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Chicago, Illinois
United States
Total Time = 2h 50m 18s
Overall Rank = 202/469
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 31/61
Pre-race routine:

My Wave wasn't set to go off until 8:15 but Transition closed at 5:45. I got up a 4am and traveled into the city to get set up. It was raining pretty hard for a bit so I waited until the last possible minute to do my set up. After getting finished I dropped my gear bag and went to rest on the lawn near the swim start.
Event warmup:

I chilled until my wave was called. I jumped into the water about 5 minutes prior to our start to get settled.
  • 33m 34s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 14s / 100 meters

The race director needs to do a bit of work on the design of the course. The out lane wasn't separated enough from the return. I saw many, many collisions in waves prior to my own. Even with this knowledge and make sure I was well clear of the buoys on my swim I had some near encounters of my own. While they did a great job of spacing the waves to help with the bike course, the swim course needs work.
What would you do differently?:

I didn't need my full suit... sleeveless would have been fine and I'd have had a much better swim.
Transition 1
  • 07m 5s

I can't seem to get my full suit off fast no matter how I try. I also don't run well with it on and it was a long run from the exit to tranistion.
  • 1h 05m 28s
  • 40 kms
  • 36.66 km/hr

The course was not as congested as I thought it would be. The swim wave managment was very well done. The drop into Wacker was unnerving as you lost your sight for a few seconds. There were also quite a few road hazords to navigate. All that said I enjoyed the course more than I thought I would. I even managed to stay on my bike after hitting a loose water bottle.
Transition 2
  • 04m 44s

The run from dismount to my rack spot was super long. I should have stopped and taken my shoes off given how long I had to run.
  • 59m 29s
  • 10 kms
  • 05m 57s  min/km

I wasn't a fan of the loops.By the time I got to my run it was crazy humid so I wasn't loving the experience. I'm happy I kept myself running the entire time however. In that kind of heat and humidity I usually crash.
Post race
Warm down:

lots of walking to get my gear bag and then back to Transition to get my bike.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not do a 4 hour bike ride the day prior.

Event comments:

For a first time race it was ok. They need to work on some organization and directions/communication. Many of the volunteers gave incorrect instructions. Body marking was a compete mess and I felt for the packet pick-up people on Sat. as the line was crazy. Gear pickup and drop off needed better logistics as well. I think there were only 3 people working it when I picked up. Way too much volume for so few people.

Last updated: 2014-06-30 12:00 AM
00:33:34 | 1500 meters | 02m 14s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/61
Overall: 210/469
Performance: Average
Suit: Full
Course: Out and back along the shore.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 07:05
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:05:28 | 40 kms | 36.66 km/hr
Age Group: 0/61
Overall: 114/469
Wind: Some
Course: 4 loop with lots of 180 degree turns. About half was under ground.
Road: Rough  Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 04:44
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:59:29 | 10 kms | 05m 57s  min/km
Age Group: 0/61
Overall: 285/469
Performance: Average
Course: 3.5 laps including a run around the fountain and past the finish chute 3 times.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
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