Accenture Chicago Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Chicago, Illinois
United States
Capri Events
Total Time = 3h 34m
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Drop off bike 4-45, got cab home for 2 hours more sleep. Got up, hydrated, small plate of eggs & toast, drove down to lakeshore with Annie, walked to swim start.
Event warmup:

Light stretch
  • 42m
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 34s / 100 yards

Swim was overall fine - first 1/4 mile seemed to take far too long but got into my groove about 1/3 of the way into it all and felt strong. 100 or so yards about 1km in where I seemed to get swum over by faster swimmers, or disrupted by slower swimmers making for the wall. Final 1/4 mile had solid cramp in right calf and left thigh cramped with about 100 yards to go. Concentrated on body turn and reach to keep rhythm and try forget about legs.

Got out of water, both calves cramped and difficulty getting to transition without calves seizing.
What would you do differently?:

I have to train much more. Just because I can swim a mile, bike 25 miles and run 6 miles doesn't mean I should be pretending I am a triathlete. Happy I felt comfortable but I am not fooling anyone I am racing this thing, or have the ability to push it.
Transition 1
  • 05m

My motivation was to finish the race after not training. I figured that was better than not doing it at all, so the transitions were taken easy.
What would you do differently?:

I have to be in the mood to do this with conviction rather than hobble through it.
  • 1h 34m
  • 24.85 miles
  • 15.86 mile/hr

I can keep my pedal cadence at 90 pretty consistently but it leads me to going 12/13 mph uphill and 23/24 downhill and 16/17 on the real flat parts. Training again and nee to have a look if I have sensible gearing on bike - big jump between a couple of the gears - both large & small ring - and noticing it more.
Transition 2
  • 05m

Was in no hurry to hit the run
  • 1h 07m
  • 6.21 miles
  • 10m 47s  min/mile

What would you do differently?:

Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

complete lack of training. could make excuses but i didn't train and need to if i want to be competitive - or be able to be proud of doing it.

Finished it - but this year let myself down by not training at all - last year was my freebie to figure out the sport and this year was my full year to train and i didn't do anything.

Not saying it didn't hurt because it did - but I didn't leave it all out there and as I don't consider myself someone who enters competition to 'take part' and finish I am extremely unsatisfied about it. I finished which is great but now I've had a day to think about it I'm pissed with myself.

Event comments:

I think the Chicago Tri is set up really well and for the amount of people they have I think it's a great event.

Last updated: 2006-03-21 12:00 AM
00:42:00 | 1640 yards | 02m 34s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Out of water on about 35 mins, both calves cramped and difficulty getting to transition without calves seizing.
Suit: Ironman sleevless
Course: 1/4 mile south, 3/4 mile north along harbour wall
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Average
Time: 05:00
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
01:34:00 | 24.85 miles | 15.86 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Headwind going north, tailwind going south
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Below average Hills: Bad
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 05:00
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Below average
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
01:07:00 | 06.21 miles | 10m 47s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race?
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