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Upper Main Line UMLY YMCA Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Berwyn, Pennsylvania
United States
55F / 13C
Total Time = 1h 03m 24s
Overall Rank = 20/279
Age Group = M 50-54
Age Group Rank = 3/29
Pre-race routine:

Up at 5:00, usual race day breakfast (PB, honey & banana on English Muffin), coffee, kid droppage, shower, dress, pack, out the door by 6:00

About 30 min drive to race site, set up, and wait. Swim wave was supposed to start at 7:30, didn't get going until 8:00 or so
Event warmup:

Race swim was in and outdoor 50M pool at the Y, and they had an indoor pool for warm ups. I got in a good swim of a few hundred yards, different paces, different strokes, Then I waited. And waited. I got back in the pool a couple of times to keep warm, but still ended up freezing my butt off once I got outside
  • 08m 28s
  • 492 yards
  • 01m 43s / 100 yards

Went too slow. Period. I got distracted by the cold, the length of the pool, the pool itself. I was in my head too much thinking about not going too hard, where is the wall, how fast in that guy next to me going, etc., etc.
What would you do differently?:

Go faster
Transition 1
  • 02m 12s

Kind of a longish run from pool to bike, then I put on a long sleeve tech shirt
What would you do differently?:

Maybe not put on the shirt, or go with a zip up one. Also, I was wearing my garmin wrist strap because I wanted my HR numbers. Shirt got snagged a bit there
  • 27m 56s
  • 9.2 miles
  • 19.76 mile/hr

Feel pretty good about the bike segment. I had ridden the course a couple of times so I knew what to expect but it wasn't windy the day I rode. I had to get out of aero a couple of times due to crosswinds, and work harder riding into some headwinds
What would you do differently?:

Maybe not drink? I chose to get out of aero and coast to drink 2x. Also, maybe push harder the last half mile or so where there's a slight uphill towards the end.
Transition 2
  • 01m 27s

I ran out with my helmet on! First time for everything.

Also, I could not feel my toes when I got off the bike; they were frozen. made it touchy to get the shoes on, but I went with no socks and Yankz, with some Vaseline in the shoe so they went on pretty quickly.
What would you do differently?:

Take my helmet off
  • 23m 23s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 31s  min/mile

I was surprised to see my first mile at an 8:02 pace. Felt like I was flying off the bike but I haven't done a brick in a while. The first mile is almost all uphill, but that means the last mile is almost all downhill.

What would you do differently?:

Do at least one brick before first race of the season
Post race
Warm down:

Eat, put on sweats, grab gear and head home.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Thinking too much, worried too much about going too hard

Event comments:

I enjoyed this race, but didn't like the number of waves. People were still arriving as I was packing up to go home, and people were wandering around race areas while the race was underway.

Still, it was close to home, very well supported, and a lot of fun.

Considering I didn't taper at all (in the three day before the race I had 5.5 hours of training) getting 3rd AG and 20 OA was pretty darn good

Last updated: 2010-10-14 12:00 AM
00:08:28 | 492 yards | 01m 43s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/29
Overall: 45/279
Performance: Below average
Suit: Orca race suit
Course: 450M in a 50 M pool. 12 lanes, two swimmers per lane, up and back
Start type: Inside Pool Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:12
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
00:27:56 | 9.2 miles | 19.76 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/29
Overall: 19/279
Performance: Good
Lap Time Distance Pace/Speed AHR MHR 1 03m 09s 1.00 miles 19.05 mph 155 160 2 02m 15s 1.00 miles 26.67 mph 159 161 3 02m 56s 1.00 miles 20.45 mph 158 162 4 02m 42s 1.00 miles 22.22 mph 159 166 5 03m 39s 1.00 miles 16.44 mph 160 166 6 02m 46s 1.00 miles 21.69 mph 153 158 7 03m 22s 1.00 miles 17.82 mph 158 163 8 03m 05s 1.00 miles 19.46 mph 156 162 9 03m 25s 1.00 miles 17.56 mph 160 162 10 00m 38s 0.17 miles 16.43 mph 159 161
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: 9.2 miles, billed as 10 on rolling hills with a couple of decent climbs. Roads were wet in spots, rough in spots, and open to traffic.
Road: Rough Wet Cadence: 93
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:27
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Bad
00:23:23 | 03.11 miles | 07m 31s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/29
Overall: 26/279
Performance: Good
Lap Time Distance Pace/Speed AHR MHR 1 08m 02s 1.00 miles 08m 02s /mile 154 161 2 07m 18s 1.00 miles 07m 18s /mile 156 165 3 06m 46s 1.00 miles 06m 46s /mile 158 163 4 01m 19s 0.19 miles 06m 51s /mile 161 167
Course: Hilly
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2011-04-19 8:53 AM

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Philly 'burbs
Subject: Upper Main Line UMLY YMCA Triathlon

2011-04-19 2:19 PM
in reply to: #3454386

Subject: RE: Upper Main Line UMLY YMCA Triathlon

I was there as well.  I agree, could have been a nice race, but wasn't all that pleased with the way it was set up or organized.  No security in the transisition area which made me a bit nervous.  The way the swim was set up, they really should have emailed out everyones starting times so people were not showing up at 6am only to find out they had an 11 start time.  I would have been pissed enough to go home and ask for a refund.  The runs from the course to tranisition wasn't blocked off to spectator traffic so I had to yell (nicely) at a few people to get out of my way.  They did have plenty of volunteers helping out so figuring out the in/out timing mats was pretty simple.

Course was a bit hillier than I expected especially the run (I had run some hills a few days earlier so my legs were still sore from that).




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