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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.


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.


Scott averaged 25 mph on the bike courseT1 went pretty well. Finding my bike was easier than what I thought it was going to be. I got a pretty good spot in transition. Sunglasses, helmet, bike shoes, and I was off to the bike course.

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.


Scott waves at teammate Bob on the runT2 took me some time. I really need to man up and run without socks. I put on my socks and had a little trouble getting them on my sticky sweaty feet. Grabbed hat and race belt and off I went.

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.

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Katherine is our Content Champion. She has done triathlons in the past, and now focuses on mountain biking and long-distance gravel riding. She still has a soft spot in her heart for weird multi-sport events like indoor triathlon and aquabike. She also teaches indoor cycling.

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  • TriWife

    What? I thought you rocked your socks right on your feet! Proud wife, always will be!