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Chicago, Illinois
United States
Life Time Fitness
73F / 23C
Total Time = 2h 17m 53s
Overall Rank = 18/2708
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 4/309
Pre-race routine:

I woke up at 4:00 am, ate a bagel and started getting my transition gear together. Met with friends outside of hotel at 4:30 and went to drop bike and gear in transition. came back to hotel and relaxed, daughter woke up and ate some fruit with her. Left for race start with friends at 6:30 (7:42 start for my wave 23)
Event warmup:

none other than walking over to the swim start from the hotel
  • 27m 50s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 52s / 100 meters

Lots of swimming past waves in front of me, and 2-3 foot swells towards the end. Felt good, but added into the swim time was the 400 yard run from swim exit to transition which added a couple of minutes
What would you do differently?:

train more... I only swam about 6 times leading up to the race all in the pool. oops.
Transition 1
  • 01m 50s

long and muddy t1, but good rack spot certainly helped
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 00m 17s
  • 40 kms
  • 39.81 km/hr

well, I did 98% of my training on the bike, so I expected to be moving, I passed probably 1000 people in the 40k doing a fair amount of yelling in the tighter spots
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 01m 40s

smooth as can be
What would you do differently?:

  • 46m 24s
  • 10 kms
  • 04m 38s  min/km

sun came out and it got hot, per gps my pace slowed about 15 seconds per mile every mile starting at a 6:40/mile

in the first mile I was passed by who I assumed to be 1st in my age group and I tried to run on his shoulder but he put 1:40-1:50 into me by the finish line.

in the last mile another guy in my age group flew past me and there was nothing that I could do.

In the end, a guy in my age group but the following wave was 3:45 ahead of me on the clock (but finished 15 secons after me on the road ended up winning the age group putting me in 4th place. I was really hoping for some hardware but and perfectly content with 4th.
What would you do differently?:

train more
Post race
Warm down:


What limited your ability to perform faster:

time to train

Event comments:

lots of crowd support, good course marking and organization.

I was shooting for an age group podium but the run zapped me.

Last updated: 2014-08-26 12:00 AM
00:27:50 | 1500 meters | 01m 52s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/309
Overall: 151/2708
Performance: Good
Suit: full
Course: 400 meters south, then 180 to 1100 north to swim exit.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 73F / 23C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:50
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:00:17 | 40 kms | 39.81 km/hr
Age Group: 0/309
Overall: 4/2708
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: 3 out and backs throught eh city with about 5 miles of tunnels
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:40
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
00:46:24 | 10 kms | 04m 38s  min/km
Age Group: 0/309
Overall: 124/2708
Performance: Average
Course: out and back
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2014-08-26 9:08 AM

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