Philadelphia Triathlon in Fairmount Park - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Philadelphia Triathlon, LLC
76F / 24C
Total Time = 2h 36m 7s
Overall Rank = 470/1892
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 66/257
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 4:00 AM. Ate a banana, PBJ sandwich, and washed them down with an orange vitamin water. Through the bikes in the truck and headed to Philly.
Event warmup:

Got one of the early buses over to the boat house and did a 10 minute swim to loosen up and get used to the water temps. This was only my second time wearing the speed suit, so I wanted to swim a little with it.
  • 27m 20s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 40s / 100 yards

The first 200 or so yards were like bumper cars, but after that things really opened up. My goal was to remain calm and steady through the race, and I accomplished this for the swim.
What would you do differently?:

Honestly, I need more time in the pool to get my swim times down, and I rarely put in more than 1000 yards a session. I squeeze these in during my work day, and I get bored easily with the reps. I love to do open water swimming, but have only done that once or twice this season so far. Need to work on that.
Transition 1
  • 01m 51s

I knew that T1 was going to be slow for me going into the race, because I don't like the feel of my tri top under the speed suit. So I had planned on throwing the top on at T1 even though that would take more time do with me being soaking wet from the swim. And it did take some time. I probably could have done it 10-15 seconds faster.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. My next tri will probably be a wet suit event, and I have no problem with wearing my tri top under either wet suit.
  • 1h 15m 50s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 19.66 mile/hr

One of my glaring weaknesses has been hills on the bike. So this season, I have made every third bike session a hill session. It is still a work in progress. These hills kicked my butt today.
What would you do differently?:

Work harder in hill training.
Transition 2
  • 01m 29s

I thought I breezed through T2.
What would you do differently?:

  • 50m 5s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 04s  min/mile

I was using this race as a bridge to my first half iron in August, and the goal on the 10K was to keep a steady pace without pushing too hard. In training, my 10Ks were in the range of 7:25 to 7:35 pace, but my olympic distance bricks were closer to 8:00 pace which I did today.
What would you do differently?:

I would have liked to have been sub 8's, but overall, that is not a bad result being that I ran steady and did not push myself very hard.
Post race
Warm down:

I had only a few sips of water on the bike, and not much more than that on the run, so I threw down a couple water bottles after the race. I thought the post race food was good -- had a hoagie and some cookies. Tried to stretch out and stay in the shade with my wife until the awards presentation. We hung around to see if we would win the Cervelo road bike they raffled off, but no luck!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I intentinally kept myself at a less than all out effort. This was my first Olypic distance race, and I wanted to pace myself. Next time, I will push harder.

Event comments:

Great organization. Loads of volunteers. Roads totally closed to traffic. Fun event.

Last updated: 2008-01-16 12:00 AM
00:27:20 | 1640 yards | 01m 40s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/257
Overall: 0/1892
Performance: Average
Suit: Blue Seventy speed suit
Course: Down stream keeping buoyies on the right.
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:51
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:15:50 | 24.85 miles | 19.66 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/257
Overall: 0/1892
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Technical.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:29
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:50:05 | 06.21 miles | 08m 04s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/257
Overall: 0/1892
Performance: Average
Course: Flat road run.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
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:
Race evaluation [1-5] 5