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Des Moines, Iowa
United States
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Total Time = 2h 28m 5s
Overall Rank = 196/1257
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 29/113
Pre-race routine:

I got up super early to drive the 20 minutes to the location to meet the shuttle busses to the race. Because of all the flooding in the Des Moines area, the event had to be moved to West Des Moines and there was no available parking at the race sites. So we parked at a shopping mall and they bussed us to and from the race site.
Event warmup:

I ate a granola bar and did a couple of short jogs to warm up my legs. It was cool that morning but it wasnt terrible. I put my wetsuit on and jumped in the water to get used to the water. Then i stood in the crowd and waited for the fun to begin!
  • 28m 51s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 46s / 100 yards

The first bit was crowded, but i felt the most comfortable of any open water swim to date. i started in the middle back and was able to navigate my way through slower traffic without getting run over myself. On the long back section. I found someone going about my speed and I drafted and side drafted with them all the way to the next turn. At the last turn, you made a very sharp right turn and were running parrallel with the back section for a bit. As you turned back, you were facing directly into the sun. i could see the bouys at all but i could see 2 seperate groups of swimmer ahead of me.. one going to the left that seemed to headed toward the shore, and one to the right that appeared to be headed into the back out toward the middle of the lake. I chose to follow the left group.. I chose poorly. The group on the right was actually making a straight line to the swim exit, while the group on the left ended up making a half circle toward the swim exit. I probably lost a good minute here.
What would you do differently?:

I would have gone with the other group. Really at the time it was crap shoot because i couldnt really see and it would have just been a guess. I was unlucky... no big deal Overall it was one of my better open water swims
Transition 1
  • 02m 24s

I forgot that i had my watch on when i was taking off my wetsuit so i struggled to pull the arm of my wetsuit off. There is actually a picture of me that shows my struggle really well. The rest of T1 was average. It was made a bit long by the fact that we had to put our wetsuits and other supplies into a bag to send to the T2 because we would not have access to the T1 area after the race
What would you do differently?:

either not wear my watch or remember to take it off
  • 1h 08m 15s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 21.85 mile/hr

I went out pretty hard and then settled into middle to high zone 3. I was pushing hard but not redlining. struggle a bit on the rough road halfway through the course. The road had a large seam (crack) every 15 feet or so and it seemed like it would take away your momentum every time you hit one. There was also a headwind on that section that i wasnt aware of until we turned around and headed the other direction on the same rough road.
What would you do differently?:

It went pretty well and kept my heartrate right where i wanted it. I cant thing of anything right now
Transition 2
  • 02m 19s

Jumping off the bike was probably the best i have every done. It was smooth and i passed 3 people who stopped to get off their bike. I hit a big bump in the field with my bike it jump up in the air and almost lost control of it but i managed to keep ahold of it. I also ran past my rack and had to double back. This was due to the fact that i hadnt seen the transition area since the night before- a product of the late race venue change. No biggie.
What would you do differently?:

I could have gone a bit fast but i was very methodical so that I didnt forget anything.
  • 46m 18s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 28s  min/mile

The first 3 miles felt really good. The first 2 were right at 7 minute pace and the third wasnt too much slower. Once i hit the short steep hill about mile 4 i began to feel it. I may not have gotten enough calories in on the bike. I planned on downing an entire gel flask on the bike but i ended up only getting about half of it down. The last 2-3 miles were rough, There were times i felt like walking but i didnt. I thought i was going to pass out going up the final hill, but the encouraging cheers of spectators and volunteers kept me going. I could see the stadium where you finish, so as soon as I crested the hill. i ran as quickly as i could to the finish line
What would you do differently?:

Overall it was an ok run. I probably could have taken more calories on the bike, and could have drank a bit more on the run, but overall i was please with it
Post race
Warm down:

walked around.. stretched... talked with a few other Columbia people at the race and scoped out the food booth

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I may have not taken enough calories on the bike, or maybe i just got overheated.. i dont really know. I was pleased with the my overall performance in my olympic distance. I now have a time to try and beat next time

Event comments:

The race promoters did a great job dealing with the issues with flooding that they faced. Barring a few little logistical hassles, the race was well put together and well staffed. The expo was good and the goody bag and swag was A+. I will definately do this race again.

Last updated: 2008-01-31 12:00 AM
00:28:51 | 1640 yards | 01m 46s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/113
Overall: 0/1257
Performance: Good
Suit: Promotion Fluid Drive
Course: oddly shaped triangle- 150ish yards out then right about 1000 yards and then a sharp right back toward the swim exit
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 73F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:24
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: Average
01:08:15 | 24.85 miles | 21.85 mile/hr
Age Group: 13/113
Overall: 0/1257
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: rolling hills mixed with flats. section on very rough road
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:19
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:46:18 | 06.21 miles | 07m 28s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/113
Overall: 0/1257
Performance: Good
Course: big downhill at the beginning then flat for a couple of miles. There was short but steep hill toward the middle that you went both up and down. At the end was the big hill you went down at the beginning, but of course now you were going up.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
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] 5