Accenture Chicago Triathlon - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Chicago, Illinois
United States
Capri Events
72F / 22C
Total Time = 3h 15m 19s
Overall Rank = 2742/3928
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 100/173
Pre-race routine:

Bed at 7:15; asleep by 8:30-3:45am. Woke about every 2-3 hrs for bathroom. Met friends on bike bath at 4:30am to arrive in T1 by 4:45.

Luna bar at 6am; 1/2 bar around 7:30am 1 bottle of water. Could have used another 1/2 bottle of water (wore long sleeve t-shirt given 66 degrees when left home in am)
Event warmup:

cheered and watched entire sprint race of 2 friends

(Not allowed to swim or else would have)

My start was wave 29 - 8:13 am
  • 42m 6s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 49s / 100 meters

Lined up in middle- once in water, tried to stay to left and middle; had about 4 guys in front of me so I had to wait a few seconds after the gun until I could go horizontal. Thought first buoy was turnaround bouy, so I surprised competitor next to me when I turned on top of them! Was in wave with 55+ men; very croweded throughout the course. Several times had to change/switch up rthyme
What would you do differently?:

Upon exit, had plenty of energy. Perhaps pull a bit more; form was ok; still need to work on "patient arm" while breathing
Transition 1
  • 03m 18s

Long slow pee delayed exit:):) Rack was near bike in/out so that was easy. Had to run another 100-200 meters after timing mat to get to rack.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 24m 31s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 17.64 mile/hr

Pretty good maintaining cadence; shifted more than I would have liked; got stuck in little chain...spun out a few rounds

Left groin muscle was majorly pulling for first 5 miles; considered dropping off so that I would not injure myself for HIM in October. Then quads were tight/fatigued. (Which all caused lots of shifting). Groin caused by awkward kick in cold water during swim? (No issues up to now)

In aero bars most of ride; coasted down hills during last 1/3 of race to save legs for run
What would you do differently?:

Ride more 25+ rides prior to race
Transition 2
  • 02m 42s

No pee!!!! Had problems with hat clip. Took water bottle.....finished half by 1/2 mile run (consumed aerobottle w/electrolytes and 1/2 water bottle on bike ride).
What would you do differently?:

Have hat thing set....or different hat.
  • 1h 02m 42s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 10m 06s  min/mile

Drank at every water station; poured one cup on chest, one on head, one in mouth. Did gatorade and water at miles 1, 2, 4.
Bathroom stop at mile 5; and post race....that's a first!

Legs were fatigues throughout; really did not kick in until mile 2. Very hot, dry run- felt arms burning. Annoying guy chanting "stretch the fingers, chest out, stomach in. Stretch the fingers, chest out, stomach in, stretch toes (repeat)." at mile 4-5. At 5 I walked way too long to make sure I would not catch him again! At mile 4. knew I had to finish in les than 20 miles to beat last years time. At mile 5, knew that wasn't going to happen. So I relaxed and tried to enjoy the last mile. Did not feel that I could run further without walking more.

What would you do differently?:

This was my only disappointing part of race. Two reasons (1) I rocked it last year (2) I knew I was so close to beating last years time since I had beat swim, bike, and trans times!

More bike-run bricks; reconsider black hat?

No Gu at mile 1- make sure I carry my own---also need caffiene gels- did a carb boom gel on bike--no effect
Post race
Warm down:

10 minute massage courtsey of CTC; rode bike home

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Doubt I ate enough on Saturday; did not due enough bike-run bricks; leg muscles (specifically hamstring) probably not strong enough. BUT VERY HAPPY THAT I MAINTAINED POSITIVE ATTITUDE THROUGHOUT

Event comments:

Fun race- still concerned that swim was not cancelled given all beaches had swim ban and sewage was released on Thur/Fri in Wilmette into Lake Michigan (15 miles north); Saturday's swim was cancelled; Monday's swim sign was caution

Last updated: 2007-08-15 12:00 AM
00:42:06 | 1500 meters | 02m 49s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/173
Overall: 0/3928
Performance: Good
Suit: Yes
Course: Reported temp was 68; must have been at the shallower OSB. Feet cold until last 100 mtr Swim south about 300 yds, then head back north to exit bt yacht club
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 58F / 14C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 03:18
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Good
01:24:31 | 24.85 miles | 17.64 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/173
Overall: 2814/3928
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: 2 loops of LSD- enter/exit randolph ramp; turn around with timing mat/lap count at Foster; turn to start loop 2 is at Chicago. Major potholes north/south of Irving Park
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 80
Turns: Average Cornering:
Gear changes: Below average Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:42
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:02:42 | 06.21 miles | 10m 06s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/173
Overall: 0/3928
Performance: Good
Course: LSD path to around aquarium, up to go back to field musuem, then past SF; south on path to 31st street. Come back and finish on Columbus. Flat
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %2%
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4