Accenture Chicago Triathlon - Sprint - TriathlonSprint

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Chicago, Illinois
United States
Capri Events, Inc
77F / 25C
Total Time = 1h 50m 52s
Overall Rank = 898/1718
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 73/154
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 2:30 to use the restroom and couldn't really back to sleep before I had the alarm go off at 3:45. Had a tablespoon full of peanut butter, and some fruit punch gatorade. Did some mild stretching (made sure to stretch out back/neck on ball) while I paced around the house. Also sat for about 10 minutes with the ice pack on my back, right side, lower (where I felt it pull while running that day @ Alli's).

Got in the cab around 4:20-4:25, and was down there by 4:35, and found #8's bike rack, and we were right by the bike in, and bike out so that was awesome. I was able to get my bike right by the tree in the first section (so glad I got there early!!). Laid out my stuff, went to the restroom again, practiced the run from the swim into transition to my stuff, so felt acclamated as to where I would go in a few hours.

Had a 1/2 of a powebar (carmel peanut infusion triple threat) and some more fruit punch gatorade. Did a little more stretching, not too much.

Headed down to transition, after one more potty break, around 5:55, while I was walking, saw they started the first heat. So, I stopped between the start and finish, and put on the wetsuit. At this point, there was a bit of a mist coming down, not too bad, felt good.
  • 27m 28s
  • 820 yards
  • 03m 21s / 100 yards

I felt a slight panic when I got in, and I chickened out with swimming freestyle, and swam the side stroke for about 98% of the race. I was still really nervous about the swim, and my goggles got a little fogged up today, or it could just be that it was kind of dark, or the fact that I never found a good open space, but I was nervous to put my face in, so I DEFINATELY need to work on that for next time. There were a few parts where I got kicked, or pushed, but for the most part, it was ok, except at the end, when we were getting ready to round the bouy, and some guy in a blue cap pretty much pushed me down, and swam over me to get to the stairs quicker...what an ass!! Gasoline smell didn't bother me so much, didn't think it was as bad as everyone was making it out to be.

I have to keep up practicing the OWS, and actually doing the freestyle swim. Being that this was my first race post P-Tine, and I just wanted to make sure I was ok, I think a smaller race will be good to practice the swimming correctly, I just chickened out this time, and getting jostled in there.
What would you do differently?:

Swim the freestyle more, like I've been practicing in the lake down at Ohio street. Being that I didn't put my face in the water all that much, that is why I give myself the below average rating.
Transition 1
  • 02m 55s

Having practiced coming in from the swim running up through the aisle to rack #8, felt really good about this transition. Loved having my bike where it was, by the bike out/bike in area.

What would you do differently?:

  • 49m 39s
  • 13.67 miles
  • 16.52 mile/hr

Legs were very heavy when I got onto the bike, probably due to the fact that I was just kicking a lot in the water. Could have gone a little faster, so I should really practice this before next race. Need to figure out when is a good time to take in some liquids, and when to haul ass and pick up some time.
What would you do differently?:

See Above.
Transition 2
  • 01m 58s

I was really quick in this transition. Pretty much ripped helmet off, and hung bike up quickly, grabbed race belt, and I was off.
What would you do differently?:

  • 28m 41s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 09m 13s  min/mile

Ok, I either have aggravated the old Cross Country oblique injury on the right side, or I was severely cramped. Had the stabbing pain on the right side, under ribcage everytime I took a breath. Didn't go away for the majority of the race, and as I can see from the time, (worst 5k time in a LONG time), my overall time suffered because of it. Other than that, I felt really strong, even after coming off bike.

Also, right side of neck that has been flaring up hurt a lot in the first mile, but then the pain subsided.
What would you do differently?:

Hope that my side is ok.
Post race
Warm down:

Finished around 8:15-8:20ish. Had A LOT of time between end of race, and the time transition opened back up (11:00). Next year, make sure you check a bag at the swim check with a shirt (I was freezing while waiting around), and anything else you want or plan to go somewhere if you don't want to watch the other participants.

Did some light stretching after and a little jogging (was this more to keep warm???)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Swim-MUST get more comfortable in water, but this will come with time.

Bike-just bike a little harder, practice more.

Run-need to get that right side looked at. Have an appt. at Athletico on Tuesday, 8/29 to have it looked at.

Event comments:

For my first Sprint, overall, just really happy that I finished. Know where I need to work on stuff to improve, with the majority of it in the swimming portion, but like I said earlier, I think that will come with time. Just basic anxiety that I need to get over. The fact that I suffer from claustriphobia at times, depending on the situation I'm sure doesn't help, but I've noticed it gets better. The fact that I almost got jumped on at the start of this race by a girl 4x my size, didn't help either.

I think Accenture did a wonderful job of putting this race on.

Need to get more practice, probably would be good to get some practice out in the burbs next year so I get some hill training.

REALLY hope that my oblique muscle isn't torn again, I'm a little worried about that. But, being that this was my last "race" for the year, then I should be able to get some treatment, and rest. Hopefully after I got to the doctor tomorrow, I will feel less stressed about it, and he'll tell me it's ok.

Race #1-Done...moving on and down (timewise) next time!!

Last updated: 2006-08-23 12:00 AM
00:27:28 | 820 yards | 03m 21s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/154
Overall: 1222/1718
Performance: Below average
Suit: TYR Bike shorts/racing tank
Course: 1/2 mile north in Lake Michigan-start around Balbo, finish just about at Monroe. Ran from Monroe north to just south of the Yacht club, where you ran into transition.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Bad
Time: 02:55
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:49:39 | 13.67 miles | 16.52 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/154
Overall: 915/1718
Performance: Average
Wind: Headwind
Course: North up LSD to Foster, turn around, and head back south to Randolph(?) or Ohio, can't remember.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:58
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:28:41 | 03.11 miles | 09m 13s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/154
Overall: 777/1718
Performance: Below average
Course: Flat, south towards Shedd, and then back North, under LSD and finsih on Columbus.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4