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Race Reports for Leaning Tower YMCA Triathlon - Sprint Course 2010

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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?No

  • Lots of volunteers to help?
  • Plenty of drink stations?

  • Post race activities?
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: After picking up my packet, my expectations for the race were low. But, I was pleasantly surprised. They did a good job running the race and I had a blast. I even thought the bike course was fun (except the one short bit of road that was really rough)/ I will definitely be using this as an early race in my annual calendar. Actually, really enjoyed the pool swim. Except I did get very annoyed by people in waves ahead of me that were BAD swimmers. I'm excited where I am at on the bike this year, hoping that is a sign of a good season.
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  • Organised?Yes
  • Events on time?Yes

  • Lots of volunteers to help?Yes
  • Plenty of drink stations?Yes

  • Post race activities? Average
  • Overall course based on my ability: Just right

  • Comments: This is a great early season race near Chicago. They've done a great job in the 2 years that I've run it, and I think I'll always try to kick off the season here. My one complaint is the seeding on the swim (which is done on the honor system). With wave starts that require everyone be out of the pool prior to the next wave, it really holds things up when someone underestimates their times - if you're even a minute off on a 450 yd race, I get it, you might have had an off day, but there was someone in every early wave (6:00-7:30 estimated time) who was finishing at 9:00 or 10:00 minutes and clearly had no chance of swimming much faster. Maybe you get pulled out of the pool and sit for a penalty time based on how much (or little) yardage you covered. There's got to be a way to make something like that work.
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