Accenture Chicago Triathlon - Olympic - TriathlonOlympic

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Chicago, Illinois
United States
Capri Events
80F / 27C
Total Time = 2h 56m 2s
Overall Rank = 1528/3708
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 250/497
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 4 a.m. and rode my bike from my apartment to transition at about 4:15. Set up and triple-checked everything. Since my wave didn't start until 9:33 I walked home and went to bed for about two-and-a-half more hours. It was nice. Got up at 8:30, walked back to the race, put on my wetsuit over my trisuit and got in line.
Event warmup:

My wife and I walked to the race from my apartment -- about a 30-minute walk. Once fully dressed I poured cold water over my head to avoid the shock of the 72-degree water. Stretched and got mental.
  • 39m 49s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 26s / 100 yards

The first 200m was hell. It was a floating start and as soon as the horn sounded we all took off -- bad news for me because I was just trying to get started when I got basically pulled under by the guy behind me. I couldn't catch my breath with my wetsuit on and was on the verge of panic. I said to myself "you're in a pool, you're in a pool" like five times, slowed down and let the would-be fast guys pass me then got started. We spread out a bit and I relaxed, got my breathing down and started passing people, which felt good.
What would you do differently?:

Start at the back of the pack instead of the front!
Transition 1
  • 04m 11s

T1 was not good. First I couldn't get my wetsuit off then I couldn't get my socks on! It was hell!
What would you do differently?:

Two words: Body Glide.
  • 1h 17m 10s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 19.32 mile/hr

After the disastrous T1 I went out on the bike and was doing good. I took my new Felt S32 to the LBS THursday to get adjusted because I wasn't able to shift to the large chain ring. And guess what -- again I couldn't shift to the large chain ring. And then the chain popped off. I did a quick one-two-three stop-jump-flip and got the chain back on and took off again. The whole thing was actually quite beautiful -- it took less than 20 seconds I'd say, but I lost more time than that getting back up to speed. Someone at the LBS is getting an earful tomorrow.
What would you do differently?:

Test the bike more than twice after getting adjusted. Very angering.
Transition 2
  • 03m 10s

I came into T2 fully confident after a decent bike leg and totally mucked up the works. Couldn't get my gloves off -- next time I'll either leave them at home or wear them on the run. I had troubles getting my bike shoes off and then of course my running shoe came untied not once but twice on the way out of T2.
What would you do differently?:

Double-knot the shoes the first time and not take off or perhaps not wear the gloves.
  • 51m 41s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 19s  min/mile

No AG or overall rank given. The run actually felt really good. I didn't cramp up too much and my pace was manageable. I wanted to get a sub-50 but I'm happy with the 51.41. About mile four my chronically bad knee started hurting then the muscle started cramping. I thought of all thing my mother -- I know, weird -- and how proud she'd be and that got me through the rest of the run. I'd been following a guy I started with who lost me on the swim but I passed on the bike then he caught me on the run about mile five. NO WAY was he going to beat me so I just kept up with him until the finish line. He started sprinting and I was right behind him until about 20 yards left and I left him in the dust!!! Awesome finish!!!
What would you do differently?:

Run faster.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around with my hands on my head for a few. Dumped two cups of water on my head then drank one. And a cup of Gatorade.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Hurting knee ... lack of training.

Event comments:

By far the biggest race I've ever raced -- I think this set a record for participants at 8,000-plus overall including the sprint and pros. Despite the size it was very well organized and amazingly everything was on time.

Last updated: 2006-08-27 12:00 AM
00:39:49 | 1640 yards | 02m 26s / 100yards
Age Group: 2410/497
Overall: 3708/3708
Performance: Average
Suit: Sleeveless wetsuit and trisuit
Course: The Olympic distance went out about a quarter-mile along the pier in Lake Michigan then doubled back around a buoy, past the start and along to the finish.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:11
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
01:17:10 | 24.85 miles | 19.32 mile/hr
Age Group: 1503/497
Overall: 3708/3708
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Out and back along Lake Shore Drive. Bikes got two lanes of a four-lane road so it was really nice.
Road: Potholes Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Below average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:10
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:51:41 | 06.21 miles | 08m 19s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/497
Overall: 0/3708
Performance: Average
Course: A long out and back -- kind of -- along Lake Michigan, past the museums, Soldier Field and then back. Finished on Columbus Ave.
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] 5