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Ford City, Pennsylvania
United States
Armstrong Habitat for Humanity
Total Time = 3h 23m 2s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 1/1
Pre-race routine:

I woke up got dressed, and went downstairs to eat a bagel. I drank some gatorade, grabbed my stuff, and my brother and I drove out to the race. When we got there, I unloaded my stuff, set up transition and went potty. About 15 minutes before race start, I put on my wetsuit and ate a gel. I got in the water, took a few strokes and waited for the start.
Event warmup:

Not much...
  • 29m 13s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 57s / 100 meters

I know my form was less than perfect, but I was trying to swim my best race. i WAS focusing on pulling through the entire stroke and I think that went well. I went off to one side every now and again, but I was keeping an eye on the buoys.
What would you do differently?:

stay on course a little better, but really this was my best swim performance given that I went under 2:00/100m.
Transition 1
  • 02m 5s

After coming up out of the water, there was a run up the beach to the transition area. I started unzipping the suit as soon as I was able to stand up in the water. I ran to the bike, rolled my socks on, and got my bike shoes on, then sunglasses and helmet. I grabbed the bike and ran to mount line. I was a little worried when my sunglasses fogged. I thought they would clear. Not true.
What would you do differently?:

I could have run a little quicker out of the water, although the mud on the beach was a little slick.
  • 1h 42m 32s
  • 23 miles
  • 13.46 mile/hr

Despite the slow speed, I was really happy with the ride. I rode hard and kept moving. At two points the hills were so steep, I had to stand up in the saddle, but I didn't want to walk the hills.
What would you do differently?:

train more... the focus that I had done on hills was really helpful. I will definitely be working more on hills.
Transition 2
  • 01m 40s

Pretty good coming in... I loosened the velcro on my shoes before I gor off my bike. Next time I won't get them so loose, since running with those shoes on was a little wobbly, but all in all, it went well.
What would you do differently?:

just move more quickly
  • 1h 07m 32s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 10m 52s  min/mile

I am thrilled with this run. My best 10k ever and coming after that bike, I am thrilled. I kept moving up that hill on the way out and all the way to the turnaround. I was a little disheartened when I got to the last uphill stretch... that was hard, but I still had my best run.
What would you do differently?:

keep on training...
Post race
Warm down:

drank and ate... stretched... talked with some other triathletes... aftera few minutes, I went over to my brother and he said, "Do you know you won your age group?" I was a little stunned, and then it sunk in... I was the ONLY person in my AG... ha! It doesn't matter though, I finished off my tri season with my best race, great effort and lots of improvement. The medal was just icing on a great cake... sweet, delicious icing... *drool*

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I am still getting my body adjusted to endurance sports... still building base in all three areas..

Event comments:

A very small race, but worthwhile. A very enjoyable course, even if hilly. I think it would have been more enjoyable without the rain, but it was good. I will certainly consider doing it again.

Last updated: 2008-07-31 12:00 AM
00:29:13 | 1500 meters | 01m 57s / 100meters
Age Group: 1/1
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit: full
Course: The swim course was an L-shaped course, short leg out, make a left turn then swim a long leg along buoys to a turn-around, then back along the long leg to a right turn, swim toward shore touch a post and then off for a second lap. The lake was cool, and the water was good, despite the rain of the day before. No debris.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:05
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:42:32 | 23 miles | 13.46 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/1
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Wind: None
Course: Very hilly... big climb out of transition to main road. But that was just the beginning. Lots of hills period. It took me 57 minutes to get to the turn around... but it only took me 45 to return to transition... I kept at it, but the inclines on the way out were steeper I think than on the way back. My glasses never really unfogged for about 2/3 of the ride. At some points, I could see nothing really and I hit some big bumps on the road which were a little frightening.
Road: Rough Wet Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:40
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:07:32 | 06.21 miles | 10m 52s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/1
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: More hills... the first two+ miles were all up hill, then turn around go back down, make a left go down some more, only to go back up... and then down again.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-09-14 10:33 PM

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2008-09-15 9:05 AM
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central Iowa
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Nice job preacherman. Congrats on the hardware. W00t!!
2008-09-15 9:19 AM
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Davenport, IA
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Awesome race!  Any time you stand on the podium is a good time to be standing on the podium. Congratulations.
2008-09-15 11:51 AM
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Southern Chicago Suburbs, IL
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WOW!  Training allowed you to PR in the Swim and Run.  Who'da thunk it!?!?!?


Seriously, though, that is absolutely fantastic.  You should be very proud of yourself.  I know I am.

2008-09-15 2:31 PM
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2008-09-15 2:33 PM
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Congrats!!!! nice racin!

2008-09-15 2:46 PM
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Science Nerd
Redwood City, California
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Congrats on the hardware!! 
2008-09-15 9:04 PM
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Arch-Bishop of BT
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hardware IS cool... and this may be the only time I ever get it.... but my five-year old was asking to wear it so it MUST be cool...


2008-09-18 11:03 AM
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San Francisco
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Great job out there Brian.  A first place AG finish is a first place.  Way to go!!!
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