I’ve had a few days to absorb the whole Chicago Triathlon experience. Right after (and before) the race, I was saying I’d never do this race again. With a few days to reflect, I had some highs:
- Awesome bike ride
- Strong swim
- Helping out a friend
- Finishing strong – and faster than my expected finish!
And some lows:
- Anxiety in finding a spot for my bike in transition
- Nervous comparisons to other triathletes in my wave
- Maniacal checking of the weather report
- Rough run
My performance in numbers:
What I’ve learned:
- If I ever do the Chicago Triathlon again, plan to be AT transition right when it opens. Yes, be there at 4:15 AM.
- I should place myself into a better spot on the swim. I’m still not sure exactly how strong I can be, but I should start closer up to the front next time.
- TRAIN FOR TRANSITION!!! I could easily cut off 7 minutes from my Olympic time if I was smarter about my transition time. It’s something I should practice, just like I do my workouts.
- Continue to work on the bike skills – specifically hands off the handlebars.
- I’m excited to work on improving overall on my triathlon!