Accenture Chicago Triathlon - Sprint Distance - TriathlonSprint

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Chicago, Illinois
United States
Capri Events, Inc
68F / 20C
Total Time = 1h 32m 1s
Overall Rank = 381/2050
Age Group = M 35-39
Age Group Rank = 61/197
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 2:30am. Left my sister's at 3:10am. Got the event at 4:15am or so. Farther back in line than last year. It was nice that they opened up the gates at the top of the hill for the Sprint distance people.

Food: Ate a cliff bar/water around 3:30am. Had some shot blocks around 5:45am.

Event warmup:

not much. a little stretching.
  • 17m 38s
  • 820 yards
  • 02m 09s / 100 yards

I was in heat #8...race start at 6:34am. Water was MUCH warmer than last year!!! Woo hoo!!
Swim time includes the 1/4 mile run to transition area.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe start closer up front...had a lot of people in my way. Swim harder.
Transition 1
  • 03m 45s

Not a bad transition. With 8700 bikes the run time to the bike from swim in and with the bike to bike out is quite a bit. Had a little trouble with wetsuit at heels...but not to bad. Suit juice helped bunch!
What would you do differently?:

practice with taking off wetsuit more.
  • 41m 16s
  • 13.67 miles
  • 19.88 mile/hr

I love this bike course. It's a bit rough on the north side. But so fast!! Should have pushed it just a little more...would have broken the 20mph avg. mark. Only got passed by people with really nice aero bikes.
Ate a GU w/ water around mile 5. drank gatorade when thirsty.
What would you do differently?:

push harder. Was trying to save legs for the run...probably could have gone a little harder.
Transition 2
  • 02m 14s

Felt fast. running shoes went on bungee laces worked like a charm.
What would you do differently?:

maybe faster getting bike on rack. ?
  • 27m 6s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 43s  min/mile

felt good on the run...too good. Need to push more. Although I was only 30 seconds off my PR of 26:32
What would you do differently?:

RUN HARDER!!! I find my training pace and stick there. Need to push much harder. And more training...get faster overall. 1/2 marathon training this fall/winter will help that.
Post race
Warm down:

water, gatorade, bagel. Then egg burrito, turkey sausage, and watermelon at the 'picnic'

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Afraid to push too hard on bike and run. Didn't want to run out of steam early.

Event comments:

Pre-race goal : to beat last year's time of 1:38:32.
I cut 6 1/2 minutes off last year's time!! Even though I probably could have pushed more and cut even more time off....I'm happy with the results.
This is such a killer triathlon!!!!

BTW, I heard 8700 participants this year! Another Guiness World Record

Last updated: 2008-03-18 12:00 AM
00:17:38 | 820 yards | 02m 09s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/197
Overall: 352/2050
Performance: Good
Suit: Yes - QR Ultrafull
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 03:45
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:41:16 | 13.67 miles | 19.88 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/197
Overall: 321/2050
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Lake Shore Drive
Road: Potholes Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:14
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:27:06 | 03.11 miles | 08m 43s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/197
Overall: 801/2050
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5