Chicago Triathlon - Sprint Course - Triathlon

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Chicago, Illinois
United States
Life Time Fitness
62F / 17C
Total Time = 1h 55m 41s
Overall Rank = 994/2017
Age Group = 60 - 64
Age Group Rank = 18/38
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 3:45am. Small coffee and two slices of bread with white cheese. Parked the car at work in Morton Grove and rode the bike to transition for late check in. Arrived at 6:40am and still was able to find a good spot to rack my bike. I was ready out of transition around 7:30am. My wave 48 planned start was at 9:59am. Plenty of time to relax.
Event warmup:

17 mile bike ride to transition was a pretty good warm up, but I did some stretching before swim anyway.
  • 22m 42s
  • 750 meters
  • 03m 02s / 100 meters

Start was bumpy. I got kicked and stroke by other swimmers a few times. One guy almost swam me over, but I fought back. The rest of the course was much better as I got used to the temperature and found my rhythm.
What would you do differently?:

Position myself better - in the back but further away from the group.
Transition 1
  • 07m 18s

I really took my time in T1. No rush.
What would you do differently?:

If it was about the time, I would place biking shoes on pedals and run bear foot to engage the bike.
  • 52m 37s
  • 24.5 kms
  • 27.94 km/hr

I felt really good on the bike and did it in pretty comfortable pace. I did not push myself much.
What would you do differently?:

Again, if it would be about time, I could push harder.
Transition 2
  • 03m 34s

I took it easy.
What would you do differently?:

Could be faster if leaving my shoes on bike.
  • 29m 32s
  • 5 kms
  • 05m 55s  min/km

I started to fast and elevated heart rate too much. The slowed down and kept the rate below 150. In addition, I had to use toy-toy once.
What would you do differently?:

Run with my pace all the distance.
Post race
Warm down:

Rode my bike back to Morton Grove - 15 miles.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I took too much time in transitions, not enough effort on bike, and improperly paced the run.

Event comments:

Very well organized, but too crowded. I just wanted to race with my son again and his fiancé who was running her first triathlon ever.

Last updated: 2015-08-20 12:00 AM
00:22:42 | 750 meters | 03m 02s / 100meters
Age Group: 26/38
Overall: 1383/2017
Performance: Good
Suit: slevless and hoodie
Course: Along lake shore like last year. The water was cold, but not too choppy.
Start type: Dive Plus: Waves
Water temp: 62F / 17C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 07:18
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:52:37 | 24.5 kms | 27.94 km/hr
Age Group: 23/38
Overall: 913/2017
Wind: Little
Course: Lake Shore Drive North. Much better road surface than last year (most of the holes patched). Too many first timers blocking riding lane and not obeying rules when being passed.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:34
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Below average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:29:32 | 05 kms | 05m 55s  min/km
Age Group: 15/38
Overall: 886/2017
Performance: Good
Course: Same like last year, but much better weather conditions for run.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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] 4