Chicago Triathlon - Sprint Distance - TriathlonSprint

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Chicago, Illinois
United States
Capri Events, Inc
56F / 13C
Total Time = 2h 04m 54s
Overall Rank = 1862/2304
Age Group = F 25-29
Age Group Rank = 214/267
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 345, ate a banana, rode my bike down to the transition area and arrived at about 5. Set up my transition area and then frantically tried to find my mom who doesn't understand the downtown area or north south east west so that I could take a picture and give her my cellphone. Also frantically tried finding someone to remark me since they had come off since Friday. Basically went into the swim in a state of panic because of all the running around I had just done, haha.
Event warmup:

None really, bike ride down was my warmup since my wave started at 634.
  • 27m 43s
  • 820 yards
  • 03m 23s / 100 yards

For some reason the last month and half that I should have been training I was instead thinking, it won't be so bad, it's just the sprint, and therefore didn't really train. I got my wetsuit the Wednesday before and figured I should try it out in the water once before the race. I went the pool at my gym Saturday and realized I had not even been in a pool for about a month and a half, maybe longer, I know, what I was thinking? And what did I think one day before the race was going to do? I really couldn't tell you. I was also completely unprepared for all hell breaking loose when the swim started. The one good thing was that my good friend Amyitalia found me right before my wave got in the water and waved (she was doing the olympic distance)! Basically for the first 2/3 - 3/4 of the swim I thought I was going to die and could not get myself together and spent a decent amount of time hanging on the ropes. The last 1/3 - 1/4 of the race I finally gathered myself because I just wanted it to be over with and if my parents hadn't been walking along the side cheering me on I probably would've quit.
What would you do differently?:

TRAIN!! Also, do many many many open water swims as oposed to the zero I did this year. Again, I cannot tell you what I was thinking, I obviously wasn't, haha.
Transition 1
  • 04m 34s

I actually thought my transition went really well mainly because I was SO happy to be out of the water and was kind of excited about getting to ride on Lake Shore Drive.
What would you do differently?:

I could still probably move a little faster.
  • 56m 40s
  • 13.67 miles
  • 14.47 mile/hr

I really tried pushing myself on the bike since I had taken a very long time on the swim. I was pretty wiped out from the swim still though and ended up eating my bloc shots earlier than I planned but it definitely helped. After the turn around point at Foster I decided to reward myself with some water from my brand new, awesome, polar water bottle that I got cheap at the expo but as soon as I went to put it back, I missed the cage and there it went, rolling down LSD. Definitely a low point but I had to let it go :-(
What would you do differently?:

Same as the swim, TRAIN TRAIN TRAIN!!! I was probably the laziest wannabe triathlete ever in July and August
Transition 2
  • 03m 40s

I spent too much time trying to fix my hair so that my pictures didn't come out awful.
What would you do differently?:

Find a suitable triathlon hairstyle because I am just not one of those people that will ever say "who cares!" when I know pictures are going to be taken and posted.
  • 32m 15s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 10m 22s  min/mile

I was actually really proud of myself during the run because I ran the whole time except for the water/gu stations because I can't drink and run at the same time. Also what helped were so many volunteers and family and friends cheering you on the whole the whole way!!
What would you do differently?:

TRAIN! (I have a theme going for the what would you do differently)
Post race
Warm down:

Had a banana, bagel and some gatorade, hugged my parents and got a cool medal. Went back to the finish line to watch my friends finish.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training. I should've known I was in trouble when I actually told myself one of the many days I skipped training "well Diddy ran the New York Marathon after only training for 6 weeks." BIG mistake.

Event comments:

Even though I didn't really train like I should have, this was my first race ever! I had so much fun even after the hell that was the swim and I finished! For me the best part of the race was all the people cheering the racers on the entire time (and when they call your name right before you cross the finish line)! Also, a special shout out to Amyitalia who inspired me to do this in the first place, i'm gonna be hardcore about training next year and I already can't wait!

Last updated: 2009-09-01 12:00 AM
00:27:43 | 820 yards | 03m 23s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/267
Overall: 1964/2304
Performance: Bad
Suit: Blue Seventy Reaction Full Body
Course: Straight north in the lake from Balbo to Monroe, was very pretty to watch the sun come up but I didn't really enjoy it. 820 yards in a pool seems alot shorter than in the lake Sunday. Also, I just can't touch someone, even though it's on accident without apologizing so I spent a good amount of time saying sorry to the good swimmers whose way I was in because I was so clumsy/awkward during my swim.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 63F / 17C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Bad Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Time: 04:34
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:56:40 | 13.67 miles | 14.47 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/267
Overall: 1906/2304
Performance: Average
Wind: Strong
Course: North from Roosevelt up to the turn around point at Foster Ave. Very cool getting to ride on LSD! I think because I was so early there weren't as many people on the road as there were during the the olympic distance portion and I remembered to ride on the left and pass on the right so I stayed out of people's way for the most part. Very windy going north but great heading back south.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 03:40
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal
00:32:15 | 03.11 miles | 10m 22s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/267
Overall: 1674/2304
Performance: Average
Course: Running through the transition area and then south in the grass next to the lakefront path then on the path around the Shedd Aquarium to right between Soldier Field and McCormick Place for the turn around point. Went back north and then under the Grant park sign to the finish line I ride my bike in that area all the time and I like it just because there's nice scenery and the path is really smooth.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
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