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Black Bear Triathlon - Olympic Course - TriathlonOlympic

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Lehighton, Pennsylvania
United States
CGI Racing
70F / 21C
Total Time = 3h 04m 5s
Overall Rank = 186/269
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 5/11
Pre-race routine:

23/80 women overall
Event warmup:

glad I reviewed my previous race reports, did a better job holding off on the warm up and making sure my wet suit was over my watch and timing chip. Also slept very well at Jim Thorpe campground which was a relief after Friday's migraine. Also, for the first time, figured out how that yellow sponge on the aero water bottle is supposed to work by looking at my neighbor's bike set up. Thank goodness I had time to go back to the car, fish out the tweezers, and dislodge the sponge.
  • 24m 57s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 31s / 100 yards

Perfect water temp for wetsuit. Really enjoyed the swim, no panic, bilateral breathing.

Ended up off course twice after turning last buoy. Followed someone else who was off too. It's more of an acute angle to exit then a straight in to shore.
What would you do differently?:

On race morning, relook at swim course map and visualize while looking out at the water.
Transition 1
  • 02m 24s

3/11 in AG transition
Much smoother off. Was difficult to get my feet out at the end without sitting down.
What would you do differently?:

Could have sat down when taking off wetsuit because I had to sit down anyway to put on my socks.
  • 1h 34m 49s
  • 24 miles
  • 15.19 mile/hr

Had trouble staying in aero because of the crick in my neck and shoulder weakness.
What would you do differently?:

Need to find my aero bento box. Tape to tube worked ok.
Would also like a more streamlined patch kit on back.
Need to find fresh band to hold in aero water bottle.

Transition 2
  • 00m 55s

2/11 AG transition

Considered trying to run in socks. Because of muddy terraine, decided to run in shoes downhill. Good call.
What would you do differently?:

nothing, went well
  • 1h 01m
  • 6.2 miles
  • 09m 50s  min/mile

Didn't dial in a target pace until I got into the run. Felt like I could work a 9:30 and basically did. I did find the second lap very challenging, especially the hill leading up to the white barn. I thought I could walk faster than I was running! Hamstrings were very tight during last 1/4 of run.
What would you do differently?:

Encorporate hamstring exercises into my training.
Post race
Event comments:

2 minutes faster PR achieved by gaining over 5 minutes in the swim, despite being off course, and better transitions offset by 1 extra minute on bike and 4 extra minutes in the run.

Small, intimate race with stiff competition. The hills keep the less committed away. Very well run and a lot of fun.

Last updated: 2012-06-04 12:00 AM
00:24:57 | 1640 yards | 01m 31s / 100yards
Age Group: 3/11
Overall: 114/269
Performance: Good
Suit: wetsuit with arms
Course: rectangle
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:24
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:34:49 | 24 miles | 15.19 mile/hr
Age Group: 5/11
Overall: 171/269
Performance: Average
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:55
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:01:00 | 06.2 miles | 09m 50s  min/mile
Age Group: 5/11
Overall: 207/269
Performance: Average
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2012-06-04 7:33 AM

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Glendale, California
Subject: Black Bear Triathlon - Olympic Course

2012-06-09 7:41 PM
in reply to: #4242632

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Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
Subject: RE: Black Bear Triathlon - Olympic Course

Nice job!

I agree with your assessment that this race draws a tougher field than many other races in the area due to the challenging bike course.

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