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Oak Grove, Minnesota
United States
MinneMan Triathlon
Total Time = 1h 27m 34s
Overall Rank = 187/379
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 10/28
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:30, got dressed, packed my snacks, and ate a hard boiled egg. Drove to the race and ate a banana and some frosted mini-wheats. Realized while driving that Kelly was in front of me...pulled in next to her, and who pops out two cars down but Autumn!
Event warmup:

After setting up my transition & chatting with Steve, Dave, Sal, Cindy, Nora, Kelly, Autumn, Bryan, Kelly, & Emily (gosh, did I miss anyone?), I went for a short ride to loosen up and run through gears. I got back into transition just a few minutes before it closed, and had time for one more bathroom stop before putting on my wetsuit.
  • 13m 17s
  • 528 yards
  • 02m 31s / 100 yards

I was very relaxed on the swim - maybe too relaxed! This was my first race with a full wetsuit and I was gliding right along - even passing people, which isn't the norm for me in the swim! Navigation was probably the best I've had in a race. I was surprised when I saw that I added almost a minute on last year's swim time.
What would you do differently?:

Swim more! I haven't been in the water all that much lately, and it showed.
Transition 1
  • 02m 44s

This transition starts with a long run alongside the t-area. I remember walking it last year, so the fact that I was running was a good thing! Wetsuit came off easily and dropping the gloves saved me time. My biggest issue was that as soon as I crossed the timing mat to clip in, I could not get clipped in! Seriously, I bet I was there 20 seconds trying to clip in. I've never had so much trouble!
What would you do differently?:

GET NEW PEDALS! Otherwise, this transition was not exactly fast, but it wasn't bad, given the distance I had to cross.
  • 40m 33s
  • 13 miles
  • 19.24 mile/hr

I felt really good on this ride. I passed a lot of riders from my own wave as well as the two ahead of me. I pedaled through corners, which I don't often do, and felt really strong on the few hills there were. Coming into the park at the end, my computer said I was at 19.8. By the time I slowed down to the dismount line and ran across the mat, I was down to 19.5...offical race pace was 19.2, which is still a PR, so I'll take it! I was 31/170 women on the bike.
What would you do differently?:

I could probably push even harder on the bike, but I wouldn't have any legs left for running, so I'll be satisfied with this!
Transition 2
  • 01m 25s

This transition went smoothly - just a long way to run with the bike to get to my rack. The gal at the end of the rack had put a bright green swim cap "flag" on the rack, so it was easy to find my location!
What would you do differently?:

Not much!
  • 29m 37s
  • 3 miles
  • 09m 52s  min/mile

My legs felt okay off the bike, but I knew right away that I wasn't running as fast as I have been lately. It took me almost to the turn around to settle in and breathe more deeply, and then second half felt a lot better. This was definitely faster than last year, and I wanted to get under 30:00, which I did.
What would you do differently?:

More transition runs & bricks. I have to get stronger legs for the run. I have proven to myself that I can run faster consistently - now I need to do it in the right context!
Post race
Warm down:

Found my family, had some water, a banana, & a handful of pretzels. Chatted with lots of BTers - very fun! I won a $75 gift certificate to a place that does both sports massage and things like LT testing, bike fits based on power testing, etc.! After we packed up, went with Steve, Nora, Kelly, Autumn, Cindy & Sal to get lunch & ice cream!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I took more than 2 minutes off last year's time and overall am very pleased with this race. I need to continue working on swimming & running, speedy transitions, and transition runs!

Event comments:

I love this race! It's so well organized, the course is very racer-friendly, and the atmosphere is very welcoming. I will be registering for 2008 on January 1st!

Last updated: 2007-01-02 12:00 AM
00:13:17 | 528 yards | 02m 31s / 100yards
Age Group: 11/28
Overall: 174/379
Performance: Below average
Suit: Nineteen Pipeline full wetsuit
Course: Long rectangle - out, short swim across, and back in the other side
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:44
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
00:40:33 | 13 miles | 19.24 mile/hr
Age Group: 8/28
Overall: 159/379
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Single loop, well marked, nice course
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:25
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:29:37 | 03 miles | 09m 52s  min/mile
Age Group: 17/28
Overall: 253/379
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back, very flat, a little shade here & there
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
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

2007-06-30 2:32 PM

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Twin Cities, MN
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2007-06-30 2:35 PM
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molto veloce mama
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AWESOME JOB!!! way to shave off those minutes!
2007-06-30 2:42 PM
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Dodge County, MN (out in the corn)
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Nice work! Funny you said that about the swim. I thought my swim time would have been faster too. Dunno.

2007-06-30 4:20 PM
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Blaine, MN
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nice going... your new avatar is pretty cool
2007-06-30 4:54 PM
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Twin Cities, MN
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Nice Job! I am impressed all around. I heard that the announcer said that they were having a hard time measuring the swim and it may have have erred on the long side, who knows? Gotta love passing people on the bike. It probably took me 20 seconds to clip in as well. Fine motor tasks are difficult right out of the water.
2007-06-30 5:29 PM
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Delano, MN
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Nice race!  I like the idea that maybe the swim was long.  Isn't it fun to see haw far we've come!  Way to rock and roll (and set a great example for you elite triathlete in training)

2007-06-30 6:27 PM
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Nice job out there.  Just wait until you get the new bike, then watch those bike splits get even smaller.
2007-06-30 9:15 PM
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Lakeville, MN
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Great job!!  That is an awesome bike, and still with the "old" bike!!  Wait until you bedut the new that bike split decrease even more!
2007-06-30 9:23 PM
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Lakewood, CO
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Way to drop the overall even with the slower swim.  And your ride today - fantastic!  And to beat your goal on the run - sounds like a nice day all in all. 

Sounds like we both need to find our way back into the water more consistently.

2007-06-30 9:31 PM
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, Minnesota
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Great race, Kris!  Your bike was particularly awesome, we'll all have to watch out when you get the new one.  Good to see you again.
2007-07-01 7:59 PM
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Extreme Veteran
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Great to meet you and nice race! Seeya at Brewhouse.

2007-07-01 8:02 PM
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You looked great coming in on the run! Way to finish strong!
2007-07-01 10:41 PM
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Woohoo!!! Way to hit your run goal sub-30! Sounds like you had a good race - it was fun watching you attempt to get your wetsuit on...maybe I should get one of those and I won't be afraid of the OWS...or maybe I should just practice more OWS...anyway, have a great week!
2007-07-02 10:48 AM
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Eden Prairie, MN
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Good meeting you on Saturday, Kris! Looks like you had a fantastic race, too - speedy ride! The swim was definitely longer than advertised. If I had to guess, I'd put it at least 600 yards.

Hope to see you around!
2007-07-02 10:09 PM
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A farming town in MN
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Hard-boiled eggs...the breakfast of favorite...

Don't worry Kris.  I think alot of us felt like the swim distance was longer than .3 miles!  You had an awesome bike leg and a great race overall...

p.s. I'm not at work anymore......although, I should go finish packing...

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