Black Bear Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Lehighton, Pennsylvania
United States
CGI Racing
75F / 24C
Total Time = 1h 42m 33s
Overall Rank = 78/442
Age Group = Clydes
Age Group Rank = 1/21
Pre-race routine:

This was my 1 year anniversary as a triathlete as Black Bear was my first ever last year. Main goal was to just do better than last year and measure my fitness improvements. Last year I finished barely in the top 40% overall and this year I cracked the top 20%. Very happy with the result.

Left for race @ 4:45.
PB&J, Coffee, banana, cliff bar, water
Event warmup:

10 min swim in new wetsuit. i like it. i like it alot.
  • 13m 55s
  • 820 yards
  • 01m 42s / 100 yards

my form goes out the window in races. it took me about 300 yards before i started feeling smooth and controled.

drafting did not work out. everytime i would target someone, i couldn't catch them. finally decided to stop trying and just worry about myself.

sighted well. swam relatively straight.

nice improvement over last year (approx 20% better vs the field).
What would you do differently?:

start with better form. chill out.
Transition 1
  • 02m 55s

approx time due to swim plus T1 time combined in official results.

took wetsuit off down near the beach which worked well as the run to transition was long and uphill. did drop my goggles which i had to go back for.

rubber band and shoes move did not work smoothly for me this time. issues getting shoes on. usually works great.
What would you do differently?:

not much. some minor adversity, but i kept cool.
  • 59m 6s
  • 17.7 miles
  • 17.97 mile/hr

spreken zie hilly?

Had a pretty smooth ride after i got my shoes on. i was passed early on by a fellow Clyde who was a strong rider. Stayed with him almost the whole way which worked out well for my pacing. He pulled a way at the very end.

took 1 Gu gel and had one bottle of H20.

putting the 12-27 on last week was a good move as i used every bit of it. Downhills were fun...45mph max.

Averaged 1.5 mph faster than last year.
What would you do differently?:

my limiter was my training. performed about as well as capable in order to ensure a strong run.
Transition 2
  • 00m 42s

great. top 10 in entire field. last year's t2 time year was 1:45, so i picked up a free minute.
What would you do differently?:

had to ditch my shades b/c they got tanngled in my helment. need better solution for that.
  • 25m 56s
  • 3.4 miles
  • 07m 38s  min/mile

My clyde friend from the bike was leaving transition as i was coming in. Was able to catch and pass him in the first 1/4 mile. tried to pass with authority, as painful as it was. he later told me he tried to respond but couldn't, so it was effective. the hill around mile 1 was brutal. really shortened my stride to a point that i was barely moving but kept the cadence high. by mile 2 i was feeling great and just let em fly.

no water or gels on the run. was fine.

approx 30 sec per mile faster than last year.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

After my 9:30am cheesburger and plate of ziti I took a shower.

Met some of the folks from the philly tri club.

Stayed for the awards and to cheer on some Half Iron folks come through T2.

Event comments:

my 3rd CGI race. love their events.

Last updated: 2008-03-03 12:00 AM
00:13:55 | 820 yards | 01m 42s / 100yards
Age Group: 4/21
Overall: 98/442
Performance: Average
Going off my watch time as official results combined the swim and T1.
Suit: desoto t1
Course: counter clockwise circle. longest stretch was downwind and into the sun.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:55
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Below average
00:59:06 | 17.7 miles | 17.97 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/21
Overall: 81/442
Performance: Average
avg hr 151, mx 167
Wind: Some
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:42
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:25:56 | 03.4 miles | 07m 38s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/21
Overall: 79/442
Performance: Good
avg hr 168, mx 179
Course: mosly shaded trail run. hilly first mile, then fairly flat.
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5