01m 25s

T1 went pretty darn well. I was located in a spot on the east end of transition. Running with bike was minimized.
What would you do differently?:

Get even closer to the east end of T.
  • 37m 16s
  • 13.5 miles
  • 21.74 mile/hr

This is my home course and I took advantage of it. I ride this course in training a couple times a week and know where to push, and how to keep momentum to roll the hills.

I set a new PR for a bike leg in a sprint. Yahoo!
What would you do differently?:

Drink more on the bike. Set up my aerobar drink system.
Transition 2
  • 01m 40s

Arg, I pulled a rookie mistake! I couldn't for the live of me find my transition spot. Found the general vicinity just fine, but without competitor bikes/stuff around struggled a bit. Burned what seemed to be an eternity, but was seconds for sure.
What would you do differently?:

Hava a 'plan b' landmake to find my spot in case landmarks change while on the bike.
  • 21m 53s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 07m 04s  min/mile

I pretty much gave it all I had on the run. Passed a few in my AG. I met my IM training partner Dave about 100 yds from the turnaround. He and I both knew he'd catch me in the last 1.5 miles. I gave him a high 5 as he went by and felt good that he was the only AG'er to pass me.
What would you do differently?:

Not bike 101 miles the day before the race
Post race
Warm down:

Wandered around, got something to eat

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The fact that I did my first century bike (101 miles) yesterday pretty much set the tone for the day. I was just in this race to see how my legs would react after beating them up the day prior.

I went into the event with NO expectations and did pretty well in the end.

Event comments:

Very well organized. Aid on the run was pretty sparse, but still OK. Food afterwards was great. Givaways were plentiful, but couldn't manage to get my name drawn.

Last updated: 2007-02-24 12:00 AM
00:22:23 | 880 yards | 02m 32s / 100yards
Age Group: 20/38
Overall: 244/518
Suit: Sleeveless QR
Course: Out and back.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:25
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
00:37:16 | 13.5 miles | 21.74 mile/hr
Age Group: 9/38
Overall: 89/518
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Rolling hills out and back to Winthrop school.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:40
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Bad
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:21:53 | 03.1 miles | 07m 04s  min/mile
Age Group: 10/38
Overall: 135/518
Performance: Good
Course: Flat out and back
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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

2007-06-10 5:57 PM

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2007-06-10 6:37 PM
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Subject: RE: Manitou Sprint Triathlon
Nice report.  It was nice meeting you today.  Good luck at Grandmas next week.
2007-06-10 7:19 PM
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Cleveland, Ohio
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Great JOB - on tired legs no less!! Just think what you'll do rested and tapered!!

2007-06-10 8:23 PM
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Wisconsin near the Twin Cities metro
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Nice to meet you today, Jeff!!  Nice job after the century yesterday.  Lets all hope we don't start itching like crazy in the next couple of days.  Maybe see you up in Duluth - I'm taking the easy way up there though!!
2007-06-11 3:09 PM
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Nice report and nice job! Biking at 21 mph after a century - holy cow!

Good luck in your other races. Your "home course" is great - I bet it is great being able to do bike rides out in that area.
2007-06-12 8:44 AM
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Central Minnesota
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Great race, Jeff! Very impressive to pull out that type of performance within your normal training.

2007-06-13 10:51 AM
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Dang near 22mph on the bike and just over 7:00 min miles! ...All after a 101 mile ride.

Excellent performance!
2007-06-23 5:23 PM
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Blaine, MN
Subject: RE: Manitou Sprint Triathlon
nice going dude.. i really like this race... would have done it but I was out and about... Congrats...
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