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PHILADELPHIA TRIATHLON - Give it the Ol' Philly Tri - TriathlonSprint

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Enviro-Sports Productions
80+F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 45m 15s
Overall Rank = 128/436
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 16/60
Pre-race routine:

got up at 4:40 (ooof! that's early!) had my oatmeal/blueberries and coffee. drove down to the city and got there at about 6:15. plenty of time to get ready. this was my 1st tri, so i looked around to see how people had things set up... of course it was the full gammut! set my stuff up as i did a few times when i practiced my transitions.
Event warmup:

just rode a few miles up and down the starting straight before setting up.
  • 20m 10s
  • 880 yards
  • 02m 17s / 100 yards

first tri... so was a little nervous at the start of the swim. after the initial stress of bumping into all kinds of other people for the first 50-100 yards, settled into a nice rhythm. concentrated on keeping my HR down to a manageable level and work on breathing and going straight. had to swim to the right to get around one of the buoys in the turn, but other than that was fairly straight.
What would you do differently?:

improve on swimming in a straight line, maybe push it a little harder in the swim... felt like HR could have been a good bit higher, which woulda improved my time.
Transition 1
  • 02m 17s

was hoping for under 2 min for first T1 attempt... but had to wrestle a little bit getting my bike jersey on, then gforgot to put on my HR monitor... so had to do that after. also, put on socks/ shoes and race belt on the ground, then jogged with bike.
What would you do differently?:

get a tri suit, and swim with HRM on. perhaps practice bike mount with shoes in pedals.
  • 46m 13s
  • 17 miles
  • 22.07 mile/hr

felt good on the bike... met my goal of 22+ average. rode in 53x19 most of the ride and did not get out of the saddle once, to maximize efficiency.
What would you do differently?:

perhaps get a tri bike, or at least a new road bike and turn my current road bike into a TT bike with cowhorns/ aerobars. would have probably gained 1-2 mph of speed with a more aero rig.

as far as riding effort/ performance... right on par.
Transition 2
  • 01m 19s

felt pretty quick in T2. surprized to see my time... seems slower than i'd like.
What would you do differently?:

i took my HRM band off the bike to wear during the run... would wear it on my wrist for the whole race next time, to save time. also need to work on flying dismount... but legs were pretty whooped and i didn't want to try it and bail in front of a couple hundred people.
  • 35m 40s
  • 4 miles
  • 08m 55s  min/mile

first time actually doing an all out bike - run switch in race cnditions... hamms were super tight! wasn't sure if i'd even be able to do the run. was told to use short strides and go easy at first... heeded that advice and worked through it. felt pretty good, but felt i could have pushed a little harder, but the heat was a limiting factor... super hot and pretty muggy by run time. could have been more water stops... for cooling off purposes... i was adequately hydrated so used just about all available water to dump on myself.
What would you do differently?:

go a little harder from the get-go to work through the tightness... try to get pace up by 10-20 sec/ mile. had too much gas left at the finish.
Post race
Warm down:

walked a lot, and drank drank drank.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

the heat, and my weight. goal is to lose 26 lbs by end of year. (206 now)

Event comments:

first event i've done, so my ratings may not be on par with those of others.

Last updated: 2006-07-03 12:00 AM
00:20:10 | 880 yards | 02m 17s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/60
Overall: 235/436
Performance: Average
Suit: tri shorts
Course: triangular course... straight up river, then left across the current and then the longest stretch was diagonal back to about 50 yards beyond the start to the exit ramp.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 81F / 27C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Below average
Time: 02:17
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:46:13 | 17 miles | 22.07 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/60
Overall: 43/436
Performance: Good
175 avg HR
Wind: Some
Course: 30' elevation change from lowest to highest point on course. pretty much a large 8.5 mile loop (ride 2x) which flanked both sides of the river... a bit of head wind on the backstretch.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 95
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:19
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:35:40 | 04 miles | 08m 55s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/60
Overall: 226/436
Performance: Average
176 avg HR
Course: flat - out and back ... out on kelly drive, back on schuylkill trail.
Keeping cool Average 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? No
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2006-08-02 12:39 PM

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Subject: PHILADELPHIA TRIATHLON - Give it the Ol' Philly Tri

2006-08-02 6:34 PM
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Subject: RE: PHILADELPHIA TRIATHLON - Give it the Ol' Philly Tri
Great job for your first race!
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