Lifetime Tri: Chicago - Triathlon

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Chicago, Illinois
United States
90F / 32C
Total Time = 3h 03m 3s
Overall Rank = 1034/2795
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 28/76
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 3:45 and was out the door by 4:10. Quick drive up to Chicago from Evanston. Even though my race wouldn't start until 8:10 I needed to be out of transition by 5:45... Crazy!! I was rushing in the dark and managed to lose my wallet.... I was lucky a fellow racet found it ... so no harm done :)
Event warmup:

I put my wetsuit on way too early .... so that warmed me up.... other than that I napped on the shore for a couple hours
  • 34m 13s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 17s / 100 meters

I was in a wave with the 40-44 men and almost no women. The men tend to be more aggressive at the start (even though they are really better swimmers) They didn't do a great job self seeding and I got caught behind a wave of poor swimmers. I had to tread water several times to find holes to blast through.
What would you do differently?:

The swim was really meant to be a test of my new full wetsuit for Tahoe ... so it as all good. I actually liked the suit and I'm glad I paid a few extra bucks for more flexiblity.
Transition 1
  • 05m 34s

I am the worlds worst transitioner :) That said I really don't try very hard to be fast.
  • 1h 12m 23s
  • 40 kms
  • 33.24 km/hr

It was an nice easy course and just a few rollers. Lots of room and it was easy to get a good pace. potholes were a little bad in one small stretch but very managable. I really enjoyed the ride
Transition 2
  • 05m 13s

really bad... I know ... but there was a porta potty stop included
  • 1h 05m 38s
  • 10 kms
  • 06m 31s  min/km

It was so hot and humid!! I'm really bad in heat but this was just crazy. My sunscreen wore off as well so I knew I was gettting fried. I managed to shuffle along and I walked the water stations. Given all that I'm actually happy with my super slow run because I at least managed to run most of it. Usually in this type of heat my body shuts down so the fact that I managed through it made me really happy.
Post race
Warm down:

I was sunburned big time so I tried to move through quickly to get out of the sun. It was quite a haul to get my pre swim gear and then get my tranistion stuff and then go all the way back to parking. That walk was a good cool-down

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The heat and my transition times. I just looked at my ranking in my age group... I lost like 8 positions by my crazy long transitions. I really need to dial those back in.

Event comments:

Fun race but the wait between tranistion close and race start kind of sucked. Its a big city race so there really isn't a lot they can do. The issue however is it place my wave right in the middle of high heat.

Last updated: 2013-08-06 12:00 AM
00:34:13 | 1500 meters | 02m 17s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/76
Overall: 860/2795
Performance: Below average
Suit: full
Course: single loop... south, back past the start to a north exit
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 05:34
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:12:23 | 40 kms | 33.24 km/hr
Age Group: 0/76
Overall: 444/2795
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: two loops along North shore
Road:   Cadence: 85
Turns: Good Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks:
Time: 05:13
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:05:38 | 10 kms | 06m 31s  min/km
Age Group: 0/76
Overall: 1432/2795
Performance: Below average
Course: one loop
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Ok
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4