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Lake Zurich, Illinois
United States
Total Time = 2h 27m 31s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 7/10
Pre-race routine:

Routine is an interesting word to use here. I've never raced in the POURING FREAKIN'rain before. Nothing I did was what I would normally do because circumstances were so very odd. I stood around and shivered waiting to hear whether or not the race would happen or not.
Event warmup:

They didn't make the race day call until about 7:30. At that time, I went and set my stuff up in transition as best I could. It was a mine field of garbage bags and umbrellas. I got in a quick swim before the race.
  • 07m 35s
  • 400 meters
  • 01m 54s / 100 meters

Swim was fine. Really wanted to do the full swim though.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 02m 27s

Since the transition area was such a disaster, I carried my bike instead of rolling it through the mud. Hard to get traction through there so I took it slow so I wouldn't wipe out. Once out of the mud bath, I took some time to find a puddle and get the mass of mud off my feet before jamming them in my shoes.
What would you do differently?:

I'm not sure.
  • 1h 16m 58s
  • 22.8 miles
  • 17.77 mile/hr

I came as close to bonking here as you can get and still come back alive. I didn't plan on hanging around for 3 hours before racing so I didn't plan additional nutrition/water. The ride was pretty much a disaster but I drank enough stuff to relight the fire. Finished the ride pretty strong.

I think all the standing around and shivering in the morning probably didn't help my legs either. They felt heavy and hard to turn for a good portion of the ride. I willed myself through this.
What would you do differently?:

Plan on everything going wrong before the race. If it doesn't, then it's a happy surprise.
Transition 2
  • 04m 9s

I have A LOT to say here. Mud, mud, mud, mud, mud. That said, by my row in the transition area it looked like a bomb went off. Trash bags were everywhere, water bottles, goggles ... it was ridiculous. My stuff too ... I was no different. I couldn't find my gel for the run and I WAS NOT LEAVING WITHOUT IT. I ran through transition barefoot and put my shoes on once I got out of the muck.
What would you do differently?:

Hard to say. I was completely off my game the entire race so ...
  • 56m 24s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 05s  min/mile

By the time I got to the run I was so happy to be doing something I KNOW I am good at. The first couple of miles were good but I just couldn't hold the pace the whole way. I walked the uphills during mile 4 (there were a lot of them) but managed to run the rest of the race at a pretty good clip.
What would you do differently?:

Bring more gel ...
Post race
Warm down:

I stopped, drank water, ate some watermelon, drank more water. Showered at the beach house ... shower is a loose term. Washed the mud off and put on clean, dry clothes.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The wait in the morning just killed me. I didn't bring additional nutrition or have enough water to last the whole extra 1'45" until race time.

Lessons learned: 1) Bring the refrigerator and take home leftovers. I'll never be caught w/o enough fuel for the fire again. 2) Bring a rainsuit for hanging out in situations such as these. I spent a lot of energy shivering. 3) Bring gallons of water instead of bottles of water. Who knows what might happen. 4) More gels, more HEED, more race fuel.

Event comments:

Here are my thoughts, less the misery of the day. 1) Needs more porta-potties. There were 3 for the crowd of 1000 racers. 2) If the race is delayed, get the kids some water.

I realize they couldn't control the weather and REALLY wanted to have the race but the updates were mostly "We're on the mic to tell you that we'll tell you something in 5 more minutes." The race time just kept getting pushed back and pushed back in teeny tiny increments.

Last updated: 2007-07-15 12:00 AM
00:07:35 | 400 meters | 01m 54s / 100meters
Age Group: 5/10
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Shortened swim due to the delay in the start time.
Course: A half circle
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:27
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
01:16:58 | 22.8 miles | 17.77 mile/hr
Age Group: 9/10
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: A couple of loops through Lake Zurich. One bit of road was a little rough but most of it was just fine.
Road: Potholes Wet Cadence: 83
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 04:09
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Bad
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal
00:56:24 | 06.21 miles | 09m 05s  min/mile
Age Group: 5/10
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: Residential street run. Lots of rollers.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? No
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2007-08-06 3:24 PM

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2007-08-06 3:29 PM
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Sounds fun!?  Nice job powering through the day.  Why did they shorten the swim - afraid of people getting any wetter?
2007-08-06 3:43 PM
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Chicago, IL
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Nice race under bad conditions. I dropped my gel in the mud and searched for it on hands on knees. Never done that before. Oh well. It was fun anyway.
2007-08-06 4:44 PM
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Oak Park, IL
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Jessica - I think you had a GREAT race considering the conditions!!  I felt so bad for you when I woke up yesterday morning to the thunder and lightening.   I don't think you have anything to be upset're a real trooper for waiting out the start!  I'm pretty sure I would have been well on my way back home by then.   Just you're due a good weather race!!
2007-08-06 4:48 PM
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St Charles, IL
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Subject: RE: Lake Zurich Triathlon

Wowzers.  If nothing else, this was a good mental training day. 

Congrats on having the fortitude to stick it out, and make it to the finish!

When the going got tough, you kept right on rolling.   

2007-08-06 5:40 PM
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Chicago, Illinois
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good job. better man than me. I bailed at about 7:15. Those who stood around in there wetsuits I think that the right idea.

2007-08-06 5:44 PM
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Westchester, IL
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Yes, nice job finishing the race under those conditions.
2007-08-06 7:48 PM
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You are a trooper. Way to stick it out!

Yes, you bonked, just treat it as a lesson learned.

You will be more prepared, and even stronger, at the next race. That's a promise.
2007-08-06 7:59 PM
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Holy crap.  What a race.  I give you TONS of credit for pushing through it and turning out a very nice 10k at the end of a miserable, muddy, mucky morning.

That said... now you should end your season on a high note by coming up to Pleasant Prairie with the rest of us.... you know you want to.....

2007-08-06 9:29 PM
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Subject: RE: Lake Zurich Triathlon

For what it's worth... no one had a great time yesterday morning. Everyone I've spoken to said the whole thing just sucked from start to finish.

My friend Irish Peter (who noticed you, by the way... in your SCTC top!) DNF'd after the first loop of the bike. He had some weird leg issue.

You are quite a trooper. I've been waiting all day for your report.

I so wish you could do PP with us. Pressure is off. I'm just having fun these days. Laughing

If it makes you feel any better, I raced once in the pouring rain... @ Lake Geneva in 2003. It was an awful experience, and it was the first time I ever rode my bike outside in the rain. But I learned alot!

And hey! I can't even run 9 min miles while fully fueled... and you did it while "bonking!" 

COOL. That's hard core.  

2007-08-07 1:27 AM
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Racine, WI
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better than 2:00/100 meters swim.....

Almost 18 mph on the bike.....

Then she tops it off with 9:05 min/mile 10k.....

And all this in THE POURING RAIN.....

And you think you did poorly??????  Damn, girl!  People tell me I set high standards for myself, but you have me beat.  FWIW, I think you did incredibly well under challenging circumstances.  NO WAY in HE!! I would have turned 17.7 mph on the bike in the rain.  That takes...well, we all know what it takes

 But if you still feel the need for validation (she grins slyly)....

pleasant prairie.....pleasant prairie....pleasant prairie....

2007-08-07 8:21 AM
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Tough as nails. PP sounds fun doesn't it? - c'mon - ALL the kids are doing it....

 Seriously, some great lessons learned.  Great race under the circumstances - seems you be a wee bit tough on yourself!

2007-08-07 8:36 AM
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Chicago, Illinois
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if you feel bad about yourself then I will have to feel bad about myself since I did not even do the race. You did great. IT was a horrible day and you rocked it.
2007-08-07 1:25 PM
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Wellington, North Island
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It sounds like it was almost an adventure race.

Sorry to hear about the bonk. After my experience bonking on the bike at Racine, I know it's not fun. That you pulled through and finished as strong as you did on the run given everything you had dealt with that day, I think you did awesome. I'm quite impressed.
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