Philadelphia Triathlon in Fairmount Park - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Philadelphia Triathlon, LLC
Total Time = 3h 01m 29s
Overall Rank = 1195/1892
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 201/263
Pre-race routine:

I was running a little late. The whole morning I sort of felt rushed.
Event warmup:

Nothing really. Went to the bathroom. Talked with other High Roads people.
  • 31m 13s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 54s / 100 yards

Swim went pretty well. I caught some feet a large part of the race. My left shoulder was feeling fatigued but I it may have been because the wetsuit wasn't pulled up properly. After the turn I finally felt a groove and felt faster.

Oh yeah, somewhere along the way I could feel my wetsuit chafing my neck.
What would you do differently?:

Take more time putting on my wetsuit and bringing bodyglide with me on the shuttle bus.
Transition 1
  • 03m 13s

Wetsuit was tough to get off. I think the body glide wore off some time getting from transition to swim start.
  • 1h 23m 6s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 17.94 mile/hr

More hills than I was expecting. I thought it would be closer to the Ol' Philly Tri course which was all flat. Mentally it probably took a toll on me. I lost my water bottle after about 30 min. which of course was past the water station. So, I got a gatorade at the water station. It was too small to fit in my bottle cage so I had to put it in my tri suit pocket..which it worked itself out of and I lost that one too. I guess I wasn't supposed to have hydration and nutrition during this bike! I can't believe all the "Team in Training" people I passed. I kept thinking...Didn't I pass them already? I got passed way to often on the hills even though I did a lot of passing on the flats.
What would you do differently?:

Work on riding hills. Get better water bottle cages. Grow some balls on the downhills!
Transition 2
  • 04m 4s

I couldn't find my bike spot!! I guess because we came in the oposite way my berrings got screwed up. The numbering system was goofy around my numbers. They made sense up to right before my grouping then they switched sides..or maybe I'm just a wack job.
What would you do differently?:

Take some time in the morning to visualize what side I come back to T2 and where my spot will be.
  • 59m 50s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 38s  min/mile

I had a side stitch as soon as I started running. Might have even started on the bike..not sure. I was determined to not walk so I just kept running even though I was going slow. It seemed like a long 6.2 miles because I kept missing the mile markers and my gut hurt. At the 4 mile aid station I walked just enough to get a gel and some water and then started running again. Again, I missed the mile marker (mile 5) so I think I slowed down some until I saw mile 6 and then gave it everything I could.
What would you do differently?:

Even though I wasn't happy with my run I'm happy I kept running and didn't let the stomach issue make me walk. Who knows what would have happened if I never lost my water bottle....
Post race
Warm down:

Got a massage and some water. Stretched, ate, hung out with High Roads people. I GOT FLAT WHILE TAKING MY BIKE OUT OF TRANSITION AFTER THE RACE...BOOM!! Everyone looked at me and laughed :(

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Loosing my water bottle was probably #1. I could have done more hills or at least anticipated the hills.

Event comments:

More than 1 water station on the bike would have been nice but I guess at that distance you don't expect to need it...

Last updated: 2008-01-24 12:00 AM
00:31:13 | 1640 yards | 01m 54s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/263
Overall: 1058/1892
Performance: Average
Suit: Zoot
Course: Point to point swimming with the slight current.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:13
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:23:06 | 24.85 miles | 17.94 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/263
Overall: 1112/1892
Performance: Below average
Ave watts 151
Wind: Little
Course: 2 loops with 4 total hills.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Below average Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks: Not enough
Time: 04:04
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Bad
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:59:50 | 06.21 miles | 09m 38s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/263
Overall: 1258/1892
Performance: Below average
Course: Out to the right for a mile, turn around and go past transition, then go out and back the other 4+ miles.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4