Hy-Vee Triathlon 5150 U.S. Championship - TriathlonOlympic

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Des Moines, Iowa
United States
Hy-Vee Triathlon
Total Time = 2h 21m 4s
Overall Rank = 222/623
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 27/34
Pre-race routine:

Up at 3:30, quick shower, breakfast of Breakfast Cookie, OJ, green tea. Packed up, and headed to the race. Arrived at 4:55, set up transition, had a scare when bike-support accidentally unscrewed my valve extension when I went over for an air top-off. I thought for sure the front tire was going to then flat on me at some time during the race, but it didn't happen. Visited with friends until the start of the race.
Event warmup:

Unfortunately, none. Should have gone to the far side of the lake beach swim area for a water warm up since they weren't allowing it at the start site.
  • 28m 51s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 46s / 100 yards

Without a water warm up, I felt like the wetsuit wasn't well "seated" in place, making the first third feel uncomfortable. Loosened up from there. The biggest problem was my lack of swim ability, and how obvious it is that the championship wave swimmers are real swimmers. I got left behind by my wave and the next wave pretty quick.
What would you do differently?:

Swim coach, swim more.
Transition 1
  • 02m 42s

Suit got stuck, that hasn't happened in a while. Hadn't practiced shoes-on-bike technique yet, so didn't try it.
What would you do differently?:

Fix the above.
  • 1h 07m 17s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 22.16 mile/hr

Hadn't been on the bike much in the last 2 months, thanks to life intervening and marathon training. So I'm happy with this effort. On the first 180 degree turn my rear wheel skipped twice, a slide that almost was a wipeout. That was a bit unnerving. One gel on the bike, Powerade in the aerobottle.
Transition 2
  • 01m 11s

This was fine.
  • 41m 5s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 06m 37s  min/mile

Took one gel and felt smooth until mile 3, when thighs began cramping. Backed off a bit until they let up at mile 4. I think the Gatorade I started grabbing at aid stations helped. Two seconds slower than last year on the run, but an overall PR by nearly 4 minutes!
Post race
Warm down:

Post-race treats and clothes change, then cheering on good friends turning in PRs of their own!

Event comments:

Outstanding race, with outstanding volunteers and participants. Only concerns were the lack of available swim warm up, and more concerning was the lack of security at bike pick up after. My friends and I walked right out of transition with our $12K of equipment with no one checking our race number bands.

Last updated: 2012-07-18 12:00 AM
00:28:51 | 1640 yards | 01m 46s / 100yards
Age Group: 31/34
Overall: 351/623
Performance: Average
Suit: 2006 QRoo
Course: Rectangle, counter clockwise, with the final leg directly into the sun.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:42
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
01:07:17 | 24.85 miles | 22.16 mile/hr
Age Group: 31/34
Overall: 241/623
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Rolling hills, nothing severe. Couple of 180 degree turns.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:11
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:41:05 | 06.21 miles | 06m 37s  min/mile
Age Group: 11/34
Overall: 116/623
Performance: Good
Course: Flat until final stretch before finish with steep hill.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
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