June 26th, 2016–My home town turf proved to be a lucky advantage today at the TriRock Philadelphia Triathlon, where I took first place by a margin of 5 minutes over the next female competitor, finishing in a time of 2:12:21. My long hours of pool work this winter finally translated into a strong open water swim in the Schukyll River.
The technical bike course with punchy climbs played to my advantage and I was in the lead by the second loop of the bike segment. I came into the run with a healthy margin, so I just needed to hold my position over the 10kilometer run portion. Perhaps my most proud accomplishment of the day was not the win, but the fact that my combined time for Transitions 1+2 was the fastest of any competitor, male of female.
I was lucky enough to have my best friend from high school cheering and giving me updates about my position, as well as many other friendly and familiar faces out there that come with home court advantage. Full results found here.
I unintentionally made a style statement after my race uniform split in the crotch, so I just raced in my bathing suit! I figured this is practically what Gwen Jorgensen wears, and she is my role model. This actually worked remarkably well (no chafing!) and was a simple solution.
There was a great post-race buffet, so naturally I took full advantage, sporting my Central Park Track Club-New Balance T-shirt, which happens to be my absolute favorite color.