by Pro Triathlete Tami Ritchie
Chisago Lakes Triathlon was a "big" little local race up in Minnesota. I did the half distance in the elite wave. (They also offer a sprint.) It was a windy day, but the rain held out except for brief moments on the run.
The swim was in Lake Chisago—pretty, but very weedy in spots once you get swimming. My swim was quite poor, but thankfully I was still the first female out.