Pigman Triathlon - Long Course - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Palo, Iowa
United States
Pigman Triathlon
71F / 22C
Total Time = 6h 31m 48s
Overall Rank = 381/474
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 54/68
Pre-race routine:

Melissa woke up at 4AM and I woke up 30 minutes later. While she was showering I ate a PBJ, Met-Rx Big 100 protein bar, banana, and a glass of FRS. Stretched out a bit in the hotel before loading the car and heading out to the site. Felt nervous but a good kinda nervous. After all, this was my first HIM and I honestly didn't know what to expect.
Event warmup:

Set up my transition and made sure to cover my shoes so I wouldn't have to ride or run in wet shoes (I just knew it was going to rain). Put on my wetsuit and went down to the water to splash around. Water temp was reported at 77 but it felt much warmer. I swam for about 2-3 minutes and felt good. Waited for the first wave to go out and slurped down a gel. 18 minutes later it was my turn to get into the water.
  • 40m 56s
  • 2310 yards
  • 01m 46s / 100 yards

With the exception of my complete inability to swim in anything even resembling a straight line I did well. I wandered off course horribly 3 different times, despite my feeble attempts at sighting. I definitely need to work on my bilateral breathing as that helps me a great deal but I can never seem to do it in a crowd. Oh well, I was almost exactly on the pace I set for myself going in.
What would you do differently?:

Work on my sighting. Probably added 200 yards to the swim by going off course.
Transition 1
  • 05m 28s

Took my time as I had no pretenses that I was "racing" this event. My goal was simply to finish and I wasn't going to expend any unnecessary energy. The plastic bag I had placed over my shoes had blown off of hem during the rains that fell when we were in the water so my shoes were soggy. Oh well, I tried
What would you do differently?:

  • 3h 03m 38s
  • 56 miles
  • 18.30 mile/hr

Course was pretty straightforward and marked VERY WELL. Volunteers at almost every intersection and police blocking all of the bigger ones. Roads were in pretty good condition except for the occasional RR track or set of rumble strips. Some hills, but none too major. I kept a good pace for the first half when the wind was at our backs but started to slow a bit during the second half when we rode into the wind. Hydration was pretty solid as was my nutrition. I think I should have eaten a bit more but overall felt in decent shape. The volunteers were awesome and having the bottle exchanges was pretty sweet. The bottles they gave in exchange were pretty crappy but that really is nitpicking
What would you do differently?:

More mileage in training so I didn't fade towards the end.
Transition 2
  • 04m 54s

Took my time for the same reasons I mentioned earlier. Running shoes were wet, which sucked, but what are you going to do you know?
What would you do differently?:

Cover my shoes better and bring a pair of dry socks to put on for the run.
  • 2h 36m 54s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 59s  min/mile

This is where things fell apart for me. I have never done any type of continuous exertion for this long before and was starting to feel it. My plan was to go at an average pace of 8:30-8:45 and try to finish this thing in under 6 hours. I should also state that I didn't run at all for the last two weeks, but had been averaging 18-20 miles a week for the 3 week span leading up to that time. I backed off due to recurring knee pain I have to deal with and didn't want to get injured before this event.

Back to the HIM. I started off at 8:45 for the first two miles and a bit slower for the third. Not too bad on pace but my body was starting to overheat. At mile 4 I walked the last 100 yards up to the water station and could barely start back up after I had taken on more water and ice. Ran another 1/4 mile before I started walking again. Walked about 1/4 mile and started jogging. Made it to the 5 mile mark and my knees were SCREAMING at me. I tried to run again but couldn't go more than 1/4 mile at a shot. It wasn't a matter of energy or desire, just a matter of pain...lots of it. I barely made it up the hill to the turn around point and was in agony trying to even walk down that same hill. I "ran" about another 2 1/2 miles of the last 6 1/2 and walked the rest. I was in tears as I came across the line. I had no idea I could hurt this bad. And yet I felt so awesome that I hadn't given up and that I had accomplished what I had put so much time and energy into. It was surreal.
What would you do differently?:

Work my taper a bit better and maybe do longer bricks (4+ hours) to get used to going full steam for longer periods. See an orthopod/physical therapist for help with the knees.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around for 20 minutes before the skies opened up and soaked everything and everybody. Stretched and ate some spaghetti. Stretched some more, packed up, and got on the road home.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Knee pain and a lack of experience at this distance. I did my first tri only 2 months ago although I have been training for this event for 20+ weeks. I just didn't know what my body could take and now I have a better appreciation.

Event comments:

I plan on being back in '08, more prepared and more motivated than ever.

Last updated: 2007-08-20 12:00 AM
00:40:56 | 2310 yards | 01m 46s / 100yards
Age Group: 46/68
Overall: 304/474
Performance: Good
Suit: Zoot Sports Z2 Full Wetzoot
Course: Triangular shape basically across the entire small lake we were in
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 77F / 25C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Good
Time: 05:28
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
03:03:38 | 56 miles | 18.30 mile/hr
Age Group: 56/68
Overall: 376/474
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 04:54
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:36:54 | 13.1 miles | 11m 59s  min/mile
Age Group: 55/68
Overall: 371/474
Performance: Below average
Course: Out and back
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %2
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5