Hy-Vee Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Des Moines, Iowa
United States
Total Time = 3h 09m 2s
Overall Rank = 922/1399
Age Group = clydesdale
Age Group Rank = 42/61
Pre-race routine:

Walked 2miles at 4:30am to the swim start, ate a powerbar, drank 16 oz cytomax, pumped up bike, set up transition. This would be my first Olympic distance triathlon. Im writing this report before knowing my final time and splits.
Event warmup:

Stretched out, swam ~150 easy.

  • 38m 1s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 19s / 100 yards

went out slowly, stayed in the back, did not let myself get caught up in the excitment of the start. I did not get to do nearly as much swimming in the past month as I wanted, so I was a little nervous about the swim. Then I started to pass people, when i got to the first buoy I saw about 5-7 people from the wave before me hanging on and resting. Same with the next buoy. I started to feel good and really enjoyed the swim. Ran out of the water feeling energized and confident for the bike.
What would you do differently?:

swim harder from the beginning
Transition 1
  • 03m 34s

missed my left foot clipping in like 4 times.
What would you do differently?:

one day i will be able to jump onto a bike while running
  • 1h 19m 19s
  • 25.5 miles
  • 19.29 mile/hr

did much better on the second half of the course, I have never said "on your left" so many times in a race before, as I did today. I got used to hearing it, but would rarely say it myself. I really felt great on the bike, felt like a triathlete and not an imposter.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 03m 12s

took my time here a bit more then I should,
What would you do differently?:

transition a little faster
  • 1h 04m 59s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 10m 28s  min/mile

ran a little slower then I could have, was worried about leg cramps, and the distance, since all I did before were sprints and running is my weakest. Got a bit of a cramp in my right quad at mile 2-3, but was bale to run it off. Felt good overall, seemed to keep comfortable form. Probably did not run as hard as I could have.
Post race
Warm down:

walked around, changed clothes, ate fruits, drank water/gatorade

What limited your ability to perform faster:

fear of unknown, first olympic, fear of not finishing because I did not get to train as much as I could have in the past month due to work (ex. in the week preceeding I worked 74hrs in 5days, did not exercise once).

Event comments:

first olympic distance completed and it felt good, it was a good journey, the time on the Finish Clock said 3:11:58, I cant wait to see my specific time and splits.

Last updated: 2007-03-31 12:00 AM
00:38:01 | 1640 yards | 02m 19s / 100yards
Age Group: 38/61
Overall: 0/1399
Performance: Good
Suit: no
Course: nice lake, set up sort of a like a rectangle, long distances between buoys,
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:34
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
01:19:19 | 25.5 miles | 19.29 mile/hr
Age Group: 42/61
Overall: 0/1399
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: throught the town of Des Moines, streets closed off, nice course, not much wind, smooth roads, well marked. Basically an out and back ride with a relatively steep hill (for iowa) on the way back
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:12
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
01:04:59 | 06.21 miles | 10m 28s  min/mile
Age Group: 39/61
Overall: 0/1399
Performance: Below average
Course: first run throught the park, then along the river, over a bridge to downtown Des Moines. Then a two loop part in downtown. Steep short hill just before the finish shoot. Water/Gatorade about at every mile.
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: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4