Chicago Triathlon - Sprint Distance - TriathlonSprint

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Chicago, Illinois
United States
Capri Events, Inc
58F / 14C
Total Time = 1h 32m 31s
Overall Rank = 309/2304
Age Group = M-MTB
Age Group Rank = 3/130
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 2:30 and never fell back asleep. Out of bed at 3:45 and had a cup of coffee, a bagel and a banana. Did some light stretching & checked over my bike and gear. Had another banana about an hour before my start.
Event warmup:

5 mile ride to the event and then a short jog before the start.
  • 19m 35s
  • 820 yards
  • 02m 23s / 100 yards

With the cold air & water temps, I was nervous about doing the swim without a wetsuit but it ended up not being much of an issue. This being my fourth Chicago Triathlon, I finally had a decent swim. My time wasn't that much better than my previous ones but I was much more comfortable & relaxed and I wasn't exhausted when I was done.
What would you do differently?:

I probably could have pushed it a bit more and, obviously, a wetsuit would help.
Transition 1
  • 03m 26s

After the long run from the swim exit to my bike, I was pretty cold. I decided to wear a long sleeve shirt over my short sleeve shirt and that took some extra time to get on since my arms were still wet. Overall, it went as planned.
What would you do differently?:

  • 44m 8s
  • 13.67 miles
  • 18.58 mile/hr

With strong winds in the forecast, I was dreading the bike. My training rides hadn't been great this year and I was doubting I'd be able to match last year's average (18.1) even if there was no wind.

Heading north, into the wind, on the outbound leg of the course, I hammered it knowing that my legs would get a bit of break with the tailwind on the return. When I got to the turnaround and I was pumped that I had averaged close to 17mph and any thoughts of taking it easy on the way back vanished. My poor old mountain bike was shuddering as speeds frequently topped 24mph and I watched in awe as the elites went flying by me like I was standing still.

Pulling into T2, my goal to finish under 1:33 was now back on the radar.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 01m 21s

Found my spot easily, dropped my helmet & sunglasses and took off the long sleeve shirt.
What would you do differently?:

  • 24m
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 43s  min/mile

Transition to run was pretty good but my legs felt a bit tired. I was concerned I might have smoked them on the bike. Did the first mile in 7:43, which was right on target but, unfortunately, there was no mile marker for mile 2 (or 3) so I couldn't tell if & how much my pace differed from my plan. 2nd mile felt pretty comfortable and upped the pace with about a 1/2 mile to go. I was shooting for under 23:30 so I'm a little disappointed with my 24:00 run.
What would you do differently?:

Pushed harder after 1st mile.
Post race
Warm down:

Hung out at the finish line with my wife & daughter while waiting for some friends to finish. Gorged at the breakfast buffet.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

A crappy old mountain bike that's on it's last legs and not using a wetsuit.

Event comments:

I have only done 4 triathlons over the last 6 years and they have all been Chicago sprints (2 age group & 2 mtb divisions) and they've always been a blast. It's especially nice to start & end early and be able to spectate & enjoy the festivities. Although I plan to finally upgrade to a road/tri bike and do some long course races next season, I'll definitely come back and do the sprint at Chicago once again.

Last updated: 2009-04-14 12:00 AM
00:19:35 | 820 yards | 02m 23s / 100yards
Age Group: 23/130
Overall: 703/2304
Performance: Average
Suit: None
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 63F / 17C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 03:26
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:44:08 | 13.67 miles | 18.58 mile/hr
Age Group: 5/130
Overall: 485/2304
Performance: Good
Wind: Headwind with gusts
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:21
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:24:00 | 03.11 miles | 07m 43s  min/mile
Age Group: 20/130
Overall: 288/2304
Performance: Average
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5]