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Mount Gretna Off Road Tri - TriathlonSprint

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Mount Gretna, PA
United States
72F / 22C
Total Time = 3h 45m 24s
Overall Rank = 107/146
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Just like any training day
Event warmup:

None, but for the 1 minute swim
  • 22m 37s
  • 750 meters
  • 03m 01s / 100 meters

I wasn't swimming fast, but I swam in a group of people for the first time. I got kicked in the eye, whacked in the head. Sighted markers really well. Very pleased with my swimming improvements.
What would you do differently?:

Warmup with 5 minutes of swimming to get breathing right.
Transition 1
  • 03m 33s

I got a reasonably good start going out of T1. Nothing to improve on. I could have shaved some time by running out of the water to the transition area, but I was getting my legs back.
  • 2h 24m 31s
  • 16 miles
  • 6.64 mile/hr
What would you do differently?:

Sign up for a different race. There are plenty to choose from.
Transition 2
  • 00m 35s

Quick transition. Shoes on quickly and out the chute. Try to repeat that transition on my next race.
  • 54m 40s
  • 5 miles
  • 10m 56s  min/mile

Tough tough course. But happy with my performance.
Post race
Warm down:

Stretched, drank water.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Course layout.

Event comments:

I'd rate the race higher, but everyone was commenting on the impossible course. The race was the first Xterra ever run in PA. I think they got too aggressive with the course for fear of letting everyone down with their first race.

Last updated: 2004-08-07 12:00 AM
00:22:37 | 750 meters | 03m 01s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/146
Performance: Good
Suit: Wetsuit over tri shorts
Course: Two Loops separated by 100 yard beach run
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 73F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:33
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
02:24:31 | 16 miles | 6.64 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 113/146
Performance: Average
Wind: None
Course: Mountain trail loop. Ugliest bike track I've ever been on. Fell 15 times. Fell hard 5 times. I am all cut up. It was ridiculous. 10% of the loop wasn't rideable. All the rain we've had only made it worse.
Road: Rough Wet Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:35
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:54:40 | 05 miles | 10m 56s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 98/146
Performance: Good
Course: 2/3 on a mountain, running in a stone lined river bed. At least as ridiculous as the bike, although, I enjoyed it more than the bike. It was so mountainous that everyone I spoke to had to walk / hike for about 1 mile of the climbing.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 2

2004-08-08 5:03 PM

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Harrisburg, PA
Subject: Mount Gretna Off Road Tri

2004-08-08 5:30 PM
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2004-08-08 9:05 PM
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Sonoma County, CA
Subject: RE: Mount Gretna Off Road Tri

So that's what an Xterra race is like?

Wow, hats off to you for finishing it...sounds like a great experience....

15 falls off the bike??? OUCH!

2004-09-13 11:39 AM
in reply to: #45242

Mechanicsburg, PA
Subject: RE: Mount Gretna Off Road Tri
I've hiked up the trail to the fire tower and I can't imagine 'running' it as part of a race... This is one of the races on my list for next year.

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