Race Recap: Leaning Tower YMCA 31st Annual Triathlon

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This past weekend The Leaning Tower YMCA hosted its 31st Annual Triathlon. Races took place over two days with kids races Saturday and adults on Sunday.  Sunday hit a record low (35 degrees at 4am) beating an old record in the 1800’s.. BRR!  Racers entered transition early in winter jackets and sweats prepping for a cold bike and run after the pool swim.  The race for adults consisted of a 450 yard pool swim, 18K bike and 5K run.  Swim start was well organized going in waves from youngest to oldest and everyone had their own side of a lane while completing the 450 yards. Racers waiting to start lined up and began as soon as previous racers finished their swim.  After bundling up in transition, racers made their way to the closed 5-loop course.  The roads had plenty of security and enthusiastic volunteers.  Many counted their laps by the 1 timing mat or their favorite cheering volunteer.  Participants returned back to transition for the out and back 5K with the finish line right next to transition.  Food and a nice leaning tower medal awaited finishers. This race was appealing to beginners and those looking for a tune-up before long course racing in the summer.  Both groups were well represented Sunday morning and all had fun despite the cold weather.

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Nicole once thought that the timed mile in high school was a form of torture. In an ironic turn of events, racing is now part of half her weekends in a given year and would take an early Saturday race over a Friday night out everytime. A self-proclaimed "back of the packer", Nicole loves triathlons and run races with her favorite distances being the half marathon and olympic distance triathlon. She works full time as a health care administrator and lives in Skokie with her husband, son and spoiled dog. You can find her race reports, musing and other random thoughts on her blog.