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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Philadelphia Insurance
75F / 24C
Total Time = 1h 50m 20s
Overall Rank = 499/1086
Age Group = 40-49
Age Group Rank = 51/89
Pre-race routine:

Banana, oatmeal, power bar, protein drink, lots of water
Event warmup:

Lots of stretching
  • 24m 20s
  • 984 yards
  • 02m 28s / 100 yards

Best competitive swim ever. Felt comfortable, very little anxiety. Exited the water with a lot of energy left over
What would you do differently?:

Stroke still needs some work!
Transition 1
  • 03m 10s

Need to learn to put on shoes while they are already clipped into pedals
What would you do differently?:

Transitions need work... practice, practice, practice
  • 54m 19s
  • 14.91 miles
  • 16.47 mile/hr

This was my first competitive race on my new bike (a Felt B2 that I bought used on eBay). Should have done more road riding, rather than so much gym-biking. The hills were tough and I had difficulty with gear changes going up the hills.
What would you do differently?:

Need to train more on hills
Transition 2
  • 02m 29s

I need to practice transitions, no question about it. Legs were very cramped going into the run. Took quite a while to get my legs under me
What would you do differently?:

More bricks. More transition practice.
  • 28m 39s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 09m 13s  min/mile

Had to slow to a walk twice. The bike really killed me and never felt like I got my legs back. I was really feeling the heat (mid 80's). I was surprised my time wasn't worse. AT the midway point, they handed out goo-packs. I felt that if I tried to eat one, I'd puke. Just kept drinking a little water and pouring the rest on my head.
What would you do differently?:

More bricks. More fluids.
Post race
Warm down:

Walking around... drinking plenty of water. Ate a couple bananas and chocolate chip cookies.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Overall, I thought I had a good race, and was pleasantly surprised with my time. But I felt I really struggled on the run and didn't finish as strong as I would have liked.

Event comments:

The Philly Tri is an absolutely awesome event. Very well organized, beautiful scenery and the volunteers are all great. This was easily my favorite triathlon in 2008 and I'll be back in 2009... this time I'll be doing the Olympic distance.

Last updated: 2008-12-18 12:00 AM
00:24:20 | 984 yards | 02m 28s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/89
Overall: 514/1086
Performance: Good
Suit: Full wetsuit, sleeveless
Course: Triangle; out and back
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Below average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:10
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
00:54:19 | 14.91 miles | 16.47 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/89
Overall: 530/1086
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: The hilliest course I've ridden. 2 laps.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Bad Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:29
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:28:39 | 03.11 miles | 09m 13s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/89
Overall: 581/1086
Performance: Below average
Course: Very flat, out and back. But it felt like both ways were uphill.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2008-12-19 9:00 AM

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