Cleveland Triathlon Club

First Oly Triathlon, kind of

Swim was canceled, but other than that the weather was great and so was the race!

The Chicago Triathlon was supposed to be my first Olympic distance race, but mother nature had other ideas. The swim was canceled due to an undertow and waves in Lake Michigan, but otherwise the weather was great, with temperatures in the high 60's and low 70's the entire race. I also forgot my water bottles at my friends' apartment, but fortunately by buddy who I was racing with let me have one of his. I ate a Gu gel ~15 minutes before the start to get some energy for the race.

Instead of the swim, there was a 0.75 mile run from the swim start up to transition to start the race, which I ran in 4:50. T1 was a little slow as I had to untie my running shoes, chug some water from my Nalgene since I only had one bottle for the bike, and put on my bike shoes.

The bike route was awesome, starting with an out-and-back along Lakeshore Drive with great views of downtown Chicago but a significant amount of wind, followed by another out-and-back along Lower Wacker Drive where the Batmobile scene in The Dark Knight was filmed, and finally another out-and-back along the Chicago Busway. I averaged about 19 mph for the 24.8 mile bike course for a time of 1:18:23. I ate a Gu gel on the bike, but it didn't go down very easily and I didn't have any water to wash it down with. T2 was fine; off with the bike shoes, chug some water, and tie the running shoes.

The run route was an out-and-back along the Lakeshore Trail past the museum campus and Soldier Field. I was happy with my 10k time of 57:30, which is my first sub-1-hr 10k in a long time. Stuck to water during the run since I had downed the gels and not gotten much fluid so far, but I did have a Gatorade gel at mile 4 or so.

All-in-all, I was happy with my times. For my 2nd triathlon and 1st Olympic distance, I averaged a faster pace on the bike and only slightly slower on the run than my sprint earlier in the summer. I still need to work on my transitions, and the swim is definitely my weakest leg so it helped a little that it was the leg that was cut. Overall, the Chicago Triathlon was a fun race and I definitely look forward to doing it again, hopefully with the full course next time!

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