Accenture Chicago Triathlon - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Chicago, Illinois
United States
Capri Events
70F / 21C
Total Time = 2h 28m 22s
Overall Rank = 225/3928
Age Group = M 35-39
Age Group Rank = 56/521
Pre-race routine:

Got there early to get a good rack spot as close to bike out as possible. Walked transition area to bike outs and run outs to refamiliarize myself with tran area (2nd timer).

Walked swim to look for sighting guideposts.
Event warmup:

Does waiting in the porta-potty line count?
  • 30m 59s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 53s / 100 yards

Overall, happy with swim time... Didn't draft alot but it's not always easy finding someone the right pace to draft off of...

2 1/2 minutes faster this year than last.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 02m 29s

Good transition. I had a Happy Birthday Balloon to help me find my stuff in a super huge tran area. It worked.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 04m 25s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 23.15 mile/hr

Got a little scare running over a full gatorade bottle on second lap. The thing exploded but the bike came through okay.

Was actually faster going into last segment, but held back a bit to try to avoid cramping on the run. Didn't work, but was pretty fresh for the run, at least...

I've got at least 1 maybe 2 mph more in me for same conditions next year...

Does anyone know a good bike shop in the Chicago area? I'm getting faster and faster on the bike (up over 2 mph from last year at Accenture and 100/3928 this year), but still can't find a bike shop that can give me smooth, consistent (not skipping gears) shifting with Dura Ace components on a year old bike.
What would you do differently?:

Continue to push the last 6 miles or so (lost probably .5 to .75 mph over last 6 miles to try to avoid cramping on the run)
Transition 2
  • 02m 19s

Forgot to get my Polar HRM/Spd watch off of the bike, Lost about 20-30 seconds retrieving it. Otherwise okay.
What would you do differently?:

Remember the HRM/Spd watch (or get new stand alone on bike computer)
  • 48m 10s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 46s  min/mile

Not a bad run considering I cramped (side cramps) the entire run. Hurt, but I have had them enough that I can maintain a decent (albeit slower) pace with them. Probably lost 15-20 seconds/mile.

45 seconds/mile faster this year than last.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked back to get gear...

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Fear of cramping on the run (when I was on the bike), and actual cramping on the run... Overall,probably lost b/w 3-5 minutes...

Event comments:

Does anyone have good bike shop in Chicago/NW Suburb area?

Last updated: 2007-08-26 12:00 AM
00:30:59 | 1640 yards | 01m 53s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/521
Overall: 723/3928
Performance: Good
Pace includes 450 yd after swim run to tran. Actual pace was 1:44/100 yds
Suit: Blue Seventy (Great Company!)
Course: Out 380 yds then back the rest of the way in protected marina area.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 69F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:29
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:04:25 | 24.85 miles | 23.15 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/521
Overall: 100/3928
Performance: Good
Hr in low 160s
Wind: None
Course: Mostly flat, rolling with Lake Shore Drive overpasses...
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 100
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:19
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:48:10 | 06.21 miles | 07m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/521
Overall: 543/3928
Performance: Good
HR low 160s
Course: Nice very flat run through Chicago lake front area.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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