Chicago Triathlon - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Chicago, Illinois
United States
Capri Events
70F / 21C
Total Time = 3h 10m 57s
Overall Rank = 1655/3326
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 218/349
Pre-race routine:

Race #3 of the Triple Challenge. Grabbed a Clif bar, a gel and rehydrated with First Endurance and Pre-Race.
Event warmup:

Meandered back to down to swim start and put on wetsuit for the second swim of the day. Broken toe from Sprint race starting to look ugly!
  • 44m 10s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 41s / 100 yards

Swim wave off shortly before 9:00 am. Wind was stronger by now in my opinion, making chop in harbor stronger. Watched more than a few people from earlier waves get pulled out of the water due to how much effort was needed to swim northerly into the wind and chop.

Dove into water, first headed south. Swam really fast due to wave action pushing us all, but that changed immediately upon rounding the buoy to head back north. Long slog back to swim exit.

By this time, a lot more people were on course. Much more bumper car action in the water at this time than earlier.

Swim time includes 450 yard run to transition.
Transition 1
  • 03m 49s

Still struggling to get that frickin suit off!
  • 1h 14m 39s
  • 25.64 miles
  • 20.61 mile/hr

Unlike the sprint distance, the bike course was now completely crowded. Chicago is unique in flipping the ride right pass left instructions in order to provide separation from the open car lanes. So, ride left pass right. Chicago always has many first-timers which is great, but far too many don't listen to the ride left instructions unless passing. With this many participants on course, all across the course, passing becomes a dicey affair.

Winds seemed stronger by this time of the day, so the slow slog north was not much fun particularly since it was a two lap effort this time.

Broken toe was throbbing the entire ride but not painful.
Transition 2
  • 03m 45s

Full stop bike dismount this time around!
  • 1h 04m 33s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 10m 23s  min/mile

With this being the second race of the day, third race in the last two days, final race of the season, and after hammering the earlier Sprint I honestly just wanted to cruise in. Broken toe surprisingly didn't hurt at all while running, only when walking did it let me know it was there.

Felt good on the run till mile 4. At mile 4 for the first time ever I started getting lower intestinal issues. Ack, everything wanted to let loose while running, but was seemed okay while walking. Suffice to say there were no porto-potties around, so I dejectedly walked it in so I wouldn't be "that guy who crapped himself." Ah, good times in the day of a triathlete.
What would you do differently?:

Can't explain the GI issues, appears to be a one-off.
Post race
Warm down:

Limped back to transition...after hitting the porto-potty. And enjoyed the food buffet put on for the participants. The hamburger and soda hit the spot.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

The Triple Challenge was a hoot! Overall, the Chicago Triathlon is well run considering the sheer number of participants. But it is crowded on course later in the day. If you do the Sprint you don't have to wait long for your wave but you will have to wait till much later to get your gear out of transition. If you do the Olympic, you'll be waiting awhile for your wave start. Pick your poison.

Last updated: 2011-02-01 12:00 AM
00:44:10 | 1640 yards | 02m 41s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/349
Overall: 2190/3326
Performance: Average
Suit: Xterra Vortex 3
Course: Swim directly south to Museum campus, turn around and head back north to swim exit, all in Monroe Harbor.
Start type: Dive Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: High
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:49
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:14:39 | 25.64 miles | 20.61 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/349
Overall: 656/3326
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Two loop out and back on Lakeshore Drive.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 77
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:45
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
01:04:33 | 06.21 miles | 10m 23s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/349
Overall: 2294/3326
Performance: Below average
Course: An out and back along the bike path.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
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