General Discussion Race Reports! » Chicago Masters' Big Shoulders 2.5k Rss Feed  
Moderators: Ron Reply

Chicago Masters' Big Shoulders 2.5k - Swim


View Member's Race Log View other race reports
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Chicago Masters
70F / 21C
Sunny
Total Time = 37m 50s
Overall Rank = 22/317
Age Group = Wetsuit
Age Group Rank = 3/88
Pre-race routine:

Got up early and drove in. Picked up packet & chip. Found some people from the Masters group and just waited around until it was time to get ready.

Had opted to wear a wetsuit and go for the 2.5k instead of 5k as that would be most similar to an upcoming HIM. Had talked this over with one of the coaches before, a triathlete named Scott, so was sure to listen.
Event warmup:

Didn't really do much. I was 7th wave and didn't feel like getting wet so far ahead of time. Probably should have though. Mostly arm circles as I walked into the water right before starting.
Swim
  • 37m 50s
  • 2500 meters
  • 01m 31s / 100 meters
Comments:

Hung around the outside of the start line, just a bit back. This was a swimming event, so figured more of them would be faster. I tend to end up going outside much of the time anyway. When the horn went off, started walking out (it was waist deep) letting the others get going first.

Surfaced and started swimming. Tried keeping a solid pace that wouldn't wear me out. Wanted this to be at least somewhat useful for HIM pacing. Sighting on the first leg was a bit difficult as I couldn't see the buoy past all the heads in front. Kind of knew where it was and just swam that way. Felt ok, but some stroke hitches that had come up this past week were showing up here too. Worked them out as best I could and kept going. Mainly a little torso positioning and rolling the barrel instead of clomping down on it. Felt a little burn in the lats which was ok as my body was getting going. Faded a little later on this leg.

Turned the corner and headed towards the skyline. They had announced it was easier to sight off the black & white striped building than the buoy, and this was right. Felt the earlier issues working out some at times and felt speed picking up because of it. No idea if it actually was though. Can't see anything relevant to tell out here. Saw a couple pink caps go by out here. These were the lead elite swimmers on their second lap for the 5k, starting 24 minutes ahead of me. A couple broke an hour, so they were really moving!

Made it to the turn buoy and went around easily for the home stretch along the seawall. Still felt good here, but knew I'd been swimming for awhile. Saw the bright yellow finish arch on shore and just sighted off that. Most people thought this leg felt really long, but it felt shorter than expected because of the way the map had been drawn, rather lopsided. About halfway down I figured this was about where an HIM would finish and picked up the effort just a bit for the remaining stretch as I had the energy for it. Lats were definitely tiring, but not drained.

Could see the bottom coming up as I got closer to shore and kept swimming until it was shallow enough to affect my stroke. Hip was still bugging me and wanted to run as little as possible, especially in the deeper water. No one else was around somehow, so had an easy time running up to the finish line. Plenty coherent to see the time and factor out the wave start time.
What would you do differently?:

Get in the water and warm up.
Post race
Warm down:

Hung around near the finish line and watched for others to come in. I was the first of the two 2.5k swimmers in our group and some of our swimmers are fast, but not like the first elite guys, so I was out first.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nothing too major, but some smaller things that would help.

Warm-up. Wasn't tired, but didn't taper going in. Swim straighter. Get rid of the form hitches.

Event comments:

Fun event. Will get back someday to do the 5k non-wetsuit.




Last updated: 2013-09-07 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:37:50 | 2500 meters | 01m 31s / 100meters
Age Group: 3/88
Overall: 0/317
Performance:
Suit: Sleeveless Wetsuit
Course: 1 lap in the bay off of the Ohio St Beach. Triangle shaped course.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding:
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Evaluation
Course challenge
Organized?
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

{postbutton}
2013-09-09 8:28 AM

Master
7291
50002000100100252525
Northern IL
Subject: Chicago Masters' Big Shoulders 2.5k


2013-09-09 9:17 AM
in reply to: #4850610

User image

Master
4500
20002000500
Paradise aka Englewood
Subject: RE: Chicago Masters' Big Shoulders 2.5k
Nicely done, it looks like you got a few things sorted out. Pretty cool stuff.
2013-09-09 9:30 AM
in reply to: cdban66

User image

Master
3844
2000100050010010010025
Orlando
Subject: RE: Chicago Masters' Big Shoulders 2.5k
Great, super fast, job!
2013-09-09 9:34 AM
in reply to: amd723

User image

Member
998
500100100100100252525
Simsbury, Connecticut
Subject: RE: Chicago Masters' Big Shoulders 2.5k
that's really cool! Great job
2013-09-09 9:38 AM
in reply to: cdban66

User image

Melon Presser
51087
50005000500050005000500050005000500050001000252525
Gold member
Subject: RE: Chicago Masters' Big Shoulders 2.5k

Holy fishie fachmie fast, Batman!!!

I dig the detail. Also that you were actually given good cues for sighting. Good race, on their part and especially yours!
2013-09-09 9:41 AM
in reply to: #4850610

User image

Royal(PITA)
13928
500050002000100050010010010010025
over the rainbow
Silver member
Subject: RE: Chicago Masters' Big Shoulders 2.5k
Well done!  Some fast swimming for you!!


2013-09-09 12:07 PM
in reply to: #4850610

User image

Veteran
1055
10002525
Houston, Texas
Subject: RE: Chicago Masters' Big Shoulders 2.5k
Really nice swim!  And by the sounds of it (and placing), it seems that you don't need to worry about letting the fast swimmers go ahead....you are the fast swimmer
2013-09-09 12:10 PM
in reply to: ligersandtions

User image

Seattle
Subject: RE: Chicago Masters' Big Shoulders 2.5k

Great job! Sounds like a really cool race.

 

Looking forward to hearing about that 5K non-wetsuit race next time Smile

2013-09-09 12:16 PM
in reply to: Asalzwed

User image

Veteran
2112
2000100
Concord, MA
Subject: RE: Chicago Masters' Big Shoulders 2.5k

Very nice swim!

From your comments/RR, it sounds like perhaps you weren't expecting to place so well.  Was this where you expected for placement and overall pace?  Looks like a pretty d@mn good result, IMO.   Faaast - just sayin'.  Laughing

Matt

2013-09-09 1:23 PM
in reply to: mcmanusclan5

Master
7291
50002000100100252525
Northern IL
Subject: RE: Chicago Masters' Big Shoulders 2.5k
Originally posted by mcmanusclan5

Very nice swim!

From your comments/RR, it sounds like perhaps you weren't expecting to place so well.  Was this where you expected for placement and overall pace?  Looks like a pretty d@mn good result, IMO.   Faaast - just sayin'.  Laughing

Matt

I had no expectations on placing as it's so much who shows up. There are national team caliber swimmers there. At first I was a bit eh, ok on the time, but then realized what the pace was and am happy with that. This was mostly for the experience anyway.

2013-09-09 1:24 PM
in reply to: Asalzwed

Master
7291
50002000100100252525
Northern IL
Subject: RE: Chicago Masters' Big Shoulders 2.5k
Originally posted by Asalzwed

Great job! Sounds like a really cool race.

 Looking forward to hearing about that 5K non-wetsuit race next time Smile

Haha, I'm sure you'll hold me to that one!



2013-09-09 1:24 PM
in reply to: TriAya

Master
7291
50002000100100252525
Northern IL
Subject: RE: Chicago Masters' Big Shoulders 2.5k
Originally posted by TriAya

Holy fishie fachmie fast, Batman!!!

I dig the detail. Also that you were actually given good cues for sighting. Good race, on their part and especially yours!

Yes, they really know what they're doing. One of the organizers is in my masters group too.

2013-09-09 2:32 PM
in reply to: brigby1

User image

Pennsylvania
Subject: RE: Chicago Masters' Big Shoulders 2.5k
Wow, are you part dolphin?!   Super job, especially considering the company you were keeping.  3rd OA is excellent!
2013-09-10 6:53 AM
in reply to: #4850610

User image

Elite
6528
5000100050025
PEI, Canada
Subject: RE: Chicago Masters' Big Shoulders 2.5k
That's a great swim!  Sounds like all your time in the pool is really paying off.  
2013-09-11 3:42 PM
in reply to: 0

User image

Master
3983
20001000500100100100100252525
Rio Rancho, NM
Silver member
Subject: RE: Chicago Masters' Big Shoulders 2.5k

Originally posted by melbo55Wow, are you part dolphin?!   Super job, especially considering the company you were keeping.  3rd OA is excellent!

What she said!



Edited by rrrunner 2013-09-11 3:43 PM
2013-09-12 9:04 PM
in reply to: rrrunner

User image

Veteran
719
500100100
South Windsor, CT
Subject: RE: Chicago Masters' Big Shoulders 2.5k
solid job, Ben...and I thought you were just a stud on the bike...ha!


2013-09-13 8:05 AM
in reply to: dtoce

Master
7291
50002000100100252525
Northern IL
Subject: RE: Chicago Masters' Big Shoulders 2.5k

Originally posted by dtoce solid job, Ben...and I thought you were just a stud on the bike...ha!

Thanks Dale. Joined a Masters group late last year and brought the bike training attitude with.

General Discussion-> Race Reports!
{postbutton}
General Discussion Race Reports! » Chicago Masters' Big Shoulders 2.5k Rss Feed  
RELATED POSTS

Big Shoulders 5K

Started by rdietz
Views: 140 Posts: 1

2012-09-10 4:59 PM rdietz

Big Shoulders 5K

Started by rdietz
Views: 155 Posts: 1

2012-09-10 4:48 PM rdietz

Big Shoulders 5K

Started by rdietz
Views: 185 Posts: 1

2012-09-10 4:39 PM rdietz

Big House Big Heart - 5k

Started by dtrimmer
Views: 306 Posts: 1

2011-10-10 3:09 PM dtrimmer

Big Shoulders 5K OWS

Started by shiggy
Views: 666 Posts: 3

2008-09-07 4:53 PM ChicagoMan65
RELATED ARTICLES
date : November 28, 2012
author : AMSSM
comments : 1
The anatomy, diagnosis and treatment of swimmer's shoulder.
 
date : February 6, 2012
author : AMSSM
comments : 0
How to regain enough range of motion to swim freestyle after a shoulder injury or surgery
date : March 10, 2011
author : Scott Tinley
comments : 1
Tinley on triathlon, aging, and the attitude of a masters athlete
 
date : July 15, 2008
author : AMSSM
comments : 0
I get a very bad shoulder pain (left side only) when on the bike for over 45 minutes. The pain seems to be between my shoulder blades but only on the left side.
date : April 17, 2005
author : AMSSM
comments : 0
Often I also see an imbalance in the front muscles of the shoulder, such as the pectoralis, and the back muscles, such as the rotator cuff and shoulder blade stabilizers. I would recommend:
 
date : August 29, 2004
author : Ron
comments : 2
Overview of two walk/run routines for training for a 5K.
date : August 29, 2004
author : Ron
comments : 11
This aggressive couch to 5k program will get you running from nothing and will be the lead-up to any of the sprint programs.
 
date : August 29, 2004
author : Ron
comments : 2
This couch to 5k program will get your running in seven months and can be the lead-up to any of the sprint programs.