Philadelphia Triathlon in Fairmount Park - Olympic - TriathlonOlympic

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Philadelphia Triathlon, LLC
70F / 21C
Total Time = 2h 34m 31s
Overall Rank = 428/1901
Age Group = 25-29F
Age Group Rank = 12/142
Pre-race routine:

The day before the race was my cousin Jeremy's wedding, so I went in to the race knowing that I probably wouldn't get as much sleep as I wanted. I had 2 beers at the wedding, but in the words of my mom, the reception was a "dud" so it didn't bother me that I didn't really drink and get to have fun (cause no one really had fun anyway). Went to bed around 11 pm and up just before 4 am to get ready for the race. Had a bagel with PB and sat around watching the weather channel to make sure the rain would hold off for the race.
Event warmup:

Parked approx 1 mile from the race site, so strapped my TYR transition bag onto my back and rode down to the transition area. Set up my transition area and got in line for the bathroom. Then, took the bus over to the Kelly Drive side and waited for my wave.
  • 25m 50s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 43s / 100 meters

Actual swim time: 24.54

Was in wave 4. Jumped in the water with about 3 mins til start and treaded water until the horn went off. Lined up in the FOP, slightly to the left because I heard a woman say that swimmers were drifting naturally to the right as you were swimming.

The horn went off, and I started my watch and off I went.

This was a strange swim. The buoy line was on your right, but for some reason all of my wave was swimming to the far left. No one was on the buoy line. I started to swim to the buoy line, but I really was freaking out that no one else was on the line. So, I second-guessed myself and thought maybe the buoy line was further left and perhaps I was on the wrong line. So, I cut diagonally and headed to the left. Get over there and see masses of people but no other buoy line. Looks like I should have stayed where I was. So, cut back over to the buoy line and stayed there for the rest of the swim. Felt really strong in the water and started passing a lot of orange caps (wave before me) and even some red (2 waves before me). Felt good with my performance and came out of the water really out of breath, much more than normal, so I know I went all out. Happy with that.

Run to transition area went smoothly. Wiggled out of my wetsuit as much as I could while still running and then stopped to slip it off before I hit the transition area. First time I got out of my wetsuit by stepping on the inside instead of sitting on the ground to pull it off. This new way is MUCH easier and faster.
What would you do differently?:

Stick with my instincts and stay on that buoy line. Could have save me some time.
Transition 1
  • 01m 48s

Well, transition was a disaster. I was much more out of breath from the swim than I normally am, which is a good thing because it means I pushed myself in the water. However, I moved like molasses in the transition area. It just took me WAY too long to do everything. Also took the time to put on socks, which cost me a few seconds.
What would you do differently?:

Pretty much everything. I just needed to hustle.
  • 1h 12m 33s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 20.55 mile/hr

After the poor transition, I struggled to get clipped in once I hit the mount line. I told myself to get it together, and off I went.

Oddly enough, my HR was a lot lower on the bike than normal. I think part of the reason is that there are a lot of sections to recover on the course. A lot of flat and fast sections and some rollers.

Saw a lot of male pros on my first loop as they were finishing up their second loop. Saw a few female pros as well. Really cool watching them pass you!

One thing that is annoying about this course is the cluster. My first loop wasn't that bad, but the second loop was a clusterfuck. I felt like I was constantly calling "on your left" and having people not know that meant they needed to move over. Kind of annoying, and it slowed me down at a few spots, which really sucked. But, the course is awesome, and the ride went by really fast.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe push my HR a bit higher, but other than that, extremely happy with my performance on the bike.
Transition 2
  • 01m 21s

My transition area was in a really bad spot, as I was toward the end of a rack and had to navigate through some people who were already in my row and were sitting down to put shoes on (not sure why, but whatever works for them). Already had my bike shoes off, so slipped on my sneaks, grabbed my water bottle and race number, and started to run while snapping the race belt.
What would you do differently?:

Not too much, other than show up earlier so that I could be closer to the beginning of the rack.
  • 52m 56s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 31s  min/mile

Started on the run feeling pretty good, although my first mile was super slow. My initial though was, "this is going to be a long run!" However, I picked up the pace and felt great the entire run. Naturally, my lack of run training over the past 10 months definitely affected my speed, but overall I can't complain with my performance. And, the real great news was NO KNEE PAIN during the run or even after the race!!!

Got to see Tim and Brad twice each and a lot of the HRC teammates as well.

Mile 1: 8.48, HR 168
Mile 2: 8.20, HR 170
Mile 3: 8.33, HR 172
Mile 4: 8.36, HR 172
Mile 5: 8.40, HR 171
Mile 6: 8.24, HR 173
Mile 6.2: 1.38, HR 178
What would you do differently?:

Aside from obviously run more, nothing.
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed a bottle of water and found Tim, Brad, and my parents, who were great enough to come to watch. They were awesome and found me every time I passed by. Always heard them cheering, which is so nice to hear!

Had a post-race massage/rub down and grabbed some grub.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of run training

Event comments:

Really really happy with this race. Feel like I'm back on track!!! :)

Last updated: 2008-07-04 12:00 AM
00:25:50 | 1500 meters | 01m 43s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/142
Overall: 337/1901
Performance: Good
Course: Pretty much a straight course, with one R turn into the shoreline.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:48
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:12:33 | 24.85 miles | 20.55 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/142
Overall: 401/1901
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Two-loop bike through Fairmount Park.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:21
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:52:56 | 06.21 miles | 08m 31s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/142
Overall: 769/1901
Performance: Good
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
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]