Cyman Triathlon (Olympic)
1500 m Swim, 39.5 km Bike, 10 km Run
September 21, 2014
The Cyman Triathlon was the last race of the season for me, and since I have been battling several issues with my IT band and also my hip I had been doing very little serious training. I just decided to have fun with this race and go with the flow. This strategy worked out well and I had a lot of fun.
With the weather being chillier than normal, I broke out the wetsuit that had not been worn in 5 years, no joke. The day before the race, I went out to Oak Grove beach at Saylorville for some quick refresher training on wetsuit swimming. I am sure the guys that were fishing not far away got a good laugh at me putting on this contraption of a wetsuit. It was a good choice to do a couple runs of putting in on, swimming, and getting out of the water. This paid off on race day by allowing me to not look like a total fool.
It was very windy on the day of the race; I felt I was constantly biking into the wind until the last five miles. The course for the Olympic distance was two loops with several good hills. I enjoyed the course. It was a good mix of hills and flat portions. About five miles into the 25-mile course my hip started to bother me, so I backed off the pace and decided to just enjoy the ride. This meant dodging a lot of caterpillars and dead snakes on the road.
I had not looked over the course route for the run; I just knew the general direction to go. This was an out and back run course that connected to the Chichaqua Bottoms trail just east of Bondurant. The wind was mostly to my back on the way out. The one portion I did not like was that once you got on the Chichaqua trail it was a steady downhill, nothing crazy just a steady downhill till the turnaround point, probably 1.25 miles. My knees were ready to be done with the downhill. I was happy to turn around and start running back up the hill.
This race was a great way to end the triathlon season. Everyone from the Kyles Bikes team was there along with some other great triathletes that I got to know throughout this season. Looking forward to taking care of my body, getting healed up this winter, and being healthy and ready to race in the spring.
Full results from the Cyman Triathlon are online at True Time Racing.
Photo credits: All photos by Devin Miller.