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Staten Island, New York
United States
Green Brook Racing
85F / 29C
Total Time = 1h 14m 42s
Overall Rank = 144/450
Age Group = M 40-44
Age Group Rank = 12/26
Pre-race routine:

Got up around 4am. Had breakfast (pb on ww, coffee, banana), packed up the car, and met a guy from the Brooklyn Tri Club who I'd agreed to drive to the race. We got there super-early, which was good because transition rack space was first-come, first served. Had another banana, 20oz of water+nuun during setup, and then a gel about 15 minutes before my wave.
Event warmup:

I made sure to stretch out a lot, esp my lower legs, which have been sore for a couple of weeks.
  • 08m 53s
  • 437 yards
  • 02m 02s / 100 yards

This seemed like a fast swim group, or else I just wasn't feeling as fast as I'd felt 2 weeks ago. Sighting was easy, since all you had to do was aim between the towers of the Verrazano Bridge, which was in the distance. The start was fine, the finish was a bit of a washing machine, since we were swimming into the BOP of the previous wave. I got bumped in the face and my left goggle got water in it. I was close to the finish, so I just kept my left eye closed for the last couple minutes of the swim, like a pirate triathlete--Arrr! I jogged slowly up the beach once I got out.
What would you do differently?:

Concentrate more on my stroke. Overall it was a good swim, but I didn't feel as good as I did in the race 2 weeks ago.
Transition 1
  • 01m 39s

Getting better. I took the wetsuit off in transition and it was ok. I was a long way from the entrance from the swim, but right next to bike out.
What would you do differently?:

Keep practicing.
  • 34m 21s
  • 12 miles
  • 20.96 mile/hr

My plan was to settle in for the first 1/2 lap, then hammer for the next 2 laps, then ease off a little for the last 1/2 lap. I felt super fast on the bike. I passed tons of people. I ate two gels at 15 minutes and 30 minutes; I ran out of accellerade in my aerobottle with about a 1/2 lap to go. That was too bad, because it was hot and I was thirsty. The dismount was a sharp right turn, so I sort of did the flying dismount, but I kind of half-a$$ed it because of the turn. I'll nail it one of these days.
What would you do differently?:

Keep getting faster. This was the first time I'd had a >20mph bike split.
Transition 2
  • 01m 21s

A pretty good transition. I ate a gel right as I was leaving transition.
What would you do differently?:

Wait for the water station before eating my gel. Drink more in transition--maybe bring a small bottle with me on the run course next time.
  • 28m 29s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 09m 10s  min/mile

I was DETERMINED not to push this run and re-injure my leg. It felt ok--just enough tightness to remind me that it wasn't 100%. Reining myself in was a struggle. I hated letting people go who I knew on a better day I could smoke. One guy passed me and gave me the Lance Armstrong "disdainful glance over the shoulder"-thing, and I SOOO wanted to just take off and light him up. But I didn't I kept a very deliberate pace. Stopped to massage a cramp for a few seconds at one point, walked one of the water stations to make sure I drank the whole cup of Gatorade, and even took a 30-second walk break at about the 2.5mile mark, just to make sure I could finish strong. So, while it wasn't a great run split, I finished on my feet.
What would you do differently?:

The shortage of Gatorade on the course was a pain. The first water stop isn't until just past the 1 mile point, and the second one feels like it's only a couple of minutes past the first one. So there are two long stretches at the beginning and at the end where there's no relief from the heat. I think , for NYC I'll carry a bottle of gatorade with me out of transition, because I was hurting in that first mile.
Post race
Warm down:

Stood under the shower for a minute, drank a few cups of water, and then went and hung out with the other Brooklyn Tri Club people, cheered some finishers, and went home. Once again, I skipped the pancakes.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My calf injury. It was still a PR for me, even with the slow run, so no real complaints.

Event comments:

This is a good local race, and probably the only real tri in New York City that's mostly local people, as opposed to the NYC Tri, which draws people from all over the US. This is my second year doing this race, and I could see doing it again. It's easy to get to (if you live in Brooklyn and have a car), and reasonably priced. Cons are that there aren't enough drink stations on the run, and that it has, hands-down, the ugliest race t-shirt in America.

Last updated: 2008-06-16 12:00 AM
00:08:53 | 437 yards | 02m 02s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/26
Overall: 90/450
Performance: Good
The swim time includes a 100y run up the beach to transition.
Suit: 2XU Comp II full
Course: Straight line, left turn to beach. Maybe 50 feet off shore.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 63F / 17C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:39
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:34:21 | 12 miles | 20.96 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/26
Overall: 109/450
Performance: Good
HR was high, but I was pushing the pace.
Course: 3 loops of a flat course. Not as crowded as last year, since they eliminated the Oly for this year.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Good Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:21
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:28:29 | 03.11 miles | 09m 10s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/26
Overall: 301/450
Performance: Below average
HR was high in spite of my slow pace. It was hot.
Course: Out and back. First part was on a blacktop path, then up onto a boardwalk.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-06-28 11:31 PM

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Brooklyn, NY
Subject: Patanella's Flat as a PANCAKE

2008-06-29 6:24 AM
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Sous Mon Diadème
Subject: RE: Patanella's Flat as a PANCAKE

Oh.  Looky there.  Seems I was right .  Great job, Jonah!!!!!!

2008-06-29 8:08 AM
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New York
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Congrats man! B!tchin race - congrats on the PR!

Nice meeting you yesterday morning as well. Thanks for the parktool loan.
2008-06-29 10:29 AM
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Long Island
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Nice Job JMK.

X2 & X3 on the Tank Tops - Are we still in the 80's ? I'm sure the race director must read BT, but I think we should all send him a quick email about the wife beaters.

Erik F
2008-06-29 10:53 AM
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South Jersey
Subject: RE: Patanella's Flat as a PANCAKE

We need pics of those race shirts!!

Great job, congrats on the PR -- especially with an injured calf and on a hot day! Take care .

2008-06-30 7:08 AM
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Clifton, NJ
Subject: RE: Patanella's Flat as a PANCAKE
congrats on a great race! are you sure that guy was giving you a disdainful look or was he just checking you out?and i second the vote for shirt pictures

2008-06-30 11:44 AM
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Awesome race!!!  Nicely done.  And thanks for keeping the RR short.  I appreciate it. Hahaha!
2008-06-30 12:35 PM
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Brooklyn, NY
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Congrats on a great race. I agree with you on the ugliest shirt in America! I used mine to wipe off my feet after the race.

Let's definitely try to meet at NYC. I hear there is a lot of idle time before the start. 

2008-07-01 9:57 AM
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Ann Arbor, MI
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Congrats on the PR!! I think you owe us a pic of your kid in the shirt
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