Philadelphia Triathlon in Fairmount Park - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Philadelphia Triathlon, LLC
74F / 23C
Total Time = 2h 51m 13s
Overall Rank = 899/1892
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 159/263
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:00 am. Had a peanut butter sandwich, some Gatorade and headed to the start to get set up. I was able to get a spot at the end of the rack, so I was happy
Event warmup:

Warmed up with around a slow 200 meter swim. Felt great
  • 31m 56s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 57s / 100 yards

I was relaxed and ready. With this being my first olympic distance race, I did not know what to expect. The first 200 meter went smooth. Nice easy strokes and tried to sight. But just like my first triathlon, I had trouble sighting and had to revert to a combination of freestyle, breast and side stroke. After the turn, I was able to regain my composure and was okay.
What would you do differently?:

Need to practice OWS or find a way to practice it in a pool setting.
Transition 1
  • 02m 41s

Pretty uneventful. Long run to my bike from the swim finish.
  • 1h 21m 32s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 18.29 mile/hr

Since my last race, I really made sure to get some more hill workouts and it paid off. I was constantly passing people on the hills. My goal was 18 mph, so I was happy.
Transition 2
  • 03m 26s

I had trouble getting my socks on. Just seemed to take forever.
  • 51m 35s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 19s  min/mile

Pretty uneventful. Very humid, so rather then try to kick up the pace, held back a bit by listening to my body. I have bonked on marathons when pushing hard in humid conditions, so I just tried to be smart.
Post race
Warm down:

Gatorade and Endurox Recovery

Event comments:

My overall goal was to finish in 2:45:00. I finished 2:51:13. For being my first Olympic distance race, I think it went well. I know that the swim is my achilles, and I just need to figure out besides from more OWS, how to practice sighting in a pool (close eyes while swimming, sight an object while swimming). In general, I was happy.

Last updated: 2008-06-23 12:00 AM
00:31:56 | 1640 yards | 01m 57s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/263
Overall: 1163/1892
Performance: Below average
Suit: Q-Roo Super Full
Course: Point to point
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:41
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Good
01:21:32 | 24.85 miles | 18.29 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/263
Overall: 1020/1892
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: 2 loops with 4 hills on each loop.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:26
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:51:35 | 06.21 miles | 08m 19s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/263
Overall: 668/1892
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Ok
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