Life Time Tri Chicago - Olympic Course - Triathlon

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Chicago, Illinois
United States
Life Time Fitness
90F / 32C
Total Time = 4h 20m 20s
Overall Rank = 2531/2611
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 30/34
Pre-race routine:

Up early, 3:30am wakeup; most of the gear packed the previous night. Had some oatmeal and a banana. Drove to the race, some delays, and got set up in transition.
Event warmup:

Went back to the car for a nap; couldn't sleep much due to excitement.
  • 37m 52s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 19s / 100 yards

The swim went well, but my sighting was off by a lot and as a result I swam farther than I really needed to.
What would you do differently?:

Need to work on sighting more and more often.
Transition 1
  • 03m 39s

T1 went okay. It's a longish run up to T1 from the swim.
What would you do differently?:

Need to learn the flying mount technique.
  • 1h 16m 1s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 19.55 mile/hr

The bike went well, except for some major nutrition mistakes. I was happy with the bike split, but the nutrition issues were legion.
What would you do differently?:

Overall, I think I over-cooked it on the bike.
Transition 2
  • 03m 37s

Flying dismount went smooth.
  • 2h 19m 9s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 22m 26s  min/mile

Major nutrition mistakes came back to haunt me, big time. I had the slowest run split of my AG, by 38 minutes.

My biggest mistake was smiply taking in too much fluid and food on the bike, which caused a stomach/GI shutdown, which caused a legion of other GI issues, leading to dehydration, stomach cramps, and a visit from the medic.

After my second trip to the porta-potty, I sat down under a tree, and then laid down, trying to wait out the debilitating stomach cramps. Volunteers then came by and summoned a medic. I then vomited up my stomach contents, which helped ease the stomach cramps. By that time, my wife caught up, and she stayed with me. The medic checked my blood pressure, O2 levels, and heart rate.

After a total of about 40 minutes in the shade, my wife and I walked the final two miles and finished together, hand in hand.
What would you do differently?:

I made a lot of bad nutrition decisions that came to haunt me, and came somewhat close to a trip to the ER.
Post race
Warm down:

Drank slowly, and a lot.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Bad nutrition decisions.

Event comments:

Honestly, this race is simply too large. There were almost 3,000 folks in the olympic, and there is such a huge range, that is almost isn't worth doing. The transition area is huge and chaotic, making it difficult to find a spot to set up, even with the clear markings and designations. The volunteers are great, but it's too big, by and far.

Last updated: 2013-01-22 12:00 AM
00:37:52 | 1640 yards | 02m 19s / 100yards
Age Group: 183/34
Overall: 0/2611
Performance: Good
Suit: blueseventy Fusion
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Average Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:39
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
01:16:01 | 24.85 miles | 19.55 mile/hr
Age Group: 99/34
Overall: 0/2611
Wind: Some
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Too hard Drinks: Too much
Time: 03:37
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
02:19:09 | 06.21 miles | 22m 26s  min/mile
Age Group: 298/34
Overall: 0/2611
Performance: Bad
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Bad
Mental exertion [1-5] 1
Physical exertion [1-5] 1
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] 2