Pigman Triathlon - Long Course - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Palo, Iowa
United States
Pigman Triathlon
Total Time = 5h 09m 36s
Overall Rank = 124/535
Age Group = M4044
Age Group Rank = 20/59
Pre-race routine:

Arrived just before transition area opened. I managed to get an excellent rack position, setup everything, and spend some time chilling out. Pre-race breakfast was oatmeal, a banana and cup of coffee.
Event warmup:

Just did a bit of a swim and some yoga stretched. I specifically opted to not do a run warmup on this longer event.
  • 32m 19s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 32s / 100 yards

My overall target during the swim was to focus on good form, bilateral breathing and use this as a calm warmup to a long race day.
What would you do differently?:

I specifically held myself back on the swim, being conservative at my first long-course race. I could have swam with a bit more effort.
Transition 1
  • 02m 23s

T1 was a solid execution.
  • 2h 35m 40s
  • 56 miles
  • 21.58 mile/hr

With my AG starting in the last wave, there was a considerable amount of passing slower riders on the course. I felt that my overall pacing was solid and I (mostly) resisted getting caught up in 'racing' others on the bike. My effort was consistent though I fell just short of an equal split.
What would you do differently?:

I was surprised to see how low my cadence was and feel that a higher cadence with lighter pedaling would have been a better effort to setup my run. With that said, I felt this was a decent effort for my first time racing this distance.

Also, during the last section of the bike on a rough section of road, I ejected a water bottle and a bump caused me to drop my pre-run gel before I consumed it all. This kinda messed up my pre-run nutrition plans.
Transition 2
  • 03m 13s

Overall everything went well and I chose to take a bit longer in T1 to put on socks and be adequately prepared for the run ahead. Much of the additional time taken in T1 was due because I took a minute long pee before heading out on the run.
  • 1h 56m 3s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 52s  min/mile

The run started strong and I found myself near someone running (in a team) who was pacing themselves at my same target pace of 8:30. My overall race goal was to execute a sub-2 hour 1/2 marathon and this was my first 1/2 marathon raced. I paced myself well and hit the wall at about mile 9 where I could no longer sustain my pace. I walked most aid stations, drank a mix of water and HEED and kept my hat and tri-suit iced.
What would you do differently?:

Slowing at the start of the run and building into my target pace may have been a better strategy, but overall I executed well within my time goal.
Post race
Warm down:

Warm down was essentially stop and stand under the shower tent that was setup just past the finish line. Shortly thereafter I grabbed some food then rinsed off in the lake and chanced into some dry clothes.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

This was my first HIM distance and performance was only limited by my intimidation of this distance. I think I could sub-5 a race easily with the knowledge I have now.

Event comments:

I dig the big pig gig!

Last updated: 2011-06-30 12:00 AM
00:32:19 | 2112 yards | 01m 32s / 100yards
Age Group: 12/59
Overall: 49/535
Performance: Good
Suit: Orca Equip
Course: Large triangle swim in a calm lake at the park.
Start type: Run Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 76F / 25C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:23
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
02:35:40 | 56 miles | 21.58 mile/hr
Age Group: 17/59
Overall: 100/535
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: The course was an out and back on rolling hills through the area. There were some pretty rough areas in the roads (e.g. railroad tracks, rumble strips and degraded concrete) which let to some unexpected bumps.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 78
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Too much
Time: 03:13
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
01:56:03 | 13.1 miles | 08m 52s  min/mile
Age Group: 27/59
Overall: 137/535
Performance: Good
Course: Mostly flat with a large hill on the start/finish as well as one at the turn around point.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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] 4