Accenture Chicago Triathlon - Sprint Distance - TriathlonSprint

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Chicago, Illinois
United States
Capri Events, Inc
77F / 25C
Total Time = 2h 03m 41s
Overall Rank = 1712/2060
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 109/117
Pre-race routine:

My drive in took about 30 minutes and then I had to park and get to transition. This took another 30 minutes so I was good and awake by the.
Event warmup:

I did some stretching and had a good mile plus walk from the parking garage.
  • 24m 59s
  • 820 yards
  • 03m 03s / 100 yards

The swim started Ok - then I was kicked in the face about 1:00 in and caught some water and had to adjust my goggles. Since this was my first tri ever it was initiation by fire!

After that I got into a rythm - the hardest thing was trying to stay away from swimmers who were all over the place.
What would you do differently?:

Try and get a front line position - I started in the middle of the group and it was a lot of work to get out of.

I also went back and reviewed my training logs and I should have gotten my training in for the swim. Also - I only swam once in my wetsuit - I should have gotten out much more.
Transition 1
  • 08m 29s

Things were going well - however my foot got stuck in the wetsuit and I had some trouble with it.
What would you do differently?:

Many people lined up their flip flops for the long run out of transition - I wish I did the same.
  • 58m 17s
  • 13.67 miles
  • 14.07 mile/hr

I was riding a Mountain Bike so my bike time wasn't as good as I wanted it to be.
What would you do differently?:

I am getting a Triathlon Bike for next season. Also - I should have pushed myself harder, I was making sure my legs were fresh for the run and should have hit it about 20% more.
Transition 2
  • 05m 7s

I had a good T2. I put on some suntan lotion (I have had skin cancer and it is a must) which killed my time a bit but other than that I was happy.
What would you do differently?:

  • 00m
  • 3.11 miles
  •  min/mile

My run was by far the best part of my race finishing right around the Top 30% in the run.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

I met up with my family and had a good pasta dish at the post race picnic.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I would say 2 major things:

1. I really should have spent more time training on my swimming.
2. A mountain bike is fun and great for my first tri - but really hampers your ability to bring in a good time.

Event comments:

I loved this race - I am planning on doing at least 5-6 triathlons next year - I will be back to do the Olympic distance next year.

Last updated: 2008-08-28 12:00 AM
00:24:59 | 820 yards | 03m 03s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/117
Overall: 1573/2060
Performance: Below average
Suit: Blue Seventy Reaction
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Time: 08:29
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Bad Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
00:58:17 | 13.67 miles | 14.07 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/117
Overall: 1870/2060
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Rolling hills - pretty flat.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 05:07
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:00:00 | 03.11 miles |  min/mile
Age Group: 0/117
Overall: 758/2060
Performance: Good
Course: Pretty flat - only one major raise in elevation and it wasn't bad at all.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
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