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Illinois Triathlon Championship - Sprint Course - Triathlon


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Crystal Lake, Illinois
United States
3 Disciplines Racing
70F / 21C
Overcast
Total Time = 1h 23m 59s
Overall Rank = 48/149
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 4/14
Pre-race routine:

Waited around in the fooooooooooog...which seems to be the same as all the other races, but thankfully we weren't as delayed as PP. It was about a 30-40 minute delay. Didn't mind it...just meant I could keep getting in and getting comfy in the water!
Event warmup:

Got wetsuit/goggles on and swam around.
Stretched.
Swim
  • 12m 52s
  • 500 meters
  • 02m 34s / 100 meters
Comments:

I think this is the first race, honest to God, that I actually free styled the entire swim. I used to get swim anxiety so terrible that I would end up side stroking part of it.

I am not fast by any means, never claim to be, so I am VERY proud of myself.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing
Transition 1
  • 01m 58s
Comments:

There was quite a bit of run from swim exit, up the beach, to my bike rack.
Did a great job of getting "situated" to throw on helmet and rip suit off.
Happy with this.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing.
Bike
  • 38m 35s
  • 13 miles
  • 20.22 mile/hr
Comments:

I wanted to go all out on this ride since it was so flat, and I did just that.
What would you do differently?:

Since some of us were "eager" to get our bikes back, my official bike time is screwed up as the timing mat wasn't off yet, and I came to close to it. Ugh. So I have no idea how I did overall, but who cares, I had the fastest bike split (according to my watch and from doing the math) in my AG.
Transition 2
  • 01m 15s
What would you do differently?:

**Stretch out stomach/hips more, especially before a run this challenging.**
Run
  • 28m 55s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 09m 20s  min/mile
Comments:

I HATED this run! It was really stupid, and most people I talked to agreed, and in fact, I heard a bunch of people say "What the f*ck was up with that run?"

It was in a park that had several miles of pathways, so why they made us get off the path and run through the trees (especially when the area was bamboozled by terrible storms the night before) where there were puddle big enough for us to swim through and no where to go except right through them.

And all of those tobaggen hills, really?

Because of my stomach, this was a very challenging run for me, and my average shows it. I haven't run this slow in a long time, so that was disappointing.
What would you do differently?:

DEFINATELY need to stretch more whle in transition. Even if it adds 30 seconds to my T2 time, I think it would help bring down my per mile average, since during training I was able to average 8:10ish, but I also took more time between bike/run and didn't run on hills/uneven terrain like this.
Post race
Warm down:

Got some of the food, and waited for Nancy to finish.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The run.

Event comments:

I really liked this race, but they HAVE to do something about that run. Or, if I do it again next year, at least I'll know about the rough terrain/hills so I can better prepare in T2 and try to get my side/etc to relax...I mean, I didn't cramp once in the last 2 months of running off the bike, and with this run, I just couldn't push it or it would have been defcon 5....which I've painfully/tearfully learned in past races.

I am VERY proud of my swim, this was a huge accomplishment for me...I don't care if it was slow...I didn't freak out and swam the entire thing. And obviously, I wanted to hammer the bike, and I did that too.

ITU next week is a pancake flat run...so, I am going to take that extra time in T2 to "relax" before I head out on run....and I am going to run until I vomit or my legs fall off.




Last updated: 2014-06-05 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:12:52 | 500 meters | 02m 34s / 100meters
Age Group: 6/14
Overall: 87/149
Performance: Good
Suit: Sleeveless QR
Course: Out to first buoy, turn left, got past 2 more buoys, turn left to come in.
Start type: Run Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 01:58
Performance:
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
No
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
Biking
00:38:35 | 13 miles | 20.22 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/14
Overall: 0/149
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Out and back loop, twice. Really flat.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 01:15
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
00:28:55 | 03.1 miles | 09m 20s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/14
Overall: 64/149
Performance: Below average
NO mile marker at 1, but at mile 2, I had 18:56 Mile 3: 8:41
Course: EFFING HILLY!!!
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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EEEEEEEAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWsum job donkey, 'specially that bike!!!!  great job as well on what sounds like a difficult run!!  you rock, but you already know that!!!!! 

 

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Nice race!
2014-06-26 12:08 PM
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Nice bike, I could never get my rhythm going during my run
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