Date: Saturday June 23; Sunday June 23, 2012
Location: St. Cloud, MN (Lake George)
Hotel: Home, sweet home
Weather: 80F & sunny for GraniteKids (6PM start); 67 & sunny with wind from NNE at 8-10
Official Results: 2012 GraniteMan St. Cloud Overall results; 2012 GraniteKids Results
Sort of a low-key race report on one hand, super excited on the other. I raced despite the tibial stress fracture which meant I simply jogged the run. On the other hand, the Boy made the podium on his very first open-water chipped event. So this is a 2 fer 1 race recap!
|The Boy and the Old Man|
The Graniteman race series has expanded to three events this year. The first was held this past weekend in St. Cloud. It combined the kids events on Saturday evening with the adult event on Sunday morning. For a first time event, there are some course kinks to work out, but I highly recommend this race. If you are looking for a alternative to racing the madness of Lake Waconia, scheduled on the same weekend, I would give this event a big thumbs up.
Goal: IronKids tune-up race
Overall: 6th overall (85 total); 3rd in Boys 9-15 age group (38 total)
Goal: None. With the stress fracture, it was just to get in a good swim and bike
Overall: 35th overall (211 total); 3rd in 50-54 AG (8 total)
It truly was joy to see the Boy compete so well in his first official open water swim. He had done one last year that was really a joke as it ran parallel to the shoreline and kids just ended up running thru the water. When we arrived at Lake George, our first thought was this is not a lake but rather a pond. Okay, maybe a boutique lake. Let's call it that.
I was slightly annoyed that when we signed up the age groups were designated as 5-8, 9-12 and 13 & over. When we got to the race we learned that the 9-12 and 13 & over groups had been made into one. I gave the Boy little chance of getting top 3 males after seeing the size of some of the kids. But we were using this race simply as a tune-up for two upcoming IronKids events in July. So it was all about getting in a solid performance and just working out the kinks, if any.
The kids event started at one end of the lake and finished on the other side. Straight 200 yards which was perfectly lined by noodles. Kids were allowed to hang onto the noodles if they needed to. The Boy, being on a swim team, did not require any such comfort. He was off and flying and never looked back.
|Boy can be seen along upper most noodle line, leading that line of swimmers|
|Adult swim course|
Swim - Kids 200 yds, Adults 500 yards
Boy Goal - Under 3 minutes
UnOfficial Time - 2:48
Dad Goal - No goal
Official Time - 8:28; 4th in AG (8 total); 42nd overall fastest
Boy Goal - 1:30
UnOfficial Time - 1:29
Dad Goal - None
Official Time - 1:45
The Boy had to hold up on the way to T1 as there was a ppoint where the swimmers exiting had to cross the bike path. So swimmers were held back if bikes were approaching, as was the case here.
For me, it was much better stripping of the wet suit than at Buffalo. However as I went to do my flying mount my leg hit the back of the saddle and I fell. Elbow bloodied, I hopped back on. Day after my arm, shoulder and hip feel pretty beat up. Stupid, stupid, stupid.
Bike - Kids 3 miles, Adults 15 miles
Boy Goal - Under 12 minutes
Official Time- 11:20 (16.07 MPH average)
Dad Goal - None
Official Time- 41:58 (21.4 MPH); 4th in AG (8 total); 36th fastest overall
The 5-8 yo kids had a two lap ride and the older kids had a four lap ride all within the confines of the park on the bike path. This did mean there was some congestion to deal with, but it came off without a hitch and also allowed the parents to see their child come around multiple times.
The Boy and I anticipated this congestion and opted to leave his race road bike at home and give him some confort with using his neighborhood bike for mobility sake. We're glad we made this decision as there were little ones on training rules with not a care in the world for where they were positioned on the path and 15 yo kids on regular road bikes.
For me, I enjoyed the rolling bike course. It was a little technical to begin with as we rode thru city streets to eventually hit the country side. And there was a stretch of very bumpy road that was used for the turn-around. But all-in-all a good challenging bike course.
I hate really tight turn-arounds on out-and-back bike courses due to the simple reason that my calf muscles will choose that time to cramp up on me. Something about slowing down, not spinning, and making that tight turn do it to me every time. Such was the case here. Cramped up in my right calf. And about 2 miles from the end of the bike, the left calf cramped up. Hurt my bike split a lot to have those ill timed cramps.
Boy Goal - 1:00
Official Time - 0:54
Dad Goal - None
Official Time - 1:06
Here I was really proud of the Boy. Parents were allowed in transition to assist. I had the Boy do most everything himself to get him ready for the more strict IronKids events. Here, I grabbed his bike and told him to 'go!' and he said, "but Dad, I need to put on my race number belt". Here I was about to send him off without his race number belt and he had the right frame of mind to not overlook it.
Run - Kids 1 mile, Adults 5K
Boy Goal- Under 7 minutes
Official Time - 6:57
Dad Goal- None
Official Time - 24:17 (7:50 per mile); 3rd in AG (8 total); 43rd fastest overall
The Boy is in the best run shape of his life as he is currently in summer training for the fall cross country season. So I knew he could bust one. What was unknown to us is how his legs would respond after a hard swim and bike as he's only done a couple of bricks this summer. We set of goal of going under 7 minutes based off a 6:45 mile test held at school a few weeks earlier. So for him to come under 7 minutes after swimming and biking was real gutsy. And since he made 3rd place by a mere 10-seconds brought home the importance of gutting it out.
We eached received very nice, and quite heavy, granite plaques for our 3rd place age group finishes.