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Quakertown, Pennsylvania
United States
Total Time = 00m
Overall Rank = 170/416
Age Group = M 35-39
Age Group Rank = 27/43
Pre-race routine:

Honey nut Cheerios, banana, coffee. One PowerBar gel 20 minutes before swim. No warm up swim.
Event warmup:

  • 25m 17s
  • 750 yards
  • 03m 22s / 100 yards

First 150-200 was good: head down, breathing decent. After fatigue started in things quickly deteriorated. Head came up and stayed up, legs fell further and further. Last 150 was absolutely painful.
What would you do differently?:

Simple: more open water swims. More swimming of any type.
Transition 1
  • 01m 45s

Transistion felt good. Had stuff laid out better this time than during 1st tri. Overall, not bad.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. Should I clip shoes on and run out with just socks? I'm thinking this only an option if I ride barefoot.
  • 42m 30s
  • 12.5 miles
  • 17.65 mile/hr

This is where I usually start catching up to people, but during the first 1/2 mile, during the first big hill, my chain came off. Not sure if this was related to the tune-up I just had or not. Has never happened before, but I'm a newbie to the sport. I got the chain back on quickly, but had trouble getting speed clips set in the middle of a big hill.
What would you do differently?:

Check before race to make sure cyclometer is working. Mine must have moved on bke rack and I didn't know until it was too late. Add this check to race check list.
Transition 2
  • 01m 15s

Should I be taking feet completely out of shoes before dismount? Not sure.
What would you do differently?:

First race with toe clips/shoes, second race ever. Sounds like taking feet completely out of shoes is the better option. Not sure but will try this next time.
  • 23m 51s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 07m 41s  min/mile

Skip the second water. Should have pushed harded at the end as I had some extra left in tank at finish.
What would you do differently?:

Start pushing 1/2 to 1/4 mile out to ensure that I've left it out there.
Post race
Warm down:

None - snacks with my children.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Chain falling off in bike. My pathetic swimming ability. Although I caught a number of people in bike and run, my ability to do so was severaly limited by spending far too much time in the water.

Event comments:

Race seemed well run, to a newbie. Definitely a great location and great weather. They need to add a megaphone or PA down at the swim start as the commands and wave announcements were hard to hear. Overall this was a great event and a terrific effort by all involved in running it.

Last updated: 2007-07-09 12:00 AM
00:25:17 | 750 yards | 03m 22s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/43
Overall: 374/416
Performance: Below average
Suit: No
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:45
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:42:30 | 12.5 miles | 17.65 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/43
Overall: 92/416
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Decent number of hills. Nothing crazy, but made for some difficult stretches.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:15
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:23:51 | 03.1 miles | 07m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/43
Overall: 0/416
Performance: Average
Course: Tree covered asphault path. Nice.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? No
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2007-08-12 11:03 AM


Newtown, PA
Subject: Steelman Triathlon

2007-08-13 7:25 AM
in reply to: #922614

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Media, PA
Subject: RE: Steelman Triathlon


Not bad at all for your second race! How much it must have sucked poping the chain off on that damn hill! It was a tough hill considering it was right out of transition and the blood flow to the legs were minimum. The swim is difficult for me as well. If you are going to pull your feet out of your shoes to dismount make sure you get practice time in before the next race... its difficult to do and I still just unclip and run in the shoes. Overall great race man! It was a great day for that event!

2007-08-14 7:57 AM
in reply to: #922614

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Columbia, South Carolina
Subject: RE: Steelman Triathlon
Hey, great race! Stinks about your chain, though, but way to hang in there after that. Steelman was my 2nd tri ever too, and my next is also the DQ Marlton Lakes tri!!! I'm really excited about that one. What was your first tri?
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