The Philly Tri is my favorite race, and I look forward to doing it every year. As Bob said in his report, the race was changed to a duathlon due to unfortunate circumstances. The weather was very hot and humid, and running before the bike as opposed to being in the water had a big effect. I ran into Bob and Heather pre race, which was cool. We had quite a bit of time to wait around since we were not being bused to the swim start.
Like most, I was unprepared for this change in the race. This happened once previously to this race, so I have done this exact race in a duathlon format before, but it wasn't pretty. So, I decided to try and go out easy in the 5K. Towards the end, I could tell that it was not going to be a career day, already being very hot and my muscles unhappy of the order of events I was going to ask them to work. I finished the 5K in 25:34 (8:14 mpm). I had an uneventful T1, other than thinking to myself as I put my cycling shoes on just hot damn hot it was. 2:07.
I decided on the first few minutes of the bike that instead of going for a great overall time, I would instead put all my energy into the bike and try and get a bike split PR. I figured that the second run was going to be brutal no matter what, so might as well. I had a great ride and was please. I know the course very well, and it makes a difference knowing where to push and how to tackle the hills. I finished in 1:16:33 (19.5 mph), my best on this course. I had 1 bottle of accelerade, 2 Gus and some water.
T2 was also mostly uneventful. I stopped to try and stretch my IT which I could tell was going to be bad, but it didn't help. 2:50
The run was ugly. I started off very slowly and was worried that I would have to walk a lot. Luckily, I have a LOT of experience with that. But, instead, I was able to manage a slow jog and did some short walking stints at the water stops. I was able to pick it up at times, and then my IT would really not be happy and I would have to slow it down. I had another Gu, and dumped water down my back at the water stops. I saw Bob on the way, and could tell that he was hurting. I also saw Heather and she too didn't seem to be too happy.
I tried to get in under an hour and just missed, finishing the run in 1:00:15 (9:43 mpm). I was able to run hard the last tenth and saw my family on the side cheering with the sea of people. This year they handed out ice cold towels at the finish line, which felt amazing! I saw a lot of people in the medical tent, and witnessed a few bad accidents on the bike as well. Overall, I was pleased to finish happy and other than my IT aching, in pretty good shape.
This is a great race, and I highly recommend it!