This past weekend, I headed to the City of Brotherly Love and competed in the Philadelphia Triathlon. The race is held in Fairmount Park and features a river swim, two loop hilly bike and flat out and back run. The competition looked solid with defending champ David Thompson returning.
With many former D1 collegiate swimmers in the field, I knew the swim would go out fast. I lined up away from the main group hoping for clean water. It ended up being a great decision and I found myself in 2nd chasing swim leader John Kenny. About halfway through the swim, Eric Limkemann came by and set a hard pace. I managed to stay on his feet and exit in 3rd about 30 seconds behind John.
I went right to work at the start of the bike and moved into 1st by mile 5. I focused on keeping my cadence up on the climbs and staying aggressive through the technical sections. I had the advantage of knowing the course so I knew where to ride hard and where to conserve. By the end of the first loop, I built up a 1:45 lead on Thompson. I struggled on the second lap and only put another 10 seconds on Thompson.
Coming off the bike, my legs just weren’t there. I had no power but focused on making the most of what my body was giving me. At mile 3, I still had over a 1 minute lead but Thompson was charging hard. I ended up getting passed around mile 5 and came across the line in 2nd. Overall, I was pleased with my swim and bike and will use this race as motivation for NYC in four weeks.
Thanks to my sponsors: Elite Bicycles, 1st Endurance, BodyZen, and PBN.
See you at the races.
1. David Thompson (Saint Paul, MN) 1:49:52
2. Andrew Yoder (Columbia, PA) 1:50:52
3. John Kenny (Philadelphia, PA) 1:53:05
4. Greg Remaly (San Francisco, CA) 1:53:32
5. Derek Oskutis (Hummelstown, PA) 1:54:16