Hy-Vee Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Des Moines, Iowa
United States
Premier Event Management
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 09m 2s
Overall Rank = 196/1332
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 28/135
Pre-race routine:

Up at 3:30 AM. Actually slept pretty good despite being in a hotel room with the family. Ate a banana and an apple and drank some water. Got dressed and waited to get picked up by Rob and Jeremy at 4:15 AM. Got to Valley High about 4:30 AM. Shuttled down to the race. Was in transition by 5 AM. Felt a little rushed since in the years past I had been there shortly after 4 AM but I was fine. At about 5:15 AM they announced that due to incliment weather, they were going to shorten the race to a 400 meter time trial swim, a 20 K bike, and a 5 K run. We were disappointed/upset but I definately turned out to be the right decision.
Event warmup:

Took a gel while walking down to the swim start. Went for a short swim in the water to get acclimated to the water. Glad I did because it was a little cold for my liking.
  • 10m 23s
  • 400 meters
  • 02m 36s / 100 meters

I did okay in the water. Definately better than last year when I flipped over a bunch to catch my breath. One of my goals for the swim was to not do that at all this year and I was successful in that, but I still thought I would have been faster than this. However, I did a poor job drafting as the time trial start kind of threw me off a little since it was my first one ever. Also, we all decided to not wear our wetsuits but I'm wondering if I should have. I think I would have been able to get it off fast enough not to cancel out any of the time saved in the water. Finally, I do think this was longer than 400 meters in the water. Defiantely at least 450, probably closer to 500 meters but the time does include a decent run back up to transition where the timing mats were located.
What would you do differently?:

More OWS practice.
Wear wetsuit provided I would practice getting it off fast enough.
Transition 1
  • 01m 49s

T1- I went down the wrong aisle to begin with. This was because all the relay teams were bunched in aisles that I was supposed to turn down and so they were blocking my marker on the end of the racks. Even with that, I was doing pretty well time-wise because I had my shoes clipped in and secured with rubber bands so I was gone from the bike rack fairly fast. However, after crossing the timing mat, I jumped on my bike only to bite it. Wet tires on wet pavement is not a good combination. Other than a scraped knee and some hurt pride, I was fine so I quickly got back up and got going.
What would you do differently?:

Not get lost going down the aisle.
Not wipe out when jumping on the bike.
  • 34m 56s
  • 20 kms
  • 34.35 km/hr

I was a little rattled from my spill so I wasn't as aggresive as I probably should have been. I rode fairly hard but I should have rode harder still, especially since this was only a 20 K. It was pretty crowded since I was the last one in my AG to start in the swim. At times we were riding 3 or 4 wide. I had lost almost all of my Gatorade on the spill so that stunk but fortunately I had a bottle of water. Took a couple of gels on the bike. Not because I really needed them but rather cause I had them taped on when I thought it was going to be an Olympic distance.
What would you do differently?:

Ride harder. It's a race damn it!
Transition 2
  • 01m 6s

I had hoped to break 1:00 flat but it was pretty crowded. Coming in off the bike I was actually passing other athletes with there bikes who weren't going as fast because of the mess. I even actually dinged bikes with another triathlete who was going out for the bike portion when I was coming in so between that and the conditions, it cost me a few seconds. A race with 1500 people is always going to be crowded but even more so when it got compacted the way it did.
What would you do differently?:

  • 20m 50s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 06m 43s  min/mile

Above average run. I really should have gone faster on this too but just didn't push myself when I became uncomfortable. That's what happens when you train for a race that is twice as long as what the race ends up being but what do you do. Splits were roughly 6:42 (I thought a pretty good split coming off the bike), 7:22 (most of which was a gradual climb and then a decent size hill until we turned around a barrel), 6:08 (almost entirely downhill), and then 0:36 to finish up.
What would you do differently?:

Pushed harder throughout.
Post race
Warm down:

Got some water and cheered on Swee, Rob, and Jeremy as they finished. About 20 minutes after we all finished, it just poured so we sat under a roof to a building for almost an hour so I guess that served as our warm down.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Confidence in the swim.
Not pushing harder on the bike and the run as I had way too much left in the tank when I was done.

Event comments:

I continue to love this race! Certainly I wish we could have raced the whole thing but half a tri is better than no tri. I hope to continue to be back for this one next year and in the years to come.

Last updated: 2009-11-16 12:00 AM
00:10:23 | 400 meters | 02m 36s / 100meters
Age Group: 62/135
Overall: 6012/1332
Performance: Average
Suit: Tri Suit
Course: Inverted triangle- swam out about 125 meters, turned right, swam about 125 meters, turned right and headed home for about the last 250 meters.
Start type: Run Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:49
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Bad
00:34:56 | 20 kms | 34.35 km/hr
Age Group: 28/135
Overall: 192/1332
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Out and back on a country highway. Slight tail wind for the first half and then slight head wind coming back.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:06
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:20:50 | 03.1 miles | 06m 43s  min/mile
Age Group: 39/135
Overall: 262/1332
Performance: Average
Course: Some winding about in the park before heading out to the streets. Then a slight uphill before a bigger hill that was past the halfway point. At that point it was mostly downhill from there.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4