Philadelphia Triathlon in Fairmount Park - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Philadelphia Triathlon, LLC
72F / 22C
Total Time = 2h 17m 26s
Overall Rank = 103/1892
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 13/180
Pre-race routine:

Up at 3:50. Coffee, bagel w/ PB. Pack car and out the door at 5:00 along with Laura, Brad and Kristin.
Event warmup:

Nothing much. Biked about 1mi to race start with gear. Besides that I did swim ~100M prior to the swim start.
  • 24m 9s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 36s / 100 meters

Time includes ~30s run to timing mat. Discounting this, the pace would have been 1:34/100M.


I had a good, but not great swim. Didn't push it quite as hard as Black Bear. Had some decision to make regarding drafting vs. navigation. Most in our wave went left of the buoy line. I spent the bulk of the first half drafting but then I was off the buoy line. I then went solo and cut toward the line before finding some feet. Not sure if I would have been better off in a larger draft or going solo or with fewer ppl on the line.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe swim a bit harder.
Transition 1
  • 01m 41s

I opted to take my suit off in T1. In the past I use to take it off immediately upon exiting the water. Either way I don't think there is much time savings and the suit came off no problem. I still had to peel the heels off by hand, but that's the norm for me. Shoes were already on bike and I wasn't wearing socks. So pretty straight fwd T1.

AHR: 164
MAX: 171
What would you do differently?:

Practice suit removal more.
  • 1h 05m 9s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 22.89 mile/hr

Road a solid, but not killer effort througout. Found two guys who were about my pace on the first loop and the three of us paced/jockeyed positions. They'd take me on the climbs and I'd catch/pass on the downhills and flats. By the time the second lap rolled around the course was a mess! Part of the problem is the lap ends with decent and I was going mid-30s coming down on a bunch of ppl clipping in and getting up to speed. A bit dicey. Had to deal with a lot of traffic on the second lap but still managed a solid ride. I don't have exact splits but I know I was at 32:xx after lap 1. So worst case I postive split by <1min...given the traffic, that wasn't bad.
What would you do differently?:

Possibly ride harder and not fear blowing up.
Transition 2
  • 01m 25s

Had a little struggle getting running shoes on as the sides were rolling in with my foot. Besides that, good T2.

AHR: 158
MAX: 162
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really.
  • 45m 1s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 15s  min/mile

Had a solid run. Had no idea what pace I was running until I hit the first marker. Was happy to see a low/mid 7. Ran pretty steady for next couple miles. Almost yacked when taking a gel at mile 3. Tried to pick it up for the second half, but mentally I need to be more confident. I kept on worrying a bit too much about blowing up. Ended up not really picking it up until the last 1.2. Happy with the negative split.
What would you do differently?:

Push it harder throughout. Esp. the second half.
Post race
Warm down:

Waited around and cheered in Brad, JohnnyKay, Laura and some other HRC team members. Got some food and then a massage and then went back to cheer for kristin, but got distracted by some hrc folks and missed her go by :(

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I feel my training was solid leading up to this race and I was able to set a PR. I've trimmed off all the low hanging fruit, so each additional minute is going to be harder and harder. I think I just need to trust it and go for it. I think I may go a lot harder earlier in my next oly (W-B) just to see what happens. It has a 7+mi run so there won't be any PRs there anyways.

Event comments:

This was a fun race. Great course, good food, and the massage line wasn't bad. Very spectator friendly. Parking and packet pick-up were easy.

My only concern is the number of participants. It was really crazy at times on the second loop. I even saw ppl braking on the uphills....that should never happen.

Last updated: 2008-04-29 12:00 AM
00:24:09 | 1500 meters | 01m 36s / 100meters
Age Group: 19/180
Overall: 186/1892
Performance: Average
Suit: ProMotion Power Glide Fullsuit
Course: Started at St Joe's boathouse, and head downriver before exiting on opposite side.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:41
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:05:09 | 24.85 miles | 22.89 mile/hr
Age Group: 13/180
Overall: 83/1892
Performance: Average
AHR: 160 MAX: 175
Wind: Little
Course: Two loops on the drives. Each loop at 4 climbs; Greenland, Strawberry Mantion, Lemon Hill and Lansdowne.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:25
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:45:01 | 06.21 miles | 07m 15s  min/mile
Age Group: 30/180
Overall: 214/1892
Performance: Average
M1: 7:27 163/166; M2: 7:10 162/164; M3: 7:22 162/165; M4&5 14:46 163/168; M6 7:02 166/168; M6+ 1:16 173/177; First 3mi 21:59 (7:20), second 3mi 21:48 (7:16), last 0.2 1:16 (6:20)
Course: On MLK Drive. OAB toward Falls Bridge and then OAB to Art Museum.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4