Accenture Chicago Triathlon - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Chicago, Illinois
United States
Capri Events
75F / 24C
Total Time = 2h 35m 23s
Overall Rank = 481/3928
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 116/521
Pre-race routine:

Up at 3:30. Got dressed. #2, drove downtown to find a place to park.
Event warmup:

T2 was open from 4:15 - 5:45am. My wave started at 8:33. So there was a lot of walking around, chatting with other triathletes and just relaxing.
  • 30m 56s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 04s / 100 meters

Had a lot of trouble at first getting a rhythm and breathing. Couldn't catch breath and seemed to be inhaling water on every breath. I actually had to breaststroke for a 20 or so meters to settle down (for the first time this year). That seemed to help. Finally settled in about 300m into race. 2nd half went very well, was able to pass a lot of people in my wave and a couple waves in front of me.

So strange to be such a struggle in first part and feel kick-a$$ on 2nd half.
What would you do differently?:

No idea. It may have been the cold water and perhaps going to fast at first causing initial issue. Unfortunately there was nowhere to warm-up in the water before-hand. I think this would have helped a lot.
Transition 1
  • 02m 47s

Really good transition. No problems with wetsuit. Clipped in very quickly with both pedals on 1st try. The T-area was huge and VERY muddy.

Actually 96th of 521 in AG! A huge improvement for me.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe focus just a little more and knock some seconds off.
  • 1h 10m 32s
  • 24.9 miles
  • 21.18 mile/hr

Goal was to ride a little harder than first Oly in June and average 21 mph. Mission accomplished. I was a little worried as I was feeling some fatigue in my glutes, but HR settled down nicely after first 4 miles and kept in check throughout.

Course was full of pot-holes and bumps. Saw a lot of water bottles, etc.. across the course. I knew this going in and just focused to stay out of trouble.

There was tons of bike traffic (8000+ Sprint and Oly racers sharing course). Again, had to be on full alert the whole time.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 03m 4s

A little disapointed with time. Overall it went well. 234th out out 521.
What would you do differently?:

Just keep working on more focus.
  • 48m 2s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 44s  min/mile

I executed my HR plan well for first half of race aiming for 155-160. I was a little hesitant on 2nd half to drop the hammer.

I forgot my Endurolytes so had to use course Gatorade which funked with my stomach a bit, but kept washing it down with water. Felt just OK on the run physically. I was getting some slight cramping during the last mile, but was operating right at about LT at that point.

I can't really complain since I met my bike goal and still managed to PR the 10k run (open 10 PR WAS 48:24).

mile split AHR split pace cuml time cuml pace
1 7:32 155 7:32 7:32 7:32
2 8:10 158 8:10 15:42 7:51
3 7:52 158 7:52 23:34 7:51
4 8:01 160 8:01 31:35 7:54
5 7:49 161 7:49 39:24 7:53
6.2 8:38 164 7:12 48:02 7:45

What would you do differently?:

Remember Endurolytes and keep with nutrition plan. Also mile 4 I was waffling between keeping HR under 160, or begin to push. I seemed to have lost a little focus here. I probably could have hit it a little harder, a little sooner, until waiting until last 1.5 miles. I think a this comes from race experience and knowing what I can handle. I need to develop "race confidence" to put the hammer down.
Post race
Warm down:

Ate banana, gatorade, water, two hamburgers, more gatorade. Walked a ton (probably 4-5 miles) enjoying the city. Took son to LEGO store and daughter to American Girl. Their reward for hanging with Mom and Grandpa all day to see their Dad for a few seconds of racing.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Had a bit of a flu during the week and didn't get a chance to work some kinks out. Also a pretty stressful work-week didn't help.

Event comments:

Kick-A$$ race! It's tough logistics (huge venue, 8000+ racers, 50 or so waves, lots of waiting). The bike course is littered with potholes. But it is all SO WORTH IT.

1. Watching the pre-race sun rise on Lake Michigan.
2. Riding South on Lake Shore Drive looking toward the Chicago skyline.
3. Running through the museum campus and along Lake Michigan.
4. The energy of such a large race with massive spectator support.
5. Thinking about how much goes into pulling an event like this off.

Last updated: 2006-12-08 12:00 AM
00:30:56 | 1500 meters | 02m 04s / 100meters
Age Group: 119/521
Overall: 713/3928
Performance: Average
AHR was 147. Time in the water was under 29 minutes, but time includes 400m barefoot job to T1.
Suit: QR Ultratjohn
Course: South, parallel to wall (on right) to bouy, 180 degree turn North, past start to stairs out of the water (on left).
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 67F / 19C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:47
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:10:32 | 24.9 miles | 21.18 mile/hr
Age Group: 171/521
Overall: 685/3928
Performance: Good
148 AHR
Wind: Little
Course: North on Lake Shore drive to Foster. 180 degree turn to go south almost back to transition. Complete 2nd loop then continue South to T area. The course is VERY flat.
Road: Potholes Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering:
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:04
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:48:02 | 06.21 miles | 07m 44s  min/mile
Age Group: 105/521
Overall: 524/3928
Performance: Good
Overall AHR 159
Course: Awesome run through Chicago's Museum campus and along the lake-front trail.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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