Twin Lakes Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Palatine, Illinois
United States
Salt Creek Rural Park District
Total Time = 1h 39m 25s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Made sure all my "stuff" was ready the night before and packed it all in my backpack. Then I said a little chant to try and avert the imminent rain that was coming. It went something like "no rain, no rain, no rain....." It didn't work. Got up around 4:15 and had some toast with peanut butter and jelly along with a couple cups of coffee. Showered, grabbed by stuff and was out the door. There was a nice little drizzle going on. Yuck.
Event warmup:

I got to the place around 5:20 or so. I thought parking would be an issue but we found a spot right away. Walked our bikes to the transition area and found a couple spots. (I was with a buddy of mine from college). We body marked ourselves (I felt like such an outlaw doing that). By the time I got my stuff set up, hit the pot o potty and got the westsuit on they were starting the pre-race announcements so I never got to warm up in the water.
  • 12m 38s
  • 800 yards
  • 01m 35s / 100 yards

I started in the back of the pack, which is my custom. I found myself gaining to the middle by the end. I took a good elbow to the head. Ouch. Somebody was passing me and just caught me right on the top of the head. That's always a nice good morning. I kept trying to touch the bottom at the end but you couldn't touch until your were like 4 feet from the shore. Quite a drop off.
What would you do differently?:

Be more diligent about my stroke. About halfway through I abaondoned the freestyle and did most of the rest with my head above water. Practice with the wetsuit on more. I always feels like it constricts my breathing. Just need more experience.
Transition 1
  • 03m 30s

Not too bad. I took my time, which is my habit.
What would you do differently?:

Move my butt a little faster.
  • 42m 36s
  • 14.2 miles
  • 20.00 mile/hr

The bike actually went pretty well. Had some hairy turns where I was kind of hanging on hoping I wouldn't slip. The best part was literally eating the dirty street water flying up from the back tire of whoever was in front of me. mmmmm mmmmmm.
What would you do differently?:

Ride faster. Had to be cautious though with the wet slippery streets.
Transition 2
  • 01m 30s

This went pretty well. Probably could have gone faster. I actually had to pour the water out of my running shoes. Yuck.
  • 41m 11s
  • 4.9 miles
  • 08m 24s  min/mile

Felt good on the run. I wish I would have started out a little harder. I really took it easy and then tried to make up for it near the end.
What would you do differently?:

Run faster.
Post race
Warm down:

Stood around and talked my friend Rob, had some bagels and Gatorade. Rob had to find bandaids for his bloody heels. He didn't wear any socks for the run and paid the price. Ouch.

Event comments:

This event was extremely well organized and ran without a hitch, even with the inclimate weather. I hope to be back next year. And I wish I would have been able to meet fellow BTers there. Hangloose tried to call me but I left the cell at home. One of these days. It would be nice to find some training friends in the area too.
Great race!!!!!

Last updated: 2006-06-23 12:00 AM
00:12:38 | 800 yards | 01m 35s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: The swim was in a small lake with an island. So the swim was out, around the island and back. It was a small lake so there were no waves at all.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 03:30
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:42:36 | 14.2 miles | 20.00 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Road:  Wet Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:30
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:41:11 | 04.9 miles | 08m 24s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Course: The course was very nice and there was a great part that went through a forest preserve.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]