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Pigman Triathlon - Long Course - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Palo, Iowa
United States
Pigman Triathlon
Total Time = 6h 05m
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

I wasnt even going to do a race report- because may race was so pathetic:( but oh well- just wasnt my day I guess.
Drove down with my parents Saturday- the first time they have seen me race too. Went to packet pick up- Saw the water temp was 77- yahoo- wetsuit legal. Checked into hotel, then went to check out the race site. Maybe I should have drove the course- because it was A LOT tougher then I thought it would be.
Event warmup:

Well I had not the best transition spot- almost the farthest from the run and bike out- oh well. Did a quick swim for warm up.
  • 42m
  • 2310 yards
  • 01m 49s / 100 yards

Another average swim for me.., I almost wish I could have done it without the wetsuit- I think maybe I get sort of lazy with it on and just sort of glide along, where as without my form would probaly be alot better and stronger.
I think if I could actually swim straight- I could knock 2 minutes off my time. Actually had an OK draft for a while- but quickly found out that he didnt swim much straighter than I did. Seemed like the water was really choppy on the way in. It wasnt sunny out so didnt have any sun glare.
What would you do differently?:

Swim faster- concentrate on my actualy swimming rather then what is going on around me... Im always looking if the next wave has hit me yet or if Im catching the wave in front of me.
Transition 1
  • 02m 32s

Really not sure what I was doing for so long- evreything went well... it was a long way out though I guess. It was raining a little when I got out of the water so I covered up my socks and running shoes.
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 54m
  • 56 miles
  • 19.31 mile/hr

It was raining for maybe the first 10 miles of the bike- or at least had wet roads. I am kind of a chicken on wet roads so was happy when it stopped. Really I wasnt expecting hill after hill after hill.... none of them were huge but they just kept coming. I got to a point on the bike where I just didnt feel like doing it anymore... not that it was that tough and my bike time was average for me.... I just didnt have any fire and wasnt having fun. I usually LOVE the bike. I was actually think of a way to crash without really getting hurt- just enough to not finish (what the heck was wrong with me- that is just not "me"). One highlight though was I got 2 compliments on my bike and the second one- the guy rides up to me and kinda looks at me- so I smile. he says "you have a beautiful bike"... I say "well thanks... usually poeple irde up from behind and say I have a beautiful ass :)" He laughed and said he thought that would have been rather bold. Then cruised right on by.
My nutrition was pretty much as planned- could have drank a little more water.
Was nice seeing my parents and Kaitlyn on the way in... I dont usually have anyone watching me!!
What would you do differently?:

Ride more hills??
Transition 2
  • 01m 53s

I dont know- another long transition for me- blame the long run to the run exit.
What would you do differently?:

Dont know
  • 2h 24m
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 59s  min/mile

Well this is where the not THAT bad of a race got horrid. Actually ranout of T2 feeling pretty good- had a great pace right of the bat and even felt strong. Questioned my wanting to quit earlier. I had to pee towards the end of the bike. Tried to go on the bike- but just havent mastered that yet. Ran past the porta pottys out of trnsition- hoping it would just go away on the run. Not- so I stop at about mile 3 where they have one lonely potty on the side of the road- It felt good to go but I think that little break of not moving my legs was not so good. When I started running again my hamstrings got nice and tight- running hurt and was slow. I took some magic while pills and water at the aid stations, some accelgel. Walked all the aid stations and even kept walking- ugh. Finally about mile 6 my legs feel a little better, so I try running alittle faster- and I get bad pains in my stomach- not actually my stomach- I think it was my appendix (hee hee good excuse- huh??) not even a side ache- just weird. Again thinking of quitting- I could get a ride at any aid station. Thinking my parents are going to be wondering what the heck is taking me so long. I told them 2 hours top for the run. Wondering how bad it would hurt to get hit by a car. Some poeple are horseback riding and ask if anyone wants a ride- I was like no- just trample me.
I get to mile 10ish and there is a nice hill up into the park. I ran about half of it then I siad OK- Ill walk the hill then run the rest of the way in. Well I tried hard.
Oh- and It was hot and humid out there- I almost felt like I had asthma at times!
I just dont know why I felt so crappy. This was mt 3rd HIM in 3 months and I did an olympic last weekend- maybe that was just too much for me???
What would you do differently?:

I dont know. I have really been working on my running lately too.
Post race
Warm down:

nothing- went into the COLD shower- had a little to eat- really wasnt hungry (unfortunately:() Realy wasnted to get those Zipps I was hoping to win- but I knew my parents were sick of sitting there.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

This was the most challenging course I have done. Just not my day:(

Event comments:

Great race- tons of volunteers- great aid stations. Nice course. Great food.

Last updated: 2007-08-12 12:00 AM
00:42:00 | 2310 yards | 01m 49s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: triangle
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 77F / 25C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:32
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
02:54:00 | 56 miles | 19.31 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: Ummm hilly??
Road: Rough  Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:53
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
02:24:00 | 13.1 miles | 10m 59s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Course: Out and back... nice hill at like mile 10- ugh. Not a whole lot of shade either. Aid station at every mile.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2007-08-20 5:57 PM

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West Bend, WI
Subject: Pigman Triathlon - Long Course

2007-08-20 7:26 PM
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"the wave", iowa
Subject: RE: Pigman Triathlon - Long Course

i saw someone wipe out in the rain just out of shellsbrook!  i was scared of the rain too!

way to finish even though you'd rather not!  way to stay tough!

2007-08-20 7:32 PM
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I'm sorry to say this to you, but I'm glad a hard- studette such as yourself could have a tough time on this course also.  The run absolutely kicked my and I was worried I was just in a lot worse shape than I thought.  Way to stick with it.  I know why people like me stick with things when our only goal is to finish and it is our first race, time just isn't as much of an issue.  But for you to keep at it when things were clearly not going well and you had all ready finished two other HIM's is very impressive. Sorry we did not get a chance to meet at the Olive Garden get together.
2007-08-20 7:47 PM
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Wisconsin near the Twin Cities metro
Subject: RE: Pigman Triathlon - Long Course
Like I told you already, you've had a long season and some long, tough races so you can't always perform up to your potential.  You've had a great first season.  I don't think you should hesitate to stand in line in Madison for IM WI 2008 on Monday after this year's race.  Congrats.
2007-08-20 8:52 PM
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Delafield, Wisconsin
Subject: RE: Pigman Triathlon - Long Course
I know you have high expectations, but I always think you are too hard on yourself. You should be proud that you kept on pushing, even though you wanted to stop. You have had a tough racing schedule this year: three HIMs is a lot! Throw on top of that you just did an oly last week and had to travel to the race and it was hot and the course was challenging...

Even though you had what you considered an off day, you still had a time that a lot of people would be real happy with. Great Job!
2007-08-20 9:30 PM
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Menomonee Falls, WI
Subject: RE: Pigman Triathlon - Long Course
Not a bad time for someone who had a "pathetic" race. I know it wasn't what you wanted but you stayed with it and finished despite all the adversity including your own negative mindset. You get big props for that because that kind of mental discipline will pay big dividends on some tough, lonely stretch at a race down the road. Plus, you really do have a beautiful... um, bike.

2007-08-20 10:02 PM
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Great race~

Tough conditions, but you handled it well. Love the beautiful bike comment and your response. Strange thought of wanting to crash to quit...wonder why you felt that way as you like the bike portion usually, right?

Are you thinking of signing up for IMWI next year?


2007-08-20 10:15 PM
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Blaine, MN
Subject: RE: Pigman Triathlon - Long Course
thats a pretty nice pathetic.. if you ask me.. must be all that bike pulling over your head (from the pic).. lol  Seriously it was a freaking tough one wasn't it..  for us common age groupers. way to go..  missed you at the olive.. next time I suppose.. 
2007-08-21 10:00 AM
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I'm glad you hung in there, sis!  You've have had a great season and have done SO much more than some of us mere mortal tri-wannabes.  We are but pandering knaves to your accomplishments!    That DQ blizzard will make you feel better!  If it ever stops raining we'll go biking and you can kick my a$$ to make you feel better too.
2007-08-23 7:55 AM
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Subject: RE: Pigman Triathlon - Long Course

Wondering how bad it would hurt to get hit by a car. Some poeple are horseback riding and ask if anyone wants a ride- I was like no- just trample me.


Oh, girl, I've been there... sit down now and think about what you learned. Analyze your race and determine what went wrong and what you can change.

All in all, a great effort that beats my own PR by a full 10 minutes... but performance is individual... so what makes me happy might make someone else unhappy.

Sounds as though you've lost the "joy" in the season. It's the end of the road here for 2007. Take some time off, regroup and rest up to kick AZZ in 2008!!!

Congratulations anyway!!!! 

And you can read my Racine race report and we can commiserate in misery.... Ugh!



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