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Johnstown PA YMCA Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
United States
Greater Johnstown Community YMCA
83F / 28C
Total Time = 1h 39m 56s
Overall Rank = 29/124
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 6/11
Pre-race routine:

Oatmeal and coffee, load the bike, and hit the road. This is now the 3rd time that I've had 2 pieces of pizza the night before and this breakfast in the morning, and the body feels great.
Event warmup:

Quick 1/2 lap and a flip turn in the pool.
  • 06m 19s
  • 437 yards
  • 01m 26s / 100 yards

The Johnstown Y pool is great: really clear water and clean pool area.

Great swim. Wasn't super fast, but still faster than my threshold pace. Never really felt like I was struggling. Finished 3rd in the heat.
What would you do differently?:

A second or two faster each length and I would have won the heat, and looking at the other times, would have done well overall.
Transition 1
  • 02m 7s

Out the back door, across the alley, and into the transition area/parking lot. Lots of room to maneuver.

I need to work on transition. Maybe a 1-piece tri suit is the answer, and biking/running without socks. Also need to practice getting on the bike. I just could not get on it fast enough.
  • 1h 07m 17s
  • 20.8 miles
  • 18.55 mile/hr

Great bike ride. Felt strong throughout. There were 2 hills that got me out of the saddle. Otherwise, it was typical western PA and I rode in the big ring a majority of the time.

Speedometer died 2 days ago, so I was estimating distance/pace, and was pretty accurate. However, the last 2 miles seemed like they went on forever due to the dead odometer and my lack of knowledge about the course. I kept expecting to turn a corner and be at transition.
What would you do differently?:

Replace batteries in the Cat-Eye at the first signs of low power.
Transition 2
  • 00m 17s

This transition time is wrong, and probably was actually a minute. I wasted about 4 seconds drinking Gatorade.
What would you do differently?:

Drink up on the bike as I'm heading into transition.
  • 23m 57s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 07m 44s  min/mile

I went out a bit faster than I had anticipated and then decided to just stick with the pace. Felt great.
What would you do differently?:

Pay more attention to the course so I have a sense of when I'm in the last 1/2 mile stretch.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

I just didn't know the course, so had no sense of what was around the next corner.

Event comments:

Awesome race, which surprised me. Seriously well organized. Would definitely do this one again.

Last updated: 2008-07-11 12:00 AM
00:06:19 | 437 yards | 01m 26s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/11
Overall: 16/124
Performance: Good
Suit: DeSoto tri shorts
Course: Shared lane in a 25-meter pool. 16 lengths.
Start type: Inside Pool Plus: Waves
Water temp: 86F / 30C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:07
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
01:07:17 | 20.8 miles | 18.55 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/11
Overall: 48/124
Performance: Good
Wind: Headwind
Course: Out and back along the Conemaugh gap. Very picturesque. Little traffic. Awesome race support and a strong police presence at every intersection. Roads were good and most had wide berms.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:17
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:23:57 | 03.1 miles | 07m 44s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/11
Overall: 36/124
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back 5k through a very quiet area. Think perhaps 2 cars passed by the entire time.
Keeping cool Good 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] 5

2008-07-28 5:00 AM

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