Life Time Tri Chicago - Sprint Distance - TriathlonSprint

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Chicago, Illinois
United States
Life Time Fitness
Total Time = 1h 39m 5s
Overall Rank = 699/2274
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Rode from my hotel to transition at 4:15. Pretty surreal biking thru downtown Chicago in the early AM. I was luck enough to rack up on the pavement.

Shocked at the number of clowns who missed entry into transition because they arrived late. I passed them as I walked to the swim and felt sorry for the 1st couple and then by the 25th I lost my empathy for their situation.
Event warmup:

Setup and cop a squat to take in everything.
  • 24m 15s
  • 750 meters
  • 03m 14s / 100 meters

A little chop esp. near the seawall. Hit by/hit many folks. I understand now why it is so hard to get a rythm & a respectable swim time in this race.
What would you do differently?:

If I could swim fast i would get out of the main lane and go outside.
Transition 1
  • 02m 29s

Stripped the suit as soon as I reached transition.
What would you do differently?:

N/A This is a long transition run uphill at the end.
  • 41m 55s
  • 22 kms
  • 31.49 km/hr

Pretty good surface. Lots of small rollers due to overpasses. In addition to headwinds you get smacked randomly by crosswinds coming from between buildings.
What would you do differently?:

Ride with similar riders. Despite being a huge race, I was either being passed by elites or passing slwoer riders.
Transition 2
  • 02m 10s

A little winded due to heavy headwinds before dismount.
  • 28m 13s
  • 5 kms
  • 05m 38s  min/km

Worst part of this race. 2nd class race course running through grass and on public paths. They could have killed it had we run through the city.
What would you do differently?:

Understand the course.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked bike over to transition. Good grub & unlimited brew once you find it.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of understanding this course's challenges.

Event comments:

Race organiztion from the expo on was sketchy. Soo many odd choices by the race organizers. My overall experience was not positive.

BTW did I mention there was no Clyde division. WTF! One of the biggest races in the country without this division. I have been to races 1/4 of this size with 20+ clydes participating.

Last updated: 2013-10-26 12:00 AM
00:24:15 | 750 meters | 03m 14s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/2274
Performance: Average
Suit: Yes for buoyancy.
Course: 1-way along the seawall.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:29
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:41:55 | 22 kms | 31.49 km/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/2274
Performance: Average
Wind: Cross-winds with gusts
Course: Out and back on Lakeshore Drive.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 02:10
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:28:13 | 05 kms | 05m 38s  min/km
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/2274
Performance: Average
Course: Along the lake on public paths and sometime in grass.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? No
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 2