Black Bear - TriathlonOlympic

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Leighton, PA, PA
68F / 20C
Total Time = 3h 02m 12s
Overall Rank = 180/275
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 26/33
Pre-race routine:

410 wakeup and left @ 440am. No problems with the drive as I arrived at 605am.
Event warmup:

Warm up run, followed by some decent time swimming while the sprint waves were occurring. The sprint participants seemed larger then the Oly this year.
  • 22m 1s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 28s / 100 meters

PR'd the swim which is the good news! Great start as I placed myself all the way to the left and had plenty of space. I went all out for the 1st 100 meters and then start to settle into a good rhythm. Only 2 issues with people from the 1st wave in my way and the turns were fine. The glare on heading back from the sun was challenging to find the buoys but did fine. This is a swimmers delight as the reservoir is deep, clean and calm.
What would you do differently?:

Continue improving my overall speed with more intense intervals @ my masters swim class.
Transition 1
  • 01m 45s

I was a little slow exiting as my HR was high but recovered and then had issues getting my wet suit off. Part of the reason was the thick grass in T1 and balancing myself when taking off my suit. Then we had to climb a hill to exit to the bike which is about .20 miles from T1 so I had to watch my footing.
What would you do differently?:

Focus more on the terrain and moving quicker from the swim. The ground, it'sPA, is rocky and on a hill so I was weary of spraining an ankle which I did in 2010.
  • 1h 44m 16s
  • 24 miles
  • 13.81 mile/hr

Two words: FLAT TIRE!!!...mile 7. This not only frustrated the hell out me as I knew would not reach my goals for the race but took out some motivation for the remainder of the bike. I started ok as the course opens with several rolling hills but then I heard the hiss and pulled over. I was thankful it was my from wheel/tire and not my rear. I was lucky to get the tube off quickly and the new on wasn't too bad either. However, I use a small hand pump and this was tricky at first. The other races passing by, more frustration, were asking if I was ok which was nice but I eventually had it fixed. From there on, I was concerned because the amount about getting apothem flat with no tubes left (this happened to me in DC) and biking on a new tube at only (and this is a guess) 95-100 pounds of pressure which is not where I want to be on this course. Anyway, I continued on and made up some time after the last brutal hill. I finished in 1:24 (unofficially) without the stoppage so was just on par with last year. If this had not occurred, I'm thinking I would have been closer to 118/120.
What would you do differently?:

Not get a flat:). It is what it is and happens to everyone at one time or another. I wondering if it has to do with my tires as I have the new Michelin P4's which could be an issue as the P3's were known for getting flat's easily from what I have read (Note: I only had three flats on my P3's over the course of many miles but two to date on the P4's in 3 months). I think I lost a total of 20 mins or so with the changing of my tire so that time has to improve.
Transition 2
  • 01m 3s

Faster then T1 and felt more motivated coming into T2. My run off the bike was solid and then I quickly took off to the run.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really this time. The downhill coming into Transition was a plus.
  • 53m 7s
  • 6.23 miles
  • 08m 32s  min/mile

I started out strong and did well for the first 3 miles. Then I slowed down slightly over the next 1.5 miles as my legs and shoulders were sore and my HR was rising. I took off on mile 5 buy slowed again just before I finished. Much better then Columbia and considering what happened with the flat and frustration, I was ok with the effort.
What would you do differently?:

Add more miles to my training regime in order to lower my avg pace.
Post race
Warm down:

Drank water and packed up with gear to my car. Came back to check the results which were just totals and no breakdown, at some pizza, and left.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Flat tire and an average run.

Event comments:

Good race, challenging bike and great swimming venue as it's the nicest place to swim for any Tri. The post race activities and food were not as good this year compared to others. The food in general was limited which seems to be a problem with most Tri's.

Last updated: 2012-05-01 12:00 AM
00:22:01 | 1500 meters | 01m 28s / 100meters
Age Group: 6/33
Overall: 47/275
Performance: Good
Course: Straight to the west with buoys on ours right, tow rights turns and then headed east to th next yellow buoy before making a left into T1.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:45
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
01:44:16 | 24 miles | 13.81 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/33
Overall: 0/275
Performance: Bad
Actual time was 1:24 for a pace of 17.2...See below for why.
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: The toughest climbs for any Oly course I will do in the this area. Three particularly long climbs which makes it tougher then your average course. The back end of the course is the easiest and where you can make up most of your time. The bike portion of the race is what makes Black Bear a tough race.
Road: Potholes Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:03
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:53:07 | 06.23 miles | 08m 32s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/33
Overall: 0/275
Performance: Below average
Course: Trail run with some minor rolling hills. A little muddy and tight in some spots.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? No
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] 4