Tower Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Niles, Illinois
United States
Leaning Tower YMCA
50F / 10C
Total Time = 1h 13m
Overall Rank = 69/199
Age Group = M 30-34
Age Group Rank = 11/16
Pre-race routine:

Nothing special. I don't like to swim with anything in my stomach so I swam on empty given the short distance as well. With my friend there to jock strap he kept it pretty loose. jschmitchiago went out two waves ahead of me so it helped to be preoccupied with her and making sure she had a good heat.
Event warmup:

On deck stretching and a half length to get acclimated.
  • 08m 57s
  • 450 yards
  • 01m 59s / 100 yards

Well organized. Thought it would be confusing but it was like clock work. The wave on deck counted the laps for the wave in the pool. They guy in front of me started hyperventilating and pulled himself out of the pool after 200 meters. Worked with him to get calmed down and convinced him to get back in the pool to finish it out. To his credit he did. Nice work to the guy in the green Chicago Accenture Triathlon cap.
What would you do differently?:

Put in longer distance tempos into my training. I have to work on getting my heart rate up prior to my swim so my system doesn't spike.
Transition 1
  • 04m 26s

Gotta get faster. I turned into a bit of a weather wimp and took time to put on a jacket and head band. Should've toughed it out and saved the time.
What would you do differently?:

  • 34m 20s
  • 11.18 miles
  • 19.54 mile/hr

Really boring course mainly through an industrial park. Organizers did everyone a huge favor by putting a ramp over some old train tracks. Northeast wind provided about a 1/2 mile worth of tailwind on every lap. Otherwise it was all into the wind.
What would you do differently?:

Break down and finally look into getting aero bars.
Transition 2
  • 02m 16s

Faster but not fast enough. But I am at the will of tieing my shoes. I can't do the fast ties on the shoes. Had to stop twice though to re-tie.
What would you do differently?:

Not much.
  • 23m
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 24s  min/mile

Front of shins really stiff. There are ways that I usually avoid that in my ride by relaxing certain foot and lower leg muscles. It ended up slowing me considerably.
Post race
Warm down:

Walking around looking for my chip. As it turns out, I kicked it off my leg in the last half mile. They had the manual back-up for my time and ended up finding the chip on the course to avoid having to pay for it. The timing guys were really good about it.

Event comments:

Good warm up race. Its the 21st year of the race and they have it down to a science. Well organized and the volenteers at all the transition points and turns were great. Lots of cheering going on. Will definitely use it to start the season next year.

Last updated: 2006-05-24 12:00 AM
00:08:57 | 450 yards | 01m 59s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/16
Overall: 0/199
Performance: Average
They clocked my actual swim at 10 something. That included getting out of the pool and gingerly making it around the pool deck, out a side door and around to the transition field. There was no way I was going to sprint around that area and risk taking a header.
Suit: Pearl Izumi Tri Race Shorts
Course: Lap swim.
Start type: Inside Pool Plus: Shot
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 04:26
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:34:20 | 11.18 miles | 19.54 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/16
Overall: 0/199
Wind: Strong
Course: Criterium style 5 lap course.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 02:16
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:23:00 | 03.11 miles | 07m 24s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/16
Overall: 0/199
Performance: Below average
Course: Out and back. Portion of the bike route.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
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] 4