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Chicago, Illinois
United States
Capri Events
Total Time = 2h 29m 22s
Overall Rank = 192/3708
Age Group = M 25-29
Age Group Rank = 44/506
Pre-race routine:

The night before the race I told myself I was going to take it easy but still ended up going to a friend's party and having 3 beers. One of these days I'm going to try staying in the night before a race and see what happens.

The morning of the race I rode my bike to the transition area, set up, and walked the 1.5 miles back home to rest before my swim start at 7:30. I ate a Clif bar, turned the TV to the weather channel and just kind of zoned out. The sky looked like it was going to rain, I really hoped it wouldn't.
Event warmup:

Due to a huuuuuge line at the portajohns I was late to my start, so the warmup consisted of sprinting to the swim gate while trying to pull my wetsuit on. Luckily I made it, but this is the second year in a row I've made the mistake of arriving late. I didn't anticipate a 40 minute line to pee.
  • 27m 24s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 40s / 100 yards

Triathlon swim starts are always chaotic, especially Chicago where so many people are packed into that little channel. I knew it wouldn't clear sailing until I hit the rounding bouy and swung North. With that said, this was the first race I've ever done where people where actually being malicious. I had guys elbowing me in the head, grabbing my legs and trying to pull me under so they could climb over me. It was just nasty. Right when the buzzer went off I got a foot in the face which knocked my goggles off, I didn't dare stop to fix them or I would have been run over so I just swam it blind.

The swim was 2 minutes slower for me than last year, I'm guessing because I did it unable to see anything but blurry shapes. After the rounding bouy I latched onto a pair of legs and drafted off them for a few minutes. Had I been able to see better I would have noticed he couldn't navigate too well though because he was over by the wall, then over by the lifeguard boats, then back to the wall; eventually I just passed him and went on my own. Swimming is one of my strong points so I was really hoping to do better, but I felt great coming out of the water.

As an aside, I do love this swim course because the spectators are right there for the whole length. It is great being able to look out and see the blurry shape of your wife walking the wall cheering you on!
What would you do differently?:

Probably stop to fix my goggles once I found clear water. Also, I forgot to put bodyglide on my neck and my wetsuit just destroyed it! Ouch.
Transition 1
  • 02m 6s

I need to learn how to get onto the bike with my shoes already clipped in...something to work on for next season.
  • 1h 08m 24s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 21.80 mile/hr

The bike was where I needed it to be. I was 4 seconds slower than last year, nothing to complain about. The road was wet in places from the rain the night before, I saw a lot of flat tires and a few wipeouts. One guy I know got carted off in an ambulance, I really hope he's ok. There was a pretty nasty wind blowing out of the North which gave a sucky headwind for half of the bike, but coming South it made up for itself.
What would you do differently?:

Another weakness continues to be climbing hills. I find myself passing people only to be re-passed on the climbs, but then I overtake them again on the downhills and flats.
Transition 2
  • 01m 59s

Near flawless T2. Things slowing me down were the sheer size of the transition area, and that I didn't use Yankz this year so I had to stop and tie my shoes.
  • 47m 39s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 40s  min/mile

A great run, I shaved 10 minutes off last year! It helped that I wasn't gimpy this season so I've been running a lot more. I really have to say here how AWESOME the volunteers were on the run course. They were just fantastic, so much encouragement and cheering, and that stuff really makes a big difference. They really helped me to finish strong, so I have to give props to them for being out there on a Sunday morning.
What would you do differently?:

More bricks!!!! Bricks are going to be a big part of next season's training.
Post race
Warm down:

I stood in front of the misting fan for about 5 minutes; those are the best inventions of all time. Then I ate a banana, polished off about a gallon of Gatorade, waited for what felt like forever to get my bike out of transition, and rode home for some lunch.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Underperformed on the swim. I need more hill and brick training for next year. The sheer size of the event. I love doing this race because of the magnitute...all the people, the competitors, the spectators, it's great, but those very things also really make it hard to go out and nail PRs. I really can't complain though. I was over 10 minutes faster than last year, had a great race and a great day!

Event comments:

As always, an EXCELLENTLY RUN RACE! Directing a race like this with 8000 athletes (including the sprint and supersprint) must be like herding cats, and the RD and his staff were outstanding as always. The officials were present on the course and visible, I can only assume they were doing their jobs well. I honestly did't see much drafting or cheating on the bike course though). Lastly, MAD PROPS to the volunteers, they were all amazing.

Last updated: 2006-08-28 12:00 AM
00:27:24 | 1640 yards | 01m 40s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/506
Overall: 285/3708
Performance: Average
Suit: QR Full Suit
Course: You start by entering the water across from Buckingham Fountain and going south a few blocks, then swing it North to the Yacht Club.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:06
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Bad
01:08:24 | 24.85 miles | 21.80 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/506
Overall: 263/3708
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: North on Lake Shore Drive to Foster (I think), then back south to Chicago, loop back onto LSD North and do the loop again. The second time back to transition by the fountain.
Road: Rough Wet Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:59
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:47:39 | 06.21 miles | 07m 40s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/506
Overall: 179/3708
Performance: Good
Course: Simple out and back along the scenic lake front South past McCormick Center, finishing up in grant park.
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