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Philadelphia, PA
United States
Philadelphia Triathlon, LLC
85F / 29C
Sunny
Total Time = 00m
Overall Rank = DNF/995
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 0/131
Pre-race routine:

As expected, didn't sleep much the night before. Woke at 2:30am and didn't really get back to sleep. Got up @4am, had some oatmeal and drank some water. Left the house with my sister @5am and sipped on some Gu2O on the way. Set up transition and boarded the bus to the swim start
Event warmup:

Swam for about 5-10 minutes and felt pretty comfortable. A good omen pehaps?
Swim
  • 25m 6s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 40s / 100 meters
Comments:

Highlight of my day :)

I swam at a relaxed pace almost the whole swim and felt good. I think my navigation was decent, though at times I was doing a bit of zig-zagging. Still, this was a big improvement over my first open water swim a month ago. The time was certainly helped by the fact that we were going downriver most of the swim, but the current was modest so I don't think it cut too much off my time.
What would you do differently?:

Get better at drafting. There were some good swimmers that I was near at the beginning, but I couldn't hold my line to stay in their draft. I could help myself if I could do that better.
Transition 1
  • 02m 51s
Comments:

Transition went pretty well. I was able to get the wetsuit off without sitting this time. Just took a couple of step-and-lift moves. I put on socks for the bike which slows me a little, but I'm not planning on skipping those yet.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing
Bike
  • 00m
  • 40 kms
  • 0.00 km/hr
Comments:

The first hill was just a mile or so out of transition and I expected this to be the toughest. It was still harder than I expected. But once I was through that, things got better and I felt more confident on each of the next 3 hill sections. Mostly I was passing on the bike, though about half-way through the first loop some of the fast guys in the wave behind me started to catch up.

I know I was close to on pace for 1:10 or better bike split as I came down the hill back towards the transition area at the end of loop 1. I began to get ready to look for my family who would be waiting and cheering. Then...

BANG

Right at the bottom of the hill my rear tire blew out...loudly. I attracted lots of attention since this is where most of the spectators were gathered. I was, unfortunately, less calm than when I flatted in my first race. I was definately frustrated that it had happened again. This was even before I realized how bad it was. About 1 sq.in. of my tire had peeled away and I was not prepared to fix a tire. I tried to do the best I could with what I had and got the wheel back on, but knew there was a 50/50 chance at best that it would hold for lap 2. My wife came over and I told her that I can go as far as it will take me. I got a lot of loud cheering as I got back on my way (thanks, everybody) and quickly got back up to speed and started passing again.

I got up the first hill much easier this time, but at the bottom of the descent again...

BANG...race over.
What would you do differently?:

I should have had a dollar bill or a tire boot in my bag. It might have helped. I used a tube patch on the inside of the tire to try to cover where the rubber had peeled away on the outside. But I wasn't sure it was large enough and I'm pretty sure now that it wasn't. Maybe the tire was bad, maybe it was damaged before and I missed it, maybe just bad luck---who knows.
Transition 2
  • 00m
Run
  • 00m
  • 10 kms
  •  min/km
What would you do differently?:

Get to the run.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked 1-1/2mi or so back to transition area with my bike on my shoulder (sadly, it my shoulders that are most sore the day after). Found my family and cheered in my sister (who had a great race--5th in her AG at her 2nd tri) and a friend.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Obvious.

Event comments:

I thought the organization of this race was excellent, especially given its first time nature and somewhat challenging logistics (bus to swim start, etc.) The bike course appeared to be crowded, as expected, by lap 2 which would have made it more challenging.

I will almost certainly be back to try to finish this race next year!




Last updated: 2005-02-16 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:25:06 | 1500 meters | 01m 40s / 100meters
Age Group: 31/131
Overall: 187/995
Performance: Good
Suit: Full wetsuit
Course: Schuylkill River. Point-to-point course, mostly downriver with in-water start.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 73F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 02:51
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
No
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
Biking
00:00:00 | 40 kms | 0.00 km/hr
Age Group: 0/131
Overall: 0/995
Performance:
Wind: Little
Course: 2 loop course with lots of flats along the river combined with several short, technical climbs and descents.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 00:00
Overall:
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
00:00:00 | 10 kms |  min/km
Age Group: 0/131
Overall: 0/995
Performance:
Course: Heads upriver to start along West River Drive, then turns around and heads past finish area to the Art Museum. Turn around in front of the Museam and head back up to the finish. Nice flat course.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Evaluation
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] 4

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2005-06-27 8:57 AM

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2005-06-27 9:07 AM
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Geez, John, that just sucks!  What the heck?  Maybe you should get Cervelo to give you a new wheel

You had an AWESOME swim!  Nice work!

2005-06-27 9:09 AM
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Great swim. Bummer about the bike. How old were the tires?
2005-06-27 9:16 AM
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what's goin' on with that?

nice try! are you overinflating? I usually overinflate to reduce road/tire friction and increase speed but I'm always worried that it's going to blow!

when's your next race?
2005-06-27 9:56 AM
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tough one John....

but you did have a great swim...
2005-06-27 10:52 AM
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I think my GF witnessed the blowout. She was telling me about it after the race. So sorry you couldn't finish!


2005-06-27 11:18 AM
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Tough luck Johnny ...I heard about the blowout as well from my GF ....
2005-06-27 11:39 AM
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What a bummer Johnny... it seems something's not right if this was your second race in a row with a blowout, not just a puncture. Nice swim though. See you next year.
2005-06-27 11:56 AM
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nice swim!  Sorry to hear about the flat.  Try to put it behind you, and concentrate on your next race. What is your next race anyway?  Maybe I'll see you at Lake Lenape, its a short, fast race and you can get some payback!

Bryan

2005-06-27 6:12 PM
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it was nice meeting you sat & seeing you sunday!

sorry to hear about the flat ... definitely get the punctured tube and wheel checked out. next time, right?

and this is you, yes, #349? even if i didn't realize it until you'd entered the shadowed section of that climb.



Edited by debs 2005-06-27 6:12 PM
2005-06-28 7:16 AM
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That's too bad about the tire blow out.  This makes me realize that I need to add a dollar bill or something to my gear for these kinds of mishaps.  Hope you luck improves on your next race.

TJ



2005-06-28 8:18 AM
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So sorry about the double flat. I saw you with your bike on your shoulder and felt so bad. I guess every race is there to learn from, right? Awesome swim anyways!
2005-06-28 3:56 PM
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That's a bummer about the blowout. Good job on the swim though, you'll get 'em next time!

Question....What's a dollar bill do to help you with a flat?



Edited by dibujob 2005-06-28 3:57 PM
2005-06-28 6:09 PM
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Supposedly a folded dollar bill can help temporarily if you have torn your tire open like I did.  Put the dollar bill inside the tire where the damage is between the tire & the tube.  Have never tried it, but have heard it suggested.  If I had had one, I would have tested the theory.
2005-06-28 6:12 PM
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Thanks, I've never heard that!
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