Hy-Vee Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Des Moines, Iowa
United States
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Total Time = 2h 33m 39s
Overall Rank = 293/1257
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 44/113
Pre-race routine:

I slept about 3, maybe 4 hours. Just too much nervous energy and trying to go to bed early so I could wake up at 3:15 was too much for me. I ate some peanut butter on toast with a banana and then drove to Des Moines.
Event warmup:

None so to speak of. I had to run to the bike tent to get a bar end plug. I know they were both there when I checked my bike in the night before. Would someone actually steal one of those? Thankfully they had extras.
  • 29m 46s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 49s / 100 yards

My swim was okay. This was my first triathlon so I had only heard stories of how physical the start was. I got kicked and/or punched a few times, but managed to find my stroke eventually. I had some funky indigestion going on where I had to burp every 30-40 strokes or so. I think it was from the previous nights dinner. Wetsuit was chaffing against my neck as well. I really misapplied my bodyglide.
What would you do differently?:

I think I ate too much and too close to bed time the night before. Try to tone it down next time. Apply bodyglide to the correct part of neck. It looked like a giant burn the next day.
Transition 1
  • 03m

It seemed faster than 3 minutes, but there's plenty I can do to improve here. The transition was kinda wonky cuz we had to stuff everything into a garbage bag to get transported to T2 after the race
What would you do differently?:

Helmet on at the same time as taking the suit off. I hadn't thought of that one.
  • 1h 14m 13s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 20.09 mile/hr

I liked this course and didn't think the hills were too bad. I thought the road was really rough heading out to Boonville and back. This combined with my harder than normal effort contributed to some extra soreness in the legs/butt/groin area. It was weird cuz I've done 40+ mile rides and not been that sore afterwards
What would you do differently?:

More saddle time.
Transition 2
  • 02m 2s

Legs were really stiff coming off the bike. It was a pain to pull running gear out of the bag.
What would you do differently?:

With a normal transition area gear would be laid out and I wouldn't have to dig for it.
  • 44m 40s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 11s  min/mile

Who thought it was a good idea to go uphill in the last mile?! Man, that was rough. Thankfully I had found my legs after the first 3 miles and was running fairly well by then. I felt great and was passing lots of people. I saw my family and girlfriend about a mile from the finish and that gave me a great boost too.
What would you do differently?:

My training bike-run bricks hadn't quite prepared me for this. Maybe do a few longer ones.
Post race
Warm down:

A lot of walking and stretching and stuffing my face afterwards.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Indigestion on the swim. Lack of miles on the bike. Lack of transition practice. And of course mental toughness (there were some low points during all three events in which I questioned my sanity)

Event comments:

I finished my first triathlon!!!!!!! I'm hooked and there's going to be many more races to come. Hy-Vee did a great job putting this on with all the adversity they had to deal with in the weeks preceding. I exceeded my own expectations and now know that I have a sub 2:30 in me. Time to revisit my goals :)

Last updated: 2008-06-20 12:00 AM
00:29:46 | 1640 yards | 01m 49s / 100yards
Age Group: 50/113
Overall: 0/1257
Performance: Average
Suit: Neosport
Course: Standard clockwise swim
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:00
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:14:13 | 24.85 miles | 20.09 mile/hr
Age Group: 53/113
Overall: 0/1257
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Just a few hills. but mostly flat.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:02
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal
00:44:40 | 06.21 miles | 07m 11s  min/mile
Age Group: 34/113
Overall: 0/1257
Performance: Good
Course: Hills! Ouch!
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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