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Philadelphia Triathlon in Fairmount Park - Duathlon

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Philadelphia Triathlon, LLC
72F / 22C
Total Time = 2h 32m 10s
Overall Rank = 364/1342
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 80/197
Pre-race routine:

There were torrential rainstorms the day prior to the race, which I anticipated would lead to cancelling the swim--we were also told the during the pre-race meeting on Saturday that water temp was 78F, making it a wetsuit illegal race. So the night before the race was spent wondering what was to come in the morning. I hoped that with the rain--if the river was safe for swimming--that the water temps would have fallen below 78F.

Woke up at 3:20, showered, had a bagel w/peanut butter, loaded up the car and proceeded to the race site with my brother-in-law. Got to the race site just before 5am, got body marked and went to set up the transition area. Around 6am they announced that the water was at 80F--no wetsuits. I wasn't thrilled about that! Then 15-20 minutes later they announced that the river was not safe for swimming due to heavy floating debri (which was easily confirmed by watching the logs and branches floating down the river). Now I'm doing my first duathlon. This will be interesting!
Event warmup:

Race officials decided to run a duathlon as follows: 5K run, 40K bike, 10K run.

No real warm-up. I figured I'd use the first part of the 5K fo that purpose.
  • 21m 56s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 07m 05s  min/mile

I think I went out too hard, but otherwise it was a good run.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I'm pretty satisfied.
Transition 1
  • 02m 38s

I'm always slow at T1 during a triathlon, and it looks to be true in a duathlon as well. I take too long getting on road shoes and gloves, but I really don't care. I'd rather have the comfort of the road shoes and the protection of the gloves if I crash.
What would you do differently?:

Move faster.
  • 1h 18m 19s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 19.04 mile/hr

GOT A FLAT TIRE!!!! GRRRRR!! Near the end of the loop there is a windy, short but steep hill. On the 2nd lap, as I crested the hill, my front tire blew. Very frustrating! What a momentum buster. Up until that point, I was fairly pleased with my effort on the bike. I wasn't having a record day, but was enjoying quite a solid ride. It took me just over 8:00 minutes to get the tire swapped and get back on the bike.

Without the tire fiasco, my pace would bump to ~21.3MPH, which would have boosted me up in overall bike rankings to within the top 175, and my overall place up over 100 spots. Ouch.
What would you do differently?:

Not get a flat. I am glad this happened during a this race, rather than a true triathlon, but still it's frustrating watching all the bikers fly by as I'm fumbling to get the tire back on the rim.
Transition 2
  • 01m 57s

Good T2.
What would you do differently?:

  • 47m 21s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 37s  min/mile

As I've experienced in every race, my running suffers off the bike. I did OK in this one, but I need to work on this issue.
What would you do differently?:

Include more frequent bricks.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

FLAT TIRE!! I want those 8 minutes back! Also, possibly because of the hilly nature of the course, I didn't drink enough on the bike. I should have gone through 2 bottles, but I barely finished 1. That may have affected my run at the end.

Overall, if I look at my performance sans the pit stop tire change, my performance was pretty good for me. Looking forward to my next chance to race at the NYC Triathlon.

Event comments:

Race organizers were really at the mercy of Mother Nature--who had no mercy. It poored with rain during the sprint race a day earlier, and that same rain led to cancelling the swim for this race. They handled the situation very well, and the duathlon went off without a hitch. I'll definitely be back next year.

Last updated: 2006-06-05 12:00 AM
00:21:56 | 03.1 miles | 07m 05s  min/mile
Age Group: 67/197
Overall: 302/1342
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back, essentially flat course. We ran the 5K from the sprint race in reverse, starting at the finish line and finishing at the transition area.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Time: 02:38
Overall: Average
Run with bike? Average
Jump on bike?
Getting up to speed and into shoes:
01:18:19 | 24.85 miles | 19.04 mile/hr
Age Group: 124/197
Overall: 612/1342
Wind: Little
Course: Double loop with 4 climbs, the biggest coming ~1 mile out the the transition zone.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence: 95
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:57
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:47:21 | 06.21 miles | 07m 37s  min/mile
Age Group: 48/197
Overall: 219/1342
Performance: Average
Course: Relatively flat double out and back.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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] 4

2006-06-26 9:27 AM

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Roseville, California
Subject: Philadelphia Triathlon in Fairmount Park

2006-06-26 9:37 AM
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Not a Coach
Media, PA
Subject: RE: Philadelphia Triathlon in Fairmount Park

Sorry 'bout the flat--been there!  There were quite a few yesterday--and a bunch right where yours occurred I believe.

Great race overall though!

2006-06-26 9:37 AM
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Subject: RE: Philadelphia Triathlon in Fairmount Park
Talking to friends and coworkers who did the race, there were A LOT of flats, and even a good number of busted chains (a coworker had that happen, forced him to DNF). A friend had the experience of changing a tire for the first time ever yesterday.

Overall, not too bad, and congrats on finishing your first Du.
2006-06-26 10:11 AM
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San Diego
Subject: RE: Philadelphia Triathlon in Fairmount Park
Flats seemed to have been very popular yesterday, especially where you got yours. Maybe it had something to do with that big puddle that was up there? Your rune look great.
2006-06-26 2:37 PM
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Stowe, PA
Subject: RE: Philadelphia Triathlon in Fairmount Park
Sorry about the bad luck, but your splits still look great. I also noticed that there were a lot of flats yesterday. Someone mentioned seeing broken glass on the course, but I didn't see it. I saw one person walking with their bike on their shoulder and a broken chain in their hand.
2006-06-27 8:04 AM
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Cinnaminson, NJ
Subject: RE: Philadelphia Triathlon in Fairmount Park
nice race... sorry to hear about the flat.  You had some great runs...

2006-06-28 7:24 AM
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Philadelphia, south of New York and north of DC
Subject: RE: Philadelphia Triathlon in Fairmount Park
Great race despite the flat.  I guess you can't control the weather or the flats.
2006-06-28 9:18 AM
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Great race!

Smokin' fast run splits!


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