Hy-Vee Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Des Moines, Iowa
United States
Premier Event Management
65F / 18C
Total Time = 2h 51m
Overall Rank = 642/1253
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 95/140
Pre-race routine:

Didn't sleep very well but this was due to the fact that the entire family slept in the same bed in the hotel room. Gage (our three month old) woke up at 3 AM so I feed him. After he feel back asleep at 3:30, I began to get ready. Two bananas, some Cherios, and about 1/3 of a bottle of Coke. Headed out at about 4AM and got to the transition site at about 4:30 AM.
Event warmup:

Jogged for about 1/2 mile. Stretched out some and got in about a 50 meter practice swim right as they were telling us to get out of the water.
  • 25m 45s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 43s / 100 meters

Great swim. Best time ever for 1500 meters including in a lap pool. Behold the power of a wet suit. Rob and I also started at the very front but on the far far left (the first buoy was on the right). This proved to be a great strategy for me as I was able to avoid a lot of chaos and still get going. I had to flip on my back once to calm myself after the first turn but I was fine after that. I need to have confidence in my swim training in future races.

What would you do differently?:

Have more confidence in my swimming abilities.
Be mentally strong during the swim, especially during the early part which is when I always get uneasy.
Do more drafting off other swimmers.
Swim sligthly harder throughout since my upper body still had plenty left in it when I made it to land.
Transition 1
  • 03m 5s

I thought this was a decent transition considering we had to make sure our wetsuits got in the garbage bag that was going to be transported to T1. I had some difficulty getting the wet suit off so in the future I think I will use some body glide or something to assist with that.

What would you do differently?:

Use body glide and have more of a sense of urgency throughout the transition.
  • 1h 34m 35s
  • 40 kms
  • 25.37 km/hr

I was getting passed a lot more than I was passing, but I was doing fairly well on the bike for me until I blew two tires at the 35 km mark. I was damned if I wasn't going to finish the race so I started jogging with my bike. I would say I probably jogged for 1/2-3/4 of a mile and then a fellow triathlete stopped and gave me a spare tube since I was out. I was able to get it on and finish the bike portion although I'm fairly positive I bent my rim and I was worried about wiping out. The flat tires probably cost me 20 minutes when all was said and done.

What would you do differently?:

I have to figure out why I blow so many tires. I'm going to go to my local bike store and ask for a lesson in changing tubes so I don't continue to have these problems. Also, I haven't riden as much as I would have liked to prior to this race so I hope to have more bike training specifically before this race next year.
Transition 2
  • 01m 25s

I thought this was a very good transition. Speed laces really help and I was motivated to get out of there even faster so I can begin making up for the lost time from the bike.

What would you do differently?:

  • 46m 12s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 26s  min/mile

Pretty decent run considering the disappointment off the bike. I thought this was a challenging run course since it had quite a few decent climbs and it just seemed to continue on forever.

What would you do differently?:

Do more brick workouts. Push slightly harder after getting legs under me.
Post race
Warm down:

Visited with friends and family. Walked around and sampled the food and drinks that were being given away.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Flat tires
Not being able to train as much as I would like (I am able to put in 5 hours a week now that summer is here and that's pretty good but I would love to be in the 7-8 hour range but that's probably not possible with a career and three kids).
Confidence in my abilities since this is only my third tri still but that's improving.

Event comments:

A very good race overall, but when you consider everything the organizers had to deal with beforehand with changing it from a tri to a du back to a tri and changing locations, they did a great job. This is going to be a yearly event for me for the foreseeable future.

Last updated: 2007-12-30 12:00 AM
00:25:45 | 1500 meters | 01m 43s / 100meters
Age Group: 22/140
Overall: 0/1253
Performance: Good
Suit: Quintana Roo
Course: A very simple clockwise triangle.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 73F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:05
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
01:34:35 | 40 kms | 25.37 km/hr
Age Group: 0/140
Overall: 0/1253
Performance: Bad
Wind: Some
Course: Long and winding course from T1 up past Southwoods High, around Jordan Creek Mall, down and out towards Booneville, back up past Jordan Creek Mall and then back to Southwoods High. It seemed to drag on forever.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:25
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:46:12 | 06.21 miles | 07m 26s  min/mile
Age Group: 43/140
Overall: 0/1253
Performance: Good
Course: Winding route with some decent hills in the middle and at the end.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? No
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