Philadephia Triathlon in Fairmount Park - Sprint - TriathlonSprint

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
80F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 37m 31s
Overall Rank = 93/496
Age Group = F 25-29
Age Group Rank = 8/29
Pre-race routine:

Woke up around 6 am. Nice having the race be a 10-minute drive from my abode! I ate a honey wheat PB bagel and had a bottle of water. Did my thing in the bathroom and tried to calm my nerves down.
Event warmup:

10-minute quick ride down to the course.
  • 20m 4s
  • 900 meters
  • 02m 14s / 100 meters

We all started in the water, which was warm enough to make wet suits illegal. So, I was a little bummed that I didn't get to wear one. Jess and I started right next to each other, but after they blew the whistle, I honestly had no clue where she was. All I knew was that I needed to get into my rhythm. It always takes me a good 100 m to feel like I am in sync with my stroke. I felt awesome sighting. I felt much more confident than I did at Devilman. I had no problem seeing the buoys, and I tried to lift my head between every 10-15 strokes. A lot of the time, I used the people in front of me to know where I was going. As long as I saw someone on my side during each breath, I knew I was okay. I think I did a good job of not drifting too far out, however, about halfway through the swim, I felt a nagging pain start in my right side. I thought it was odd that I would be getting a side sticker, since I swim way more than 900 m each session. It bothered me the entire swim, running out of the water, etc. Breathing became very difficult and I couldn't catch my breath. Also, my tri top came unzipped and I could feel myself getting weighed down with water.

Ran out of the water and into the T1 area to see Jess grabbing her bike and heading out. I felt a little panicked that she beat me on the swim!
What would you do differently?:

1) I need to practice sprints in the pool to increase my time.
2) Make sure that my tri top is zipped up the whole way.
Transition 1
  • 02m 33s

T1 felt quick, since I didn't have to get out of my wetsuit. Stopped to take a Gu before leaving the area. LONG ass run from my rack position to the bike mount sign.
What would you do differently?:

I had a little trouble getting my socks on today.
  • 48m 13s
  • 15 miles
  • 18.67 mile/hr

Bike course sucked. I could not catch my breath. My side was bothering me, and the roads were slippery as all hell. About 2 minutes into the bike, it started to drizzle. The drizzle turned to rain and the roads got very very slick. I had someone wipe out right in front of me, and another guy skid right in front of me that made me slow down. Overall, I was disappointed with my bike. I kept saying to myself, "When are you going to turn it on?"

In the beginning, there was a stretch of flat road, which after 2 miles you had to pretty much come to a dead stop for a sharp turn-around, and then head up a slight incline. After getting up the incline, I was able to pick up some speed, just in time for Strawberry Mansion Bridge, which is a pretty steep incline. I was able to spin up that with no problem and passed a good 5-7 people in the process. Turned left to about 500 yards of straight-away, and another left to a big, gradual incline. I just couldn't get the legs to settle in. It was a hard start to a bike course. There was no transition period for my legs. A few more straightaway/hill combos and a lot of turns!!! The slick roads made things difficult, and no one had a fast bike. The first place finisher overall only biked at 21.5 mph. That's a pretty slow average for the male winner. There were 4 sharp turn-around that we needed to make, and each time you had to slow down to about 2 mph.

Since there were two loops, I got a lot of cheers from my mom, sister, David, Christine, Sarah, Zack and Gaynor. It was nice having people cheering for me. Christine and my sister were the loudest. Hearing Kelly really motivated me to push it through.

Coming into transition, I saw Jess tying her shoelaces. She ran out as I made it to my station. I closed to gap with her on the bike, but at this point, I was still disappointed that she was ahead of me.
What would you do differently?:

1) I need to become a little more confident biking in wet conditions.
Transition 2
  • 02m 1s

Took another gu to have on the way out. The transition run was, again, pretty long. Ran on the grass, out to West River Drive, where you crossed the mat and the 5K began.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Felt pretty fast.
  • 24m 42s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 07m 58s  min/mile

I felt great on the run, in fact, maybe too great. Looking back, I should have pushed myself a little more. I was still having pains in my side, however, I pushed them out of my mind and just concentrated on getting the run in. I saw Jess in front of me, and caught/passed her within the first half mile. I grabbed a water at the first aid station, and tried to drink as much as I could without walking. I am not good at this! I didn't take any more water the rest of the run. Turn-around at approx 1.6 miles. I saw Jess after I turned, and she was quite a way behind me. Still felt strong, I knew I should have picked up the pace but for some reason I didn't. My sister must have run out at some point to see if she could catch me on the turn around, and she saw me around mile 2. She was cheering me on and pumping me up, telling me I looked really strong. She was able to keep up with me for a minute or two, but then she dropped off and screamed for me at my back. Around mile 2.75-3, David was there yelling for me. He told me to pick up the pace, that I was almost there. Nice confidence booster having him yell for me. I passed two men on the last drag, and crossed the finish line strong. My mother, Christine, Gaynor, Sarah, Zack and the kiddies were there cheering me on at the final shoot. It was awesome!
What would you do differently?:

1) Push myself a little more.
Post race
Warm down:

2 bottles of water.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My side. I don't know what is going on. My father seems to think that it is a pulled intracordal (spelling?) muscle. With each breath I take, I am still (2 days post race) feeling a shooting pain on my right side.

Event comments:

Nice having a home town race. I love Philly! The spectators were awesome, and having some of my family and coworkers and friends there was amazing!

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Last updated: 2006-05-02 12:00 AM
00:20:04 | 900 meters | 02m 14s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/29
Overall: 112/496
Performance: Below average
Suit: Blue Sky wetsuit
Course: The course was long, as I was told. It was a rectantular loop in the S-kill River, which was A LOT cleaner than I expected.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:33
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:48:13 | 15 miles | 18.67 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/29
Overall: 112/496
Performance: Below average
I believe the bike was longer than 15 miles, my computer clocked it at 16 and some change.
Wind: Little
Course: Rolling hills. Started off going down West River Drive towards East Falls Bridge. Turn around was very sharp, and you had to decrease to about 2 mph to make the turn. Straight up Strawberry Mansion bridge (big hill) and continued up another slow incline hill. Two loops of the course. The first half of each loop was mostly uphill.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence: 90s
Turns: Below average Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:01
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:24:42 | 03.1 miles | 07m 58s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/29
Overall: 158/496
Performance: Good
Course: Out-and-back on West River Drive (towards Art Museum). Gradual incline on the way out, and gradual decline on the way back.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4