Philadelphia Triathlon in Fairmount Park - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Philadelphia Triathlon, LLC
75F / 24C
Total Time = 3h 47m 42s
Overall Rank = 1748/1892
Age Group = Athena
Age Group Rank = 13/17
Pre-race routine:

Threw my stuff in the car and ate whole wheat pita with Peanut butter, and drank a bottle of water. When I got there, (around 530AM) I checked in and set up my stuff in transition. They were announcing at 6:20 that buses were leaving to the swim start and that people in the first waves (me) should be on the first few buses. So I got on the 2nd or 3rd bus.
Event warmup:

Jumped in the river and swam a little. And was surprised at how calm I felt in the water. Tht's all the warmup I did.
  • 47m 19s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 53s / 100 yards

This was the BEST swim I've had so far in a race. I started with freestyle with one-sided breathing until i got warmed up. Then I tried to do bilateral breathing when I could. at one point I stopped and emptied my goggles that were leaking and realized I had someone drafting me. ME! wow. that means I was being at least consistent. Anyway I stayed away from most of the other swimmers and did my thing.
What would you do differently?:

I made some good progress with my OWS. I just need to get FASTER.
Transition 1
  • 04m 58s

I haven't really tried to optimize my time with transitions yet. Logistically everything went fine. I just am slow here!
Took a gel before jumping on the bike.
What would you do differently?:

focus on moving faster
  • 1h 29m 28s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 16.67 mile/hr

I started strong with my ride. I even went into aero position in the beginning, but found that my stomach hurt. So, I stayed in the hoods or the drops when could.
My chain fell off at the end of the first hill on my second loop. I know exactly why it happened; I used the granny gear and had my back gear all the way to the left. Need to get the back gear to the middle before popping into the middle gear up front.
Stopping to fix the chain ended up making me nauseous. I got through the next hill ok but then before hitting lemon hill my issue was relieved..... was good to go after that.
What would you do differently?:

I felt ok with this ride, although i wish my pace were faster. the upset stomach slowed me down a little. also I NEED TO DO HILLS
Transition 2
  • 03m 11s

Normal transition for me. My legs were tight though. Tried to run with the bike when I could. Logistically everything went fine.
What would you do differently?:

go faster !
  • 1h 22m 44s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 13m 19s  min/mile

I think in the future I will be able to KILL this run. But I was worn out and ended up run/walking the whole thing. I'd only let myself walk 0.1 mile at a time if I did walk.
What would you do differently?:

I need to get stronger with running; also bricks to get used to the jelly-leg feeling after biking
Post race
Warm down:

Found my friends and sister's family, and basked in my success of finishing my first Oly!!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I am in the best shape of my life right now. But not the lowest weight. I do triathlons to manage & lose weight. I need to continue with weight loss to increase my athletic ability.

Event comments:

This was a well-run race. I had no problems with any of the logistics around the swim start or where to go at any time. There were plenty of water stations. I'd definitely do this race again!

Last updated: 2007-11-27 12:00 AM
00:47:19 | 1640 yards | 02m 53s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/17
Overall: 0/1892
Performance: Good
Suit: full-length long sleeve 2XU
Course: Point to point from St Joe's Boathouse, under a bridge, turn right around a buoy and up to the swim exit. Swam with the current, until the right turn, which was across/upstream for the last 100-200yards.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:58
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:29:28 | 24.85 miles | 16.67 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/17
Overall: 0/1892
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Two-loop course around the Schuylkill river, including four hills away from the river.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:11
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:22:44 | 06.21 miles | 13m 19s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/17
Overall: 0/1892
Performance: Below average
Course: Flat course along the river.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
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