The Duluth Triathlon is a 70.3 distance triathlon meaning it is half the distance of my upcoming Ironman race. It’s a smaller race with only about 32 participants, and it is run at the same time as the Buzz Ryan sprint triathlon so most of the people were there for that race. The event setting is at Island Lake, about 20 miles north of Duluth, MN and it is a gorgeous location. Just check out this view of the lake!
It was quite the busy weekend for me as I was also in the Duluth area for my little sister’s bridal shower. My triathlon began at 8am, and I had to be in Cloquet (a 40 min drive from Island Lake) showered and dressed to entertain guests at 3pm that afternoon. So I knew that time would be tight! I was really wishing that the race had a start time of 7am as it was a hot day and only got hotter, and it would have allowed me more time to finish the race and get to the bridal shower. In the end, I didn’t get enough time to finish the race and only completing about 1/2 of the 13.1 mile run. Family came first that day and I had to be with my sister, that’s what you do when you are the matron of honor! It still ended up being a great training workout for me.
Anyways, here is a race recap of the day.
In addition to being a very warm day, it was also very windy! The swim involved a 2-loop course, and the water on race day was a brisk 66 degrees F. It was a comfortable temperature with a wetsuit. Unfortunately, after this race I ended up misplacing my sleeveless wetsuit. So if anyone accidentally took or found a BlueSeventy sleeveless wetsuit (size WM) let me know! I would love to get it back! Here is a photo…
With all the wind it was intimidating knowing that I was going to have to swim straight into those waves twice. I’m a strong swimmer, but it was still tough swim. I didn’t get too far out when I had to flip onto my back, give myself a motivational pep talk, get my breathing under control and continue swimming. In the end, I walked out of the water just under 40 minutes and made my way to the transition area to get on the bike.
I was not a huge fan of this event’s bike course. It’s an out-and-back course, and there was an 8-mile section of the road that was very rough and I found myself cursing at the road conditions multiple times. All the pounding my body took riding over those bumps and pot holes in the road just wrecked havoc on my back, arms, shoulders and neck. The rest of the course road conditions were awesome, but the ride was very lonely. Other than the triathletes on the course, I didn’t see any other people except for at the 28-mile turnaround. It was a little concerning if someone were to have a crash or need assistance, no one was out there to help.
The run was a 2-loop course, which allowed plenty of water/fuel aid station. There were some decent hills on the course which made it extra challenging in the heat of the day. I knew as soon as I started running that it was going to be brutal. My legs were not in the mood to run. I gutted out 6.7 miles, and then headed back to transition to grab my gear and go!
In order to get to the bridal shower in time, I quick bathed myself in the lake and was on my way to celebrate with family. Then proceeded to drive 4-hours home. What an exhausting day! My body was spent!
Another race checked off the list, it’s amazing how fast this summer has gone by. I am very much looking forward to finishing up the triathlon season with an Ironman finish. As always, big thank you to my husband for taking such great photos at the race!