Monthly Archives: September 2014

  • Hy-Vee Triathlon: Christian's Report

    by Christian Baughman, Kyle’s Bikes 2014 Triathlon Team

    Christian Baughman at the 2014 Hy-Vee triathlonHy-Vee Triathlon
    750 m Swim, 20 km Bike, 5 km Run
    Des Moines, Iowa
    August 31, 2014

    You can look at it two ways: minus 4 minutes, 7 seconds or plus 12 seconds. The first was how much of a sprint course PR this was for me, the second how far out of qualification I landed for the 2015 5150 US Championship. I guess it is a glass half-full or half-empty proposition and mostly I’m choosing to feel glass half-full.

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  • Hy-Vee Triathlon: Shawn's Report

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

    Shawn smiles for teammate Bob on the Hy-Vee Triathlon run courseHy-Vee Triathlon
    750 m Swim, 20 km Bike, 5 km Run
    Des Moines, Iowa
    August 31, 2014

    I was apprehensive all week about doing another Olympic race after I imploded on the run at Bluff Creek. I came up with a nutrition plan, I worked with my trainer to improve my strength, and had a few solid workouts in the last three weeks. I also contacted the race officials to see if it was possible to move me from heat 22 (second to last) to something earlier as I was worried the heat and humidity on the run like it has in my other races. I am still getting a handle on doing triathlons with MS since heat causes a flare up of symptoms. The last couple of weeks with the stressors of all things related to my kids starting back to school I have struggled with nearly constant flare-ups in my hands and feet. The race director decided to move me to heat 12 which is a para-athlete heat so they could keep an eye on me.

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  • Hy-Vee Triathlon: Andy's Report

    by Andy Bernholtz, Kyle’s Bikes 2014 Triathlon Team

    Andy on the bike at the Hy-Vee TriathlonHy-Vee Triathlon
    750 m Swim, 20 km Bike, 5 km Run
    Des Moines, Iowa
    August 31, 2014

    Hunter Kemper wins the 2014 Hy-Vee Triathlon Elite Cup. The cheers and news echoed across the water at Gray's Lake before the start of my wave. What an amazing feat/accomplishment! I cannot imagine a person more deserving of the win. Kemper has dedicated his life to triathlon and the growth of the sport through the kid’s series.

    Anyway, back to the beach and the start of my wave in the Hy-Vee Triathlon Male 25–29 division. Continue reading

  • Hy-Vee Triathlon: Scott's Report

    by Scott Carkhuff, Kyle’s Bikes 2014 Triathlon Team

    Scott Carkhuff, ready to start the 2014 Hy-Vee TriathlonHy-Vee Triathlon
    750 m Swim, 20 km Bike, 5 km Run
    Des Moines, Iowa
    August 31, 2014

    Hy-Vee Triathlon is probably the biggest triathlon event in Iowa, and it normally is an Olympic-distance event. This year they shortened the course to a sprint due to some flooding on the bike course. This event brings in a lot of pros and also a lot of good competition from in and out of state. It’s a well-organized event and good for anyone doing their first triathlon or their 100th. Continue reading

  • Late Season Race Ready: An On-Line Triathlon Clinic

    Kyle's Bikes 2014 Triathlon TeamThis is the place learn about triathlon equipment choices, transition setup, and more from members of the Kyle's Bikes 2014 Triathlon Team. Finish the season on a high note, whether you're considering your first race or hundredth.

    Instead of meeting at the store, we will be live answering questions on our blog Thursday evening, September 4, 2014 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. CDT. Ask a question, and get an answer right away!

    Share the link with your local friends and those who live across the country: kylesbikes.com/blog/late-season-race-ready-an-online-triathlon-clinic/

    We are focusing on these articles:

    Add your questions in the comments section of any of those articles (or any other article) and we will answer you right away.

  • Triathlon Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    by the Kyle’s Bikes 2014 Triathlon Team

    Triathlon can seem complicatedTriathlon only seems complicated because… well, actually… triathlon can be complicated. First there's swimming, then biking, and finally running. And in-between, there's a whole lot of shoe changing. But it doesn't have to be complicated. Read here to get your triathlon frequently asked questions answered, and then you should be ready to give it a try.

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