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Esprit de She Tri Naperville - Triathlon

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Naperville, Illinois
United States
Lifetime Fitness
75F / 24C
Total Time = 2h 13m 2s
Overall Rank = 1101/1229
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 118/128
Pre-race routine:

Up at 3:30 to get ready for the drive out to the burbs. Ate a paleo blueberry mug muffin and had a few sips of water and iced coffee. Debated between taking new tri top out for a test run or sticking with older top- stuck with the older top. Stopped at Dunkin Donuts in Naperville for a very small coffee and a bagel, as I realized the mug muffin wasn't going to hold me over (my wave started at 8:20 and I didn't bring any food for the course).
Event warmup:

  • 23m 39s
  • 750 meters
  • 03m 09s / 100 meters

Could have started further up in the pack to get some space at the beginning. Couldn't even swim for the first hundred feet due to people just sort of floundering about. Fought my way past some breaststrokers and got along better after that.
What would you do differently?:

Trained. This was the first 750 m I'd swam since... March. Oops! Definitely could have been faster, and I felt really comfortable the whole time. I wanted to just do the whole thing again when I got out of the water.
Transition 1
  • 07m 18s

I used the potty, hence the long T1.
What would you do differently?:

Not have coffee. I know this but I did it anyway.
  • 58m 6s
  • 14.2 miles
  • 14.66 mile/hr

Got stuck behind some newbies a few times, but on the second loop the course had really cleared out so I was able to dig in a little.
What would you do differently?:

My shorts started "biting" me a bit during the last few miles. Not stopping at the bathroom would have solved this.
Transition 2
  • 03m 16s
  • 40m 45s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 13m 09s  min/mile

Started off with a gas bubble from chugging Gatorade too quickly. Walked a lot in the beginning, then settled into a good run/walk pattern for the rest of the race. Walked a little long than I should have (chatting with friends) in the middle. Started getting blisters (that's a first) about halfway through. I blame the sand/wet socks.
What would you do differently?:

Run didn't FEEL awesome but it was on pace with what I've been doing.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training.

Event comments:

Consistently a good environment for a relaxed, easy, no-surprises race. The only downside is that while it attracts new people (which is fantastic) there is a lot more blocking on the bike course.

Last updated: 2013-06-09 12:00 AM
00:23:39 | 750 meters | 03m 09s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/128
Overall: 0/1229
Performance: Below average
Suit: No
Course: Zig zag in the big pool thing.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 07:18
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:58:06 | 14.2 miles | 14.66 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/128
Overall: 0/1229
Performance: Average
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: 2 loops on a closed course through residential streets plus a stretch on a bigger road.
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 03:16
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:40:45 | 03.1 miles | 13m 09s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/128
Overall: 0/1229
Performance: Below average
Course: Loop through park/residential area.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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