Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon - Olympic Race - TriathlonOlympic

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Philadelphia Triathlon, LLC
80F / 27C
Total Time = 3h 07m 36s
Overall Rank = 1430/1921
Age Group = Clydesdale
Age Group Rank = 33/51
Pre-race routine:

Spent the night at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in center city Philly. We were leaving the hotel at 4:45am, so there was no food to be had at the hotel. Luckily I took a banana from the motivational dinner (Team in Training) the night before. Ate that and then left for Fairmount Park
Event warmup:

With the Team in Training group from Delaware, we rode our bikes from the hotel to Fairmount Park, which was about a mile and a half ride. Got marked, set up my transition area, ate a Power Bar, drank some Gatorade and then got on the bus that took us to the swim start. I was in the last wave, so I had over an hour to wait before my swim start. I got in the water for a 10 minute warm-up swim and then waited as all 11 (I think) waves went off before me. Did some light stretching while I waited.
  • 28m 35s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 44s / 100 yards

Very happy with my time. The strong current didn't help. Got tangled up with a couple swimmers, but it really thinned out once we got through the bridge. I sometimes have anxiety during open water swims, but once I was in the water, I was able to concentrate and have a good stroke. Foot cramped up once early in the swim, but I just flexed my foot toward my shin and it went away. Also had fogging issues with my goggles and had to stop once to rinse the inside... had a calf cramp when I did that, but it went away as soon as I started swimming again.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing except maybe buy new goggles.
Transition 1
  • 05m 24s

HORRIBLE TRANSITION TIME... WORST EVER! Had to take time to duct tape the big toe on my left foot because half my toenail mas missing from a fungus a few weeks earlier. The toe really started bothering me the night before and I was worried that it could affect me the entire race. Once taped up, it was fine, but that ate up a lot of time in transition.
What would you do differently?:

Move faster, but couldn't avoid the taping of the toe.
  • 1h 27m 43s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 17.00 mile/hr

I felt kind of slow on the bike and was trying to save something for the run. The hills were much tougher than I expected so I was a little more gassed at the end of the bike than I hoped to be. Need more on-bike training and to train on more hills. Had 2 Gu packs during the bike for some quick nutrition and drank lots of water and Gatorade.
What would you do differently?:

Train on more hills.
Transition 2
  • 03m 41s

Another slow transition. I was spent after the ride and had to sit down to put on my socks and shoes. I my lesson at the Tri For Our Veterans that socks are a must for me. My biggest issue is that I don't practice transitions... maybe it's time to start doing that.
What would you do differently?:

Practice transitions.
  • 1h 02m 11s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 10m 01s  min/mile

I was spent after the bike. I was smart to eat the Gu packs on the ride and drink lots of Gatorade, but I felt like I was crashing a bit. I would run for about a mile then walk a few hundred yards and continued this until the final sprint to the finish. Most of the run was not shaded so it was getting pretty hot. At each aid station, I would drink 1 cup of water and pour another over my head. 10 minute miles is quite a bit slower than what I should normally run a 10k. Will have to do a lot more training and some more bricks.
What would you do differently?:

More running (training), more bricks.
Post race
Warm down:

Took some pictures, ate some pizza, pretzels and a ham and cheese hoagie along with lots of water. Did some light stretching.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Just need to get more training hours in with biking and running. Transistion times were abysmal, but if I didn't tape my toe, it could have been a very ugly race. I'm glad I took the time to do that.

Event comments:

I love the Philly Tri. Where else can a virtual novice at the sport go out and perform on the same course (at the same time) as world-class athletes that are internationally known? I will always make the Philly Tri part of my Tri calendar.

Last updated: 2009-02-06 12:00 AM
00:28:35 | 1640 yards | 01m 44s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/51
Overall: 1417/1921
Performance: Good
Suit: Sleeveless Fit2Race TNT Wetsuit
Course: Point to point swim. We were swimming with a pretty strong current.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 05:24
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
01:27:43 | 24.85 miles | 17.00 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/51
Overall: 1365/1921
Performance: Below average
Wind: Some
Course: 2-loop course. Much hillier than I anticipated. There were about 5 big hills that I needed to get out of my saddle to pump. I felt a little unprepared for that, since the sprint course the year before really only had 1 big hill. Much more difficult than I thought.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:41
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes Below average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
01:02:11 | 06.21 miles | 10m 01s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/51
Overall: 1394/1921
Performance: Below average
Course: Very flat run course... out and back for 2 miles, then through transition area, then out and back for the last 4 miles. Some shade, but mostly in the sun... very hot.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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] 5