Chicago Triathlon - Sprint Distance - TriathlonSprint

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Chicago, Illinois
United States
Capri Events, Inc
65F / 18C
Total Time = 1h 20m 23s
Overall Rank = 51/2305
Age Group = Male 15-19
Age Group Rank = 2/16
Pre-race routine:

Basically the same, oatmeal w/ honey, banana. Woke up at 3:50 to get all ready to be out the door by 4:30
Event warmup:

Nothing... not much time between closing off of transition area and wave start.
  • 17m 50s
  • 820 yards
  • 02m 10s / 100 yards

Zipped up wetsuit too far, accidentally released it, after 100M, it unzipped while swimming. Freaked out, slowed down, got off track. Ended up recovering rhythm and then ended up not sighting well, got off course. Oh well, there's always the next swim.
What would you do differently?:

Not unzip suit, do more open water swims.
Transition 1
  • 02m 23s

Wetsuit stuck... I've never practiced this, so I expected it.
What would you do differently?:

Get triathlon shoes, practice, use body glide on ankles
  • 37m 54s
  • 13.67 miles
  • 21.64 mile/hr

Just decided to ride comfortably... could have ridden at least 1 MPH faster with no trouble on the run.

Never was passed
What would you do differently?:

Push self harder
Transition 2
  • 01m 49s

I was on my way into the transition, somebody stopped a good 5 feet in front of me, didn't have my feet totally removed, fell off my bike
What would you do differently?:

Practice more transitions, get triathlon shoes
  • 20m 25s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 06m 34s  min/mile

Overall good run, got a little nauseous at the end. Sprinted the last 100M, I was GONE. The guy behind me met up with me while I was drinking some Gatorade that he tried keeping up, but that he had no chance, and that I had an incredible finish. I jumped real high at the finish... hopefully it was a good picture!

Never passed
What would you do differently?:

Take at least some Gu some sort of calories. I hardly ate anything the day of (1 bowl of oatmeal and .5 banana
Post race
Warm down:

Walking around

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Wetsuit incident, Not pushing self hard enough.

Event comments:

Loved the course! Nice and flat, but I didn't push myself hard enough, even on the run. Great end to the season, but surprised with my result even with my lackluster performance. I don't even know why I'm so upset... I'm in the top 3%. I guess I'm just that competitive.

Upset that I didn't get the correct size of shirts... why the heck did they even want to know your size if they don't have any left over for you? I know I came late for sign in, but seriously.

But I will be back next year FOR SURE doing the olympic distance. Great race. Hopefully my aerobic base will be better, and with over a year of training (instead of 3 months), hopefully I can do great things. I don't want to sound cocky, but next year will really decide if I want to race seriously. I did great this season with not that much training, and hopefully I can keep making gains like I have been.

Last updated: 2009-06-29 12:00 AM
00:17:50 | 820 yards | 02m 10s / 100yards
Age Group: 8/16
Overall: 390/2305
Performance: Below average
Suit: QR
Course: 1 way
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Bad
Time: 02:23
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
00:37:54 | 13.67 miles | 21.64 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/16
Overall: 51/2305
Performance: Below average
Wind: Some
Course: Lakeshore drive; there was a nice headwind on the way there, a bit of a tailwind on the way back. Never was passed once.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:49
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:20:25 | 03.11 miles | 06m 34s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/16
Overall: 31/2305
Performance: Good
Course: Great scenery through Chicago, around Shedd aquarium
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
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] 4