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Accenture Chicago Triathlon - Olympic - TriathlonOlympic


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Chicago, Illinois
United States
Capri Events
83F / 28C
Overcast
Total Time = 3h 26m 13s
Overall Rank = 2973/3708
Age Group = Clydesdale
Age Group Rank = 5/7
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 3:30 a.m. to get to the start. Set up transition. Found a spot in the grass and went back to sleep for 2 hours.
Event warmup:

None.
Swim
  • 43m
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 37s / 100 yards
Comments:

My goggle strap looked like it melted somehow. Luckly I brought a second pair. Lake Michigan was fairly easy to swim in. I could actually see the bottom. Towards the end of the swim course, I could taste the gasoline in the water.

Some guy actually grabbed my legs about 2/3 of the way through the swim and threw them to his side. This pissed me off. I swam after him but could not catch him. A$$hole. I also saw a guy swimming with a snorkle. Is that legal?

I actually had a good swim. I enjoyed this portion of the tri more than I expect to....
What would you do differently?:

Keep working on my swimming. This was a 1st time at this distance. I felt comfortable but not fast and I'm okay with this at this point in my evoluiton.
Transition 1
  • 04m 20s
Comments:

The transition is long. Real long. From the end of the swim to my bike was at least 1/4 mile.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing.
Bike
  • 1h 23m 57s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 17.76 mile/hr
Comments:

I really enjoyed the ride. Lake Shore drive was awesome. There were a LOT of flat tires on the course. I felt bad for all the people standing on the median struggling with tire changes. There was one hugh pot hole, fortunately I missed it.

The signs for the second loop were just a little confusing but I figured it out. Some cyclists were doubting their position on the course though...they were afraid they mis-read something but in fact were right in repeating (doing a second lap) along Lake Shore.
What would you do differently?:

The Javelin ran great. I cleaned it up and double-checked everything. No problem.
Transition 2
  • 03m 27s
Comments:

Found my rack easily. No problem.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing.
Run
  • 1h 10m 59s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 11m 26s  min/mile
Comments:

I fell apart here. My back problems emerged at about 1/2 mile into the run. I felt like someone took a vice and was cranking it tighter with every step. I was in some real pain. I did keep running but it was ugly. Real ugly.
What would you do differently?:

I need to and I'm gonna strengthen the back and lose some weight. Period. I usually run in the mid-7s.
Post race
Warm down:

I stood in front of some misters and fans. I saw TLILIS. Great to see Traves! He had a great race.

I ate a few banannas and drank a lot of water. Then drank a beer. Yum.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Bad back and extra pounds.

Event comments:

Wow! What an organized event! Chicago did this right. Very nice race. In fact, perfect. 8000 participants and it was better run and more organized than any of the downstate events.


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Last updated: 2006-04-26 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:43:00 | 1640 yards | 02m 37s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/7
Overall: 2921/3708
Performance: Good
Suit: Wet Suit and Footies
Course: Along the wall off Lake Shore Dr. in Lake Michigan. Big loop.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Below average
T1
Time: 04:20
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
No
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
Biking
01:23:57 | 24.85 miles | 17.76 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/7
Overall: 2481/3708
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Out and back with 1 loop in the middle.
Road: Rough  Cadence: 90
Turns: Average Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 03:27
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
01:10:59 | 06.21 miles | 11m 26s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/7
Overall: 2228/3708
Performance: Bad
Course: Winding course around museums, etc. Some grass, some concrete, some sidewalk, some on bike path.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
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

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2006-08-28 12:27 AM

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2006-08-28 2:07 AM
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Hey there John! Awesome job on the tri!!! Great job!  Whats the next race you have planned?
2006-08-28 6:51 AM
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Nice race John...but a 12 hour bike ride?  LOL, surely that must be a typo!!

 

2006-08-28 6:55 AM
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To-Do: 
First Olympic distance race.

Nice.

Sounds like fun, except for the up at 3:30 part. Sorry about your back, that's a drag. Now you have a time to beat for St. A's.

2006-08-28 7:40 AM
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WOOHOOO!!!! Awesome Job John!!!!  Congrats on your first OLY!!!! IF it makes you feel any better you crushed my run time   Take care !!!!
2006-08-28 7:59 AM
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Good job!  Sorry the run was so tough, but you stuck to it!


2006-08-28 9:25 AM
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CONGRATS!

Going back to sleep before the race is hilarious! I can't believe you were calm enough to do that. Excellent.

Sorry about your back. You made it though!

2006-08-28 9:46 AM
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max - 2006-08-28 5:51 AM

Nice race John...but a 12 hour bike ride?  LOL, surely that must be a typo!!

Yeah that average speed is REALLY SLOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooooooooooW

 

 

Otherwise, nice race!!!

 

 

2006-08-28 10:00 AM
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Excellent job, John!
2006-08-28 10:16 AM
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Way to go John!  You did it!!!  Glad the race was a good one for you!!!
2006-08-28 11:00 AM
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Nice job duder! But, a 420 minute T1?? haha. Good day all the same.


2006-08-28 11:07 AM
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Great Race John - Shame about your run - maybe would have taken 20 mins off. Next time!!!
2006-08-28 3:19 PM
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Congratulations, Olympic Triathlete!

You did great, especially given the back problems on the run!  But you stuck to it and finished the race -- AWESOME accomplishment.

Now, if you could only learn to fill out the correct times in a race report! 

When's the next one?

 

2006-08-28 3:41 PM
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I'm pretty sure I was the snorkel guy, in wave 37. They are legal by USAT, I was in a motorcycle accident years ago and my neck just isn't right. Without it I have to dam near roll on my back to breath without looking up.

Anyway, sounds like you had a good time. I did except some woman with a tiny dog on the edge of the run couse right after mile 1 let the retracting leash go a bit and I tripped on the dog.
2006-08-28 3:49 PM
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Great Job on the Oly! Yeah, I can't believe you were able to go back to sleep in the transition area. No way I could have done that. And speaking from experience regarding the back problems and the extra padding around the middle... I can testify that there is a direct corolation to the amount of padding lost to a decrease in back pain. I'm dealing with that issue myself. Congratulations on your Oly! Great job!
2006-08-28 4:14 PM
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Great job John!


2006-08-28 6:26 PM
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Great race.  Glad to see it was so well handled with so many people.  Just the fact that you found your bike on the first try is pretty cool. 
2006-08-28 6:49 PM
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By coincidence I grabbed some guy's leg and tossed it to the side. ONLY KIDDING! Please don't beat me up. I actually nearly drowned after a guy at the very beginning put his hand on my back and pushed me under. I feel your pain!

Oh and great job -- way to stick with it and get it done! I saw a few people hanging onto buoys, so way to go!

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2006-08-28 7:05 PM
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Great race and it sounds like it was a fabulous experience! Being able to finish and still not fall apart on the run shows some serious mental fortitude .... as does sleeping after setting up your transition   A sleeping bag near the Lake Shore??? You could always be a vagabond if the cop gig doesn't work out!!

Congrats on meeting all of your goals in your profile - now you'll have to figure out what next? 

2006-08-28 8:31 PM
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Great job!! That typo cracked me up ... Anyway, sounds like a fun race. You were really solid on the bike! And you looked studly, to top it all off ...
2006-08-28 8:37 PM
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Great job at your first Oly. Sorry to hear about that guy grabbing your legs and throwing them to the side during the swim. That's pretty crazy.

Awesome bike - glad you didn't get a flat - and way to push thru the pain during the run.

Congrats!



2006-08-28 8:40 PM
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No his bike wasn't a typo, he's just slow....

 

Great job!!!!!!

2006-08-28 9:34 PM
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Note to self:  Don't write race report at 1:00 a.m. 

 

Okay, I fixed the times.  My 12 hr bike was changed to 1:23. 

2006-08-28 10:16 PM
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Sorry your back acted up and all that, but -  

you.  rocked.  period. 

You finished your first Oly! 

I have no idea what is up with the jacka$$ who grabbed your legs.  Too bad you couldn't catch him and explain the "finer points of race etiquette and civility" to him....

Sounds like you had fun and you finished despite the back pain. 

Nowhere to go but up, lets make a goal to knock 15 - 20 minutes off next time. 

 

 

 

 

 

2006-08-28 10:56 PM
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Great race!!!! For a Clydedale...these seem like some pretty mainstream numbers!!! Wow! That is also very cool that you can usually run in the mid-7's...

I am also jealous of your transition times. I was a deer in the headlights in the transition area and it wasn't as if I had ever been in one before...oh well...

Great report!!! I'm glad you did well. I am glad you felt better about the swim than me. I was really nervous after seeing that swim course!!! It seems like you seeded yourself well in the swim though.

Yup, this was a very organized race. I was just at Naperville and I didn't like a lot of the organizational aspects of that race and could defitely appreciate the finer aspects of the Chicago Triathlon. I plan on doing it again.
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