Chicago Triathlon - Sprint Distance - TriathlonSprint

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Chicago, Illinois
United States
Capri Events, Inc
65F / 18C
Total Time = 1h 31m 53s
Overall Rank = 206/1889
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 29/157
Pre-race routine:

Up early at 3:30 am to hit transition opening @ 4:15 am. Couple of pieces of toast with peanut butter and jam. Approximately an hour before wave start hydrated with First Endurance and Pre-Race.
  • 20m 55s
  • 820 yards
  • 02m 33s / 100 yards

Race #2 of the Triple Challenge. Was in first swim wave of the day in order to finish in time to start the Olympic. Sun was just coming up as we dove into the harbor. Strong wind from northeast made a very choppy swim, with waves moving north to south. Like many others, swallowed water the first few minutes trying to get the timing of the waves down with breathing pattern. Slow swim times for everyone moving into the chop.

Swim time includes a 450 yard run to transition.
Transition 1
  • 03m 23s

Suit is still a pain to get off, even with Suit Juice sprayed liberally!
  • 40m 47s
  • 13.67 miles
  • 20.11 mile/hr

Lakeshore Drive has a reputation as a mediocre course due to road condition. While some portions had been freshly paved (smooth like butta!) the rest was simply terrible. It's a rough course.

With the early swim start the course was wide open. No issues with overcrowding and dodging other bikers as there simply wasn't many people on course yet.

Strong winds from northeast made slow going for the north bound out portion. But the south bound back portion was nice and fast with the tailwind. I had a hoot overall despite the rough conditions.
Transition 2
  • 02m 50s

At bike dismount I attempted a flying dismount without ever practicing it. As I pivoted my right leg around the seat the left shoe I was still standing on pivoted itself right off the Speedplay cleat sending me in a near sprawl. I didn't completely fall, and managed to save the bike from crashing but did manage to break the middle toe of my right foot. At the time I didn't realize it was broken, just thought it was scraped.
What would you do differently?:

Practice the flying dismount before attempting in a race setting. Dumb!
  • 23m 56s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 42s  min/mile

Good solid run, legs felt great and the broken toe didn't bother me at all. Still thought it was only scraped up though.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked the mile or so back to transition to gather gear for the following Olympic race. It was at this time it became apparent I had done something more severe to my toe than simply scraping it. At transition I took my shoe off and the toe was black and blue top and bottom. Ah, crud.

Event comments:

Despite the crummy bike course condition, the sprint race is a lot of fun at Chicago. It's not that crowded yet as the Olympic waves haven't gone off and the heat of the day is later.

Last updated: 2011-02-01 12:00 AM
00:20:55 | 820 yards | 02m 33s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/157
Overall: 503/1889
Performance: Average
Suit: Xterra Vortex 3
Course: Point to point in Monroe Harbor, in north direction.
Start type: Dive Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: High
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Time: 03:23
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:40:47 | 13.67 miles | 20.11 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/157
Overall: 116/1889
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: An out and back course on Lakeshore Drive.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 81
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:50
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:23:56 | 03.11 miles | 07m 42s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/157
Overall: 226/1889
Performance: Good
Course: Sort of a mis-shapen L.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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