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Illinois Triathlon Championship - Olympic Course - Triathlon

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Crystal Lake, Illinois
United States
3 Disciplines Racing
75F / 24C
Total Time = 2h 42m 8s
Overall Rank = 64/116
Age Group = M45-49
Age Group Rank = 12/19
Pre-race routine:

Picked up packet Saturday. Woke up Sunday, light breakfast of granola and soy milk. Drove the 15 minutes to parking and walked in. No assigned numbers on the rack so I grabbed the first spot on the end. Set up, talked to Bob from Wheel Werks, sipped from my Infinite bottle and got my suit partially on. Walked over to the beach and sat down. Ate a gel before swim start.
Event warmup:

None really. I did go put my feet in the water, but that's it. They seeded us by expected swim time. I got in line with the 30 minute group. We went off one by one every 5 seconds.
  • 31m 3s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 04s / 100 meters

Forgot to start my Garmin until I was 2-3 minutes in. Doh! Felt good and had a nice stroke going. Sighting was pretty good and little traffic. Overall, not too happy with the time. Last year I swam 29:xx. But I was 4th in my AG so maybe the course was a bit long? My Garmin said 0.92 miles even without the first couple of minutes.
What would you do differently?:

Swim training has been a little lax lately, but I expected closer to 30 minutes for this. Guess I overestimated my swim fitness, again.
Transition 1
  • 02m 29s

Run up the beach, through the pavilion and into transition. Suit not necessarily stuck, but I had to sit down to get it off. Decent time for me.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 03m 55s
  • 20.5 miles
  • 19.24 mile/hr

Right out of transition you went up a hill, so I had it in my big ring and my biggest rear cog. No problems getting clipped in. I really wanted to do this in an hour flat as I knew the course was only 20 miles. There was a bit of headwind on one section and that tight turn from Pingree to Virginia broke any momentum I had each lap. Overall, fairly happy with this. It was starting to get hot too and I was sweating pretty good.
What would you do differently?:

Better bike handling in corners at speed.
Transition 2
  • 01m 44s

Decent time. I took a few extra seconds to wipe my face of sweat. Had to sit on the ground to get my socks on as my feet were wet from either the swim or sweat.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, good time for me.
  • 1h 03m 3s
  • 10 kms
  • 06m 19s  min/km

Like last year, the sun came out, it was humid and I started off poorly. My run fitness has been really good all spring but I think the heat just affects me now that I am older. I also do not train in the heat so that's on me. I walked some starting at mile 2 and my lap pacing really slowed. On the second loop, there was a lot of walking as I was sweating profusely and could not get enough water in me. Ate a gel here to top of my empty tank. Convinced myself to run 2 minutes and walk 1 minute and that helped. Maybe should have started that earlier and I could have broken an hour. My standalone 10k time is usually 52:xx, so this was a poor effort. Oh well.
What would you do differently?:

Either learn to run in the heat or come up with a better run strategy earlier when I don't have "it".
Post race
Warm down:

I was really sweating at the finish. I bet it was now around 80 and there was no shade. I did not feel bad and gulped down water and HEED, at a turkey sandwich and some Cheetos. Probably should have went and jumped in the lake to cool off, but instead, sat around in transition and baked. Packed my stuff and left. Home by 10:30. Love racing local.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Overall fitness and heat. I may do the race again and opt for the sprint.

Event comments:

Second year for the race. They are doing a good job and really want to make this work. They were under pressure form the city to clear out so they could open the rec area back up in time for the summer crowd, so they kept announcing to pack up and get out of transition if you were done. Not a great post-race atmosphere since we parked off-site and no one was going to pack their cars and come back down to the finish.

Last updated: 2015-01-01 12:00 AM
00:31:03 | 1500 meters | 02m 04s / 100meters
Age Group: 4/19
Overall: 52/116
Performance: Below average
Suit: Vortex 3 full
Course: Big counterclockwise circle around a couple of small islands. Buoys on your left. The last section was 500 yards straight into the sun towards the beach.
Start type: Run Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 69F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:29
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:03:55 | 20.5 miles | 19.24 mile/hr
Age Group: 11/19
Overall: 70/116
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: 4 loops at 5.1 miles per. Started out uphill right out of transition, then All right hand turns and an entire lane or entire road closed for us. It was pretty nice. One sharp turn that you had to slow down for and part of the course was under construction. Our lane was a little rough through that section. Advertized as a 6 mile loop.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:44
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:03:03 | 10 kms | 06m 19s  min/km
Age Group: 14/19
Overall: 109/116
Performance: Bad
Course: 2 loops through the rec park. Mostly grassy trails, some single track, some limestone, some paved. This year, the up/down the sled hill was out. Still had one steep downhill section and a rocky trail uphill. Downhill finish to the chute.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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