Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon - Sprint Race - TriathlonSprint

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Philadelphia Insurance
83F / 28C
Total Time = 2h 11m 2s
Overall Rank = 1200/1436
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 64/79
Pre-race routine:

I was more relaxed before this race. I was able to eat dinner the night before and went to bed at about 11 without difficulty. Then the sleep interruption happened. I had some nightmare about not finding parking and not making it into transition on time. I didn't sleep well after that. I was up every hour after 3:30. I ate some more of my pasta.

I did get parking and made it to transition on time. I was going to make PB and J sandwiches, but the smell of peanut butter makes my friend nauseated, so I didn't make them. I set up my transition and got interviewed by NBC news in Philly. I never got to see it on TV and couldn't find it on the internet. Bummer.
Event warmup:

I got on my wetsuit and got into the schuykill river. It was really nice. I took a couple of strokes out and back and checked my goggles. I went back to my friends, ate a luna bar and a banana. I had a 35 min wait for my wave so I ate a few shot bloks.
  • 23m 56s
  • 900 meters
  • 02m 40s / 100 meters

I enjoyed being in the water. It was actually only my second tri swim since the St. A's swim was canceled. It was a far cry from my first tri swim where I paniced in the water. There was a current for the first half before rounding the bridge, then the current was with me. I wasn't fast, but I can get faster. I went at a speed coincident with my pool performance.
What would you do differently?:

Go faster.
Transition 1
  • 03m 38s

Put my watch and HR monitor on since I wanted to monitor for training purposes. I didn't rush. My place in transition was right in the middle, so I had quite a run in my bike shoes in the mud. I was concerned they wouldn't clip in, but they did.
What would you do differently?:

I dunno. This isn't an area I'm trying to improve on much. I have other things that will cut my time more.
  • 1h 05m 44s
  • 14.91 miles
  • 13.61 mile/hr

I just suck on the bike. My calves were really hurting at the beginning, but eventually stopped. I got the "on your left!" all throughout. I still had my brakes on during the downhills. I can't seem to allow myself to go fast. I couldn't even keep pace with a 73 year old woman. I wish I knew what I was doing wrong.
What would you do differently?:

I need to go faster.
Transition 2
  • 02m 11s

I didn't go too fast here either. I actually even grabbed my phone and put it in my back pouch. I grabbed the rest of my shot blocks and started running.
What would you do differently?:

I dunno
  • 35m 31s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 11m 25s  min/mile

I am just slow. What can I say. My legs felt bad for the first 2 miles and then got better. I am a little concerned about being able to do the run for an Oly, but I did it at St. A's so I guess I will get it done.
What would you do differently?:

Go faster. I feel like a broken record.
Post race
Warm down:

I waited for my friends to finish and had a veggie sub. I wanted to get a massage, but my friends didn't want to, so I didn't. I went to transition, gathered my stuff and headed to the car. My friend wanted Gelato, so she got some, but I didn't want any.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I'm still trying to figure this one out. On the swim, I just need to work on improving my form and then speed. On the bike, fear is a factor. I am working to overcome that. I am sure some lessons would help too, because I am sure that I am doing something technically wrong. On the run, i just think it's genetics. I doubt I will ever be a fast runner.

Event comments:

Expo was weak. Only 1 vendor selling gear. Otherwise it was a good experience. Safe course with all closed roads. It was nice to be with my friends from HS. I just wish I felt like my hours of weekly training meant something. Sometimes I feel like I would have done the same with no training at all.

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Last updated: 2008-11-27 12:00 AM
00:23:56 | 900 meters | 02m 40s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/79
Overall: 1019/1436
Performance: Good
Suit: Xterra Vorttex 2 sleeveless
Course: Out and back around a bridge on the Schuykill River.
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:38
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:05:44 | 14.91 miles | 13.61 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/79
Overall: 1279/1436
Performance: Bad
HR/Pace label Range data label Cumulative Time in zone 50% - 60% 130 - 139 60% - 70% 139 - 148 07s 70% - 80% 148 - 157 03m 05s 80% - 90% 157 - 166 16m 05s 90% - 100% 166 - 175 45m 54s Comments about this HR Zone:HR high. Got up to 184. I was surprised.
Wind: Little
Course: 2 loops on a closed course to traffic. 2 significant hills back to back. I wasn't expecting that.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Below average Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:11
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:35:31 | 03.11 miles | 11m 25s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/79
Overall: 1201/1436
Performance: Average
HR/Pace label Range data label Cumulative Time in zone 50% - 60% 139 - 148 60% - 70% 148 - 158 70% - 80% 158 - 168 09s 80% - 90% 168 - 177 23m 37s 90% - 100% 177 - 187 34s Mostly Z4. Maybe I could have pushed it more, but the legs were not there.
Course: Out and back. Nice and flat.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3