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Esprit de She Tri Naperville - Triathlon

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Naperville, Illinois
United States
Lifetime Fitness
68F / 20C
Total Time = 1h 38m 46s
Overall Rank = 421/1517
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 100/246
Pre-race routine:

Switched it up! Ate an egg, chia pod, and banana. Drank some water.
Event warmup:

None. It was pretty cold at the start so I was just hanging out in my wetsuit shivering.
  • 14m 27s
  • 750 meters
  • 01m 56s / 100 meters

Yeah! I think this was my best sprint swim ever? I have to check. This was a wetsuit practice run. I noticed the last time I wore it that I was panicking bc the neck was too tight. Sure enough, when I put it on today, the neck immediately made me freak out. But I stood around long enough wearing it to get used to the feeling. Got in the water and just felt great. Kept my kick strong. Stuck near the ropes so I swam straight. At one point a girl knocked my goggles off but I just fixed them and moved on. First 100 meters, my heart rate was up but it calmed down at the middle and I found some space and got my groove.
What would you do differently?:

I definitely didn't need the wetsuit for the water temp, but I wanted to wear it to get the practice. Next time I'm in this pool I won't wear one!
Transition 1
  • 05m 57s

This was just a terrible transition. I have no idea how to get out of my wetsuit. The woman next to me offered to help, but I told her no, I needed to learn myself.
What would you do differently?:

Not wear a wetsuit!
  • 49m 36s
  • 13.3 miles
  • 16.09 mile/hr

OK this was a TOUGH course because there was a strong headwind basically the entire second loop. There was some tailwind during the first loop, my speeds were up to like 20 mph on some stretches and I felt pretty good, but that second loop was terrible. I kept hoping the winds would subside but every time I turned a corner it seemed like they just got stronger!

Also, when I first started, I got to the start line, hopped on the bike, and noticed a huge tree branch was somehow lodged between my pedal and my chain. At the bike on line, I tried pulling it out, and it snapped in half! Got the second half off, but it took my chain with it. (I didn't notice.) Got on again and the guy is yelling, "YOUR CHAIN'S NOT ON!!!!!" Almost fell off. Got off, put chain back on while people were piling up behind me. What a mess!
What would you do differently?:

As always, I need to get stronger here. I definitely have improved, you just can't see it here due to the wind.
Transition 2
  • 02m 7s

Fine. No issues.
  • 26m 40s
  • 3.2 miles
  • 08m 20s  min/mile

Pretty great run! 8:35 pace! Not much else to say.
What would you do differently?:

Not much!
Post race
Event comments:

Love this race! Would recommend it to anyone and frequently do! Really pleased with my overall effort and super pleased with my progress.

Last updated: 2014-06-08 12:00 AM
00:14:27 | 750 meters | 01m 56s / 100meters
Age Group: 68/246
Overall: 246/1517
Performance: Good
Suit: Xterra Vortex 4 (sleeveless)
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 71F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 05:57
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Bad Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:49:36 | 13.3 miles | 16.09 mile/hr
Age Group: 115/246
Overall: 246/1517
Performance: Average
Wind: Headwind
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Average Hills:
Race pace: Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:07
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal
00:26:40 | 03.2 miles | 08m 20s  min/mile
Age Group: 69/246
Overall: 286/1517
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
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

2014-06-08 8:41 PM

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Nicely done!  Great race, especially for the first of the season (and weather conspired against much early season training!).

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