Accenture Chicago Triathlon - Olympic - TriathlonOlympic

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Chicago, Illinois
United States
Capri Events
72F / 22C
Total Time = 3h 20m 35s
Overall Rank = 2811/3722
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 171/248
Pre-race routine:

rode down to setup transition. got there at 4:15 am. setup. sat on the steps near the swim course for 2 hours. ate oatmeal at 3:30 am, banana at 6:30 am, gatorade and water until 7:30, gu at 7:45. went to the bathroom 2x before the race. I was well hydrated. it was chilly and drizzling while waiting for the start. my family came down around 7.
Event warmup:

not much - watched the swimmers.
  • 36m 44s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 14s / 100 yards

first 1/4 was terrible. once I rounded the bouy the last 3/4 I got into a breathing pattern. I could deal with the people (more spread out now). There was a current coming from the north which did speed up the first part and slowed down the last 3/4 of the swim. I took about 2 big gulps of water when trying to breathe; I got caught sucking in a wave. the wall helped navigation. I spotted a lot and then didn't spot for a while. I did zig-zag a bit. I saw Rose and Charlie walking along the wall so I stopped to wave one time. Good distraction. A mile is a long time to swim straight.
What would you do differently?:

More open water practice. Position myself in the very front line. I don't know how else to avoid the crowd.
Transition 1
  • 03m 29s

Stopped short to look for my bike. Kimberly was right behind me and reminded me to go down further. easy transition. no wetsuit to take off. paused briefly to clip into pedals once I got outside of the transition. I jogged in and out of the transition. Other people ran but I was working on slowing my breathing and remembering the details. Jogging worked just fine.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 27m 54s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 16.96 mile/hr

good ride. not as scary as I thought it would be. I was able to navigate around water bottles and pot holes just fine. No flats - THANK GOD! I drank about 3/4 of my water and had 2 gu's (at approx. 10 min and 1 hour). I could have pushed harder but I was pushing it much more than normal. I tried to keep the speed well over 15 mph and the cadence above 90. I feel I did well with that. the speed did drop to 12 or 13 at the over passes. My butt got sore. I stretched a number of times. I pedaled 98% of the time. right foot did fall asleep.
What would you do differently?:

Train harder. Get cleats adjusted.
Transition 2
  • 02m 51s

easy, change shoes, put on belt, dump empty gu packs.
What would you do differently?:

almost forgot to leave my helmet.
  • 1h 09m 37s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 11m 13s  min/mile

I *kinda* needed to pee but held off. stomach was bothered by (potentally) too much gatorade. did get a water cramp for a few minutes. I started the run slow and then kept it steady the entire time. only stopped to sip water. I dumped water on my head at almost every stop. my face felt very red and hot unless the wind was blowing. left knee and ball of right foot were bothered (near the end) but was able to deal. I was totally inspired by the people with 1 or no legs. How could I stop when these people are overcoming some incredible odds? Sprinted like mad at the end! Heard my name announced at the finish - very cool touch!
What would you do differently?:

more training. faster 10k pace. push myself harder. continue with pt at home and investigate the ball of foot issue.
Post race
Warm down:

walk, banana, water, water, water. Talked to folks. They brought roses :) . Then stretched, water, 1.5 beers (mic ultra - yuck). It became sunny, chilled and listened to a band with Kimberly. Walked to transition and biked home, very slowly.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Need to train better on the run and bike. Need to learn to swim in a crowd.

Event comments:

Very fun! Great cheering section. I mentally stayed positive and held my joking tone. "Dear Lord baby Jesus, please don't let me get a flat!" I am proud of myself for accomplishing this. I am convinced I would like to do another. It was worth the hard work!

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Last updated: 2006-04-24 12:00 AM
00:36:44 | 1640 yards | 02m 14s / 100yards
Age Group: 87/248
Overall: 1773/3722
Performance: Below average
This included the run to the transition. I estimate it was really 32 min in the water.
Suit: tyr suit
Course: the start SUCKED! I was one person back from the front and the start was terrible. the people in front of me wouldn't move forward and the people behind me wanted to swim past me. It was pure white water. I started with breast stroke and then crawl breathing every stroke. I couldn't relax or get into a rhythm.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Below average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Below average
Time: 03:29
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:27:54 | 24.85 miles | 16.96 mile/hr
Age Group: 165/248
Overall: 2900/3722
Performance: Good
according to bike computer: Ave: 17.2 Dist: 25.6 Time: 1:29:26 Max: 24.7
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: 2 laps on lakeshore drive. highway overpasses were decent hills. Wind was noticed mostly when going north but it was gusty.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:51
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:09:37 | 06.21 miles | 11m 13s  min/mile
Age Group: 197/248
Overall: 3068/3722
Performance: Good
Course: fairly flat. to museum area down to a turnaround and back. finish line was hidden until the very end.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
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