Hy-Vee Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Des Moines, Iowa
United States
Premier Event Management
Total Time = 1h 10m 48s
Overall Rank = 256/1341
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 38/135
Pre-race routine:

Up way early, had some cereal and juice, and off to the shuttle. Set up transition, then milled about talking with friends and taking it all in. I was very disappointed to hear the announcement that bad weather was coming, so the event would be shortened to a sprint. That took a lot of wind out of my sails.
Event warmup:

I just jogged some near the beach, having ditched my plan to run some then swim some when I found out it was now a sprint and that I'd have less time before my start time than originally scheduled.
  • 10m 57s
  • 400 meters
  • 02m 44s / 100 meters

They told us it would be a 400m swim, so I went without my wetsuit. It was certainly longer than 400m, and I may have been better off with the wetsuit.
What would you do differently?:

Consider the wetsuit despite the short distance, learn to swim.
Transition 1
  • 02m 14s

Other than the relay lady who decided to step into the middle of the row as I tried to run through, resulting in a collision, this was pretty good.
What would you do differently?:

Get tri shoes that I don't have to buckle and ratchet. I would consider trying clipped in shoes, but I can't fathom riding and running without socks. Maybe I'll give it a try.
  • 35m 48s
  • 20 kms
  • 33.52 km/hr

Having this many competitors sent off so quickly on the swim so everyone could be out of the water before the storm hit made for a very crowded course. The bike traffic made it tricky at times.
What would you do differently?:

Push harder. I found it hard to get into the mindset that this was a sprint.
Transition 2
  • 01m 19s
What would you do differently?:

Go faster?
  • 20m 32s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 06m 37s  min/mile

The hills sapped some strength, but I should have pushed harder, especially in the last mile.
Post race
Warm down:

Shivered for an hour hiding under the eaves of a building while the torrential rain from the thunderstorm passed. I'm glad I was off of the course before that hit, but I wish we could have gotten our stuff out of transition and back to the vehicle without having to suffer all of that rain.

Event comments:

The event coordinators did the best they could with what mother nature handed them. The distances for the swim and bike may have been off a bit (long in both cases), but what can you expect with 30 minutes to change the course and get the race off on time. I'll be looking forward to racing this again, at its intended Olympic distance.

Last updated: 2009-12-27 12:00 AM
00:10:57 | 400 meters | 02m 44s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/135
Overall: 0/1341
Performance: Below average
Course: Triangle
Start type: Run Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:14
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:35:48 | 20 kms | 33.52 km/hr
Age Group: 0/135
Overall: 0/1341
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Out and back, hills early and therefore again late.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:19
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:20:32 | 03.1 miles | 06m 37s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/135
Overall: 0/1341
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4