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Challenge Pocono Mountains - Half Rev - Triathlon

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Shawnee on Deleware, Pennsylvania
United States
90F / 32C
Total Time = 6h 19m 33s
Overall Rank = 239/454
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 10/22
  • 40m 58s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 56s / 100 yards
What would you do differently?:

draft better
Transition 1
  • 05m 22s
  • 2h 55m 32s
  • 56 miles
  • 19.14 mile/hr

back pain first half limited top end. Should have stood and held armrests sooner for stretch, Seemed to help halfway through, Stopped to pee cost 1 min, Stopped to fix poorly designed FC25 Profile Design BTA bottles water spout cost 1 minute,,,,
What would you do differently?:

stand and stretch early, replace Profile Design BTA with Torhans or Speedfill BTA or frame mount,,,,
Transition 2
  • 05m 40s

took time to get HR down before run...had I known the real elevation of the run course instead of the one represented by Challenge I may have quickened transition.
  • 2h 33m 19s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 42s  min/mile

brutal run. Ridiculous climbs after mile 2 but worse at mile 3-4.
What would you do differently?:

While I liked the expo, swag, food and spirit of Challenge they changed the course after most people regged up.
Post race
Warm down:

near collapse

What limited your ability to perform faster:

heat, elev gain, aid stations far apart

Event comments:

I rate the race and Challenge higher if they we're transparent about the course and didn't make changes after most athletes registered. The aid stations and volunteers were great.
If you look at Savageman they we're always upfront about the course. You knew what to expect. Challenge Pocono ought to take a cue.

Last updated: 2015-07-01 12:00 AM
00:40:58 | 2112 yards | 01m 56s / 100yards
Age Group: 7/22
Overall: 172/454
Performance: Good
Suit: xterra full
Course: River- 1/3 upstream, 2/3 downstream
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 05:22
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
02:55:32 | 56 miles | 19.14 mile/hr
Age Group: 4/22
Overall: 129/454
Performance: Average
avg 140
Wind: Little
Course: hilly first and last 10 middle 30 long rollers
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 05:40
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
02:33:19 | 13.1 miles | 11m 42s  min/mile
Age Group: 10/22
Overall: 239/454
Avg HR 148
Course: described as challenging and a 564' elev gain. In reality it was a 1,385' elev gain. I've never seen so many people walking for so long. Challenge IMO intentionally misrepresented the difficulty of the run as well as changing the course from the prior year ( all three segments 1 month before race). 90d day. Thankfully abundant shade on the course....
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %~4
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 1
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 2

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