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Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon - Olympic Race - TriathlonOlympic

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Philadelphia Triathlon, LLC
87F / 31C
Total Time = 2h 20m 38s
Overall Rank = 120/
Age Group = 1st Clydes
Age Group Rank = 12/
Pre-race routine:

Ate some pizza from Wegman's late night and some mashed sweet potatoes. Hydrated well. No booze.

Woke up and had a muscle milk, chocolate chip muffin and a monster low carb.
Event warmup:

A few striders, couple port a loo visits, and a shot of red bull lite.
  • 00m
  • 5000 meters
  • / 100 meters

5k- Went out hard to get separation but Shanks said to keep it above 7 min pace. Ended up at 6:40 pace duking it out with 5 or so 50-54 y.o. runner types whose AG was lumped in with Clydes. Not smart from a budgeting perspective given the heat but good from a racing perspective as I got distance early on from the majority of Clydes. I think you have to take advantage of your strengths and run is still my strength even though I am slower than the old Slayer after the March foot injury.

Transition 1
  • 00m

T1- Fumbled around with my aero helmet clip again. This is a recurring theme and something I need to work on. Otherwise, normal T1.
  • 1h 08m 58s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 21.62 mile/hr

40k bike - The course is pretty curvy and technical so its hard to get into much of a rhythm. I tried to follow the plan to let the heart rate settle then pick it up to Z4/race pace and then hold it there, but I'm not so sure I did. The heat was becoming a real factor and I had to fight some big crowds causing me aggro (as I was the last wave and everyone and their mothers were on the course still). My pace was slightly down but I didn't have to make up the ground I normally have to make up when the race starts with a swim. Therefore, my bike was more controlled, but still the usual nasty.
Transition 2
  • 00m

T2-Could've been faster as I took a moment to gather myself and take a sip of gatorade as the heat was whooping up and I was getting dehydrated.

  • 46m 48s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 32s  min/mile

10k - The plan was to start around 7:15 and start dropping into the 6's but by now it was 90 degrees, I had a nice lead to my knowledge, and I didn't want to walk so I dialed it down for the duration. However I did negative split it when most folks were walking. 7:40 pace for 1st half and 7:23 pace for the 2nd half. Great to see some BT and Team EC folks on the run. I high stepped the finish in true Slayer fashion, got my picture with Shanks, but didn't spike the bottle this year. Given all that I had been through this year so far, and all the traveling, it was as if the finish was a relief more than a celebration.

Post race
Warm down:

Awards - Acted like a wrestler, banged on my chest, hollared "10 mins in front at near 220 lbs!", grabbed my award then used it as a fig leaf for my appendage. Tried to have some fun with it, to the horror of many folks, like usual.

Event comments:

Overall I think I accomplished my goal of having a good race (and getting some mojo back). I also had some fun and emotional time for my Dad too. Intellectually, things are a bit jumbled because of the fact that it was a du not a tri. IMHO du's, at least this one, was harder than the tri. My legs, back, and shoulders soreness can attest to that. Once again I did not follow the plan very well but had a good race. I think it shows that my run fitness is coming along after a terrible spring.

Nutrition was fine, but hydration was on the weaker side as I took two sips of fluids the whole race up to the 10k 2nd run mile.

I think I am getting back on track....

Last updated: 2009-11-08 12:00 AM
00:00:00 | 5000 meters | / 100meters
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
This was a 5k instead done in 20:54
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 00:00
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:08:58 | 24.85 miles | 21.62 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 00:00
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:46:48 | 06.21 miles | 07m 32s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2010-06-29 10:20 AM

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Subject: Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon - Olympic Race

2010-06-29 7:54 PM
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West Grove, PA
Subject: RE: Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon - Olympic Race
Congrats on the retaining your clyde title.  I wish I could have seen the "fig leaf" victory celebration.  Being a fellow clyde and having read some of your previous race reports, I looked for you at the start to say hello, but couldn't pick you out of the crowd.  Congrats on a dominating victory!
2010-06-29 8:10 PM
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Sea Isle City, NJ
Subject: RE: Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon - Olympic Race
Way to crush it out there! #1 Clyde again. Impressive.
2010-07-02 2:03 PM
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Goodyear, AZ
Subject: RE: Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon - Olympic Race

#1: That says it all! Congrats!  

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