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Oak Grove, Minnesota
United States
MinneMan Triathlon
Total Time = 1h 30m 42s
Overall Rank = 222/381
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 9/31
Pre-race routine:

Ate a bagel & PB while driving to the race site - it took longer than I thought to get there! Set up my transition area
Event warmup:

Walking from the parking lot to the transition area - it's a long walk!

Chatted with other BTers
  • 16m 37s
  • 528 yards
  • 03m 09s / 100 yards

Argh...someday I will get over my fear of the swim. I was fine when we were waiting and at the start - had to run a bit to get into water deep enough to swim in. Couldn't breathe so I did sidestroke & backstroke at first. Attempted to free style but kept freaking out under water. So I ended up backstroking most of the way. The next wave caught up to me before the 2nd large buoy and I got kicked and hit alot. I saw a guy coming towards me and he did not sight/look up at all - he went right over me and I thought I was going to drown. But I didn't. I tried to stay calm. Even though my time was 3 minutes slower this year, I wasn't the last one in my age group out of the water!
What would you do differently?:

Find a BTer willing to help me overcome my fear of the OWS!
Transition 1
  • 03m 2s

My transition was great, other than I couldn't get my wet feet into my bike shoes. I decided to go sockless this year. Once I passed the transition zone I clipped my right foot in and attempted to clip my left in while on the bike, but my foot got stuck between the pedal and my bike frame. I fell over to the left and couldn't get my foot out. I finally got my right foot unclipped and someone came over to help me get my left foot unstuck. It hurt alot and bled the entire bike & run. I've got quite the bruise on the top of my foot and knee.
What would you do differently?:

Not get my foot stuck.
  • 43m 49s
  • 13 miles
  • 17.80 mile/hr

My legs were fairly tired the whole time and my bike kept going "clink, clink, clink" on every pedal stroke. Whenever I tried to apply harder force my chain kept jumping, so I had to go slower. But I still went faster than last year!

Autumn whizzed by me on the bike and was out of sight within 15 seconds (so much for the 15 sec. passing rule). Steve (hikergerb) passed me too, but I felt ok since I passed quite a few people...
What would you do differently?:

Not fall over and bend my derailleur.
Transition 2
  • 01m 41s

My transition was so much better than last year! My legs felt like jello, but I've practiced the bike to run transition and am used to the feeling. Today was the first time I rode with my feet on top of the shoes and it worked out fine! I love my speed laces :)
What would you do differently?:

Nothing :)
  • 25m 35s
  • 3 miles
  • 08m 32s  min/mile

I took 2 cups of water from the first aid station - dumped one on my head and drank part of the other one - the second aid station I dumped one on my head. I felt like I was pushing pretty hard the whole time and had a photo finish at the end! I saw someone from my age group ahead of me and told myself I had to catch her before the finish. Well, I caught her, but she then sprinted with me to the end. I think we tied.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing - it was great!
Post race
Warm down:

Drank water, ate banana, granola bar, doritos, MT Dew, hot dog and chatted with other BTers. We cheered each BTer on as they came in - it was fun!

Went to ColdStone for ice cream after the race with some of the BT gang - Autumn, Kelly (kelpeng), Kris (trigirlkris), Sal (sparco), and Steve (hikergerb).

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My fear of the OWS and bent derailleur

Event comments:

This race gets better every year! The people are friendly and helpful, the cops were great with traffic control. They had lots of post-race food, festivities, and door prizes! I won a spinervals DVD - which will help me go even faster on the bike next year! It was great knowing that we had 23 BTers there!

I beat my best bike & run time - woohoo!!! New PRs!!!

Last updated: 2007-02-22 12:00 AM
00:16:37 | 528 yards | 03m 09s / 100yards
Age Group: 26/31
Overall: 323/381
Performance: Bad
Suit: Sports Bra & tri shorts
Course: Very shallow, cloudy and weedy
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Bad Drafting: Bad
Waves: Below average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:02
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:43:49 | 13 miles | 17.80 mile/hr
Age Group: 9/31
Overall: 242/381
Performance: Good
Avg HR 165 Max 173
Wind: Little
Course: Great! There were lots of people showing us the direction to go and cheering us on :) There is just one small rough patch that sucks, but I love going through the new housing development. It kept my mind occupied for a while.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:41
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:25:35 | 03 miles | 08m 32s  min/mile
Age Group: 7/31
Overall: 155/381
Performance: Good
Avg 173 Max 188
Course: Flat out and back course - it was hot in the sun!
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
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

2007-07-01 9:42 PM

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2007-07-01 10:04 PM
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Great to meet you! I've graduated from freaking out backstroking to freaking out freestyle in the water, so I know there is hope for you (though I also know I am not the one to go to for help). Good luck with getting the bike working right.

Maybe seeya Wednesday in Red Wing! 

2007-07-01 10:22 PM
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Twin Cities, MN
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Nice race, Nora! It was great to see you again.  You had a nice run - you can tell you've been working the bike to run transition.  Way to go!
2007-07-01 10:28 PM
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Eden Prairie, MN
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Good to meet you on Saturday, Nora! It looks like you kept getting stronger as the race went along - good job!

2007-07-01 10:59 PM
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Wow Nora, you did great!  I didn't know about your accident, so I am super impressed that you pushed on with the bent derailleur and all.  Way to hang tough and your run was great.  I'd love to practice OWS with you, if only you weren't so far away.  It's always a pleasure to see you at an event.  I hope you and your bike heal quickly.

Edited by BikerGrrrl 2007-07-01 10:59 PM
2007-07-02 5:50 AM
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Nice to meet you!

The swim is freaky! It takes time and practice but one can overcome the fear.

You had a great run! Best wishes in your other races.

2007-07-02 6:49 AM
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Great job out there Nora.  When I heard you go clicking by I was really worried you had a broken spoke also, that was a lot like what mine sounded like.  If your nervous about  the water and swimming I would really recomend getting a wetsuit.  They really help your confidance.  They give you a lot of float and take away a lot of anxiety.  Best of luck in your future races.
2007-07-02 10:52 AM
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Circle Pines, MN
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I think I remember passing you on the bike. When you find someone to help with the OWS fear send them my way also. Even with a good wetsuit, I still freak, but I just flip onto my back, and keep going. Sorry about the crash, sound like a couple people had good parts and bad parts to their race. Go get the bike fixed, and see you at the next race.

2007-07-02 12:17 PM
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Dodge County, MN (out in the corn)
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OK, Nora. Your "oopsie" in T1 was worse than mine. Hope your bike is OK. I wonder if it was the same guy that picked both of us up. He probably left the day thinking, "This triathlon thing is kind of cool, but some of the girls are just plain spazzes." Looks like you had a great run! As for the OWS thing, it think it's just a matter of doing it. I learned to swim in the ocean, so OW doesn't bother me. Weeds do bother me. I've had to just get out there and deal with it.

2007-07-03 7:44 AM
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A farming town in MN
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No worries about the swim Nora, many of us have been there.  Give it some time and experience...

Good to hear your knee's feeling a little better now.  Hope the bike checks out O.K. too.

Hot dogs are now my favorite post-tri recovery meal .  It was fun watching everyone INHALE ice cream after the event too!

Rest and recover.  Take care of that knee...

2007-07-03 10:10 PM
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Embarrassed once again!!! I took my bike to the LBS yesterday. I hadn't really even looked at it to figure out the problem. Took it in and he was thinking I bent the derailleur also - but guess what - the quick release skewer on it had flipped up and the back tire was super loose!!! Oh well, glad it wasn't anything bad, but we had a good laugh over it!

2007-07-04 3:49 AM
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