Monthly Archives: August 2014

  • Pigman Triathlon: Scott's Report

    by Scott Carkhuff, Kyle’s Bikes 2014 Triathlon Team

    Scott Carkhuff rode well until his tire went flatPigman Long
    1.2 mile Swim, 56 mile Bike, 13.1 mile Run
    Pleasant Creek State Park, Palo, Iowa
    August 17, 2014

    Pigman Triathlon was my first half Ironman-distance event or anything close to this distance. I was excited and felt good coming into the race. Little did I know that would all change. Continue reading

  • Pigman Triathlon: Andy's Report

    by Andy Bernholtz, Kyle’s Bikes 2014 Triathlon Team

    Andy Bernholtz at the Pigman TriathlonPigman Long
    1.2 mile Swim, 56 mile Bike, 13.1 mile Run
    Pleasant Creek State Park, Palo, Iowa
    August 17, 2014

    Pigman Triathlon race day morning came fast! Scott Carkhuff and I were up and at it around 4:00 a.m. We enjoyed a quick breakfast and stopped for some coffee en route to the venue. Arriving just after 6:00 a.m., we were body marked before entering transition. I was able to position myself on the rack nearest to bike out and run out on the outside, which would be beneficial for quick transition times. Several extra swigs of fluid, a GU, some stretching, and a warm up swim, and it was go time. Continue reading

  • Pigman Triathlon: Tami's Report

    by Pro Triathlete Tami Ritchie

    Tami Ritchie on the bike at the Pigman TriathlonPigman Long
    1.2 mile Swim, 56 mile Bike, 13.1 mile Run
    Pleasant Creek State Park, Palo, Iowa
    August 17, 2014

    Unlike Chisago, this race felt bad. The swim was oddly better, but then the bike felt bad, and the run was downright torturous. I couldn’t hit any paces or watts. When I did it was taking way too much effort. The race felt bad and it was bad.

    The only good thing I can say about it is that the piss-poorness of it was probably a reflection of the high quality Ironman training done the two weeks prior (and a busy work schedule), so I think the training and fitness were there.

    Without being able to take any rest time going into the race, I paid the price here… It will hopefully pay out dividends come Ironman Wisconsin.


    Full results from the Pigman Long and Olympic Triathlons are online at JMS Racing Services.

  • Bluff Creek Triathlon: Christian's Report

    by Christian Baughman, Kyle’s Bikes 2014 Triathlon Team

    Christian Baughman runs through the trees at Bluff Creek Triathlon

    Bluff Creek Olympic
    1500 m Swim, 40 km Bike, 10 km Run
    Don Williams Park, Boone County, Iowa
    August 10, 2014

    This was another new race for me with the Kyle’s Bikes/Discount Tri Supply team. The Bluff Creek Triathlon takes place in Don Williams State Park, just North of Ogden and South of Pilot Mound. The latter town is still riding its fame of being home of “Twister Hill” from the epic midwestern storm-chaser film of several years back. I’d ridden Twister Hill once on RAGBRAI a few years ago, and all I remembered is that it was a comparative monster of a climb compared to what we’d been doing that day or week. So a week before the race, when Coach Julie instructed “ride a hilly route,” I loaded the SHIV and did a little scouting ride of the race course.

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  • Bluff Creek Triathlon: Laura's Report

    by Laura Miller, Kyle’s Bikes 2014 Triathlon Team

    Laura Miller was smiles all day at Bluff Creek TriathlonBluff Creek Sprint
    500 m Swim, 15 miles Bike, 5 km Run
    Don Williams Park, Boone County, Iowa
    August 10, 2014

    This was my first time racing Bluff Creek Triathlon. I had raced at Don Williams Park several years earlier when the Iowa Games Triathlon used to be hosted there. The courses were similar.

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  • Bluff Creek Triathlon: Shawn's Report

    by Shawn Blaesing-Thompson, Kyle’s Bikes 2014 Triathlon Team

    Shawn came out of the water strong

    Bluff Creek Olympic
    1500 m Swim, 40 km Bike, 10 km Run
    Don Williams Park, Boone County, Iowa
    August 10, 2014

    Bluff Creek Triathlon at Don Williams Park north of Ogden has been one of my favorite races for a while now. I have done the course twice as a sprint and once as an "almost Olympic." The swim was cut short in 2011 due to water temps being very cold, as the race used to be in May. This is also a very similar course to the one Iowa Games Triathlon used to run in the same park which I did several times before they moved it to Easter Lake.

    This was the first Olympic-distance race that I have done in a couple of years for a variety of reasons, so I have to say I was more nervous than usual going into this one. Continue reading

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