Accenture Chicago Triathlon - Sprint Distance - TriathlonSprint

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Chicago, Illinois
United States
Capri Events, Inc
63F / 17C
Total Time = 1h 38m 32s
Overall Rank = 519/1883
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 75/172
Pre-race routine:

Ate a few Cliff Bars (chocolate brownie) and Gatorade endurance.

Event warmup:

A little jogging and some stretching
  • 19m 31s
  • 820 yards
  • 02m 23s / 100 yards

Water was WAY colder than I expected. Don't know if it was from the cold shock but I couldn't catch my breathe for a while. Horrible start. But once I found my rhythm, I did great. Passed several people from the heat before me.

I think that swim time includes the 450m run to the transition area.
What would you do differently?:

Wetsuit next time...without a doubt!!
Transition 1
  • 04m 46s

My rack wasn't close to bike in/out so I had a lot of running with the bike to do. Had trouble getting on my jersey.
What would you do differently?:

Just be quicker overall. Once I get a wetsuit, that will allow me to have my HR strap and jersey on already.
  • 42m 44s
  • 13.67 miles
  • 19.19 mile/hr

Bike felt pretty strong. I passed a ton of people...that felt good. Only got passed by a few people. Had a little bobble getting into pedals but recovered quickly.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe push a little harder...I was worried about not having energy left for the run. Take a second to look at the beautiful surroundings.
Transition 2
  • 03m

Not bad. But my time says I could have gone quicker. The long run from bike in hurt.
  • 28m 25s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 09m 08s  min/mile

My rank says I need to work on running the most. Stomach felt tight the first mile. Felt like I was running really slow. But with a time of 28:25, it was one of my faster 5Ks.
What would you do differently?:

train more with longer distances. push harder. This is definitely my weak point.
Post race
Warm down:

didn't do much, a little stretching maybe. My family was there to cheer me on (helped a bunch) I just talked with them.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

that frickin cold water!! :)

Event comments:

Very, very organized event. Can't wait to do it again next year! I'll have to shoot for under 1:30

For my first triathlon...I was thrilled at my results. I told my self, under 2:00 would fine...1:45 would be great. Finishing in 1:38:32 was amazing!!

It was great to have family cheering me on. My wife follow me on the seawall during the swim. My parents, sister, and brother-in-law (along with my wife) were there during the run with hand made signs in hand.

I am now a triathlete!!

Last updated: 2007-08-17 12:00 AM
00:19:31 | 820 yards | 02m 23s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/172
Overall: 471/1883
Suit: none
Course: nice straight course...wall on one side, life guard boats on the other.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Time: 04:46
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Average
00:42:44 | 13.67 miles | 19.19 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/172
Overall: 391/1883
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Climb to get onto Lake Shore Drive...but fairly flat except for the overpasses.
Road: Potholes Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks:
Time: 03:00
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
00:28:25 | 03.11 miles | 09m 08s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/172
Overall: 888/1883
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5