Philadelphia Triathlon in Fairmount Park - TriathlonOlympic

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Philadelphia Triathlon, LLC
90+F / 32C
Total Time = 3h 10m
Overall Rank = 714/1003
Age Group = Males 25 to 29
Age Group Rank = 62/67
Pre-race routine:

Got up around 4 a.m. and had a light breakfast of a peanut butter sandwich and banana, followed by a shower to wake up. Kissed the girlfriend on the head and snuck out the door.
Event warmup:

Rode my bike to the transition area, which is about three miles from my house. After getting set up, I jogged enough to break the a sweat and then did some stretching and active muscle exercises.
  • 39m 2s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 23s / 100 yards

I'll admit I got really nervous after getting in the water, so much so that I couldn't settle down and get into my rhythm. I lost a lot of time due to leaky goggles, too (didn't want to lose that contact lens :))
What would you do differently?:

Try and get some more open water swims in. In the first race I ever did - Thundergust 2005 - I cruised through the water. I think the folk lore of the Schuylkill caught up with me.
Transition 1
  • 03m 9s

Considering this transition area was much, much bigger than that of Thundergust and my T1 there was over 3:09, I'm much happier and convinced that I picked it up a bit this time around.
What would you do differently?:

Not much.
  • 1h 24m 39s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 17.61 mile/hr

I'm happy with my pace considering some of the really long, slow climbs up Ford Road and Lemon Hill. On the flat ground, I was consitently hitting 20 to 21 mph, much faster than at Thundergust. I managed to pass a lot of athletes, which this time around was a welcome change.
What would you do differently?:

Not much.
Transition 2
  • 01m 57s

I'm happy with my time here. Good transition time, during which I managed to remember everything for the run.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 01m 54s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 58s  min/mile

The heat kicked into overdrive by the time I was out on the run. I lost a lot of steam by the 2-mile mark and alternated running and walking. I did finish really strong, though, with a quarter-mile-plus sprint to the finish.
What would you do differently?:

More bricks during training. I couldn't shake the lead legs feeling.
Post race
Warm down:

Hugged the girlfriend and got her all sweaty :) Then ate lunch in the shade and ogled the Endless Pool the race had set up.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The heat, which I don't perform well in. I was a little too nervous in the water, too.

Event comments:

The team behind the race did a great job with its organization efforts. Gels, water, and HEED were abundant, and the course was awesome.

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Last updated: 2005-07-22 12:00 AM
00:39:02 | 1640 yards | 02m 23s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/67
Overall: 925/1003
Performance: Below average
Suit: Full length wetsuit
Course: Straight shot down the schuylkill, followed by a J-shaped hook at the end.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 73F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:09
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:24:39 | 24.85 miles | 17.61 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/67
Overall: 603/1003
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: A double loop through Philadelphia's enormous Fairmount Park. Some serious climbs, including sections featured on the Wachovia USPro race.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 80
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:57
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:01:54 | 06.21 miles | 09m 58s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/67
Overall: 648/1003
Performance: Below average
Course: Long, skinny loop.
Keeping cool Below 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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5