Accenture Chicago Triathlon-Sprint Distance - TriathlonSprint

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Chicago, Illinois
United States
Capri Events
70F / 21C
Total Time = 6h 04m
Overall Rank = 1621/1883
Age Group = 40-45
Age Group Rank = 118/132
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 3:30 AM!! Had two pancakes with peanut butter on them and some gatorade. Loaded bike and drove downtown.
Event warmup:

Probably should have warmed up but basically just walked around. Left my water bottle at transition had to get some water. By the time I went to the bathroom for the second time my wave was up.
  • 34m 42s
  • 750 meters
  • 04m 38s / 100 meters

Couldn't get any worse than this. I was calm at the beginning but then had a major panic attack. Couldn't breath. Forgot how to swim! Thank god for lifeboats because I hung on to each and everyone of them. I didn't think I would last. I just wanted to finish. I was a little embarrased but I did it.
What would you do differently?:

Everything. Swim Lessons. Swim lessons. More Swimming!!!!!!!!!
Transition 1
  • 06m 46s

I took longer than expected. One, because the run to my bike was 450+ yards. And, two, I felt like sXXt! I sat down to put my shoes on and ate some granola.
What would you do differently?:

Run to my bike, it would have knocked a few minutes off.
  • 48m 18s
  • 13.64 miles
  • 16.94 mile/hr

I felt okay on bike but didn't go as fast as I would have liked. I think I topped out at 22 mph at one time but was more like 16-17 mph. My bike was okay except there was a few times my gears shifted as though the chain wasn't on right.
What would you do differently?:

Gotten a full bike tune up. Work on my cadence. On the downhills I just coasted when I could have gotten some good speed on.
Transition 2
  • 02m 51s

This was an okay transition except for the fact that some a-hole put their bike on my spot. I had to push it out of the way to get my stuff.
What would you do differently?:

  • 36m 7s
  • 5 kms
  • 07m 13s  min/km

I was slow. I walked way too much. I felt spent after the bike. Plus I had to use the bathroom. I waited until after mile 2 then I used a porta-potty 200 yards off course. But I had to go!!
What would you do differently?:

Not stop so much. I don't know why I did it maybe I wanted to get refreshed but I should have just kept going.
Post race
Warm down:

Felt tired but was excited to finish. Drank a bunch of water and then got a massage. Also went to first aid because I cut my toes up along sides of the lakefront holding on the ropes for rest.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My swim. I think if I had a better swim I would have been more confident with the rest of the race. Also I don't think I pushed myself hard enough!

Event comments:

I thought the race path coming out of the transition 2 was too narrow. Too many people walking across the path. The bike was okay but Lake Shore Drive sucks for biking. Not a very smooth road!

Last updated: 2007-07-24 12:00 AM
00:34:42 | 750 meters | 04m 38s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/132
Overall: 1776/1883
Performance: Bad
Suit: Orca S1
Course: Straight down to Columbia Yacht club.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Bad Drafting: Bad
Waves: Bad Navigation: Average
Time: 06:46
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
00:48:18 | 13.64 miles | 16.94 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/132
Overall: 1125/1883
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: From Randolph Street to Foster and then back. Pretty easy with small hills but a lot of mini-potholes.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering:
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:51
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:36:07 | 05 kms | 07m 13s  min/km
Age Group: 0/132
Overall: 1613/1883
Performance: Below average
Course: Kinda of windy. Along the lakefront up to Shedd Aquarium around Solidarity Drive down to Columbus
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Ok
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] 4