Accenture Chicago Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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chicago, IL
United States
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 40m 13s
Overall Rank = 477/1451
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 75/128
Pre-race routine:

Day Before: Ralxed & organized all kit and drinks etc for following day. Ate Fish & Pasta for dinner, after Turkey sandwich for lunch. Went to bed 9pm.

Wake up 3:30am, 2 scrambled eggs, 1 banana, smoothie (Nature smoothie blend etc) for breakfast.

Cycle to transition area. Pick spot close to bike exit & set up.

Walk down to swim start checking directions etc & looking at swim to bike 500m run, swim entry/exits.

Laid down & chilled out

Event warmup:

Stretched shoulders, calves & Hamstrings - no real heart-rate warmup.
  • 19m 15s
  • 825 yards
  • 02m 20s / 100 yards

Good Swim - Started 3 back on right hand side and worked up RHS of course - no drafting - swam own race - only went slightly off course once.

Happy with it
What would you do differently?:

Move to centre and try draft - but unrealistic at moment
Transition 1
  • 04m 18s

Took too long - uphill run got me a little winded - probably mixture of apprehension during swim & run afterwards & I was more tired than should have been.
What would you do differently?:

Gotta speed up transitions - suck it up and go - wasted good couple of mins with this sh!t.
  • 43m 48s
  • 13.67 miles
  • 18.73 mile/hr

Didn't feel like I had any 'go' - could push it for a while but then the small inclines I struggled on badly. MPH dropped to 13/14 up them and people easily went past me - would pass them back on the flat but nothing in me uphill.

Gas from pre-race drinks not good - nearly puked.

Could feel hamstrings cramping

Not happy with it
What would you do differently?:

Leave the performance drinks alone - or drink them earlier - or train with them more often rather than introduce them on raceday.

Gotta push up the inclines
Transition 2
  • 02m 57s

Took too long to get shoes off (laceups) and had to contend with hamstrings 'knotting' painfully. Had to stop and stretch before trying to run.

Again, gotta push through this - can't pretend I have time for a rest at transitions.
  • 29m 55s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 09m 39s  min/mile

Legs cramping & stitch as start run - hurting now and having to focus to run it out. Took 2 miles before I felt I could stride it out. 8 mins for final mile.
What would you do differently?:

Try striding it out before - gotta push it
Post race
Warm down:

Short stretch

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Smoothie sat heavy with me and caused gas - or somehthing did. Too much liquid in morning before race.

Stomach really felt bloated

Either that or drank too much of Lake Michigan!!

Had enough mental 'stuff' to push through race but not to suck up the discomfort and bike/run as hard as I know I could.

Don't think I raced to my potential - for whatever reason.

Event comments:

Great to do the race - happy I worked for it and completed it - just a little disappointed I didn't do as well as I thought I could.

Last updated: 2005-03-11 12:00 AM
00:19:15 | 825 yards | 02m 20s / 100yards
Age Group: 39/128
Overall: 390/1451
Performance: Good
Finished swim 16:30 - 2:45 to run from swim to bike area.
Suit: Longjohn
Course: Straight-away - Balbo to Chicago Yacht Club in Monroe Harbor In-water start
Start type: Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Time: 04:18
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
00:43:48 | 13.67 miles | 18.73 mile/hr
Age Group: 69/128
Overall: 405/1451
Performance: Below average
Wind: Some
Course: North on LSD to Foster - slight headwind Turnaround & South - slight tailwind Fairly flat - undulating at times Road pretty good but bumps every now & again
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 75
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Bad
Race pace: Hard Drinks:
Time: 02:57
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:29:55 | 03.1 miles | 09m 39s  min/mile
Age Group: 93/128
Overall: 687/1451
Performance: Bad
Course: Down past swim start (south) to aquarium, round back down drive to planetarium, back round aquarium along under lake shore to finish south of buckingham fountain.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? No
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