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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States
Philadelphia Triathlon, LLC
80F / 27C
Sunny
Total Time = 2h 36m 23s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 25-29F
Age Group Rank = 9/102
Pre-race routine:

Got into bed at 7:45 p.m. on Saturday night, closed my eyes, and visually ran through the entire race. Then, I went to sleep. I had the alarm¬¬ set for 4:00 a.m., but I popped up ready to go at 3:50 a.m., so I just went with it.

I hit the bathroom, got dressed, had a bowl of oatmeal and some water, packed up the car and headed over. I got to the TA at 5:00 a.m. (when it opened) and secured a spot on the end of the rack (we had to rack by numbers). I set things up, walked around a bit, ate some more. I eat a lot of solid foods before races, but my stomach is always fine. I actually had less this time than for my sprint, but my pre-race meal consisted of: 2 packets instant oatmeal, a banana, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, and some fig newtons. I also consumed quite a bit of water and Gatorade. I took a gel w/ some water about 10 mins before my swim start.
Event warmup:

This was a really difficult event to warm up for. You weren’t allowed to remove your bike from the TA. And, since I got there 2.25 hrs before my start, I did no bike warmup. I took the stick to the legs and did a 10-min run on the TA side of the river, but that was a little over an hour before my start. Then, I caught the bus to the swim start, and did my active stretching over there before putting on my wetsuit. I did absolutely zero swim warmup. I did do some arm loosening drills, etc.
Swim
  • 25m 27s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 33s / 100 yards
Comments:

This was an in-water (deep water) start. There was maybe 200 people in my wave (my AG and the 30-34 women). I seeded myself center front. A few secs before the start, all the girls that were off to the right started moving left and we got all bunched up. I have no clue what was happening. Then, they settled down. I couldn’t hear the announcer or anything from out there in the water. All of a sudden, everyone started swimming. I apparently didn’t hear the starting horn, so I got a pretty bad jump. The ‘washing machine’ effect didn’t exist much, so I guess I still got a decent jump.

At first, I found myself in the lead pack, but then the pack started moving ahead of me. I got kind of discouraged, but I figured I had a long ways to go, so I would just race my race. After a few more minutes, I found myself swimming through that lead pack and eventually left them behind. So, it was just me in a line of swimmers, with tons of room to myself. During the swim, I kept saying to myself: “Wow, this feels great. I feel great; I am not tired at all. I am really enjoying this. This is a really nice swim.” I should have realized I needed to swim harder at that point, but this was my longest swim in a race and I was still a little nervous about going out too hard. I was passing a lot of people from the wave ahead of me and knew most of my wave was behind me, so it was okay. Once I came out from under the bridge, I ran into A LOT of people from the waves ahead. It became super congested and a little frustrating. I picked up the pace a bit when I was actually able to swim. The exit was impossible to miss, so I just headed towards it and was out of there. I felt awesome getting out of the water…not tired at all (so I probably could have gone harder).

This was a really good swim. I love swimming point to point. I am pretty good at swimming in a straight line in OW, so I only sighted every 25-30 strokes. There were no weird currents or anything, so I never got off course. I LOVED LOVED LOVED that swim. And, I LOOOVVEE open-water swimming. It’s so nice to not have to stop and turn around every 25 yards. I loved every moment of that swim. Even if I didn’t go hard enough, I still had fun out there.
What would you do differently?:

Actually hear the starting horn, and pick up the pace a bit.
Transition 1
  • 02m 44s
Comments:

This was the longest/largest TA I ever had to deal with. Getting wetsuit off, shoes on, helmet on, etc, went totally smoothly. It just took a long time to cover all that distance.
What would you do differently?:

Not much.
Bike
  • 1h 12m 45s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 20.49 mile/hr
Comments:

Wohoo. I love riding. This was pretty uneventful. I raced a pretty good race on this portion of the tri. The second lap was very congested and I am pretty sure my time was slower for the second lap. I definitely climbed better on the second lap, but my descents and turns weren’t nearly as fast because there was so many people. Sometimes, you would take a turn with four of you side by side. I did a lot of yelling on the course (to tell people to move), and had to deal with blocking a few times. One guy really got me mad. He was blocking me at the end of the first lap, which means he had been racing fairly well (if he was still ahead of me) and should know the rules. I was yelling at him so much and it was super frustrating. I LOVE this bike course, so I had a lot of fun. It flew by. I can’t wait until I get more confident on my run and can therefore really open it up on the bike. But, I paced myself just right for this race.

I took in a gel about 10 mins into the ride, and again at 1 hr into the ride. I just took water and Gatorade as I thought I needed it. I probably only consumed a total of about 20 oz of fluids. But, I didn’t even take stuff at all the aid stations on the run, so I think my hydration was fine.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. I could’ve powered a little harder up the hills on the first lap, but I honestly don’t think it affected my overall time that much. I possibly could have gotten ‘in the zone’ a bit more, but I still don’t think I would’ve pushed it much harder if I were more “in the zone.” I was just a lot more aware of who was passing me, who I was passing, etc., than I usually am. But, maybe it’s just because I had to be more observant given how crowded the course was.
Transition 2
  • 01m 42s
Comments:

Okay, let me just tell you how cool it is to be at a really big race and come back to a virtually empty T2. It’s pretty freakin’ awesome! Granted, I was in the 4th wave, but there was still a lot of people on the course by the time I got on there (and including my wave), and there was a few strong waves right behind mine. I mean, there was definitely people ahead of me, but in the big scheme of things, the overwhelming majority were still on the bike course. My family was cheering super loudly and they were saying it was so cool seeing me come back from the bike so far ahead of a lot of people. It was a nice little confidence booster. It was cool being in a T2 that’s not crowded…I felt like everyone was cheering just for me

The run through T2 in my shoes was a little more difficult than the run through T1. Once, I got to my spot, I spent like 2 seconds there, and was out of there. I remembered to remove my helmet this time!
What would you do differently?:

Nothing; pretty good and seamless. A flying dismount is the only thing that would’ve saved me time.
Run
  • 53m 42s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 39s  min/mile
Comments:

I had heard my family while in T2 and saw some of my friends on the way out to the run, so that was a good way to get this started. I started out feeling great, and just settled into a nice pace. I actually passed a handful of guys in the first mile. Hm. I’ve never done that before! The run was two out and backs, the first was a little over 2 miles round trip, and the 2nd was about 4 miles round trip. About .5 miles into the run, I saw JohnnyKay running towards me. I don’t normally pay attention to who else is out there on the course, but it’s kinda hard to miss JK. First, he’s such a stud that he was so far ahead of everyone (his wave started after mine) that there aren’t many people around him. Second, he’s so tall. And, third, he races with a huge smile on his face. He looked really strong and we exchanged high fives. Well, really, low fives. It was cool to see the man in action.

I managed to hold off all the girls in my AG for the first out and back. But then, as we come back towards the TA to head out on the other out and back, we have to run through about .25 miles of grass. It’s not a field or anything, but just a grassy area. That part KILLED me. I really slowed down and the legs really took a pounding from the unevenness of it. At the beginning of the grassy part, I was passed by a chick in my AG. Then, I ran past my group of friends and one yelled, “Lauren, you have plenty of time to pick off a few more girls.” That was good for a laugh…like I am really going to catch any girls on the run. Oh well, put a smile on my face. Then, I ran past my family and my dad goes, “You’re gonna have to do better than that.” But, I didn’t bother to tell him that this stupid grass was killing me. Anyway, it was so nice to get back on the asphalt, although it seriously took my legs like 4-5 mins to recover from the grass.

After the recovery is where I started to make some race mistakes. I was really seriously feeling good for the most part. I didn’t have my stopwatch (screwed something up at the missed swim start), so I had no idea what pace I was holding. I would pick up the pace a bit, but then get worried I couldn’t sustain it, so I would slow it down. I went back and forth like that for like 4 miles. And, in those four miles, two more girls from my AG passed me (that I noticed). I managed to hold them back for almost 2 and a half hours and then they just get me like that. I didn’t even try to chase any of them. I just resigned to the fact that I am not a good runner and could never catch them. But, honestly, I could have picked this run up a bit. I missed the mile 4 and mile 5 markers, so I never really knew where I was at. But, I totally picked it up for the last .2 miles and I had gas left in the tank when I finished. I need to get better at racing and have more confidence in myself.

I need learn how to push through the pain that’s associated with racing and run like I can. I know I could have done that run two minutes faster. But, it was also my first Oly and I really do have limited racing experience, so I am not yet familiar with my own limits. I can only get better from here.

Anyway, running down the finishing chute and across the line was fun. There was a lot of people there, and I hope I at least looked sort of cool. Sometimes when I get tired, the arms tend to go out to the sides more, so they criss cross a bit in front of my body and then I look funny. I hope I didn’t look funny. I know I looked funny running through the grass!

Oh, and I took a gel (not the whole thing) right before the mile 3ish aid station.
What would you do differently?:

Learn to pick it up and push it a bit.
Post race
Warm down:

My family was waiting for me at the end of the finishing chute. My mom and brother were soooo excited. I think they had a lot of fun watching the race and seeing me out ahead so much (out of the swim and bike). I stood there and talked to them for about 10 mins, and then my legs really started to revolt, so I told them I needed to walk around. They went home. I went and got some food and walked around for like a half hour before I found my friends. I was disappointed in myself at first, but then I learned I was 9/102 in my AG and I felt better.

I stretched A LOT.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Limited race experience and lack of confidence in my abilities.

Event comments:

Love this race. Loved swimming in the Schuylkill. The only complaint is the crowded bike course.




Last updated: 2007-04-04 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:25:27 | 1640 yards | 01m 33s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/102
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit:
Course: Point to point
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding:
T1
Time: 02:44
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Yes
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
Biking
01:12:45 | 24.85 miles | 20.49 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/102
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind:
Course:
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
T2
Time: 01:42
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
00:53:42 | 06.21 miles | 08m 39s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/102
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Course:
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge
Organized?
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

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2007-06-26 1:25 PM

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2007-06-26 2:05 PM
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Awesome race. I'm sure you're very happy with the results.  I only wish I could swim like you.

 

Congrats

2007-06-26 2:36 PM
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NINTH in your AG - holy cow, nice job!

It's so cool to read about how much you loved it out there.  Yay.  Great job.

2007-06-26 2:41 PM
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I've said it already, but...GREAT race!!!  You really did look strong on the run both times I saw you.  Run like that at Timberman and you'll do awesome there too!

And if I can qualify as a "stud", then you surely qualify as a "studette".  The only thing really holding each of us back from podium finishes in our groups is our running.  But just look at it as having more "potential" than the people we're chasing. 

2007-06-26 2:54 PM
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LAUREN!!

Great job on your top 10 finish. It's so good to see race reports with you kicking a$$ knowing how far you've come and what you had to do to heal up and get to this point! You're awesome!

2007-06-26 3:43 PM
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Great race report Lauren!!!

You kicked @ss out there on Sunday. The only disappointment is that I never got to see you on the course. Top 10 in your age group is impressive! You knew you were ready for this race and it certainly showed. Just to think, what would have happened if your watch was working properly... you could have at least pulled a top 5-6 AG and POSSIBLY even placed! Seriously great job out there. Now it's time to focus on Timberman. Keep up the great work and you will be a monster out there as well!



2007-06-26 3:51 PM
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AWESOME RACE! You really kicked some major [email protected]$ out there, I'm super impressed! Congrats on a very strong finish, and I'm glad you're family had such a fun time watching you- how cool!!
2007-06-26 5:25 PM
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Wow you're fast. Great race! Just imagine what your going to turn into when your race experience and confidence is maxed out, you're going to be a machine out there!

Congratulations!

2007-06-26 5:30 PM
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Way to go Lauren

A very strong race for you. You swam like a fish and easily held a 20+ MPH pace.

I know you think you did not do so well on the run but you finished really strong with a nice kick at the end. It sounds like you reached a point where you were able to shake off the bike and really hit a good stride.

Your going to really crank Timberman
2007-06-26 7:42 PM
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Dang girl, passing on those hills like you did rocked!!! I wanna be you when I grow up!
2007-06-27 9:11 AM
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Great race Lauren! How amazing is it that you could be feeling so good in that race and kicking so much butt at the same time?! I know that you will take what you learned from this race and become even more deadly!

That must have been really fun having your family out there cheering for you like that.

Congrats!



2007-06-27 9:36 AM
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great race report! your swim was awesome! bike leg too!

you rock.

2007-06-27 9:44 AM
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Awesome race!

And the best part of it?  You didn't feel pressured on the swim and got held up in traffic, which means you can easily go a lot faster.  You got caught in traffic on the bike course, so had to back off a bit, which means you can go faster.  And finally, you have room to improve on the running, which means you can easily go faster!

So in all, you should be able to CRUSH that time and get in the top  of your AG with no problem on a stronger day with less congestion!!

You rock Lauren!

2007-06-27 9:50 AM
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Nice job and nice race report.

More importantly you are learning some of the more important lessons about racing.

Your Quote:
"I need learn how to push through the pain that’s associated with racing and run like I can. I know I could have done that run two minutes faster. But, it was also my first Oly and I really do have limited racing experience, so I am not yet familiar with my own limits. I can only get better from here. "

Once you understand your body fully "while racing" and you know your upper limits you will start to fly. It takes a long time to learn this stuff and you are picking it up very quickly. If there is any advice I can give I would say when you do these shorter races, lay it all out and just go. If you bonk then so be it.

The lessons that you will learn from those moment will make you a stronger racer. Everyone has racing downs even the best guys out there. Changing those down moments and mishaps into positives and learning experiences' is what makes them better than all of the rest of us....

Great job and keep up the good work....
2007-06-27 11:02 AM
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Awesome race! Is that really your first time at the distance? Once you get the pacing down you will really be formidable. And the most impressive thing of all: you went to bed at 7:45! Amazing!
2007-06-27 11:32 AM
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Great Job Lauren.  Congrats on the top 10....  I know what you mean about it's hard to push yourself or fight through the pain, it's something i deal with as well, maybe that's a goal we can work on together....  Listen to Mike, he knows what he is talking about...

Great report... i love reading your stuff..



2007-06-27 2:01 PM
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Great race Lauren, I wish I could have raced with you and the rest of TT. Great report as well.
2007-06-27 4:32 PM
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Awesome race Lauren.  You killed it for being your first Olympic distance.  You crushed my time!!!   See you at Timberman.
2007-06-27 4:37 PM
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Good job!  Sounds like you're getting the "experience" you need to do even better!  Wow.  The hard work paid off.  Congrats.
2007-06-27 6:32 PM
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Awesome awesome race!!  and it sounds like you really enjoyed it.  Great job!

2007-06-28 5:47 AM
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Awesome job! You should be soooo proud of yourself!!

I loved reading your race report and to me it sounds like a perfect race!

 

 



2007-06-28 9:15 AM
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AWESOME race in particular considering you have faced so many challenges for running. You had very string two legs (swim + bike) and a solid run. As you mentioned it takes a bit of experience to get use to running (let me a bit blunt here) balls to the wall But now you have something to build on and practice on training to set your run even better for T-man.

BTW, next time just push hard the pace and when it starts to hurt like a mother, just hold the pace right there for the ENTIRE run! (Yeah it is very easy )

2007-06-28 2:43 PM
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Great race! Congrats on finishing in the top 10 in your age group - very impressive. Good luck at Timberman.
2007-06-28 3:14 PM
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you kicked A$$ on the swim and your ride, way to go!!

don't worry to much about the run, you know what you need to work on, and with in time you'll get there..

congrats again

2007-06-29 8:05 AM
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Congratulations on a great race !!! You did awesome

You think you could have pushed harder on the swim, but you were flying !!

I found myself in the lead pack, but then the pack started moving ahead of me. I got kind of discouraged, but I figured I had a long ways to go, so I would just race my race. After a few more minutes, I found myself swimming through that lead pack and eventually left them behind

You did brilliant, if you would have stayed with the lead pack, you would most likely have worked hard to stay with them, instead you “relaxed” and found an “effortless” glide, which as you say made you swim right by the lead pack. Pushing the pace is not always the fastest way to swim, technique is. And you where not powered out after the swim, which made you able to push hard on the bike Now you just need to get the confides to push on the run, and push hard But it was an awesome race, with a fantastic result

I really enjoyed your RR, keep them coming

 



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