This was my 6th time at Chisago sprint.
The day before I had spent staining the fence. It was really hot and humid while staining the fence. I went to bed with sore hips and back and generally tired. I got up with sore hips and back, and somewhat tired. I did not sleep too bad. I was a little worried about how I would race. I didn't really want to fight through soreness and fatigue.
I did the usual routine for breakfast and on the way there got the usual donuts, water, Gatorade and coffee. It was warm before sunrise. About 73 and humid. Thankfully, it ended up being cloudy during the race. Still warm and muggy, but could have been worse. It has been worse out on this course.
I get setup no problem. Had plenty of time to hangout and do a little swim warm up.
The stated water temperature was 77. It felt really warm. There were 5 waves of half-IM and I was in the first sprint wave, along with many of the best elite male and female athletes in the state\country. I made a decision I was going to go into the swim with them. I knew I couldn't keep up, but I thought I could get a nice opening and a pull. Bad idea. I blew up about the time I got to the first bouy, and paid for it the rest of the swim. Mostly I overheated, and had to stop\slow way down. I then got on my back and kicked on my back. I alternated kind of sidestroke and back until I cooled off a bit. I was able to swim about the last third. I was kind of pissed at myself. It was my worst swim in a long time. It was dumb of me to go out like that.
I walked\half jogged to my bike, and went a little slow through T1. Partly out of frustration.
I hammered away at the bike and it turned out pretty good. I ended up with barely my second fastest time on this course. There were two half-IM bikers that I kept going back and forth with, pretty annoying. I was glad at the course split. The course is mild rollers and flats. There was some new pavement, which was really nice. I actually felt pretty good on the bike and I am pretty happy with my bike, especially after the swim I had. It was the fastest bike split of this year.
I got off the bike pretty quick and went out on the run hard. It is a tough run. Pretty steep uphill out of park, steep uphill on road out, then long shallow uphill to turnaround. I never have a great run here. The time I had today was pretty average. Ok.
Besides the swim, which was disappointing, I was pretty happy with how things went. I don't think staining the day before in the heat had too bad an effect on me. I think mostly my dumbness had an affect on my performance.
When I was in transition, before the race, I noticed a little frog perched on my tire. It was gone before I left transition. Picture below. Also, got a picture of a rainbow. Then the usual pictures of transition and my bike, and then my previous results.
2015 Chisago Lakes Sprint Triathlon
Swim (440 yards) - 10:46 (2:27/100 yards)
T1 - 2:23
Bike (22.5 miles) - 58:06 (22.7 MPH)
T2 - 0:59:11
Run (3.1 miles) - 25:15 (8:09/mi)
Total - 1:37:29
Overall - 67/344
AG - 7/23
Pace - 3:46/mi
2013 Chisago Lakes Sprint Triathlon
Swim (440 yards) - 8:09 (1:52/100yards, fastest swim at this race)
T1 - 2:42 (slow)
Bike (22.5 miles) - 1:02:55 (21.5MPH, second slowest average speed at this race)
T2 - 1:22
Run (3.1 miles) - 24:26 (8:09/miles, much better than last year)
Total - 1:39:35
Overall - 82/590
AG - 13/36
Pace - 3:51/mile (same as 2010)
2012 Chisago Lakes Sprint Triathlon
Swim (440 yards) - 8:30 (1:56/100yards)
T1 - 1:59
Bike (22.5 miles) - 57:55 (22.8MPH, fastest average speed of the year)
T2 - 1:17
Run (3.1 miles) - 26:17 (8:29/miles, slow....)
Total - 1:35:59
Overall - 89/647
AG - 15/45
Pace - 3:47/mile
2010 Chisago Lakes Sprint Triathlon
Swim (440 yards) - 8:44 (1:59/100yards)
T1 - 1:59
Bike (21 miles) - 56:23 (22.3MPH)
T2 - 1:40
Run (3.1 miles) - 25:03 (8:04/mile)
Total - 1:33:49
Overall - 59/808
AG - 5/57
Pace - 3:51/mile
2008 Chisago Lakes Sprint Triathlon
Swim (440 yards) - 9:18 (2:19/mile)
T1 - 1:54
Bike (17 miles) - 45:39 (22.3MPH)
T2 - 1:09
Run (3.1 miles) - 24:25 (7:52/mile, fastest run at Chisago also shortest bike before)
Total - 1:22:25
Overall - 68/779
AG - 7/51
Pace - 4:03/mile
2007 Chisago Lakes Sprint Triathlon
Swim (440 yards) - 11:47 (2:41/mile)
T1 - 2:56
Bike (20.1 miles) - 57:16 (21.1MPH)
T2 - 1:27
Run (3.1 miles) - 25:37 (8:16/mile)
Total - 1:39:02
Overall - 142/801
AG - 17/55
Pace - 4:09/mile