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New York City, New York
United States
Korff Enterprises
94F / 34C
Total Time = 2h 48m 11s
Overall Rank = 1060/2307
Age Group = M 40-44
Age Group Rank = 220/409
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 3am, got dressed and had a PB and Nutella sandwich and a cup of coffee. Got dressed and headed to the subway at around 3:30, picking up a bottle of water and a coffee on the way. On the train I met a nice couple for Pittsburgh who were also headed to the race. I ran into the woman later on the way out of transition and walked w/her to swim start. I didn’t’ see anyone I knew, so it was nice to have someone to chat with before the race, so that I could stay out of my head.

Got set up, topped off the tires, and headed up to swim start at a somewhat leisurely pace. By the time I dropped off my gear bag, used the portojohn, did my active stretching routine, and got to my corral, I had to hustle to get into my wetsuit and goggles before being herded onto the pontoon. That was a nice change for me, since I’m usually way too early, and I end up sitting around for an hour getting dehydrated and nervous, wondering what I’ve forgotten and stressing about my injuries.

I drank a bottle of Gatorade endurance (24oz), a bottle of water 24oz), between home and transition, and then had a gel right before the start.

Event warmup:

Other than the 1.5 mile walk to swim start and my active stretching, no warmup.
  • 19m 13s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 10s / 100 yards

I found a spot in the water out towards the right, where the current is strongest. Had a tough time holding onto the rope, but I didn’t think the current felt as strong as 2008, when it felt like being in a horizontal waterfall.

When the gun went off, there was a little bit of a washing machine. I shot a gap between two guys in front of me, and made it to the front third of my wave. I was wearing my bigger goggles that I usually wear for OWS, and they got really fogged up right away, so, although my pace was good, I think my navigation was terrible, since I couldn’t see at all. I ended up much further to the left than I wanted to be, and had to zig-zag back over to the right. Drafting was impossible, since I couldn’t see anything around me, other than the occasional blur of a colored swim cap. Overall, it was ok. I finished in a group of swimmers from the wave in front of me, and even a couple from two waves ahead, which is usually the barometer of a good swim for me.

No jellyfish! Hooray! Also, I was happy that the patch job I did on my suit after it ripped before my last race held up.

What would you do differently?:

Use defogger. Navigate better. Even though this is the easiest possible course to navigate, I always seem to have a tough time with it.
Transition 1
  • 07m 55s

I jogged at a moderate pace the whole way. No problems finding my rack or bike, even though it looked like I beat everyone on my rack back to T1.

I got the suit off without much of a problem.

What would you do differently?:

Go faster.
  • 1h 17m 49s
  • 25.88 miles
  • 19.95 mile/hr

My Garmin said I averaged 20.1 MPH, so that’s my story, and I’m sticking with it….

This was probably my best bike segment in any race. I improved by >1mph over the last time I raced. Part of that is due to the bike, but more is due to being a better, more confident cyclist. I knew what to expect in terms of hills, and none of the hills were arduous. I passed lots of people. I played leapfrog with this one guy for about 10 miles until I just said, “Screw it—I’m dropping this guy.” I got out of the saddle on the next climb, hammered down the other side of the hill, and never saw him again.

My speed topped out at 38.8, which is a little slower than my top speed in 2008 because, on the fastest descent, I was behind a couple of people on the descent and I had to check my speed to avoid getting too close to them.

I drank 2 bottles of Gatorade Endurance and ate two gels. One gel probably would have been enough.

Little bit of a headwind on the way back, but wind wasn't much of a factor.

I was sorry when this bike leg was over. It’s a great course. At one point, you can look out over the Hudson and see the swimmers from the later waves going downriver.

What would you do differently?:

Go faster. I have a tendency to lose focus and decellerate and don't "wake up" until someone passes me. I have to concentrate on keeping the hammer down the whole time.
Transition 2
  • 02m 6s

I barely remember this transition, which I guess means it was pretty good. I went with socks and shoelaces for this race to help protect my feet and calves. I think it was the right choice, but it slowed me down a little. I grabbed my visor and the baggie containing my Enduralytes and gels on the way out of transition, got a cup of water from the aid station, and jogged up the hill up to 72nd St.
What would you do differently?:

No socks and not tying shoelaces would have saved me 20-30 seconds, but I needed them for this race.
  • 1h 01m 10s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 51s  min/mile

My lower legs haven’t been in a good mood since May, and after the trouble I had at Rev3 (cramps and calf strains) I decided to go with a 6:1 run/walk strategy for this race.

I ran the 1st mile and then, beginning with the first aid station in the park, went to the run walk strategy. I have to say that it worked better than I expected. I never felt any cramps or problems with my calves at all. I think, if I’m going to use it going forward, I need to concentrate on running faster during the run intervals, or my overall pace will suffer (as it did here). I don’t know if I’m a run/walk convert for life, but it worked well for this race in this circumstance.

I kept my visor on, but took my sunglasses off for the run, since it was so shady. I ate a gel and three enduralytes at the 1-mile mark and then went with water at every aid station. Having volunteered twice for this race, I knew exactly where all the aid stations were, which was helpful.

The volunteer support on the race course, as well as the fan support was really enthusiastic. I gave up the run/walk strategy and ran the last mile or so. I didn’t go full-bore into the chute, because I was looking for my family. It turns out that I had been overly modest about my prediction of when I would finish. I had told them 3h to 3:15, so they hadn’t made it over to the finish line area yet, so they missed me. Too bad, but I was happy with the result. I beat my PR for this race by almost two minutes and had the best bike split of any tri I’ve done.

What would you do differently?:

Not have to run/walk, or, better yet, make my run intervals faster. I would have preferred to be closer to a 9:00 pace, which I know I'm capable of, even with the run/walk.
Post race
Warm down:

Got my medal, cold towel, and two bottles of water. I also drank a bottle of MuscleMilk. I took a banana but decided I didn’t want it and put it back. I’m in awe of people who can scarf down bagels and bananas after a race. I have to stick to liquids for at least a few minutes after I finish. Had my finisher photo taken.

Since my family didn’t realize I was finishing so soon, they weren’t at the family reunion area when I got through the finishing area. I stood there in the sun, getting a little overheated and waiting for them. I finally had to borrow a stranger’s cell phone, since mine was back in transition. Eventually I reached my wife, who was waiting for me at the finish line, worried that I’d gotten injured on the course somewhere, when, in fact, I’d been finished for almost 15 minutes.

We wandered through the finish festival, picked up some swag and some free samples, entered a raffle or two. My wife and son took the train back home and I went back to transition, gathered my stuff, and went home.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My injury (soleus strain) is so unpredictable, I have no way of knowing if it would have been a factor if I’d tried to run the whole way, but, after suffering through the run with this injury two years ago, it was nice to have a pain-free 10k. If I’m going to adopt this run/walk strategy on a regular basis, I need to focus on making my run intervals faster to compensate for the walk breaks.

Poor navigation on the swim was an issue as well.

Overall, though, I’m happy with my performance, especially my bike split.

Event comments:

This is a race that lives up to the hype. Yes, there are lots of people, and yes it’s kind of a logistical PIA, with check-in at the Hilton, bike check in on Saturday, the two different transitions, the finish line being so far from transition, the 1.5 mile walk to swim start, etc. But, overall, it’s an extrodinarily well-run race for the size and scope. The volunteers are great (I’m not just saying that because I was one), the course is the best urban race course in the country, IMO, and there are some really nice amenities and details that make it a unique and fun event.

I’m looking forward to racing it again.

Last updated: 2009-12-07 12:00 AM
00:19:13 | 1640 yards | 01m 10s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/409
Overall: 1253/2307
Performance: Average
Suit: 2Xu Full
Course: Straight line downriver from one barge to another.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 76F / 25C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Time: 07:55
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:17:49 | 25.88 miles | 19.95 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/409
Overall: 682/2307
Performance: Good
HR was around 150 for most of the ride.
Wind: Some
Course: Out and back, up the Henry Hudson to the Bronx.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 76
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:06
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:01:10 | 06.21 miles | 09m 51s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/409
Overall: 2042/2307
Performance: Average
HR was around my LT of 167 overall. The heat wasn't a factor for me, but it might have been if I hadn't done the run/walk.
Course: Rolling course around Central Park. Lots of shade, aid stations about every 1.25 miles.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
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

2010-07-19 10:40 AM

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Brooklyn, NY
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2010-07-19 11:14 AM
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Almaden Valley, San Jose, California
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nice rr!   Been waiting to read one - you guys made the news on the west coast for how hot it was!   Good job on the race!
2010-07-19 12:14 PM
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sounds like a great race! Congrats

2010-07-19 3:38 PM
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Norwalk, Connecticut
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nice work Jonah!!  Glad you enjoyed it!!  It paid you back for volunteering for two years at it!!  Congrats on a great finish!!!
2010-07-19 4:35 PM
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Good RR,
Did you lead a yellow transition tour this year? If so, I think you borrowed the phone from my wife. Take a peek at my report if you have a minute...
2010-07-19 8:02 PM
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Congrats on your race! It was nice meeting you in the line for body marking on Saturday. Sorry about the brownies though ...

2010-07-20 9:58 AM
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Brooklyn, NY
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andykiss - 2010-07-19 4:35 PM

Good RR,
Did you lead a yellow transition tour this year? If so, I think you borrowed the phone from my wife. Take a peek at my report if you have a minute...

Yup-- that was me. Thanks for the loan of your wife's phone!
2010-07-20 9:59 AM
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Brooklyn, NY
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kate123456945 - 2010-07-19 8:02 PM

Congrats on your race! It was nice meeting you in the line for body marking on Saturday. Sorry about the brownies though ...

Nice meeting you as well. It's ok. I had a sample of a zipvit chocolate-orange energy bar at the finish festival that was as good as some brownies I've eaten.
2010-07-28 1:39 PM
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Boca Raton, FL
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Nice RR...great job on the race!  I wish my bike was as good as yours!
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