Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon - Sprint Race - TriathlonSprint

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Philadelphia Insurance
73F / 23C
Total Time = 1h 56m 33s
Overall Rank = 905/1436
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 58/89
Pre-race routine:

Up at 5:00 and ate toast w/PB & honey. Get gear together and head to over to race site at 6:30. Got body marked and headed to set up transition.
Event warmup:

Standing around until 9:05 in my wetsuit cheering for those that went off in the earlier waves...
  • 21m 25s
  • 984 yards
  • 02m 11s / 100 yards

Waiting to get into the water one of the volunteers comments that "the current is pretty stong today. It's going to be tough getting to the turn around but you should make it up on the way back." Great.... I was much more comfortable with all the contact from the other swimmers around me. Kept reminding myself to relax and breath. Got out of the water ready for the rest of the race.
What would you do differently?:

More OWS focusing on sighting. Still spending too much time zig-zagging.
Transition 1
  • 05m 50s

What did I do for 5:50? I don't remember sitting down to have a cup of coffee or a lite lunch...
What would you do differently?:

Figure out how to get the wetsuit off. Practice transitions.
  • 53m 12s
  • 14.91 miles
  • 16.82 mile/hr

First time in a tri I have felt good in a race getting on the bike. By the time I got on the couse there was a lot of traffic (other riders). I found a comfortable pace and stuck with it. Pushed a little harder on the second lap once I had some water/cliff blocks and some of the traffic cleared from the earlier waves.
What would you do differently?:

Just keep training so I can push harder.
Transition 2
  • 03m 9s

I missed my bike rack again and went in the wrong lane. Duh.
What would you do differently?:

Remember where my bike rack was.... Practice transitions at home.
  • 32m 54s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 10m 35s  min/mile

I felt pretty good coming off the bike although the temps were climbing a little bit. Drank some water and pour the rest over my head at 1 and two miles.
What would you do differently?:

Keep training to increase speed and endurance.
Post race
Warm down:

Got some water and walked around with friends & family.

Event comments:

This has to be the best race experience I have had in years! What a difference a year makes! The additional race experience and training really helped in the swim and carried through for the rest of the race. My goal was to break 2:00 and I came in at 1:56:33, 13 minutes + faster than last year. I finished tired but not exhausted knowing I did my best for where I am in my training right now. Sharing the experience with extended family made it even better. Still lots of room for improvement but that's what keeps me coming back.

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Last updated: 2008-12-30 12:00 AM
00:21:25 | 984 yards | 02m 11s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/89
Overall: 781/1436
Performance: Good
Suit: yes
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 73F / 23C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Good Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 05:50
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Bad Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
00:53:12 | 14.91 miles | 16.82 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/89
Overall: 664/1436
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:09
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Bad
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:32:54 | 03.11 miles | 10m 35s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/89
Overall: 1084/1436
Performance: Average
Course: Flat out and back.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4