Accenture Chicago Triathlon - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Chicago, Illinois
United States
Capri Events
70F / 21C
Total Time = 2h 27m 49s
Overall Rank = 194/3928
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 51/521
Pre-race routine:

3:30 AM start, cheerios and banana, some coffee. Drove down to the race and got through the masses into the swamp called transition area due to the terrible rains over the past few days. I took my time getting setup, then went to the swim start to take a nap under a tree.
Event warmup:

Stretching, ate another banana, listened to iPod, hung out with family.
  • 30m 26s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 52s / 100 yards

The swim went well, much better than the last few swim sessions before my taper. This being my second year doing this race, I had a much improved management of navigation and expectations of swimming with thousands of people. I came in 1:00 faster than last year, so my race started well. Good thing the raw sewaged dumped into the lake from the rain two days prior did not create any floating obstacles ;-)
What would you do differently?:

More pool time, but all things being equal I came out of the lake at 29:00 so that matched my training times and no strange rashes from the nasty harbor water - that's a plus!
Transition 1
  • 02m 56s

This trasition was tough due to slipper hill and trying to get to the racks. Still, the suit came off ok and I was running for the bike start as well as I could. My time was not great but considering I had to run around the rack due to a pine tree blocking the route I would have taken, that cost me about 20 seconds.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, this went as well as I could.
  • 1h 08m 57s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 21.62 mile/hr

My biking has been a work in progress since I started triathlons last year. Considering I averaged 19.5 mph last year and now at 21.6 mph I am very pleased. The pace was great, the road was rough and the marking of large (bike engulfing) potholes was not very well done. My biking went exactly to plan with enough gas for a hard run. The only downside to the bike is everyone being confused with what side of the road to be on. The right is passing due to this being the inside lanes of Lake Shore Drive. Also, there are many who go to pass without looking to see who's coming up behind - I am most was hit twice that way, grrrr...
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 02m 9s

This transition I wanted to nail and did. The conditions were rough with the mud, but I planned on a second pair of socks so I could run with the bike after my flying dismount (it was nice getting the ooo's, ah's, and golf-clapping in doing so). I did decide to crash through the pine tree this time, that saved time.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, practicing this transition all summer paid off.
  • 43m 18s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 06m 58s  min/mile

I have never run this well in a triathlon. I paced it out well for the first 3.5 to 4 miles, then just after the turn I kicked it home. I am really happy with the run time and rank, that helped me out the most over last year. There is nothing like hearing your name as you come across the finish.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Usual bananas, coolmist sprayers, water, and light stretching.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I am very pleased with my performance. I need to keep focusing on the swim and bike more, but this was a great race.

Event comments:

Like last year, this is a fun race. With so many people, you need to expect some slow points on the bike and run but the venue is excellent and the race organizers have their act together. The prerace expo is good and everyone seemed to have a good time.

Last updated: 2006-11-28 12:00 AM
00:30:26 | 1640 yards | 01m 52s / 100yards
Age Group: 104/521
Overall: 600/3928
Performance: Good
Suit: Orca Speedsuit Sleeveless
Course: Start in harbor, go 1/4 mile south to aquarium, turn and go to lake exit. Upon getting out of lake, run almost 1/2 mile to the transition area.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:56
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:08:57 | 24.85 miles | 21.62 mile/hr
Age Group: 134/521
Overall: 481/3928
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Start up on ramp from Randolph, head north to Foster then turn around and back south just north of Navy Pier, turn around one more time north to Foster and then return to transition.
Road: Potholes Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:09
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:43:18 | 06.21 miles | 06m 58s  min/mile
Age Group: 26/521
Overall: 117/3928
Performance: Good
Course: South around aquarium and down to planetarium. Continued on lakefront south to turn around just before 4 mile mark, then back around aquarium and under Lake Shore Drive to the finish.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
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