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Lehigh Valley Steelman Triathlon - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Quakertown, Pennsylvania
United States
Total Time = 2h 59m 10s
Overall Rank = 267/355
Age Group = M 40-44
Age Group Rank = 41/44
Pre-race routine:

3:30 alarm. OK sleep. Cereal and coffee fro breakfast. Showered. Made it to transition by 4:45. Plenty of time to set up. First come first serve location, so got a good spot. Surrounded by serious athletes.
Event warmup:

  • 30m 10s
  • 1600 yards
  • 01m 53s / 100 yards

Great temp. Clean lake. Was nervous about no wetsuit, but did OK. A little harder toward end since I intercepted the Sprint waves. Crowded on the way out. Freaked out a little when I hit lap split as I was coming out. Noticed HR was 180 plus. At first thought I overdid the swim, so committed to slowing down. Later found out avg HR was much slower. That must have just been tachycardia related to coming out of water and standing and running.
Transition 1
  • 02m 26s
  • 1h 23m 24s
  • 24.6 miles
  • 17.70 mile/hr

Definitely pays to get familiar with course ahead of race. I really paced myself since I didn't now what to expect. Worked out great cause I almost ran out of gas on run.
What would you do differently?:

Ride course ahead of time.
Transition 2
  • 01m 12s
  • 1h 02m 1s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 59s  min/mile

This is were I suffer. Took two miles to even get in rhythm. Again impending feeling of hamstring cramps (thankfully never happened). By the time I got comfortable I was really low on gas. Tons of people passed me. I just tried to keep consistent pace. At least I got a good sprint on last 100 yards.
What would you do differently?:

For sure this is an area I need to train much more. In reality my pace was not that far off from training pace. I'm just a slow runner currently. Need to get better.
Post race
Warm down:

Frozen towel. Cold shower. Gatorade, pizza and watermelon.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I think I performed accordingly with my training so far. Just have to keep at it until I improve.

Event comments:

What a great event. I chose it based on previous reviews from BT site. Did not disappoint. Every good comment made about the race is right on. Some volunteers approached me after race just to ask what I thought, what I liked and what they could improve on. I couldn't thank them enough. These people were up since god knows when just to help out. Would for sure do this race again

Last updated: 2010-03-02 12:00 AM
00:30:10 | 1600 yards | 01m 53s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/44
Overall: 137/355
Performance: Good
Suit: None
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:26
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
01:23:24 | 24.6 miles | 17.70 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/44
Overall: 276/355
Performance: Average
Wind: None
Course: Rolling hills. First hill out of lake was hard on legs. No time to get in rhythm. Purposely tried to not push too hard. Concerned about swim HR and run yet to come. Kept HR in check. Hills were not bad but expected less climb. A little rough on downhill back into transition, specially since you needed to brake hard.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:12
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:02:01 | 06.21 miles | 09m 59s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/44
Overall: 297/355
Performance: Average
Course: Flat. Trail. Paved. Mostly shaded. Olympic had extra loop.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
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

2010-08-09 6:25 PM

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