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Polk City, Iowa
United States
Big Creek Tri 28
Total Time = 2h 24m 19s
Overall Rank = 56/300
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 8/22
Pre-race routine:

Woke up, ate a bowl of raisin bran, got my sports drinks ready, and drove to Ankeny
Event warmup:

Swam a little and chatted with a co-worker of mine that was doing the race too.
  • 28m 10s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 43s / 100 yards

I decided at the last minute to wear the wetsuit and was glad I did. I positioned myself toward the front and off to the left and this seemed to keep me out of most of the starting mayhem. Overall I felt much stronger than my last Oly. Stomach cramps surfaced later which I only just realized may be coming from me swallowing too much air during the swim....nore on that later.
What would you do differently?:

Work on breathing technique to avoid cramps.
Transition 1
  • 01m 34s

Got a helmet strap stuck in the helmet, which cost a few seconds and had difficulty getting the shoe straps tightened.
What would you do differently?:

Learn how to attach shoes to pedals and how to jump on the bike.
  • 1h 06m 14s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 22.51 mile/hr

I thought the course was just about right with no outrageous hills. The rough parts kinda sucked but only lasted for a mile or too. I was happy with my performance and despite the horrible stomach cramps I was enduring I managed to put up a pace that was 2.5 mph faster than my last Oly.
What would you do differently?:

Learn how to breathe right during the swim. The resulting stomach cramps affected performance and prevented me from hydrating properly.
Transition 2
  • 00m 51s

Probably as fast as I could muster
What would you do differently?:

Learn how to take off shoes while biking and how to jump off bike.
  • 47m 30s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 39s  min/mile

This is where the stomach cramps really hit me. I couldn't seem to get up to the desired speed and shortly into it I was feeling lighted headed since I didn't get enough to drink on the bike. It took over 4 miles for the cramps to subside and by then I couldn't make up the lost time. I did manage to force enough hydration to start feeling better in that department though. Time was 3 minutes slower than my last Oly
What would you do differently?:

Have I mentioned learn how to breathe when I swim
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, drank some water, and ate some food.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Stomach cramps after the swim

Event comments:

Despite the cramping setback I managed to PR. I beat my first Oly time by over nine minutes. Training for my half-IM in 2 weeks has gotten me in much better shape. I was hardly even sore the next day :)

Last updated: 2008-06-04 12:00 AM
00:28:10 | 1640 yards | 01m 43s / 100yards
Age Group: 8/22
Overall: 0/300
Performance: Average
Suit: Neosport
Course: Triangular, clockwise
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:34
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:06:14 | 24.85 miles | 22.51 mile/hr
Age Group: 5/22
Overall: 0/300
Wind: Some
Course: Course was mostly flat and the few hills there were were not all that bad to climb. There were some really rough patches of road in spots, but they only lasted for a few minutes.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 00:51
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
00:47:30 | 06.21 miles | 07m 39s  min/mile
Age Group: 11/22
Overall: 0/300
Performance: Bad
Course: Wound through the park along trails. Perhaps 50% shaded which was nice.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2008-07-31 9:26 PM

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