by Scott Carkhuff, Kyle’s Bikes 2014 Triathlon Team
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.
The swim actually went well and probably was the best part of the entire day for me. This was my longest open water swim, and I didn’t feel bad when I got out of the water. I was looking forward to a good bike to make up some time.
My swim time was around 36:00.
T1 went well. I didn’t hurry like you do in a sprint or even Olympic, but I moved quickly and headed out as everything I needed was already on my bike.
The first 20–25 miles were pretty uneventful. I always pass a bunch of people on the bike; it’s my strongest part of the race.
I got close to the turnaround and headed down a hill to a left turn, when I feel my rear tire is flat. If you ever have had a flat tire and try to turn a corner going about 20 mph, it’s not a good thing to have happen. I managed to stay off the pavement and didn’t wreck. I asked a car that was sitting close by if he had a pump. (I have never used CO2.) He said he couldn’t help me but he would call the repair vehicle. So I thought while I was waiting I could go ahead and give it a shot and change the tire. Everything went pretty smoothly, actually.
I got the tire changed, and off I went. I figured I probably lost 15–20 minutes with the flat. Got back on the bike and finished. Now, one mistake I made was that I tried to make up some time after the flat. I think I went a little bit harder on the bike for the second half.
The run was probably the worst run of my life. I ran a half marathon earlier in the year in 1:35, so I’m an average runner. This run is hilly and all on open highway with no shade, which was fine by me. I just knew that with how much I sweat I needed to take in fluids at every aid station.
So I headed out on the run and started with a water bottle and sipped on some water for the first mile or so. All the sudden I had sharp pains in my ribs and couldn’t quite catch my breath. Never really experienced anything like this before, so I walked. I tried to keep telling myself to at least run to each aid station since they had them at every mile marker and then I would be able to walk through the aid station, and then run again. That didn’t work either.
So I jogged slowly, and walked 13.1 miles in the sun. It was brutal, and I hated that I wouldn’t make my goal, but this will be a learning experience for me and all I can really do is keep training and do another one to redeem myself. I’m glad I finished and didn’t throw in the towel. I WILL TRI AGAIN!!
Full results from the Pigman Long and Olympic Triathlons are online at JMS Racing Services.