Accenture Chicago Triathlon - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Chicago, Illinois
United States
Capri Events
68F / 20C
Total Time = 2h 54m 49s
Overall Rank = 1586/3928
Age Group = m30-34
Age Group Rank = 244/484
Pre-race routine:

Event warmup:

Got up at 4 a.m. to get into transition by 4:15. I live only a few blocks from the race so that's nice. Racked and set up transition and was sleeping back at the condo by 5 a.m. Got back up at 6:15 and left at 6:30. Stopped and got a plain bagel. Got to the race at 7 a.m., got my wetsuit on and waited for the race.
  • 40m 46s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 29s / 100 yards

OK as was the case last year it's way too crowded to get any rhythm really going. The first 200-300 yards sucked. I was sure I was going to have to quit after getting swam over and swimming over people, getting kicked, elbowed and generally molested. Once I rounded the buoy back north it was OK until the fast guys from the next wave rolled over me. Then at the end the fast guys from the FOLLOWING wave sent me tumbling. Ugh. And some jackass grabbed my leg and held onto it. I, of course, returned the favor.
What would you do differently?:

I need to take some swim lessons somewhere. I'm SO incredibly slow. I realize, though, that I just can't swim faster without training.
Transition 1
  • 03m 46s

F***ing wetsuit would NOT come off! I mean I ended up having to finesse it off. It took forever! And of course it was muddy in transition so I had to clean my feet before even trying to put on my socks. Sucked all around.
What would you do differently?:

Body Glide. Body Glide. And, oh yeah, Body Glide!
  • 1h 15m 7s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 19.85 mile/hr

Good bike for me. I was hoping to average 20 mph but fell short. Not sure why, exactly, perhaps I'm just slow.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. It all goes back to training. RIDE LOTS! Really I'm very happy.
Transition 2
  • 03m 57s

I just took my time. I ate a couple of packets of GU and drank some water and some Gatorade. Took off the bike shoes and threw on the run shoes. PRetty simple and relaxing.
What would you do differently?:

Move quicker.
  • 51m 10s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 14s  min/mile

OK knock about 2:30 off this time because I had to stop to use the men's room -- a portajohn about mile 2. I just couldn't hold it and figured I'd rather just go than do permanant bladder damage! Run was OK. At mile 4 my quads started cramping. At mile 6 they went into full lockdown, and that slowed me, but who the f*** gives up with 2 miles left, much less 2/10 of a mile???
What would you do differently?:

Take some of those pills that prevent you from cramping. Midol, is it? I should've pushed myself a little more. My legs were starting to give out and I didn't want a repeat of Elkhart Lake.
Post race
Warm down:

Drank water and Gatorade, ate a bagel and a banana and went and got my bag and bike.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Sucking at swimming and cramps during the run. I guess I have to resign myself to the fact that without committing more to the sport I'll always be a near-3-hour finisher. And I"m OK with that!

Event comments:

The only thing I didn't like was thee were no volunteers during transition setup and some of the wave racks were hard to find. Not mine, but several people wandered around forever.

Last updated: 2007-08-26 12:00 AM
00:40:46 | 1640 yards | 02m 29s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/484
Overall: 2897/3928
Performance: Average
Suit: sleeveless Orca
Course: South 500 meters or so then back 1000 or so. Along the lake shore in Monroe Harbor.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Good
Waves: Below average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:46
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Bad Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:15:07 | 24.85 miles | 19.85 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/484
Overall: 1488/3928
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Two laps, six miles each way, on Lake Shore Drive.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:57
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:51:10 | 06.21 miles | 08m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/484
Overall: 982/3928
Performance: Average
Course: South on grass (yuck) to the museum campus along Lake Michigan.
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:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4