Pigman Triathlon

Race reports and information on the Pigman Triathlon in Palo, Iowa
  • Pigman Triathlon: Bernsteins' Report

    by Jason Bernstein

    2015-Pigman-TriathlonPigman Long
    1.2 mile Swim, 56 mile Bike, 13.1 mile Run
    Pleasant Creek State Park, Palo, Iowa
    August 16, 2015

    Big Pig: No Matter How it Changes it Still Sucks

    My wife, Kerrie, and I decided to do Pigman Long course in about June of this year. You see, we love torture. We race our annual Ironman early in the year so that we can spend the summer chasing and shuttling our sons around in their athletic endeavors. But there arises a fire in our bellies around mid summer that draws us to compete and flex our endurance muscles.

    Which brings me to Big Pig. Both my wife and I have a love/hate relationship with this race. We love it for the proximity and cost. We hate it because it is a half iron distance race in August, in a swamp, in Iowa. We had a training plan, but with the summer and racing schedule of our boys that quickly fell apart. You see we decided to race Big Pig for “funsies.” Now I don’t know about you, but swimming 1.2 miles, riding 56 miles, and running 13.1 miles may not seem to be fun... but when you race and train the way we do, fun was bound to be had.

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  • Pigman Triathlon: Scott's Report

    by Scott Carkhuff, Kyle’s Bikes 2014 Triathlon Team

    Scott Carkhuff rode well until his tire went flatPigman Long
    1.2 mile Swim, 56 mile Bike, 13.1 mile Run
    Pleasant Creek State Park, Palo, Iowa
    August 17, 2014

    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. Continue reading

  • Pigman Triathlon: Andy's Report

    by Andy Bernholtz, Kyle’s Bikes 2014 Triathlon Team

    Andy Bernholtz at the Pigman TriathlonPigman Long
    1.2 mile Swim, 56 mile Bike, 13.1 mile Run
    Pleasant Creek State Park, Palo, Iowa
    August 17, 2014

    Pigman Triathlon race day morning came fast! Scott Carkhuff and I were up and at it around 4:00 a.m. We enjoyed a quick breakfast and stopped for some coffee en route to the venue. Arriving just after 6:00 a.m., we were body marked before entering transition. I was able to position myself on the rack nearest to bike out and run out on the outside, which would be beneficial for quick transition times. Several extra swigs of fluid, a GU, some stretching, and a warm up swim, and it was go time. Continue reading

  • Pigman Triathlon: Tami's Report

    by Pro Triathlete Tami Ritchie

    Tami Ritchie on the bike at the Pigman TriathlonPigman Long
    1.2 mile Swim, 56 mile Bike, 13.1 mile Run
    Pleasant Creek State Park, Palo, Iowa
    August 17, 2014

    Unlike Chisago, this race felt bad. The swim was oddly better, but then the bike felt bad, and the run was downright torturous. I couldn’t hit any paces or watts. When I did it was taking way too much effort. The race felt bad and it was bad.

    The only good thing I can say about it is that the piss-poorness of it was probably a reflection of the high quality Ironman training done the two weeks prior (and a busy work schedule), so I think the training and fitness were there.

    Without being able to take any rest time going into the race, I paid the price here… It will hopefully pay out dividends come Ironman Wisconsin.


    Full results from the Pigman Long and Olympic Triathlons are online at JMS Racing Services.

  • Pigman Sprint Triathlon: Tami's Race Report

    by Pro Triathlete Tami Ritchie

    Tami Ritchie runs to the finish in the Pigman Sprint TriathlonThe Pigman Sprint Triathlon was on June 2nd, but it felt like April 2nd. Cold, cloudy, and very windy. My race did not go well.

    The swim went okay, though I was faster two years ago. The water was 64 degrees. It's a great temperature if you like wetsuits. I was leading the swim and out of T1.

    After exiting T1 I had trouble getting my feet in my shoes because my hands were so cold they didn't work quite right. For the first quarter of the bike I felt alright, felt like I could actually race. The last three quarters of the race I just felt flat and tired. I'm working on changing my bike position and a few other things to try and get this straightened all out—hopefully very soon! By the end of the bike I was in 6th place, but thankfully no longer cold.

    My flat and tired feelings continued on the run. There was really no one super close to me to really race (try to catch or stay ahead of) either, so I didn't really feel pushed, nor like I needed to push. I knew it was going to be an all-around slow race for me.

    It was a very bad race for me, but it has reminded me that I must do something about my bike fit. Also, I think I was just so busy the few weeks leading up to the race (working some nights, weddings, etc.) that by the time I got to race day I was already drained. Just another reminder about planning before races when possible.

    I hope the weather gets a bit sunnier soon and to see everyone outside training. Happy training and racing!

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