Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon - Olympic Race - TriathlonOlympic

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Philadelphia Triathlon, LLC
82F / 28C
Total Time = 3h 13m 24s
Overall Rank = 1518/1921
Age Group = F24-29
Age Group Rank = 87/132
Pre-race routine:

Woke up late, still trying to shake the tylenol pm out of my system. Water, bagel with butter and honey, then out the door. Got to the race sort of later than I liked, since I was in one of the first two waves, hurried into transition and set up my spot at the far end of the row since the rest was jam-packed, heard the announcement saying for the first few waves to get on the bus, and i hopped in line without finding Kurt. Got to the swim start and waited in the long lines for the portapotties, missed the swim warmup (not happy) and generally just dreaded the upcoming event.
Event warmup:

None at all, well I rode my bike down to the transition but that's it. I wanted to do a swim warmup but missed the cutoff, so I just went with it. Treaded water for a little while before my wave start.
  • 26m
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 35s / 100 yards

I did really well on this leg, although I was helped by the strong downstream current. I passed a bunch of people and got into my own space about 1/2 way down. Got neck chopped by a few errant backstrokers toward the end but not as much manhandling as last year. The waves and chop were pretty big, so I swallowed a good bit of the Schuylkill, but my breathing was good and I really found a rhythm. After rounding the last buouy and heading towards shore the strong current stopped helping, and it felt like I was hardly moving. I had to really kick it into high gear for the last few hundred yards, just to make it to the shore. Eventually I got there though!
What would you do differently?:

Not much, though I probably would have cut a closer path to shore had I known how bad the current was going to be. I was really tuckered out after the frantic last leg of the swim, but my performance was pretty good throughout despite not having a warmup.
Transition 1
  • 03m 1s

This was slower than usual, don't know why. I just felt like I was forgetting something, so maybe thats why it was slow.
What would you do differently?:

Eh, nothing really.
  • 1h 33m 20s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 15.98 mile/hr

I didn't do too well here. Dropped a chain on the first hill, but did better with my gears for the rest. I didn't have a big cycling base built up, though, and it shows.
What would you do differently?:

Ride more. Lots more.
Transition 2
  • 02m 47s

Another slow transition. No idea why it was taking me so long, the only thing I can think is that its such a long transition that I just couldn't move too fast to get out of it.
What would you do differently?:

Again, not much.
  • 1h 08m 13s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 10m 59s  min/mile

Oh boy. I just stink at running. Not that my lack of training helped. I ran the first few miles at a decent clip, but then once we ran that middle stretch on the grass, I was just in pain. I had to walk/run the rest, and was able to run the last mile or so, but I was not a happy camper.
What would you do differently?:

Again, train.
Post race
Warm down:

Sat, tried not to pass out.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training. This is the last time I do a race without training appropriately. It's just not fun. Next year I'm not sure if I'll do this race, I've done it a handful of times and it's hard to get excited to train for it since I'm so familiar with it. Overall my time increased 12 minutes from the previous year. That is the difference proper training makes!

Event comments:

Good race, the organization with bag pickup was better this year, and as always the post-race food was good. The road conditions seem to be getting worse though, potholes getting bigger and such.

Last updated: 2009-06-29 12:00 AM
00:26:00 | 1640 yards | 01m 35s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/132
Overall: 989/1921
Performance: Good
Course: Point to Point
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Below average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:01
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:33:20 | 24.85 miles | 15.98 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/132
Overall: 1597/1921
Performance: Below average
Wind: Headwind
Course: Two loops.
Road: Potholes  Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills: Below average
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 02:47
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:08:13 | 06.21 miles | 10m 59s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/132
Overall: 1614/1921
Performance: Below average
Course: Long, flat, hot.
Keeping cool Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]