Hy-Vee Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Des Moines, Iowa
United States
Total Time = 2h 43m 12s
Overall Rank = 479/1253
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 79/140
Pre-race routine:

Up at 3:45, usual morning routine (albeit a bit earlier than usual), then off the the shuttle buses. Smooth process with plenty of buses to get us there on time.
Event warmup:

Not much, put on my wetsuit after setting up transition. The announcer made it sound like there was no swim warm-up, and I found out too late that people were doing it anyway.
  • 30m 24s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 02s / 100 meters

The swim waves were compressed in time, and my wave was large. I got beat up pretty badly, not only in the first two hundred yards, but also periodically from there. It took me a while to reassure myself that I was going to be alright, and that I needed to take it easy breathing. Lake clarity was awful, but that's to be expected with a flooded lake still sitting well above it's usual shorelines.
What would you do differently?:

Practice more open water sighting, start further to the side and further back as I don't belong anywhere near the front.
Transition 1
  • 03m 18s

Took my time with this, and I'm not sure why. Had a devil of a time getting clipped in.
What would you do differently?:

Have more of a sense of urgency.
  • 1h 18m 27s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 19.00 mile/hr

I know I didn't train properly for this Oly, so I can't be disappointed in my bike leg. I don't think I even bothered to bike more than 19 or so miles at any one time in 2008, and I've put in very few miles total.

Someone was looking out for me though. I dismounted at T2 and took maybe three running steps into the area when I heard *PFFFFT*, there blows my front tire.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 02m 39s

Kind of a lazy transition again.
What would you do differently?:

Have more of a sense of urgency.
  • 48m 26s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 48s  min/mile

Lack of training bit me here again, but that's not surprising. What was surprising was my need for two emergency bathroom stops. That ate up a few minutes, kind of killing my usual best of the disciplines. I had a lot of thigh cramping too, so I take that as an indicator that I had a poor hydration strategy.
What would you do differently?:

Train and hydrate.
Post race
Warm down:

Enjoyed the post race festivities, and ate lots of good food.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

A demanding career, and great family for which I refuse to sacrifice too much time of our lives.

Event comments:

I think it's incredible that the organizers were able to pull this off, considering the fact that they pulled out a new course and support within a two week period (thanks to all our wonderful flooding). Sure, there were lots of hiccups and less than ideal course features (two transition sites, many U-turns, etc), but there's no way I can fault all of the wonderful work and hours the organizers and volunteers put in to actually give us the tri.

Last updated: 2007-07-05 12:00 AM
00:30:24 | 1500 meters | 02m 02s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/140
Overall: 0/1253
Performance: Average
Suit: QR Ultrafull
Course: Simple rectangle, clockwise. Well marked.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:18
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
01:18:27 | 24.85 miles | 19.00 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/140
Overall: 0/1253
Performance: Below average
Wind: Some
Course: Hilly beginning and ending, long flat in middle.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Bad
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:39
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:48:26 | 06.21 miles | 07m 48s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/140
Overall: 0/1253
Performance: Below average
Course: More hills than last year's course. Ouch.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
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