Accenture Chicago Triathlon - Olympic - TriathlonOlympic

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Chicago, Illinois
United States
Capri Events
78F / 26C
Total Time = 2h 41m 36s
Overall Rank = 656/3708
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 137/538
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 3:25. Met friends and drove down to race. Didn't leave Glenview until 4:30. This was a little too late. Next year, I should leave by 4:15. Had a bowl of cereal at home and then a power bar about 70 minutes before the swim start. Drank a gatorade before the start.
Event warmup:

Not much, but I did have time to do a fair amount of stretching.
  • 38m 57s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 22s / 100 yards

The start wasn't as bad as I worried about from an elbow and kicking perspective. I started about 2/3 of the way back in the pack. This was probably fair given my swim ability but I would like to improve so I can start further ahead. I did take in a huge gulp of the gasoline water early that made me stop and cough a little.
What would you do differently?:

Better attitude. I have negative thoughts when I swim which is not like the bike and run at all. I can definitely do these distances now so I need to believe that when I race. I think that will make me go harder.
Transition 1
  • 03m 53s

Wearing my tri-top and heart rate monitor underneath my wetsuit definitely helped. This is not blazing fast but it is certainly an improvement over my past transitions.
What would you do differently?:

Tough to say, this was better.
  • 1h 10m 45s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 21.07 mile/hr

I really tried to hammer this ride. I felt like since I did a HIM 3 weeks ago this bike was going to feel short and I could go hard. I did try to keep in the small ring as much as possible so that I wouldn't explode on the run. My heart rate was jumping in the mid to high 130s which is pretty high for me.
What would you do differently?:

I think I executed perfectly, I can always ride more but given my ability now I would not change anything about what I did yesterday on the bike.
Transition 2
  • 02m 32s

Very happy about this transition. Finally a good one. And it could have been better. I had to get the gels out of my backpack that I forgot to put out before the race. I also had to change shirts because I couldn't find my race belt the day before the race
What would you do differently?:

Set-up transition more carefully and have a race belt.
  • 45m 27s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 19s  min/mile

I'm not sure what to make of this run. I am definitely happy with my placing overall and in my age group. I am also happy with my time because I did a 10K at the end of last season and my time was very close to my time for this race. So that is a nice sign that I have made good improvement over the last year.

The only strange part is that I went out and did almost every mile in the same time. I am wondering if I could have hammered this a little harder and might have done better. Seems like I get too worried about blowing up sometimes, but overall I think this was pretty good.
What would you do differently?:

Not too much except maybe try for a little bit of a kick in the end. I was fighting a cramp so that was tough for this race.
Post race
Warm down:

Misting fans, those are a beautiful thing. I really just stretched while waiting to meet the family

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I had some uncertainty about how hard I could hammer this race. This was really the first time I knew I could hammer this distance but I also didn't want to get cocky and blow-up. Oh, and there is that little swimming issue. A swim lesson and more OWS practice and the good news might be that I can show serious improvement on the swim leg.

Event comments:

They did an absolutely unbelievable job organizing this event. Biggest triathlon in the world with over 8,000 athletes and my swim wave went off right on time to the minute. Amazing.

The surface of Lake Shore Drive is problem, but it is still worth it to get a chance to ride the Drive.

Last updated: 2006-04-20 12:00 AM
00:38:57 | 1640 yards | 02m 22s / 100yards
Age Group: 363/538
Overall: 2262/3708
Performance: Below average
Avg. Hr 133, Max 143
Suit: Yes
Course: Along the shore toward the aquarium and back all the way to the Yacht Club. Winds were blowing out of the north so more than 2/3 of swim was into the wind. I think this affected everyone's time.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Below average
Time: 03:53
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:10:45 | 24.85 miles | 21.07 mile/hr
Age Group: 116/538
Overall: 520/3708
Performance: Good
Avg. HR 134, Max HR 148
Wind: Some
Course: Fun ride up and down the north side of Lake Shore Drive. The pavement is just brutal, but it is probably worth it to be able to do it in this setting.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:32
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
00:45:27 | 06.21 miles | 07m 19s  min/mile
Age Group: 47/538
Overall: 307/3708
Performance: Good
Avg. HR 148, Max HR 169
Course: Great course around the acquarium, out to the planetarium, past the Field Museum, Soldier Field and McCormick Place.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %2
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] 5