Philadelphia Triathlon in Fairmount Park - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Philadelphia Triathlon, LLC
80F / 27C
Total Time = 2h 02m 54s
Overall Rank = 15/1892
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 1/180
Pre-race routine:

Woke at 4 took a quick shower and got the car packed. Not too hungry but forced the normal pre race meals down. Drove to my moms to drop my son off and realized I was going to be much later than I wanted to be. I had to have Cadence do some work on my bike when I got there so I was starting to stress a bit.
Event warmup:

Ran around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to get organized and body marked. Bike maint...etc... Set up shop right next to Stephen DelMonte in transition. Pretty ironic and quite amusing as we are always so close to each other in these races in our results. Broke the ice a little. Took the bus over to the boat house and then stood in line for 15 mins waiting to take a 1 min sh!T! Oh well. Such is life! Got the wet suit on crossed the timing mat and swam for about 5 minutes before the start of the race.
  • 20m 35s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 15s / 100 yards

Not sure what is going on with my swim. In April and May I was swimming so much better than I am now. I feel like everything and anything that could go wrong will when I get going in a swim these days.

I decided to start way left along the Kelly Drive side this year. I remember hearing John Kenney talk last year about the line he took and found it interesting that he swam so far away from the bouy line. This strategy worked great. I was all alone on the left side and had virtually a straight line to the last bouy. This worked great for a few reasons. Swimming the bouy line probably was 25-50 meters more in distance and in addition to that the waves in front of us were all bunched up on that line. I had no one to swim through via the line I took. When I got under the bridge I saw one guy in my wave in front of me about 12.5 meters ahead. I decided to just take it easy in to the tran area. But overall this was another terrible swim. I can not get situated with my breathing and I never got settled. The first few hundred meters was great but then it just all went to he!!. I actually swam backstroke more than once in hopes to catch my breath. I guess its better than not swimming at all!
What would you do differently?:

Find my stroke!
Transition 1
  • 01m 16s

First time in a tri where my strap on one of my shoes came out of the loop hole. So I had one foot in and the left was out. I finally fished it through the hole at about 5 MPH and then got moving again. I thought I was going to have to stop. Motha Fuk!
What would you do differently?:

Nothing...stuff like this happens!
  • 1h 00m 43s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 24.56 mile/hr

The plan was to back off on the first loop a little and to be ready to hammer the second. I think I did a good job of this. The gearing on the Cervelo was much better then last years bike. I never came out of the saddle once on any of the climbs and spun easily up every hill on the course. Very happy with this. I almost enjoyed it a little.

Other than that I will say that the key to this course is knowing when to push it and knowing when not to. Also gear changes is huge. Riding in the correct gears makes all of the difference.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 01m 7s

Pretty solid here. Shoes were on in no time and I was off. Broke the clip on my race belt so I just decided to tuck each side of the belt into my shorts.
What would you do differently?:

Not break my race belt.
  • 39m 11s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 06m 19s  min/mile

Someone said that when your hurt why burn up the matches you have left by senslessy running when you don't have the fitness...I agree. So I only ran 2 times since Eagleman. In addition to not running since the half my ITB flared up early last week to the point where literally I was not racing as of Friday night before this race. I woke up in the AM feeling better and decided to go.

Off the bike I knew I was 2nd in my age group. I felt pretty solid for mile 1 and ran 6:05. I decided to just stick with it and feel the hurt. Got out to the 1.5 turn around and watched my buddy Marc run past me. Same thing at Eagleman but this time I was actually running.

Got out to the back end of the course and was still feeling pretty solid. Mostly false flats all the way up to the Art Museum so I kept things in check and just backed off the pace a hair.

Saw Dan from my Tri club out there giving support that was nice. Also scouting who was running up on me from behind. Thanks for that...

Hit the turn for home and realized it was all down hill. Saw Mike Egan up the road about 100 yards and just poured it on. Caught him and felt good as I was in 2nd again. I knew I had a fast runner coming behind me and when I saw the 6 mile mark I just put my head down and gutted it out.

Pretty happy with this run but as I said only have so many matches. I burned them all up here I think...

What would you do differently?:

Not get hurt this year!
Post race
Warm down:


Event comments:

One thing I will say. I love to see lots of folk come out and participate but honestly this course is technical and very tight. The 2nd loop of the bike course is like the Tour de Philly but with people who look like they just sat on their bikes for the first time. Rumor has it that they are going to expand this race to 5000 people. Well the next rumor you are going to hear is that if that happens I am out....

Last updated: 2008-01-04 12:00 AM
00:20:35 | 1640 yards | 01m 15s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/180
Overall: 39/1892
Performance: Below average
Suit: Full Suit
Course: Point to Point...
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Bad Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:16
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Below average
01:00:43 | 24.85 miles | 24.56 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/180
Overall: 17/1892
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: 2 Loops with 4 hilly climbs.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:07
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:39:11 | 06.21 miles | 06m 19s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/180
Overall: 33/1892
Performance: Average
Course: Two out and back loops at either end of transition.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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