Monday, June 28, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Easy to put on, good fit and comfort, easy to fit with the dial on the top of the helmet, and fits well with sunglasses. The obvious, and well advertised, pro to wearing an aero helmet is the aerodynamic advantage of the helmet.
None at the moment.
I tested the Giro Advantage 2 last year for a triathlon and a couple of time trials. It was the first aero helmet I had ever worn and I really liked it. That being said, I think I like the Lazer helmet more than Giro. The Lazer feels like it fits better and it has more venting. The Lazer has a nice and easy to use adjustment wheel on the top of the helmet that allowed me to get the correct size for my head almost instantly. There is a hole at the top that is used to poor water into, to help with cooling. I have not used the hole yet and it appears kind of gimmicky. I have a shaved head and my concern is that if I pour water in the hole, and my head is covered with sweat, all it will do is run it down my face and into my eyes, while I am biking. The prospect of that is not appealing.
There has been plenty written about the advantages of aero helmets and I am going to assume that since this is an aero helmet, I am getting an advantage from it. I purchased this helmet and I am very happy with the purchase.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
The morning was windy and cold, for June, and looked like it was going to rain. Fortunately, it did not rain and turned out to be a great day for a race. As usual, I got there early, got setup and had some time to chat with people before the race start. Jackie was, again, good enough to get up and cheer me on. It is great to have someone coming with me to the race, keep me company, and cheer me on.
I did a short bike ride and hung out until we all had to gather outside the transition area. They want to keep track of everyone, so we all had to walk through transition and then out across the bike out mat. Then we all walked to the beach for the start. After going to the bathroom, I got a short swim in and it was start time. It was nice to start in the 3rd wave and only have to wait 15 minutes.
This time I got up in the front, on the inside, and took off harder than last week. There was a little position battling going on at first, but by the time I got to the first buoy the water was pretty clear. The wind was blowing mostly west to east, and maybe a little south to north, as best I could judge. Going out the chop was on my left and coming around the point it was at my back and right. This created some issues for the right side breather that I am. I had to rotate more to get my head out to breath, I still took some water in. It did not affect my swim too much, because I came out 7th in my age group. I knew that if I got in the front and took off stronger I should be in the top ten in my age group.
I got out good, got the wetsuit off with very little issues, and then proceeded to run the wrong way out of transition. Jackie yelled at me and I changed course before I got out of transition and went out the correct way.
Not a lot to say about the bike. I started in the 3rd wave, so I didn't pass many people and I don't recall getting passed. It was kind of windy and a little more hilly than I expected. The bike felt strong and it seemed faster than it was. I would have guessed my average MPH was over 21 and closer to 22. So much for my perception. The bike was not as fast as I would have liked, but I am still pretty happy with it.
I got off the bike with no issue and fumbled with my socks, as usual. I took off strong again. The first part of the run has an uphill, and then mostly flat. As expected, the first mile was painful, cardio wise, and then it felt easier. Also as expected, this is where I got passed. Which is fine. I am really happy with my run time, it was faster than last weekend. I felt like I gave it my all and didn't have anything in the tank when I finished. That is what I am looking for.
Swim (880 yards) - 13:27 (1:32/100 yards)
T1 - 1:51
Bike (14.5 miles) - 41:58 (20.7 MPH)
T2 - 1:28
Run (3 miles) - 23:20 (7:47 min/mi)
Total Time = 1:22:01
Overall = 85/452
AG = 13/42
I did Waconia in 2008 and had a horrible swim. It was windy and the water was choppy. The rough water was no excuse. It was the only race that year that I had trouble with them swim. It won't happen this year. It is half mile swim again, but this time with a TT start. I think the TT start should give me a little faster time than Minnetonka. I am going to look at some thing like 13 minutes flat. The bike is 20 miles, I would like to average over 21MPH, so I come in under an hour with room to spare. The run is 4 miles, if I can average 8 min/mi or faster I would be thrilled. Taking this all into account I would like to finish about 1:45. If I did less than 1:50 I would be happy, if I was less than 1:45 I would be thrilled.
Below are my results from 2008 Lake Waconia Triathlon. They had a longer bike that year due to construction.
Swim (880 yards) - 24:33 (2:48/100 yards)
T1 - 2:34
Bike (24 miles) - 1:07:57 (21.2 MPH)
T2 - 1:35
Run (4 miles) - 32:09 (8:03 min/mi)
Total - 2:08:45
Overall - 188/431
AG - 22/38
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
I did this race in 2008 and memories of it are a little vague.
The swim is about a third of mile, probably the shortest swim you will do in a tri.
If memory serves me correctly, you ride out of the park and down a fairly length hill. The course is then flat and runs out and through Palo. You then come back up the hill, over the hill and past the entrance to the park, down the hill and out on flat stretch again. Out to a turnaround. At the turnaround you head back the way you came go up the hill and enter the park back to transition. I think, again it was two years ago, aside from the one hill you ride down three times and up twice, it is fairly flat and there is almost no shade.
The run is in the park, part way around the lake and back. I know you have to run a long the damn out and back, downhill out and uphill back. I think you get some shade once you cross the damn. If the sun is out and it is over 70, it will seem hotter than it is with the lack of shade.
Below are my results from 2008. I am shooting for a swim under 9:00 min, a bike 42min or less, and any kind of run I can get. I would like to get out of the first transition under 3:00. I don't know what happened that got me a 3:44. Stuck in my wetsuit? It would be nice to go under 1:20
Swim (547 yards) - 9:27 (1:44/100yards)
T1 - 3:44
Bike (15.5mi) - 44:13 (21.1 MPH)
T2 - 1:44
Run (3.1mi) - 24:42 (7:57 min/mi)
Total - 1:23:47
Overall - 145/606
AG - 21/53