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Black Bear Triathlon - Half Iron Course - Triathlon

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Lehighton, Pennsylvania
United States
CGI Racing
70F / 21C
Total Time = 8h 47m 35s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

TNT meeting at tent, walked down to water, swam for a few minutes. 2 bagels, harvest powerbar, some gatorade
Event warmup:

  • 45m 39s
  • 2248 yards
  • 02m 02s / 100 yards

I got a bad, panicky start, I couldn't breathe, I had to stop, breast stroke, stop, free, stop, but at the 300 buoy things came together, but I was at the back of my wave by then. I was swimming very strong, with good turnover, very good breathing and good navigation, I didn't site much because it was a straight line swim and I was pretty solid.
What would you do differently?:

get to the outside or inside for the start, I got caught and was in the middle of the pack as the MC started counting down from 10.
Transition 1
  • 03m 37s

I didn't feel as quick as my time shows, but thinking back, I had come and gone while a number of people were hanging around their bike getting organized.
What would you do differently?:

  • 4h 43m 46s
  • 56 miles
  • 11.84 mile/hr

too much liquid nutrition, burnt 2100 calories,
I was not in good enough shape for this course. I felt my rim bottom out, but thought I hit a pothole, after 5 to 10 miles I bottomed again, and check my tire. I had been pushing about 45 pounds of pressure for awhile. really sucked the energy from me. changed the flat and got back to it.
What would you do differently?:

train a lot more on hills.
Transition 2
  • 03m 3s

fairly quick, especially that I changed socks
What would you do differently?:

  • 3h 11m 30s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 14m 37s  min/mile

my legs were gone, I did the best i could.
What would you do differently?:

bike carried over and there wasn't much I could do.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

my training, and not doing a pre-ride of the course.

Event comments:

not enough drink stations on bike, road was horrible on bike, hills were constant and every descent ended on a turn.

Last updated: 2014-01-05 12:00 AM
00:45:39 | 2248 yards | 02m 02s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: straight line toward the dam, squared off at the end, 45 degrees to the finish buoy and then straight in to the beach
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:37
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
04:43:46 | 56 miles | 11.84 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
hr - 108/142/161 -- NP = 163, TSS = 304, 6500 ft of climbing, hr decoupled 12.52, 1.3 watts per Kg. peak 60 min= 150
Wind: Little with gusts
Course: two loops with two spurs
Road: Potholes Dry Cadence: 54
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Too much
Time: 03:03
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
03:11:30 | 13.1 miles | 14m 37s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
walked first mile, got into a rhythm of .1 jog / run, .1 walk. That fell apart at mile 10. Hr - 113/131/154
Course: 2 loops with 2 spurs
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? No
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2014-06-01 8:43 PM

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Harrisburg, PA
Subject: Black Bear Triathlon - Half Iron Course

2014-06-02 9:43 AM
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Subject: RE: Black Bear Triathlon - Half Iron Course
I have heard that this is a Brutal course. Way to keep pushing through and finish strong!
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