Accenture Chicago Triathlon - Olympic - TriathlonOlympic

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Chicago, Illinois
United States
Capri Events
Total Time = 3h 18m 26s
Overall Rank = 2702/3722
Age Group = F 30-34
Age Group Rank = 158/248
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4, ate a bagel and coffee, set up T area, waited around for 3 hours until my wave
Event warmup:

we couldn;t get in the water, I did some stretching and some sun salutes
  • 36m 40s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 14s / 100 yards

this sucked. I forgot my wetsuit, which at first didn't bother me, I actually enjoy swimming sans wetsuit, but the water felt cold, and it was SO crowded and I got banged around a lot- my wetsuit would have made me feel safer, more bouyant, and I certainly would not have been scratched up so badly by swimmers fingernails! Unlike every other tri I've done, it NEVER thinned out, normally I can blast off and find a spot for myself but I immediately hit the wave in front and was quickly envoloped by the wave behind. I felt like this swim was WAY more agressive than usual.

The cool part was that for the last 1/2 mile, kathryn was running along side me the whole time
What would you do differently?:

uh, remember my wetsuit. Actually get at least a few swims in the 2 weeks leading up.

I must remember though, that my swim time includes over 1/4 mile run from exit to my bike... which I stumbled through
Transition 1
  • 02m 53s

TOO CROWDED! The T area was enormous, and the bike racks were too close together, at least near me. I found my spot no problem thanks to a giant pine tree right in the midd.e of my rack, but that same pine tree was hard to get around. the actual T, getting on helmet and stuff was pertty good, it was the running with the bike that sucked
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 26m 50s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 17.17 mile/hr

Again, the time is screwy because of where the mats were relative to my bike and the giant T area. Pretty good speed for me, of course it was quite flat. I would have liked aerobars on this course. Hard not to draft. I was glad not to flat.
What would you do differently?:

My HRM might have helped me feel confident to push harder, I find it hard to push on the bike
Transition 2
  • 03m 13s

Have I mentioned yet how hard it was to navigate the T area?? Actual T itself was smooth, but man, do I ever need to practice running with the bike. Cyclocross here I come.
What would you do differently?:

I might like to try and get some aerobars...
  • 1h 08m 48s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 11m 05s  min/mile

I always hate this part.. plus I hadn;t run in almost a month, for some reason I seem to think I am 19 again. I did a run 5 walk 1 ratio for the first 5 miles, and "ran" the last one. Saw a TNTer from Ohio about 500 yds from the end and we decided to finsih together. ITB hurt
What would you do differently?:

run more.
Post race
Warm down:

ate some protein bars ASAP and guzzled water. I was determined to stave off DOMS

What limited your ability to perform faster:

poor training, lack of mental toughness, cockiness.

Event comments:

Y'know- for a race this big, the volunteers and general race mgmt was excellent. I think I just concluded that I do not like big races. And that I need to take training a little more seriously if I intend to enjoy race day. There is no reason to race under the circumstances I out myself in. I must learn to value myself enough to give myself a chance at enjoying myself at the LEAST, and reaching my potential at best.

Last updated: 2006-06-13 12:00 AM
00:36:40 | 1640 yards | 02m 14s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/248
Overall: 1757/3722
Performance: Bad
Suit: NO!
Course: to the right 1/4 mile, back 3/4 mile
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Below average
Time: 02:53
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Below average
01:26:50 | 24.85 miles | 17.17 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/248
Overall: 2808/3722
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: a very boring out and back along Lake Shore Drive. I did like the hairpin turns though! I love tight turns.
Road: Potholes Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:13
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:08:48 | 06.21 miles | 11m 05s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/248
Overall: 3023/3722
Performance: Below average
Course: pretty cool run course, actually- at first, kind of a dirt trail, then around the museums along the lakefront. quite flat
Keeping cool Good Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? No
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