Accenture Chicago Triathlon - Olympic - TriathlonOlympic

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Chicago, Illinois
United States
Capri Events
83F / 28C
Total Time = 3h 26m 13s
Overall Rank = 2973/3708
Age Group = Clydesdale
Age Group Rank = 5/7
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 3:30 a.m. to get to the start. Set up transition. Found a spot in the grass and went back to sleep for 2 hours.
Event warmup:

  • 43m
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 37s / 100 yards

My goggle strap looked like it melted somehow. Luckly I brought a second pair. Lake Michigan was fairly easy to swim in. I could actually see the bottom. Towards the end of the swim course, I could taste the gasoline in the water.

Some guy actually grabbed my legs about 2/3 of the way through the swim and threw them to his side. This pissed me off. I swam after him but could not catch him. A$$hole. I also saw a guy swimming with a snorkle. Is that legal?

I actually had a good swim. I enjoyed this portion of the tri more than I expect to....
What would you do differently?:

Keep working on my swimming. This was a 1st time at this distance. I felt comfortable but not fast and I'm okay with this at this point in my evoluiton.
Transition 1
  • 04m 20s

The transition is long. Real long. From the end of the swim to my bike was at least 1/4 mile.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 23m 57s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 17.76 mile/hr

I really enjoyed the ride. Lake Shore drive was awesome. There were a LOT of flat tires on the course. I felt bad for all the people standing on the median struggling with tire changes. There was one hugh pot hole, fortunately I missed it.

The signs for the second loop were just a little confusing but I figured it out. Some cyclists were doubting their position on the course though...they were afraid they mis-read something but in fact were right in repeating (doing a second lap) along Lake Shore.
What would you do differently?:

The Javelin ran great. I cleaned it up and double-checked everything. No problem.
Transition 2
  • 03m 27s

Found my rack easily. No problem.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 10m 59s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 11m 26s  min/mile

I fell apart here. My back problems emerged at about 1/2 mile into the run. I felt like someone took a vice and was cranking it tighter with every step. I was in some real pain. I did keep running but it was ugly. Real ugly.
What would you do differently?:

I need to and I'm gonna strengthen the back and lose some weight. Period. I usually run in the mid-7s.
Post race
Warm down:

I stood in front of some misters and fans. I saw TLILIS. Great to see Traves! He had a great race.

I ate a few banannas and drank a lot of water. Then drank a beer. Yum.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Bad back and extra pounds.

Event comments:

Wow! What an organized event! Chicago did this right. Very nice race. In fact, perfect. 8000 participants and it was better run and more organized than any of the downstate events.

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Last updated: 2006-04-26 12:00 AM
00:43:00 | 1640 yards | 02m 37s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/7
Overall: 2921/3708
Performance: Good
Suit: Wet Suit and Footies
Course: Along the wall off Lake Shore Dr. in Lake Michigan. Big loop.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Below average
Time: 04:20
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:23:57 | 24.85 miles | 17.76 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/7
Overall: 2481/3708
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Out and back with 1 loop in the middle.
Road: Rough  Cadence: 90
Turns: Average Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:27
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:10:59 | 06.21 miles | 11m 26s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/7
Overall: 2228/3708
Performance: Bad
Course: Winding course around museums, etc. Some grass, some concrete, some sidewalk, some on bike path.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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] 5