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Penn Run, Pennsylvania
United States
55F / 13C
Total Time = 1h 45m 3s
Overall Rank = 109/150
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 3/5
Pre-race routine:

Stayed in a creepy hick campground, slept for 4 hours fitfully in my car, got up, washed my contacts, drove to the park. At 6AM I was teh 3rd or 4th car there and the gates to the park were locked. The race director was just hanging out passing out pre-reg packets from teh back of his truck! He didn't seem bothered at all.

Had some fig bars & water 90 minutes prior to race start, and then a gel 30 minutes prior
Event warmup:

Run warmups & jog few minutes, then rode my bike for about 5 minutes, then tryied to stay warm until race start. 6 minutes between race start & my wave, not to mention the pre-race announcments and national anthems. I was sans wet-suite and it was COLD!
  • 20m 53s
  • 880 yards
  • 02m 22s / 100 yards

This was a cold, cold start, waiting in my trisuit for the wave to start. Air temps 50-55 degrees, overcast and windy. I was glad to finally get INTO the water.

Few saftey kayaks in sight (mabye 3?) This seemed LOT longer the 1/2 mile and I think my time reflects that. What the heck, I can swim 1 1/2 miles in San Fran Bay with waves, wind and fog in less than 2 min/100, but the yellow creek lake takes me 2'15"/100? Wierd I say...I was swimming much harder in this race too, since it was a sprint. Other folks seemed to have great times though,s o who knows.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. It was nice change to race sans wet suit.
Transition 1
  • 03m 1s
  • 42m 43s
  • 9.5 miles
  • 13.34 mile/hr

I tried to push this bike really hard, and yet my legs felt like jello. I hadn't done anything at all since last weeks race. I was also racing on a mountian bike with slick tires...a different mtn bike than last years races so I can't really compare the times. Even still I got passed by a lot of people. Another confirmation since last week thatI need to work on overall biking strength and speed, in addition to building more base.
What would you do differently?:

Continue to build bike base and do more training rides at a faster pace.
Transition 2
  • 02m 22s
  • 36m 25s
  • 3.5 miles
  • 10m 24s  min/mile

I am really pleased with this run. Even after my mediocre bike leg, this was my best run segment ever. The track & fartlek workouts I've done have tought me how to pick up my pace, even though it is only a fraction faster, I can feel the extra effort. I considered doing my usual run 10/walk 1, but I decided to see if I could run the whole event. Even though my legs felt heavy, I wasn't really getting tired and feeling liek a walk would help. I was just hoping for less than 12 minute miles. Every once in awhile I would pick up my pace just a tiny bit and try to hold it. In the end, I had my fastest run split yet! Yahoo!
What would you do differently?:

My run training seems to be working, so I'll keep it up!
Post race
Warm down:

Walk to pavilion for hot tea & cookies

Event comments:

This was a well organized race for a rural area. It was not USAT sanctioned, but I was impressed with the volunteers committment. Many of the volunteers/race directors were "older", like retiree age, and it was great to see them working so hard on this fun little race. It was a fundrasier for Habitat for Humanity. THe surrounding area is beautiful and i would like to get back up there to hike and bike around a bit.

Last updated: 2006-06-11 12:00 AM
00:20:53 | 880 yards | 02m 22s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/5
Overall: 0/150
Performance: Average
Suit: Desoto Tri suit
Course: ACross lake & back to tiny orange buoy.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:01
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:42:43 | 9.5 miles | 13.34 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/5
Overall: 0/150
Course: Out & back on country roads. Hilly course, tight turns
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills: Average
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 02:22
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:36:25 | 03.5 miles | 10m 24s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/5
Overall: 0/150
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
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] 4

2006-06-11 12:53 PM

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