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Chicago, Illinois
United States
Life Time Fitness
hotF / 0C
Total Time = 3h 28m 59s
Overall Rank = 2038/2708
Age Group = Athena F39UND
Age Group Rank = 5/11
Pre-race routine:

ONE cup of coffee, fruit smoothie, lots of water
Event warmup:

stretching, deep breathing, quieting the voice inside my head that tells me i'm just a chubby girl who can't do a triathlon
  • 35m 35s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 22s / 100 meters

lake was super choppy and threw me around like a rag doll, plus i must have swum an extra 300m zigzagging all over the place.
What would you do differently?:

learn to swim straight.. i swam in the pool for a year and never realized how much i favored my right arm until i started open-water swimming this summer. i must have compensated without realizing it in the pool all that time. also i need to get more comfortable with group swims..
Transition 1
  • 06m 10s

transition was super muddy and huge so i had to run far and i'm a slow runner, but i'm still not sure why my T1 time was so long - i know i wasn't a speed racer, but this is crazy long.
What would you do differently?:

i dunno.. run faster?
  • 1h 21m 31s
  • 40 kms
  • 29.44 km/hr

few things in life make me happier than clipping into my peddles. ii'm pretty sure this is a PR for me for this distance.
What would you do differently?:

i had a great ride. i might try to keep my pave more inform. it varied a lot.
Transition 2
  • 03m 36s

was super muddy but managed to get my running shoes on without drudging through too much mud
What would you do differently?:

get some quick-tie shoestrings
  • 1h 22m 5s
  • 10 kms
  • 08m 13s  min/km

my normal pace is slow - about 11.5 minute miles, and i didn't feel like this one was slower than normal, but i guess it was. i didn't walk - i was able to run the whole way. everyone had slow run times, so perhaps it was the heat and humidity. i got chills around mile 5 and couldn't figure out why. i thought i might be getting sick.. but then a girl next to me said she had chills around mile 5.5.. said it was from the crowd. i was so happy to have a reason for my chills!!
What would you do differently?:

will work on run speed in the off-season.
Post race
Warm down:

walked for a long time

What limited your ability to perform faster:

heat, humidity, waves in the lake, running speed (or lack thereof!)

Event comments:

this was my first oly distance and it was great. i am in love with triathlon!!

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Last updated: 2014-08-25 12:00 AM
00:35:35 | 1500 meters | 02m 22s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/11
Overall: 1201/2708
Performance: Below average
Suit: none
Course: along the harbor wall in lake michigan
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: High
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Bad Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Below average
Time: 06:10
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:21:31 | 40 kms | 29.44 km/hr
Age Group: 0/11
Overall: 1510/2708
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: amazing course! first 6 miles north on lake shore drive with a tailwind, then the headwind was a bit rough, but the rest was on car-free roads and it was awesome.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:36
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:22:05 | 10 kms | 08m 13s  min/km
Age Group: 0/11
Overall: 2419/2708
Performance: Below average
Course: out and back on lake front path. it was super hot
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
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] 4

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