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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
United States
Piranha Sports, LLC
80F / 27C
Total Time = 2h 40m 14s
Overall Rank = 98/308
Age Group = Clydesdale
Age Group Rank = 8/27
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4 since the wife was volunteering, ate a Powerbar and drank 8-10 oz of a smoothie.
Event warmup:

Lots of stretching
  • 23m 24s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 26s / 100 yards

Swim was solid, start was a little chaotic because everyone wasn't in the water by the time 7am hit. We had to tread water for a couple extra minutes, but no biggie.
What would you do differently?:

Sprint the first 300 yards to get out in front of the washing machine. Got stuck behind a few guys, but was able to draft which helped.
Transition 1
  • 02m 9s

A downpour started just as I hopped on the bike. Luckily I had my sunglasses or I wouldn't have been able to see a thing. I was about 10-15 coming out of the water so there was no trouble in transition.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, everything went smoothly.
  • 1h 18m 36s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 18.97 mile/hr

Course was a bit bumpier than expected but wasn't bad, though I did see about 6-8 flats out there, plus some guy who did something serious (like busted his chain or something like that) about 4 miles from the end who had to run his bike in. I felt bad for the guy. Climbs were long but generally held about 12-13mph going up the steep part of the hills. I was about on pace to the majority of the guys I was around. Nutrition was good, took down 3 servings of hammer gel plus a bottle of accelerade and a water bottle with a nuun in it.

Had a bunch of tri-bikes cruise past me though that I was drooling over.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, held a good cadence on the climbs and was happy with my finishing time considering the long climbs.
Transition 2
  • 01m 38s

Guy who was a few spots down said he blew a spoke about 3 miles from the finish (I heard it too) and was lucky it didn't screw anything up or cause him to wreck.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, everything went smooth.
  • 54m 29s
  • 6.25 miles
  • 08m 43s  min/mile

My last debacle with the run caused me to throttle it back a little bit. I started out at about 8:30/mile pace and was able to keep just about there the entire time. Walked at the 3.1 turn around to get some water.
What would you do differently?:

Train more on running, if I can just that dialed in I may be able to podium next time.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked up to see my wife who was flagging people in from the bike. Stretched the legs.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of running endurance, will do more speed work, hill work etc before my next race.

Event comments:

I had an absolute blast. Nothing beats coming down 279 on the bike, rounding that last bend at 30mph and having the Pittsburgh skyline right in front of you. Very well organized event and I can't say I was complaining about the good lookin' ladies from Suzuki running around 8)

Last updated: 2008-06-30 12:00 AM
00:23:24 | 1640 yards | 01m 26s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/27
Overall: 32/308
Performance: Good
Suit: No
Course: Up the Allegheny river about 300 - 400 meters, then down with the current about 1000 then another 100 back in.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 83F / 28C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:09
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:18:36 | 24.85 miles | 18.97 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/27
Overall: 134/308
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Up 279 HOV lane, started with a 6 mile climb, then a turn-around at the Perryville Park-N-Ride, back down the other side of the HOV. 2 Loops.
Road: Rough Wet Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:38
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:54:29 | 06.25 miles | 08m 43s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/27
Overall: 146/308
Performance: Average
Course: Flat run along the Allegheny on trail in the shade.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
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] 5

2008-07-21 8:17 AM

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2008-07-21 10:14 AM
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Congrats on your great race and the excellent improvement over your last one! 

Excellent swim!  I was still in the water during the rain, really odd feeling.  I couldn't believe how many flats I saw.  I felt bad for them all.

2008-07-21 10:40 AM
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Yeah after I saw the 3rd person flat, I made a conscious effort to watch where I was going, especially climbing.  There were a few spots where the big stones were around, but to me it really didn't seem all that bad, maybe just a string of really bad luck.


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