Hy-Vee Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Des Moines, Iowa
United States
85F / 29C
Total Time = 2h 34m 56s
Overall Rank = 319/1399
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 47/138
Pre-race routine:

Got to the transition area right as it opened at 4:30 AM. Race began shortly after 6 AM. Was able to get everything set up in the transition area and got to watch others and pick up little hints here and there.
Event warmup:

Did about a 200 meter practice swim and some very light stretching.
  • 31m 36s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 56s / 100 yards

My goal was 35:00 minutes of less, especially considering wet suits weren't allowed so I was very happy with my time. That being said, now that I'm over the mental hurdle of swimming 1500 meters in open water, I think I could probably be at sub 30 minutes by swimming a little bit harder throughout the swim.

What would you do differently?:

Swim harder and not be concerned about being able to finish the swim even without a wetsuit.
Transition 1
  • 03m 27s

Since this was my first tri and I didn't know what to expect for anything really, I took the transition nice and easy. I sat down to put on my shoes and made sure that I was relatively pretty dry.
What would you do differently?:

I would like to try putting my shoes in the pedals as well as doing a jumping start to get going but both things will take practice. I also think I will tape half a banana on my bike in the future to eat once I get going.
  • 1h 10m 49s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 21.05 mile/hr

Best ride of this distance to date. Riding on streets without having to worry about traffic, stop signs, and red lights really makes a difference. Even though this was my worst discipline out of the three as far as my rank goes, it was the most fun for me. I think with some work, I can get down to 1:05.

What would you do differently?:

Ride harder and not be intimidated by other riders.
Transition 2
  • 02m 44s

Again took transition fairly easy. Had to visit bathroom too right before heading out.
What would you do differently?:

Take my feet out of shoes while on bike in preparation for the transition.
  • 46m 22s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 28s  min/mile

Got confused about how many laps I needed to complete and so I started running up the final hill 1 lap early. Fortunately I realized this before too long. Still, I cost my self around 20 seconds.
What would you do differently?:

Push myself a little bit harder once I got my legs under me. I was worried that I was going to hit a wall but I need to trust my training more.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, got drinks and food.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Mental hurdles of this being my first tri.

Event comments:

Very enjoyable time. I look forward to doing future tris.

Last updated: 2007-01-01 12:00 AM
00:31:36 | 1640 yards | 01m 56s / 100yards
Age Group: 56/138
Overall: 0/1399
Performance: Good
Suit: None
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 81F / 27C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:27
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:10:49 | 24.85 miles | 21.05 mile/hr
Age Group: 67/138
Overall: 0/1399
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Rode from downtown Des Moines out to Jordan Creek shopping center and back.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:44
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:46:22 | 06.21 miles | 07m 28s  min/mile
Age Group: 36/138
Overall: 0/1399
Performance: Good
Course: 2 loops around downtown Des Moines.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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