Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon - Olympic Race - TriathlonOlympic

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Philadelphia Triathlon, LLC
82F / 28C
Total Time = 2h 29m 3s
Overall Rank = 374/1921
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 71/229
Pre-race routine:

race weight 217

great race.
i had 3 goals and hit two of them:
sub 1:10 bike - yes
sub 50 run - no
sub 2:30 race - yes

Overall I beat last year's time by 8min and the year before by 20min.
Event warmup:

  • 24m 11s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 28s / 100 yards

Swim was awesome thanks to a sweet current. Most say it helped by about 2 min, but i was still 5 min faster than last year. The coaching sessions i took really helped.

I was a little more successful catching occasional drafts, but it's still not a strategy i can depend on.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 03m 1s

disappointed with my transition time. elected to run in my bike shoes this time as i wasn't far from the "bike out", but i still need to be faster. Fumbled with socks for a while.
  • 1h 09m 47s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 21.37 mile/hr

bike was solid. 3min faster than last year.

I left it all out there. Kept my 12-27 on just in case, but tried not to use the higher gears...had to a couple times.

What would you do differently?:

don't think i could have ridden any better at my fitness level. just need more miles and hill work so i can take the hills stronger and the flats faster.

Next year i definitely want to go 12-23 and hopefully i'll have a tri bike w/ a rear disk as i think there are a few more minutes i could squeeze out. Also think i could race about 7-10lbs lighter.

Also, it's a VERY crowded course. Need to be careful out there.

Transition 2
  • 01m 35s

dissapointing t2. got out of shoes at the bottom of hill and dismounted cleanly. my trans spot was right next to a tree which was great, except i ran to the wrong tree. stood there for 10 seconds staring at somebody else's gear wondering why it was in my spot. Then realized i was at the wrong spot!

What would you do differently?:

Really need to pay better attention where my stuff is. that's the second race in a row i messed that up.
  • 50m 26s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 07s  min/mile

Felt great at the start and knocked out the first 3 miles at about a 7:30 pace, but the wheels came off when i got out in the sun.

last 2 miles of run were brutal for me. i overheated and nearly shut down.

Was able to maintain running, but i had absolutely no kick whatsoever. People were flying by me and i couldn't care less.

I was still 2 min faster than last year but slower than Columbia which is a much harder run. My goal for 3 years has been to break 50 min on this run, but have not been able to do it.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe i went to hard early on the run or on the bike. I just don't handle heat well and need to take that into account better throughout the race if i want to have a strong finish on hot days. it wasn't even THAT hot, and there was little humidity.

Nutrition perhaps was a culprit too. i only took water and a couple gels as that worked great the last few races. perhaps on hot days i need something more like a sports drink with electrolytes.
Post race
Warm down:

i laid down on the grass and tried to cool down. a guy next to me wasn't doing to well and the medics came over to help him. One girl looked at me and asked if i wanted to get checked out, so i said sure. spent 10 min chillin (literally) in the med tent, but i was fine. Felt like i was being pampered by the med staff...they were great.

Event comments:

Those volunteers are just awesome.

Last updated: 2009-04-27 12:00 AM
00:24:11 | 1640 yards | 01m 28s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/229
Overall: 659/1921
Performance: Good
Suit: DEsoto t1
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: High
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:01
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:09:47 | 24.85 miles | 21.37 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/229
Overall: 215/1921
Performance: Good
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:35
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Bad
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:50:26 | 06.21 miles | 08m 07s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/229
Overall: 593/1921
Performance: Below average
Keeping cool Bad Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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