Hy-Vee Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Des Moines, Iowa
United States
Premier Event Management
85F / 29C
Total Time = 2h 46m 4s
Overall Rank = 528/2253
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 89/169
Pre-race routine:

Due to the change in venue, we had to park 9 miles from T1 and get bused to the start line, so my pre race was all screwed up. ate my oatmeal and banana. finished setting up T1, put wetsuit on and chewed a few bites of a power bar and was ready.
Event warmup:

quick 25 yard swim, otherwise stretched and ran around in T1 on the grass. Due to venue change all of our running items were at T2 about 3 miles away, so couldn't really go for a run without my shoes and you can't take your bike out of T1, so???
  • 32m 26s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 59s / 100 yards

in the first 100 meters, I don't know what happened, but I lost it mentally and kind of freaked out. Had to resort to breast stroke for a minute to settle myself down. Once I got going again I was behind my whole wave. So I spent the rest of the swim passing people like crazy, after that little incident I actually swam about average for myself, but getting behind at the start was a bad deal. I ended up about 2 to 3 minutes slow on my time from where I wanted to be.
What would you do differently?:

I need to get some more open water swim experience. I swim in the pool all the time, and this only being my 3rd open water swim, my lack of experienced showed.
Transition 1
  • 02m 5s

HUGE transition area, I ran from entrance to exit of T1 before the race and it was a solid 65 to 70 seconds of running. Plus becuase of the double transition areas, we were not allowed back into T1 to get our items, we had plastic trash sacks to put everything into. If you wanted to keep it, it had to be in that sack. so after getting to your station, you had to stuff your wetsuit and such into this plastic sack. took extra time.
What would you do differently?:

nothing transition was pretty smooth considering changes.
  • 1h 10m 52s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 21.04 mile/hr

Road hard on the flats and through the corners and on the smaller hills. Backed it down on notch on the two big hills to save a little bit of energy for the run. with this being my first olympic distance race, I didn't was to blow up on the run. I rode good, average ride for me.
What would you do differently?:

Looking back now, I could have hammered a lot more on the bike and still had enough to complete the run.
Transition 2
  • 02m 35s

due to the different venues, we had to place all our run items into a blue sack and open it upon arrival at T2, because we didn't get to visit T2 before the race started. This made for a slightly longer transition, plus just running from entrance to exit of T2 was a solid 60 seconds.
What would you do differently?:

not tied my back to the rack pole, I would have just laid it on the ground, easier to open, and wouldn't have had to fight the knot in the string.
  • 58m 8s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 22s  min/mile

I started off feeling pretty comfortable and confident on the run, I knew I wasn't going to set any records, but knew I had enough to finish. I ran within my ability and felt ok most of the course. Felt good considering this is the first time I have raced this far.
What would you do differently?:

I would have started out harder on the run, I don't do well starting easy and trying to pick it up coming to the finish, I had enough fuel in the tank, I could have gone out a little harder and still finished good.
Post race
Warm down:

sat in a pool of ice to cool down, and drank gatorade and watched people come across the line on the big screen.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Experience was probably my most limiting factor, not knowing how my body would perform at this distance. My swim was definitely a disappointment, becuase I have put a lot of time into my swim, and it didn't correlate into a solid race swim. Otherwise I raced within my ability, which was one of my goals,(don't blow up!) My other goal was 2:45, which I missed by 1 minute. Overall I am happy.

Event comments:

Considering this race was scheduled to be a duathlon on Wednesday, and we raced a full olympic triathlon on Sunday was an incredible feat. Great race all around, best I have ever attended. Top Notch!

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Last updated: 2008-06-24 12:00 AM
00:32:26 | 1640 yards | 01m 59s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/169
Overall: 0/2253
Performance: Below average
Suit: shorty wetsuit, (surf style)
Course: clockwise obscured triangle course. Lake was extremely dirty water due to flooding from the river last week. A lot of sediment floating in the water. Considering the last minute changes in venue, everything was top notch on set up and organization.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:05
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:10:52 | 24.85 miles | 21.04 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/169
Overall: 0/2253
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Course was varied in terrain and wind conditions. Several hills on the course and some turning, but nothing that couldn't be accomplished quickly with most being done while in the profile bars. By 10 miles into the bike the winds started to blow a bit, nothing crazy.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:35
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:58:08 | 06.21 miles | 09m 22s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/169
Overall: 0/2253
Performance: Average
Course: This course was on the difficult side with a couple quick steep hills that really zapped the energy out of your legs, plus one long gradual hill that was just enough to work you too. the most difficult hill was at 5.9 mile mark what a finish!!!!
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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