Patriot's Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Bath, Pennsylvania
United States
piranha sports
Total Time = 3h 13m 47s
Overall Rank = 7/147
Age Group = M25-29
Age Group Rank = 1/12
Pre-race routine:

Drove to PA on race morning, trip took about 2 hours and I got a little lost! Ate breakfast in the car.
Event warmup:

Took the bike out for about 15 mins to check the shifting and get my legs and lungs going. I'd been having troubl with the back wheel rubbing the seat tube cut out so I had to make sure she was ok.
  • 23m 11s
  • 1300 meters
  • 01m 47s / 100 meters

I was able to swim in a draft for most of the first lap but when I tried to bridge up to a faster group I endd up in no man's land swimming by myself.
What would you do differently?:

Swim more!! I need to work on everything associated with the swim.
Transition 1
  • 01m 14s

Still a little sloppy in T1, but not terrible. Had a little trouble getting the aero helmet on, it was my first time using it in a race
What would you do differently?:

Practice T1 more!
  • 1h 57m 11s
  • 41 miles
  • 20.99 mile/hr

I worked hard on the bike! I felt great most of the ride, just a few spots where I felt a little sick to my stomach (probably from overworking). I can't complain about the ride, I enjoyed it and am happy with my split.

The new P2C handled very well, accelerated quickly and was very comfortable.
What would you do differently?:

More race pace intervals in training, I ride a lot but not enough at or above race intensity.
Transition 2
  • 00m 45s

I had a solid T2, although I did have to pickup my bike and run with it on my shoulder because the run to transition was over grass and I couldn't control it too well.
What would you do differently?:

Just tweak things so I can go even faster, more practice!
  • 51m 27s
  • 7.6 miles
  • 06m 46s  min/mile

Pretty touch course, hills both out and back. I felt great coming off the bike and settled in pretty quickly. I started the run in about 12th place and was able to move up to 7th by the end of the day. Someone went by me at the turnaround and I made the decision to get on his shoulder and run with him. We caught about 4 people and got ourselves into the Top 10 within the last half of the loop.
What would you do differently?:

More bricks and hill work. I haven't done much speed work this year, so some fartlek running and intervals would be helpful.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked the run course backwards to cheer on other athletes. Hydrated and had something to eat.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of race specific training (i.e. speedwork)

Event comments:

It was the first year for this distance, they typically only do a sprint. I'd go back next year, it's a beautiful course and the people were super friendly.

I had a blast, and it was a good day in the business suit.

Last updated: 2008-07-28 12:00 AM
00:23:11 | 1300 meters | 01m 47s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/12
Overall: 15/147
Performance: Average
Suit: QRoo Full
Course: Two loops of 650m
Start type: Wade Plus: Shot
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:14
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:57:11 | 41 miles | 20.99 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/12
Overall: 17/147
Performance: Good
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: 3 loops, with some challenging hills but also great flats. Had some technical turns that forced me to scrub most of my speed.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:45
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:51:27 | 07.6 miles | 06m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/12
Overall: 3/147
Performance: Good
Course: Hilly out and back with some shady stretches
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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] 3