Accenture Chicago Triathlon - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Chicago, Illinois
United States
Capri Events
84F / 29C
Total Time = 2h 44m 33s
Overall Rank = 982/4089
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 136/499
Pre-race routine:

4am wake up, bike down to Transition and set up; Eat 1/2 power bar; Go potty; go back to sleep
Event warmup:

Run 2 miles back home after setting up transition
  • 32m 17s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 58s / 100 yards

This was not difficult at all. I stayed to the rear of my wave and had an easy time catching a few of my wave swimmers and staying away from the chop.
What would you do differently?:

Not too much. Training and confidence in performance over the whole race would allow me to go out on the swim harder. I can definitely go for a sub-30 minute swim leg next year.
Transition 1
  • 02m 43s

Really smooth in transition. I did get hung up on with my suit on my ankles but it just took 2 more step and pull's for each leg and I was fine.
What would you do differently?:

Might consider taking suit off on the run to get to T1.
  • 1h 16m 30s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 19.49 mile/hr

Certainly training will help in maintaining higher MPH over the uphill sections. I tried ZYM sodiumtablets in both my water bottles to try and avoid cramps at end of bike worked! I love that stuff.
What would you do differently?:

Train, train, train
Transition 2
  • 02m 17s

I had a great transition(it felt that way anyway). My legs were "fresh" and not tight. I had no complications with equipment or cramping at all. Socks on easy, shoes on easy, and I was gone!
What would you do differently?:

  • 50m 43s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 10s  min/mile

I had a great 1st 3 miles. I ended up taking two more Roctane's during the run when I previously needed only one. My thighs above my knees were cramping at every landed stride and I was loosing my energy quickly. I was 40 seconds slower per mile than my goal and my Bang's Lake Olympic performance. I can't figure out what was the change in dropped performance level?
What would you do differently?:

Possibly training at race pace would help me overcome the drop in minutes per mile I experienced. I will be racking my brain to figure out why I got so much slower on the run than my previous tri's.
Post race
Warm down:

Took a bath in cold towel barrel! Ate like a horse, and rehydrated. All in about 10 minutes post race finish.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not too sure. My run was always very strong and I wanted a 7:30/mile pace but fell well short. This is the area to work on for next year.

Event comments:

What a great race! With the amount of competitors out there it is really a wonderful surprise to have set up, transitioned, and run the tri with little to no congestion or technical problems.

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Last updated: 2008-08-04 12:00 AM
00:32:17 | 1640 yards | 01m 58s / 100yards
Age Group: 225/499
Overall: 1681/4089
Performance: Average
Very calm, didn't freak or exert myself too much. I could have definitely gone a lot harder but I was anxious about the remainder of the tri and reserved myself on the swim.
Suit: Full Orca-Equip
Course: One turn-around, down and back, plenty of room to navigate and swim. Ran into maybe 3 people the whole time
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:43
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:16:30 | 24.85 miles | 19.49 mile/hr
Age Group: 200/499
Overall: 1446/4089
Performance: Average
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: 2-Lap course. Northbound section as uphill overall and very slow on 2nd time due to wind gusts. Evidently wind increased as day wore on and I had 5th to last wave. Southbound section was make up time but most flats were occurring after turn @ Foster so you had to take it slow for portions.
Road: Potholes Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:17
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:50:43 | 06.21 miles | 08m 10s  min/mile
Age Group: 114/499
Overall: 814/4089
Performance: Below average
Course: Out and back course on paved trail.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %?
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5