Hy-Vee Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Des Moines, Iowa
United States
Hy-Vee Triathlon
68F / 20C
Total Time = 2h 29m 50s
Overall Rank = 154/960
Age Group = M45-49
Age Group Rank = 18/72
Pre-race routine:

Woke at 4:30, ate bagel with peanut butter and a banana. No coffee. Hotel doesn't serve coffee before 6:30 and no coffee en route to race. Mixed GenUcan in water. Parked and into transition by 5:30. Tires pumped to 120, checked wheels and correct gear to get out of transition. Usual set up with bike and run shoes on towel, helmet on aerobars with sunglasses inside. Socks in bike shoes, race belt on shoes. Helped my wife with her set up.
Event warmup:

Long time to my age group start. Walked around venue, peed multiple times despite not having any coffee. Sipped on my GenUcan, watched the elites and earlier AG's go off. Light stretching on arms and torso mainly. Wetsuit on.
  • 27m 24s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 40s / 100 yards

Entered the water with "stay relaxed" in my mind especially for the first half of the swim. Goggles became foggy about a third of the way through. Because of the fast time trial start, I was unable to defog my goggles appropriately. Had to stop and defog once which only lasted a few minutes before fogging back up. Still was able to sight OK. Got hot from the wetsuit and borderline water temp. Contemplated not wearing one, but didn't want to lose any advantage.
What would you do differently?:

Try to appropriately defog goggles prior to swim start.
Transition 1
  • 02m 57s

Long T1. Had trouble getting wetsuit off of legs. I've never had that problem. Maybe a little taxed from running up from the beach. Probably cost me a minute. Had to sit down to remove suit. Rest of transition went OK.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe apply some body glide over ankles and feet. Don't know, never had a problem getting suit off before.
  • 1h 10m 6s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 21.27 mile/hr

Course was crowded. Too many relay teams. Most seemed like they were out for a Sunday stroll rather than a race. A lot of novice riders riding 2 and 3 wide taking up the whole road. Did a lot of maneuvering around, and yelling at them. Had to pee really bad too. Thought I could hold it until I got into T2 which I did.
What would you do differently?:

Didn't drink enough. I only took one bike bottle with red bull and water and didn't finish it.
Transition 2
  • 01m 22s

Almost crashed coming into transition as another rider cut in front of me at the dismount line forcing me over before I could unclip my left foot. Still had to pee, but felt I could hold it until I got done with the run. I didn't want to take up time since I had such a bad T1. Thought I would pee on the run if needed.
What would you do differently?:

  • 48m 2s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 44s  min/mile

Felt good off the bike. Cadence was good and again conscious about negative splitting the run. Took it easy for the first 2 miles before picking up the pace a little. Carried my own water in small bottle, used aid stations for cooling. Took gatorade at mile 4 and 5 to drink because I was unable to drink all of my red bull on the bike and GenUcan was drank too early before race start.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure at this point.
Post race
Warm down:

Walk about the finish area and got some fruit and chocolate milk. Waited under a shade tree for my wife to finish which wasn't long.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Felt bad for the 3 days leading up to the race. Kids and wife all had a cold. I had a headache and body aches leading up to the race. Race morning I really didn't care if I raced or not. I did improve my overall time by 10 minutes over last year, which is pretty good and met my goal of going sub 2:30. I would say probably my attitude. It wasn't the best, and that's really important.

Event comments:

Great race. Very well supported and very organized. However, I must say this year was very crowded given the amount of relay teams allowed to participate. I hope they put a lower cap on it next year.

Last updated: 2012-01-07 12:00 AM
00:27:24 | 1640 yards | 01m 40s / 100yards
Age Group: 19/72
Overall: 180/960
Performance: Good
Suit: Xterra
Course: One rectangular loop counter clockwise, time trial start in age groups in groups of 2 every couple of seconds.
Start type: Run Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 77F / 25C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:57
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:10:06 | 24.85 miles | 21.27 mile/hr
Age Group: 30/72
Overall: 224/960
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: A friend of mine described it as a shallow bowl. Down one side, kind of flat, then back up the other side and down. I think that's a fair description. Relatively flat compared to home. One section of rough, but flat surface road. Went out easy for the first 5 miles, then started to apply a little more power. Consciously trying to negative split and keep a high cadence.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 92
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:22
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:48:02 | 06.21 miles | 07m 44s  min/mile
Age Group: 18/72
Overall: 154/960
Performance: Good
Course: Point to point run. Flat for 95% of it. Starts on park pathways for the first half, then city streets for the 2nd half. Ends with a quarter mile hill up to the capitol building on blue carpet. Started out overcast, but became sunny for the last 2/3 of the run.
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] 5