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Mar13

Season Schedule: The Results

As noted in my previous posts this season has been one of the most challenging, frustrating, and stressful seasons to plan I’ve had yet.  Due to many circumstances beyond my control as well as my misunderstanding of the qualification requirements for USAT Nationals.  In the process though I’ve learned a lot of different aspects of the sport that I wasn’t aware of and also how to be more patient with the process.  This is after all a hobby, at least for me, not a career.

Overall though, the basic goals I had while planning my schedule were to continue the tradition I’ve had of attending quality local races that seek to celebrate the sport of triathlon and work hard to put together the best possible race they can for the participants.  I also like to seek out new challenges that push me beyond my comfort zone and allow me to compete against some of the best amateur triathletes in the nation.

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Chain of Lakes Triathlon
Alexandria, MN – May 4th, 2013

This will be the second year in a row that I will be attending the Chain of Lakes Triathlon.  Last year had less than ideal conditions with fairly cold temperatures and a light misting rain throughout.  I was able to come away from this race with my second career overall win though and the third fastest time in race history, one second behind Sam Janicki’s 2nd fastest time.  This year with much better swim fitness and the hope for some better weather, so I can push the bike harder, I look to challenge the course record.  The other cool thing about this race is that my family and I plan to make a weekend out of it and go camping at Lake Carlos State Park.  Should be a fun low key race to shake the triathlon racing cobwebs out and have some quality time as a family while camping, what more could you ask for.

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Blaine Triathlon
Blaine, MN – May 18th, 2013

Due to the issues that I talked about in my prior post, Season Schedule: The Frustration, with qualifying for the 2013 USAT Olympic Age Group National Championships I was forced to try and find an early season USAT race that would allow me to meet the qualification standards.  As mentioned in that post I had a few options that would pretty much guarantee me a spot in Nationals but the cost to travel to those made them difficult to justify.  Instead, I have chosen to give this 2nd year race a try and see if I can make it work.  I don’t really know a lot about this race but I’ve heard some good things about it from fellow competitors that raced it last year.  With any luck I’ll be able to walk away from this one with at least a spot at Nationals and hopefully another overall win.

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Best of the U.S.  – Amateur Championships
Hammond, IN – June 2nd, 2013

While I’m disappointed that MN will not be represented by the 2012 USAT Duathlete of the Year, Patrick Parish, at this race, I am super excited to have received a roll-down spot from his decision not to attend.  Minnesota has some incredibly talented triathletes and to be one of three to represent the state is quite an honor.  I know very little about this race beyond what is advertised.  It is suppose to be a completely closed course race and very fast.  The only downside to doing this race it that both my wife and my oldest daughter will be competing at the Buffalo Triathlon on the same day and I won’t be able to support them like they have so enthusiastically supported me over the years.

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Lake Waconia Triathlon
Lake Waconia, MN – June 30th, 2013

2012 was the first year that I attended the Lake Waconia Triathlon and this was the race that earned me the roll-down spot for the 2013 Best of the US Championships by placing 4th.  To be honest though, I was not very happy with my results here last year.  It was a hot day, and I struggle in the heat, but my run in particular was not up to par and I didn’t execute the bike very well at all.  It was a well organized race with some very stiff competition.  I’m hoping that my experience on the course last year will allow me to have better results and settle a score I have with this course.

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Minneapolis Lifetime Triathlon
Minneapolis, MN – July 13th, 2013

Since becoming a triathlete 4 years ago I have made a conscious effort to avoid the Minneapolis Lifetime Triathlon for various reasons.  However, this year in my quest to seek out the most competitive races that fit within my schedule I could no longer ignore it.  The Minneapolis Lifetime Triathlon is hands down the largest and most competitive race in Minnesota and I want the opportunity to race against the best that the region has to offer.  The one reservation I do have regarding this race is the bike.  While I have a solid bike leg, I have very little to no experience competing on a mostly urban course.  Prior to racing here I will definitely need to work on my bike handling and cornering skills at speed.

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Heart of the Lakes Triathlon
Annandale, MN – July 21st, 2013

In stark contrast to Lifetime, I have made it a tradition to compete in the Heart of the Lakes Triathlon every year since I began.  This race has such a great atmosphere and the people that volunteer and put it on make it an event not to miss, in my opinion.  I personally have had my ups and downs here from a race performance standpoint but I was privileged to come away with a 2nd place overall finish here last year and look to come back with another strong showing again this year.  The heat is often a huge factor in this late July event (especially on the run) and has sent many athletes to the Med Tent after they cross the finish line.  This race also serves as the Minnesota State Championship for the Midwest Multi-Sport Series so there is always a good number of very successful triathletes competing for the spot to be crowned champion.

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USAT Olympic Age Group National Championships
Milwaukee, WI – August 10th, 2013

Pending qualification for this race at the Blaine Triathlon, this is the race that I’m most excited about competing in this season.  With my first experience of competing on a national stage last year at the Hy-Vee Triathlon I really have felt the urge to challenge and push myself to compete against the best amateur competition I can find.  I feel that USAT Age Group Nationals offers me that opportunity and fortunately it is relatively close this year.  I feel that I will be able to do fairly well at this race but thus far in my career as a triathlete I’ve been swimming in a pretty small pond and it will be interesting to see if I can survive in the in the lake.  I’m focused on being ready for this race and competing at the highest level possible.

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Hy-Vee 5150 Elite National Championships
Des Moines, IA – September 1st, 2013

The 2013 schedule is set to end the same way it did in 2012 with the Hy-Vee Triathlon in Des Moines, IA.  This year however I have qualified for the Elite Championships and the chance to race for a new car and large amounts of cash.  Last year a fellow Minnesotan, Dan Hedgecock (who is a total stud by the way), took home the top prize in record breaking style and it was very inspiring to me.  I’ve worked very hard this off-season to set myself up to be a legitimate contender in this race this year and can’t wait to step up to the starting line.  This race definitely has a unique venue and the atmosphere and pomp & circumstance that surround it make it an electrifying event.  I plan to end the season as I started it, with a good race and family time.  My daughters had a lot of fun at this race last year and are looking forward it again.

Despite all of the challenges and frustrations I’ve had with putting my 2013 schedule together now that it’s complete I’m really excited about.  The season will lead me into a lot of uncharted territory and have me competing against some of the best amateur competition I can find.  Can’t wait to kick the season off and see a number of familiar faces in transition.

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