Pigman Triathlon - Long Course - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Palo, Iowa
United States
Pigman Triathlon
80F / 27C
Total Time = 6h 15m 43s
Overall Rank = 331/475
Age Group = M 30-34
Age Group Rank = 38/51
Pre-race routine:

Clif Bar, Apple, Protein Bar, and Banana for Breakfast. Left hotel and went to transition. Got everything set up. Met the family said "goodbye's" adn waited for my wave to start.
Event warmup:

About 30 seconds of swimming.
  • 57m 58s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 44s / 100 yards

Wow, lack of time in the pool really caught up to me the first 500 yards or so. I had my first anxiety attach since my first triathlon. Couldn't catch my breath, or put my head in the water. Did most of the first leg with a side stroke. There was a guy in my age group who breast stroked the entire race who I owe a huge thank you to for talking me though my tough time.
After I settled down the rest of the swim went well (for me). It was a wetsuit legal race, but I don't have one and didn't rent one for this race so I did without. Seemed like I swam forever, breathed mostly every other stroke, switching sides, and sighted fairly well until the end where I came into the finish from quite an angle.
What would you do differently?:

More time swimming. Will probably hire a swim coach during the winter.
Transition 1
  • 02m 44s

Long run to transition from the swim and then long run to my rack. Found everything pretty well and didn't have any hangups. I would bet at least a minute of this was spent running to and through transition.
What would you do differently?:

Not too much, was not in a great hurry.
  • 2h 42m 45s
  • 56 miles
  • 20.65 mile/hr

Relieved to get started on the bike. Started out well and rode what seemed easily at over 20mph. Took 3 water bottles with 3 scoops of Infinit in each. Finished the first in about 35 minutes. Drank some water and started on the Infinit again. Finished bottle 2 at a little over the 2 hour mark, and then drank maybe half of bottle 3. Drank 2 bottles of water. Roads were a little wet at the start as it had rained the night before and sprinkled during the swim. Coming back into the park I got caught behind a 2 slow moving vans. I could not pass them because of oncoming traffic and they were being held up by a slower rider. The van infront of me finally pulled over and let me by, but it took a police officer to tell the other to stop and let me by. Frustrating, but probably didn't cost me as much time as it seemed.
What would you do differently?:

Upgrade equipment. Other than that, I'm pretty happy with my bike time.
Transition 2
  • 02m 5s

Took the time to put some lubricant on my feet as they were wrinkled from the swim and never did dry out during the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, no hurry
  • 2h 30m 12s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 28s  min/mile

First 3 miles went well. First mile 8:30 (too fast). No wind or shade on the way out. After the turnaround we picked up a nice breeze. Had periods of feeling good and periods that I was afraid I was going to get passed by a walker. Drank Powerade and a little water at every aid station along with dumping water on my head and putting ice wherever I could. Only walked the aid stations and half way up the last hill. Found a guy to finish the last 2.5 miles with, this was huge and helped me greatly.
What would you do differently?:

New running shoes, mine are way overdue. Training was good though and never felt like I wasn't going to finish. I've never been accused of being a runner before so just finishing is good with me.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked, drank, tried to stretch a little but cramped instead.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Experience (this was my first HIM), equipment, and swim training.

Event comments:

Good venue, well placed and stocked aid stations, great people, and all levels of triathletes.

Last updated: 2007-01-05 12:00 AM
00:57:58 | 2112 yards | 02m 44s / 100yards
Age Group: 51/51
Overall: 470/475
Performance: Below average
Suit: Tri Jersey & Shorts
Course: Triangle, buoys on your right. Beach start
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 77F / 25C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Average
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Time: 02:44
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
02:42:45 | 56 miles | 20.65 mile/hr
Age Group: 23/51
Overall: 150/475
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Out to a loop and then back. Lots of rollers and through a couple of towns. Some rough spots including railroad tracks and rumblestrips.
Road: Rough Wet Cadence: 80
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:05
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal
02:30:12 | 13.1 miles | 11m 28s  min/mile
Age Group: 40/51
Overall: 345/475
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back, a couple of hills, but really pretty flat. Aid stations every mile with fruit, pretzles, powerade, water, and most of them had ice.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
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] 4