Iron Season 6/11: Holy Hills!

posted on Jul 04 2014 by Martin Gruebele

The short: Martin drove out to Idaho with Ron Hoyne to race IM Coeur d’Alène. All went as planned, with a hot and hilly 3:48 IM marathon. The swim was 63.5 F (brrr!) and most of the bike course was a string of 4-6%, 1-2 mile climbs. It was tough for everyone, and Martin finished 14/252 = top 5.5% in his age group, the best finish yet.

ITU Chicago Triathlon

posted on Jul 01 2014 by Scott Dahman

The race was held in conjunction with the ITU World Triathlon Series. The International Triathlon Union (ITU) is the world governing body for the sport (like UCI), aligned with the Olympic movement. Pros race a draft legal format with short, spectator-friendly circuits for the bike and run. A lot of ITU races, including this one around Chicago's Grant Park, offer age groupers a chance to race separately at the same venue. (It would be like watching Paris Nice, then racing it with other Cat 1-5s - pretty cool.)

O'Fallon Grand Prix - Cat 4 - Ryan Harden

posted on Jun 16 2014 by Ryan Harden

The race started neutral as expected. There was a minor attack from the gun that I think was more likely two guys from a team riding and talking and just rode off the front. So it was less an attack, more of a slowly riding away from the group. A couple guys yelled because they had a team member sitting on the front of the pack slow pedaling, but the rest of us didn't bother since we still had 57 miles to go. The first lap was almost completely uneventful. There were a handful of sections where the group strung out pretty good, accelerated to 30ish, then slowed and contracted.

Iron Season 5/10: IM marathon PR, but not at a ‘hot’ race

posted on Jun 10 2014 by Martin Gruebele

The short: 10:48 total, 3:45 new Ironman marathon PR, 11th in 50-54 age group: Best rank yet, clawing my way to the top 10 where rolldown qualification for Kona becomes plausible…  Still no ‘hot’ sub-4 IM-marathon: a tropical storm came through, it rained all day, and the temperature dropped to 70 F.

Greater Terre Haute Weekend

posted on Jun 09 2014 by Scott Dahman

A large Wild Card contingent traveled to the Terre Haute area for the Marshall Madness Road Race and the Terre Haute Criterium and brought back multiple podiums.

Toughman Indiana Half-Iron Triathlon

posted on Jun 04 2014 by Scott Dahman

I have been racing tri for nearly 7 years now and thought I had learned just about everything about race preparation, tactics, and fueling. My results over the last two seasons have been very satisfying, with USAT rankings steadily trending upward. However, sometimes success breeds complacency and lessons forgotten must be relearned. I had a good race at the 1st Toughman Indiana in favorable conditions a year ago.

Fox River Omnium - Masters 30+ 4/5

posted on May 18 2014 by Rick Riley

Elgin Crit:

Perfect weather, not hot or cold and a mild wild to keep things interesting.  It was an interesting course; started flat through the first two turns then a small rise, similar to UGP, another flat turn then a left into a small downhill and an off camber chicane up a hill to the straighaway through the finish.

Monsters of the Midway 2014

posted on May 13 2014 by Chris Kirkham

Bike racers were once again spoiled with beautiful weather for Monsters of the Midway this past weekend.  The race takes place on the Midway Plaisance at the University of Chicago.  I don’t know what a plaisance is, but this is a course that any Nascar fan would love.  Go fast, turn left, repeat 4 times, that’s a lap.


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