Pigman Triathlon - Long Course - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Palo, Iowa
United States
niceF / 0C
Total Time = 6h 14m 39s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = F30-34
Age Group Rank = 22/30
Pre-race routine:

We stayed in one of the cabins at the park the night before, so I got up and quietly got everything out onto the porch and choked down a piece of bread with pb and honey. I reaaaaally didn't feel like eating. Had lots of water.
Event warmup:

Did a short run to loosen up a bit, then hit the porta potties. I'm glad I did, because after waiting in line for an eternity I actually had to go. There weren't near enough porta potties. Saw a friend in my AG in transition, went over everything several times to be sure I had it right. Water temp announced: 75 degrees! Sooooo happy about this.
  • 38m 51s
  • 2310 yards
  • 01m 41s / 100 yards

The whole swim went well. I adopted a newer breathe 2-2-3 pulls to alternate sides. My breathing made a nice rhythm that kept me focused and calm. Not too much pushing and shoving. I was able to settle into a groove quickly and kept my breathing calm the whole time. It really was a glorious swim. The sun was out, the water was calm and I was swimming well. It always amazes me that listening to our breathing underwater is so loud, but when you lift your head to sight for a few seconds it is soooo quiet, especially compared to the background noise at a pool. Very peaceful.
What would you do differently?:

I came out of the water six minutes faster than I expected, so either the course was short or I've made progress the past month! And the wetsuit...
Transition 1
  • 03m 24s

The run up to transition was pretty long. Overall this was a good transition--methodical and controlled but relatively quick.
What would you do differently?:

  • 3h 02m 41s
  • 56 miles
  • 18.39 mile/hr

Apparrently I've made a lot of progress on the bike in the last month or so. I rode the course about a month ago and it was difficult. I was tired at the end. I averaged 15mph, so was expecting 3:30 or so on race day.

This ride felt awesome. The hills weren't nearly as hard as I remembered and I tackled the rollers well. Kept leapfrogging with a guy who was faster than me on the flats but I was stronger on the hills. I eventually passed him for good. Shifting was good except for going down to the middle ring from the big ring. It would jump clear down to the granny ring so I'd lose momentum every time. I fiddled with the deraileur cable twister thing a little but didn't want to do anything that might really mess things up for me. I managed.
What would you do differently?:

Figure out what the heck was going on with me front deraileur!
Transition 2
  • 02m 39s

Hit the porta potty quickly, didn't take too long.
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 27m 6s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 14s  min/mile

This is where it fell apart (kind of). I was hoping for at least 10min miles. After my swim and bike I would have come in under 6:00 had I been able to do this. I felt good coming off the bike, but my HR wanted to creep up if I picked up the pace a little. I wasn't going to let myself do that until the last 2-3 miles because my main goal was to finish strong and happy, not crash on the run. It got hot, but there were patches where the clouds covered the sun and we had some relief. I was fighting nauea the whole run. It would get worse after I ate or drank, but i was able to keep it to where I stayed adequately fueled but could tolerate the nausea. Nothing hurt, but I was just tired. Wanted to lie down and take a nap. Much of the run was mentally difficult. Picked it up the last two miles, so my first two and last two miles were at about 9:30 pace.
What would you do differently?:

Don't know--I don't know that there's anything I could have done to make the run faster.
Post race
Warm down:

not much!

Event comments:

This race is very well organized with tons of happy volunteers. I really can't complain about my time--I was expecting 6:30 but wanted between 6 and 6:30, secretly hoping there would be some way I could be really close to 6. But I felt really good at the end (about as sore as racing a half marathon!) and really want to do this race again. I really like the HIM distance.

Last updated: 2006-04-19 12:00 AM
00:38:51 | 2310 yards | 01m 41s / 100yards
Age Group: 16/30
Overall: 30/
Performance: Good
Ave HR 130
Suit: Zoot Z2 sleeveless
Course: Triangular clockwise
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:24
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
03:02:41 | 56 miles | 18.39 mile/hr
Age Group: 15/30
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Roly poly, with a few big hills
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Below average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:39
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
02:27:06 | 13.1 miles | 11m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 25/30
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: Downhill at mile 2, then flat, uphill at mi 6, turnaround and down hill, uphill at mi 10.5
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
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