Accenture Chicago Triathlon - Sprint - TriathlonSprint

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Chicago, Illinois
United States
Capri Events, Inc
72F / 22C
Total Time = 1h 31m 50s
Overall Rank = 231/1718
Age Group = M25-29
Age Group Rank = 31/129
Pre-race routine:

This was my first triathlon ever. Followed the 20-Week Swim Focused training program from the website. Weightlifting and yoga was incorporated into the training as well.
Event warmup:

Slow bike to the transition area, pre-race stretch.
  • 19m 38s
  • 820 yards
  • 02m 23s / 100 yards

I started in the middle pack, which turned out to be a mistake. People in front of me were not fast enough and I had to get around a lot to people to move. My time would have been much faster If I started more on the front of the pack.
What would you do differently?:

My time would have been much faster If I started more on the front of the pack.
Transition 1
  • 03m 15s

I found my bike easier and left pretty fast from the t-area. The bike starts with an uphill ramp, so I had to wait until the crest to put my shoes into the heel clips. Took my time given that it was my first transition ever. The need to get biking shoes is rising. Must consider this in order to save time. Also, I should start wearing the full racing outfit undernearth the wetsuit in the future.
What would you do differently?:

Not much, maybe next time, I'll make sure I'm on the right gear to start a climb right at the start.
  • 43m 25s
  • 13.67 miles
  • 18.89 mile/hr

The wind was strong and coming from the north, which made it really hard for a person my size to bike fast on the first portion of the bike course. The ride back was much better and naturally faster.
What would you do differently?:

Train harder on my leg muscles, I expected the bike to be my best discipline, and it clearly was not, mostly due to the wind.
Transition 2
  • 01m 56s

It was pretty smooth expect I almost put my bike back to the rack from the wrong side of the saddle.
What would you do differently?:

Not much, maybe stretch a little longer if I do the International distance next year.
  • 23m 44s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 38s  min/mile

I underestimated my running and physical fitness ability, as the run was my fastest event and I was not that tired at the end of it. My legs were not wobbly and I had a good stride until the very end.
What would you do differently?:

Run faster! RUN OUTDOORS!! I was able to recover pretty fast after the race which told me I had more left in me to give to the race and better my time. Definitely will do next time. I should do more 5k and 10ks in the spring to build experience running outdoors.
Post race
Warm down:

Good stretch and walking. Lots of Gatorade, banana, clif bar. Walked back to the swim start, hung out. Watched bike/run transition. Waited until 11AM to watch the pros go, then went back to pick up my gear from transition, which took forever. Bike ride back home.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Swim - starting in the middle and having to dodge people and wait
Solution: Take swimming classes and get better

Bike - weaker than expected leg muscles and strong winds
Solution: Weight training on lower body and lower back, take cycling classes, maybe an actual tri bike for next season.

Run - inexperience
Solution: Run outdoors more, stronger legs, new shoes.

Event comments:

This was an ideal first triathlon. My background in being very large and organized events made it easy for me to follow rules and instructions. The people were helpful and everything kind of clicked perfectly. It may not be the best first race for most, but for an athlete of my background, it was the right one to pick.

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Last updated: 2006-06-01 12:00 AM
00:19:38 | 820 yards | 02m 23s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/129
Overall: 367/1718
Performance: Average
Suit: Sleeveless Wetsuit
Course: Starts from Balbo and LSD, straight short north to the monroe street yacht club. straight line with wall on the left and lifeguard boats to the right.
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Good
Waves: Good Navigation: Average
Time: 03:15
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
00:43:25 | 13.67 miles | 18.89 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/129
Overall: 371/1718
Performance: Average
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Started from Randolph Street, all the way north to Foster Ave., then back to Randolph for transition. Pretty much a straight line and car traffic on the right, which was negligeable at 6:30 AM on a sunday save for the drunk drivers heading home from clubs.
Road: Potholes Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:56
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:23:44 | 03.11 miles | 07m 38s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/129
Overall: 221/1718
Performance: Good
Course: Run started from the Swim Out area, nice straight line down on the path next to LSD until we hit the Aquarium, circle halfway around then left all the way to Adler Planetarium, then back to the Aquarium, go halfway around again, underpass from LSD and then run like hell to Columbus Drive.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %2
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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