The swim was a point to point, straight shot. So we needed to be shuttled to the start and then swim down stream in the Schuylkill River (Questionable if you will come out of the water with a new disease). The water temp was over the required temperature to be wetsuit legal so I left mine in T1. We slid into the water to take our place at the start line, my plan was to sight with the bank of the river to keep me straight and that pretty much worked the whole time and occasionally looked for the buoys. As I made my way to the finish of the swim I noticed that I could not see anymore red caps (my wave color). Was I out front or in a dead spot, wasn't sure but pretty confident I was somewhere out front. I made my way through T1 unscathed and headed to the bike course.
The bike course was two loops with about three main steep climbs and the rest flat but pretty scenic for a race in the city. We looped around the famous Philadelphia Art Museum which was really cool. They entire course was shut down to traffic so I could fly down the hills and not worry about anything. The first lap of the course was pretty vacant which made it nice but by the second lap the rest of the racers were on the course. Having 1600 athletes on the course at once it got pretty clogged up and dangerous especially on some of the downhills. It was cool being able to weave in and out of people (not proper race etiquette) but when I was flying down the hills I thought it to be more dangerous slamming the brakes on every time I came up on another athlete. With never seeing anybody from my age group I thought I was up front and that the leaders were way up front. So I made my way through the almost completely shaded bike course and entered T2 and as quick as I went in I was immediately out and on to the run.
The run course was a one loop 6.2 mile completely flat run. Half of it was in the shade and half was in the direct sun light. After completing about the first two miles I passed a lot of the athletes from some of the other waves but nobody from my wave and then didn't pass anybody else for the rest of the race. Buy halfway I caught the first glimpse of the K-Krew Jodi, Smitties, Mom and Dad rooting me on as always. I just plugged away and started to feel fatigued with about 1 mile left so I just gritted it out and gave it everything I had left in the tank. I ended up placing 3rd overall among the amateurs and about six minutes in front of the second place finisher in my age group. I was pleased with my performance. I was able to see the professionals receive there awards up on the podium and then I got to stand on the same podium, to receive the my third place medal for overall amateur, with a pretty big crowd gathered round. It felt remarkable.
NOTES: I felt like I had a strong race. I felt that my swim leg was conservative, bike was very aggressive causing my run to be unimpressive. I would try and pace the entire race better as to have a consistent effort throughout. Swim was much more comfortable this race, goggles never fogged and didn't become disoriented.