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Des Moines, Iowa
United States
USAT
70F / 21C
Sunny
Total Time = 2h 47m 33s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 77/138
Pre-race routine:

Anisa drove me to the lake. I prepared my transition zone and did a warmup swim.
Event warmup:

100m swim out and back
Swim
  • 36m 9s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 24s / 100 meters
Comments:

Very full at the beginning, then thinned out after a few hundred meetings. Lots of swimmers from later waves passed me.
What would you do differently?:

Swim harder. I had plenty of wind and plenty of energy at the end.
Transition 1
  • 03m 50s
Comments:

I fell off my bike trying to get on - crashed into a few spectators. No injuries, just looked foolish.
What would you do differently?:

Find a way to get socks and shoes on more quickly. Wear shirt in the swim - it was very hard to get the under armour shirt on while wet.
Bike
  • 1h 11m 45s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 20.78 mile/hr
Comments:

Great ride on the mountain bike. PR for this distance. I had several other riders compliment me on my pace on a mountain bike.
What would you do differently?:

Get a road bike!
Transition 2
  • 02m 8s
Comments:

It was hard to get moving after getting off the bike. It took me a few minutes until I felt comfortable.
Run
  • 53m 42s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 39s  min/mile
Comments:

I didn't really feel tired, but I couldn't go any faster. That is a strange phenomenon. The course was confusing with 2 laps around, and a portion of a third through the streets downtown.
What would you do differently?:

More run training. I would like to have 7:30 pace or so - finish time of around 46:30.
Post race
Warm down:

Lots of gatorade, water, 2 bananas, an ice cream bar, etc. Lots of good food at the finish. Also just walked around for a while.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

1. Form training in the swim.
2. Better run endurance.
3. Smoother transitions.
4. More experience in triathlons.

Event comments:

Great experience in my first attempt at a triathlon. I look forward to trying to improve in future efforts.




Last updated: 2007-06-01 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:36:09 | 1500 meters | 02m 24s / 100meters
Age Group: 92/138
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Suit: tri-suit
Course: Grays Lake
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Below average
T1
Time: 03:50
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
No
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
Biking
01:11:45 | 24.85 miles | 20.78 mile/hr
Age Group: 71/138
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Grays Lake to Jordan Creek and back.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 02:08
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
00:53:42 | 06.21 miles | 08m 39s  min/mile
Age Group: 87/138
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Course: Grays Lake
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
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] 4

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2007-06-17 10:05 PM

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Subject: Hy-Vee Triathlon


2007-06-20 9:40 AM
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Subject: RE: Hy-Vee Triathlon

VERY impressive race!!!  Your bike split was smokin' fast....and on a mountain bike?  Unbelievable.  I can't imagine how fast you'd be on a bike made for triathlon.  This is also an amazing finish time for a first timer.

Congratulations!

2007-06-20 3:43 PM
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Subject: RE: Hy-Vee Triathlon
Thanks for the compliments. I'm definitely going to try to get a road/tri bike - it's just a matter of convincing my better half that this is something I'm going to commit to for the long haul. I think I can get down into the 60-65 minute range without too much trouble after making the switch.

The bike I used was indeed a mountain bike, but I did have road tires (100 PSI), aero bars, and strapped pedals. The gearing was close to adequate - in top gear I can get to 26 MPH at 100 RPM. I would have liked to have 1 or 2 more gears for some of the downhills, though.

Any suggestions on road bikes? I've looked at Cannondale and Felt and Specialized, and I have a hard time identifying what is important. I also don't think I want to drop 4 grand on a bike just yet, but 1500 would be reasonable.
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