J&J TriRock Philly Sprint Triathlon Race Report

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So a little background on this triathlon before we get into the meat of things for those of you wondering why I decided to get into triathlons in the first place. A few months back, someone from my company was forming a team to compete with the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) triathlon team in their annually sponsored event – TriRock Philadelphia. Because our company is a strategic partner with J&J, we got to join the team and race for free! All we had to do was raise some money and show up on race day and they take care of the rest. Pretty cool deal. So in an effort to support our company and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), I started doing triathlons. Even though I really dislike swimming and running, I sucked it up for a good cause. So anyways, lets get on with it.

It’s 4am and time for some swimming, biking, and running! Selma is clearly not pleased with me. Why these things start so early in the morning is beyond me.

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The night before, we drove down for packet pick-up and cheese steaks so at least we got that part out of the way. So when we arrived at the event, it was straight into the transition zone for me. The picture below only shows a small portion of the transition area but it went on for quite a ways. There must have been 1000+ athletes getting ready that morning. It’s a miracle that I was even able to find my little station during the race.

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Also, J&J even provided us with a free triathlon kit just because! Pretty spiffy!

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Selma was even able to get some pretty attractive pictures of me while I was getting ready.

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And obviously she took some pictures of me struggling to put on my wetsuit.

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After I had everything all ready to go, we headed over to the J&J tent for some free food! Because J&J was the title sponsor for this event, they got a HUGE tent with tons and tons of catered food for athletes and friends/family. And the best part was that Selma got to hang out in there for free!

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They were even giving out free shirts as well to help grow their “sea of red”!

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Selma was awesome and snagged a banana and a few berries for me before the race.

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Right before the race, the CEO of J&J got everyone together (over 500 J&J athletes!) for a short inspirational message and then we were off to the swim start. 2014-06-21 06.44.55

Because the swim start was 1/2 a mile up stream, Selma relaxed in the J&J tent and took some pictures while I prepared for the worst swim of my life.

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Because it was hard to know exactly when I was coming around, Selma was only able to get some pictures during transitions. No worries though, there was nothing particularly exciting to see during the race unless you enjoy seeing me suffering.

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Even though my transitions felt slow, I actually did much better during this set of transitions than my previous triathlon.

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I was clearly taking my sweet time here because at this point I hated everything about the current situation I was in. I was exhausted from the swim and the bike and now I had a run a 5k. Great.

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No, that was not my time and nor was that banner at the finish line for me. I did, however, finish shortly after that picture was taken! The race pretty much went as follows: The swim was terrible but I did’t drown. The bike was great because I caught up to everyone who passed me in the swim. And the run was awful because I hate running and I was tired and hungry.

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After successfully crossing the finish line, it was off to the J&J hospitality tent for some much needed rest and relaxation.

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First stop on the list was the massage tent. My legs were dying so this was a fantastic treat.

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And next was obviously food. Because this is a food blog after all, I couldn’t forget about the food.

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Lots and lots of food!

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Check out this amazing looking sandwich.

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And this endless mountain of smoked salmon!!! I ate as much as I could but for some reason I wasn’t terribly hungry after the race.

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We also tried to get a picture with the CEO of J&J but he was a busy man. We did, however, get this awesome picture together in front of the J&J banner!   2014-06-21 10.52.15

And lets not forget our free beers at the end! Even Lance Armstrong would be proud.

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Next, it was off to get my race results! Not surprising, my swim and run time were atrocious. However, I did manage to place 15/83 in my age group. Not too bad for my 2nd triathlon.

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And last but not least, we can’t forget the reason behind why we do this event. This year, our team was able to raise over $400K to help at least 30 children and their families get access to state-of-the-art treatments!

2014-06-21 11.15.122014-06-21 11.18.19All in all, this was a great event for an even greater cause. The race course was scenic and the event was well run. I can’t wait to come back next year and tri even harder!

And with that, thanks for reading!

 

 

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