SheROX Philadelphia Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
82F / 28C
Total Time = 1h 58m 11s
Overall Rank = 524/1163
Age Group = 35-37
Age Group Rank = 107/200
Pre-race routine:

Up at 4:50am. Quietly got ready and loaded the car without waking the kids. Stopped at the Dunkin' Donuts for a coffee and bagel. Cars with bikes flying by me on the road - a precursor of things to come? Plenty of parking about 10 minutes from the site.
Event warmup:

I got there and was set up by 6:45 so I had 2 hours before my wave was to go. I walked the length of the swim course to review the turnaround, watched the river convincing myself that it was clean, and generally just walked around trying to make the time go by.
  • 23m 17s
  • 875 yards
  • 02m 40s / 100 yards

My plan for the swim was to go slow and steady. I've only swim in the pool about three times in the past month so there was no reason to try to overdo it. Some contact with swimmers around me but nothing punishing. No problems siting or finding lanes. Very relaxed.
What would you do differently?:

My six-week 'taper' didn't help. (family comes before training so most workouts were dumped in the month leading to this race). I might have stretched my stroke out a bit more as well.
Transition 1
  • 02m 22s

Nothing of note in transition. Luckily someone on our rack had a giant Hannah Montana balloon so finding the bike was easy.
What would you do differently?:

  • 57m 35s
  • 15.53 miles
  • 16.18 mile/hr

My heartrate was too high on the ride (in the 170's though I tend to go high due to asthma meds). I wasn't familiar with the course so the hills caught me off-guard the first lap. The second lap was faster and more comfortable. I ended up standing on the hills to try to pass people and get to the turns before they did. The course was very crowded - people were all over the place. It was difficult to pass at times, especially when the carbon-fibers were trying to whiz by as well. I wanted to have access to my brakes so didn't spend alot of time in aeros. Just when you think you're clear to drop down, there are 4 geese in the middle of the road trying to cross. They look very large up close and personal.
I didn't see very many people in my age group, mostly people from the wave in front of me.
What would you do differently?:

More riding in of course...more assertive on the first lap.
Transition 2
  • 02m 28s

I got my bike caught up on the one already racked next to me over my stuff. It took quite a while to get them untangled without upsetting the entire rack.
What would you do differently?:

Mind the aeros so they don't get caught.
  • 32m 28s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 10m 26s  min/mile

I'm normally a slow slow runner, though I usually can do under 10 min miles so this was a slow run for me. It seemed the people around me were really shuffling - until the 20 year olds caught up and started passing us! First mile was stiff but that was to be expected.
What would you do differently?:

More training. I need different tri shorts - mine really rode up on me the entire run...not fun. Hopefully I'm not in the back of someone's photo tring to pull them back into place
Post race
Warm down:

Got some food, gathered my stuff, and took the walk back to the car. I felt good.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Limited training in last six weeks.

Event comments:

There were over 1600 people registered for the race. If they all showed, it would have been even more crowded on bike course. Other than that - well organized, well-marked, well-staffed, fun atmostphere. Great first-timers race - very supportive and encouraging. Nice sections at bike turnaround and finishing chute for supporters to cheer on the athletes.

Last updated: 2008-08-04 12:00 AM
00:23:17 | 875 yards | 02m 40s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/200
Overall: 627/1163
Performance: Average
Suit: Wetsuit legal but I wore tri suit.
Course: Modified rectagular route - upstream, across and back under bridge downstream. Volunteers helped people get out of the water due to some slimey rocks.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:22
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:57:35 | 15.53 miles | 16.18 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/200
Overall: 425/1163
Performance: Good
My computer read 16.8 mph avg.
Wind: Little
Course: Two lap course, a couple of hills that get your attention and can drain the legs.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:28
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Bad
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:32:28 | 03.11 miles | 10m 26s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/200
Overall: 717/1163
Performance: Below average
Heart rate too high - still in 170's
Course: Out and back - sunny and hot.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4