Pigman Triathlon - Long Course - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Palo, Iowa
United States
Pigman Triathlon
Total Time = 5h 03m 7s
Overall Rank = 99/535
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 17/50
Pre-race routine:

Up with Doug and Rob early, fueled up (Clif Bar, Sport Beans with caffeine, bottle of Powerade), packed up, and got to transition early. No snags.
Event warmup:

Swam a bit, and watched waves 1-5 go off while we stayed in the water in the beach swimming area.
  • 38m 35s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 50s / 100 yards

Very poor job of navigation. I was all over the place. Hard to sight with small buoys far apart and low practice/skill on my part.
What would you do differently?:

More open water practice, try to catch a draft.
Transition 1
  • 03m 21s

Long run up to transition, then some trouble with the suit and the helmet straps. Took it easy to be sure nothing was forgotten. Saw that Doug was already gone, and heard Rob shout for me while he was coming to his transition spot as I was leaving transtion.
What would you do differently?:

Be more efficient, have a greater sense of urgency.
  • 2h 39m 4s
  • 56 miles
  • 21.12 mile/hr

Felt better than last year, but still not smooth on the bike. Had a course bottle lid break off within the first five miles, showering me with my Powerade. Nothing like having a sticky trisuit/glasses/face/bike for the whole race. Kept using some of the on-course water to rinse off. Bottle exchanges were mostly smooth, but I botched one on the second trip through Newhall. Stuck with my nutrition plan pretty well, using the on-course Heed and water, my remaining bottle of Powerade, and three packs of Clif Shot Bloks (one Blok every three miles). Ready to be off of the bike by the time I was back to the park.
What would you do differently?:

Train more on the bike, practice hills and consistent cadence.
Transition 2
  • 03m 17s

Bathroom break extended time in T2. Had to go.
What would you do differently?:

Less 'urgency', unlike in T1 when I needed more urgency of a different type.
  • 1h 38m 52s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 33s  min/mile

Ran fairly well, definitely my strength. Passed lots of folks, didn't get passed at all. Walked each aid station and used ice and water for the cooling effect. Had to walk/run up the final hills, with a 100 run paces to 50 walk paces alternating pattern. Felt like I gave a total effort and had not much left in the tank when heading across the finish line.
What would you do differently?:

Pace and train the bike better, so I have more left for the run.
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed some food, reunited with Doug and Rob, and grabbed some more food. They had awesome times for their first half-IM! Nice job guys!

Event comments:

Wonderful experience. Hassle free with lots of course support/volunteers.

Last updated: 2011-01-08 12:00 AM
00:38:35 | 2112 yards | 01m 50s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/50
Overall: 244/535
Performance: Average
Suit: QR Superfull 2006
Course: Triangle swim
Start type: Run Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 77F / 25C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:21
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
02:39:04 | 56 miles | 21.12 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/50
Overall: 145/535
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Rolling hills through the sunny countryside. Mostly ok roads, with a few rough areas.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 03:17
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:38:52 | 13.1 miles | 07m 33s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/50
Overall: 47/535
Performance: Good
Course: Hills in the park, then flat from mile 2 to 6, then up a hill to the turnaround. Out and back course.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
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] 5