I just checked the race results and saw that my time and splits had been posted. After I lost my timing chip, they had to take my times manually and it took a while for them to get up there. The good news is that the time I recorded with my cheesy watch was exactly the time that TImberline Timing got 1:37:54 So no surprises there. Seeing the splits, does leave me with some thoughts and questions. You can see my results here.
You can read the Full Race Report Here
Swim 1/2 mile/ Goal- 14:00/ Actual- 18:04 I’m pretty disappointed with this time. I’m not exactly sure what happened. I know that the 14 minute time was fairly ambitious, but I didn’t think it was 4 minutes ambitious. Furthermore, I had been dealing with a tremendous amount of open water anxiety and had hoped for a smooth relaxed swim…. and that’s what I got, I felt great the whole way and thought my time was fairly good. Oh well, I’ll be down at the beach for this week and have already logged two open water swims and will be doing 1.2 miles in the ocean everyday for the next four.
T1: My transition time was slow (2:41). But really I can get so much faster everywhere else, I’m not letting transition get me upset.
Bike 15.6 miles: Goal- 49:00/ Actual- 49:14 I wanted to hold 19.1 MPH which is what I held during my first tri which was 1/2 the distance and I managed to do that. The part that bothers me here is how low my bike place was. Overall, I placed 197 out of 1005 athletes, but my bike place was 271. I may have hit my goal, but 19.1 MPH is not going to cut it. I need to get faster on the bike. Up until this point, I’ve been averaging about 30-40 miles per week on the bike and I think I need to bring that up a bit— to around 100. Also, I ride an entry level Trek road bike with no aero bars or cycling shoes and am competing against people with $3000 TT bikes with $900 wheels and aero helmets. I can’t help but wonder to what extent my gear or lack there of is slowing me down. Comments directed to this question would be appreciated.
T2: A bit faster, mostly because I didn’t have to change my shoes. This is transition, when I’m actually fast I’ll start worrying about this stuff.
Run 5K Goal- 25:00/ Actual 26:18 By the time I was about 1/2 a mile into the run, I knew I was in for it. With the bike being twice as long as my last tri, my legs just weren’t prepared and I didn’t feel like I had much left. I struggled throughout the run, and the heat was getting to me badly. Considering how badly I was feeling, I have to admit that I’m fairly pleased with this time. I had been doing some speed work and apparently it paid off.
There was one other issue that I want to get off my chest before I finish. When I finished my race, I had a little trouble finding my family. Eventually I called my wife and found her with my mom, my son Luke and my daughter Molly. Conspicuous by his absence was my father. The next day, I let him know that I was really disappointed that he hadn’t come and basically it came down to the fact that he had a doctors appointment, yard work to do at his mother’s oh and a Phillies game to go to that night that precluded him from going to his mom’s any later to do yard work. I’m not totally devastated that he wasn’t there. Despite the fact that I’ve blogged positively about my dad in the past, our relationship is lacking. What bothers me is that he acts as though there is nothing wrong with our relationship, does nothing to make it better and acts like he’s a great father all the time. While certainly a model for hard work, my father leaves plenty to be desired as a dad. There, it’s off my chest and I’m sorry if I sounded like a spoiled little kid, but I’m tired of pretending that nothing is wrong and everything is ok.
All in all, the Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon was a great racing experience. The even was put on with outstanding expertise. Next year I’m thinking about doing the Olympic Event but still might consider the sprint again in order to race with some friends. I did miss my goal time by about 8 minutes, but at least I know that I challenged myself and that I didn’t set a goal that was too achievable. I know I left it all out there. I was in pretty bad shape for about 36 hours following the race. I can get faster, but I’m not sure that I’m any faster now than I showed in the race. I have an increased dedication to this sport and am going to get faster, but I will admit to eating a slice of humble pie. I went into this thing thinking that I could place in the top 10%, and I barely cracked the top 20%. Not that this is a bad placing for your second tri, but I view myself as competitive, or as someone who will be one day. Thanks for reading and for listening to me workout my issues via the bloggy waters. As always, I totally appreciate and relish any comments and feedback and will make sure to respond to each and every one of them. It kind of makes me feel popular and like I’m a big deal if you comment. Talk to you soon I hope!