by Scott Carkhuff, Kyle’s Bikes 2014 Triathlon Team
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.
The swim was a 750 m swim. The wave I was in was probably the 3rd or 4th wave in the AG category. So the 5150 athletes were all already on the course plus the people in front of our wave were still in the water. All the way up to the first turn, it was kind of congested with people from previous waves. After the turn, I got in some clean open water pretty much until the finish. Decent time of 15:30.
Since the bike course was changed, we did two loops on pretty flat smooth roads, and you could go pretty fast. After my first lap there were a lot of bikes on the course. It worked out okay because most of the roads we were riding were wide roads of 2–3 lanes in each direction and passing wasn’t much of a problem for me. Easily had my best 20 km bike split at 29:45, 25 mph.
Run was fast and flat. Thought I could really have a PR on this run course, but came in with a 21:44 run time and felt like I could have done better. That was really the only disappointment for me in this race, as I wanted to run a little better than I did.
I was happy with my time and performance. I know where I need to improve and will continue to work in those areas. I got second place in my age group with a time of 1:10:18.
Next year I think I will participate in the 5150 division, and see if I can improve in the off season because those guys are super fast!!
Full results from the Hy-Vee Triathlon are online at hy-veetriathlon.com.