Chicago Triathlon - Sprint Distance - TriathlonSprint

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Chicago, Illinois
United States
Capri Events, Inc
64F / 18C
Total Time = 1h 29m 53s
Overall Rank = 225/2304
Age Group = M25-29
Age Group Rank = 34/204
Pre-race routine:

Set 8 alarms to make sure I wake up. Slept like a log. Stayed at the Hilton using a corpo rate which made the whole day easier. Ate a cliff bar and made my way to the transition at 4am. Make sure to bring my chip next time... I had to convince the people to let me in.
Event warmup:

Stretching... 2 mile bike ride, 1/2 mile run.
  • 19m 34s
  • 820 yards
  • 02m 23s / 100 yards

Water easn't as bad as I'd feared but this was the worst swim of the year! I was horrible. I tried to navigate around people to find some open water but I couldn't find any. 200 meters in I got kicked in the face and broke my goggles again. Had to stop to gain my composure and move along.
What would you do differently?:

I don't know... I just need more practice in these mass starts. I'm not a great swimmer but I though I would do a lot better than I did.
Transition 1
  • 02m 1s

I use toe clips so I just slipped on my running shoes, put on my helmet and took off.
What would you do differently?:

Not bad... I just had a bad wave rack at the very top of a hill.
  • 41m 17s
  • 13.67 miles
  • 19.87 mile/hr
What would you do differently?:

The bike is still a mystery to me. I don't know how much going clipless will help me improve my speed but I'm anxious to see. I just didn't have the funds this year to justify the purchase. I feel like I push myself on the bike, but when I'm finished I feel like I could have gone faster.
Transition 2
  • 01m 44s

Easy transition with no bike shoes to worry about. Navigating the racks was a little frustrating.
What would you do differently?:

not much
  • 25m 16s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 07s  min/mile

Ran about 2 minutes slower than my previous races. Got a horrible side cramp and my seperated ribs acted up. Had to wlak a few times to dull the pain.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Gatorade and a banana. Hanging with my firends. Felt a lot better after this race than previous ones.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Injury, missed 3 weeks of training.

Event comments:

It was a great race to be at, although I wish I had a better performance. This was my second triathlon overall and I thought I would feel a little more comfortable than I was. All I can do is look forward to the next race.

Last updated: 2009-06-18 12:00 AM
00:19:34 | 820 yards | 02m 23s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/204
Overall: 696/2304
Performance: Bad
Suit: 2XU Full
Course: Monroe Harbor
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 64F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Bad Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Time: 02:01
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
00:41:17 | 13.67 miles | 19.87 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/204
Overall: 219/2304
Performance: Average
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: Beutiful scenery on LSD. I thought I was faster.
Road: Potholes Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:44
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:25:16 | 03.11 miles | 08m 07s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/204
Overall: 482/2304
Performance: Below average
Course: Beautiful run!
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? No
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] 4