Hy-Vee Triathlon - Triathlon

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Des Moines, Iowa
United States
Hy-Vee Triathlon
85F / 29C
Total Time = 2h 25m 5s
Overall Rank = 37/829
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 8/85
Pre-race routine:

2nd to last tri of the year for me, and it's been a season of less than stellar results so far. My training's been hit and miss all year really, so I didn't expect great results here either, especially given the very hot temperatures recently and the non-wetsuit swim. The wife and I headed over from Cedar Falls around 2PM on Saturday, and right after I left I realized I forgot to renew my USAT membership, so we had to go to the hotel first to do that and print the temporary card. After that we did packet pickup, which took forever because of the useless mandatory athlete briefing. That was basically a waste of an hour and all of the information was communicated by email. Two thumbs down on that! After packet pickup it was Perkins for dinner (mmmmm...pancakes), then back to the hotel to watch college football until bedtime. I woke up at 4 to the sounds of thunderstorms, but luckily the rain blew out by 6 or so, so it didn't really impact my race. The parking situation sucked, it took about 45 min to get in the parking lot, and it was a loooonnnnggg way from the transition area. Got that set up and then waited around until my wave was set for the time trial start.
Event warmup:

Some light swimming while waiting for the start.
  • 33m 3s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 01s / 100 yards

I suck at swimming. I know this, but even this was a really bad effort for me. Granted it was no wetsuit, the water was really warm, and there was a decent chop on the water from the strong wind. The funny thing is I thought as I was swimming that it was a pretty good effort. My navigation was pretty good and I was passing a decent number of people. When I got out of the water and saw the time it was pretty disheartening though, and after that I feel like I mailed it in a little.
What would you do differently?:

More swim training
Transition 1
  • 02m 27s

Large TA so that accounts for some of the time, but I was kind of down about the swim and didn't really rush it. Also dropped a bottle on the way out and had to go back for it.
What would you do differently?:

Hustle and not be a little bitch about a bad swim, and not drop a bottle.
  • 1h 05m 14s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 22.86 mile/hr

Probably 2-3 minutes slower than expected, but it was very windy, and the course is not conducive to a fast time due to the number of turns and turnarounds. Also just wasn't feeling it and didn't really push myself as hard as I should have.
What would you do differently?:

Push harder
Transition 2
  • 01m 35s

Pretty clean overall, not much I could do to go faster here.
What would you do differently?:

  • 42m 48s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 06m 53s  min/mile

Just an ok run, again I couldn't seem to motivate myself to go faster. But not a terrible run and kind of in line with what I've been doing in races lately. I just don't seem to have the run speed this year that I've had in past years.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed an ice cream sandwich and some chocolate milk and made the long walk to the TA, packed up and made the long walk back to the car, and headed home. We stopped in Story City to hit up Pizza Ranch on the way home :)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training, lack of mental toughness to let go of a bad swim...

Event comments:

Great volunteers! Thank you so much to the people that come out and allow me to have fun! Events on time was a no due to delay from thunderstorms, definitely not anyone's fault.

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Last updated: 2013-05-13 12:00 AM
00:33:03 | 1640 yards | 02m 01s / 100yards
Age Group: 43/85
Overall: 412/829
Performance: Bad
Suit: Trisuit
Course: Out to the first buoy, right turn, long stretch to left turn, another quick left, and another long stretch to the exit.
Start type: Run Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 85F / 29C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:27
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Bad
01:05:14 | 24.85 miles | 22.86 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/85
Overall: 25/829
Performance: Below average
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Loop with a number of out-and-backs, many 90 degree and 180 degree turns. Rolling hills throughout.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Below average Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:35
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:42:48 | 06.21 miles | 06m 53s  min/mile
Age Group: 5/85
Overall: 54/829
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back along the river...
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 1
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? No
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4