Chicago Triathlon - Sprint Distance - TriathlonSprint

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Chicago, Illinois
United States
Capri Events, Inc
85F / 29C
Total Time = 2h 00m 41s
Overall Rank = 1780/2285
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 141/159
Pre-race routine:

Got up extremely early given the transition open time. So was up at 2:30. At normal JC breakfast, showered etc and headed out. Was staying at friends house in the city.
Event warmup:

lots and lots of stretching
  • 22m 7s
  • 820 yards
  • 02m 42s / 100 yards

I had a great swim given this is my longest distance. I freestyled the entire way and was up in the wave 2 before me on exit. Where this really sucked was the run to T1. It was over 400 yds barefoot on torn up ashphalt. That is what killed my time. I should have been under 2m/100yds if that hadnt been the same.
What would you do differently?:

Make sure I leave shoes by water exit.
Transition 1
  • 03m 56s

T1 was fine but crowded. Not alot of elbow room. Took off wetsuit outside T1 on the run, which prolonged that time. But was best way to do it.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, it went well. Just get faster.
  • 45m 42s
  • 13.67 miles
  • 17.95 mile/hr

Was my best leg. Was passing tons of people and was lucky to be in earlly wave so course was not crowded. Worst part was the headwind at a few points on the return leg was brutal. Overall wind was ok just in few key spots it really gusted up.
What would you do differently?:

Get into clipless and aero bars. I figure if I did top 40% ranking on roadie with block pedals and no aeros, I can improve a lot with those changes. Really enjoying the road bike and wished I had it earlier in the season,
Transition 2
  • 03m 21s

I walked thru T2 given the crowd. And then in the open had a huge downhill that I didnt want to risk getting into the run out so I walked it again. That cost me a few minutes but was worth avoiding the problems.
  • 45m 32s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 14m 38s  min/mile

Per my usual my run sucked. Even worse than usual. I have a very hard time running on the grass given the uneven surface and the stress it puts on my legs and knees.
What would you do differently?:

I would take more rest time th few daysbefore the race. I was on my feet way too much Saturday and Friday.
Post race
Warm down:

Stretching, and walking to keep lose.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The run, the run and the run. If I had kept my swim and bike pace on the run I would have been MOP instead of BOP. I plan to work entensively on RUN during the off season.

Event comments:

High entry cost. Bad goody bag. Run out from swim on bad terrain. Massive wait to get back into transition. Riding on LSD was fun.

Overall not sure I'd do it again.

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Last updated: 2010-08-15 12:00 AM
00:22:07 | 820 yards | 02m 42s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/159
Overall: 1312/2285
Performance: Good
Suit: 2XU SC3 sleeveless
Course: Along the wall in Monroe Harbor. Started from treading water.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:56
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:45:42 | 13.67 miles | 17.95 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/159
Overall: 850/2285
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Out and back on LSD. Turn around near Foster exit. Many lane seams to avoid.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 03:21
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:45:32 | 03.11 miles | 14m 38s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/159
Overall: 2201/2285
Performance: Bad
Course: Parts were conrete paths and parts were through grass in the park. Lots of uneven ground IMO. Then had 2way traffic in some points creating a choke point.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 2