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Is there something better than www.trifind.com? Either I'm searching wrong, or there aren't any going on around Chicago. I'm planning to do the Chicago triathlon, but I want to do another one earlier in the summer or late spring.

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Guess I was expecting more :/ any good ones in southern Wisco or reasonably close?

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Yeah, I re-analyzed what I was looking at :P I was just assuming there would be more in Chicago. The suburb ones are mostly sprints, but that's cool with me. I think I found a few that work with my schedule.

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It is a logistical nightmare dealing with the city I would imagine. Plus it's twice the cost of most other triathlons, so I would guess that is a hindrance too. I only did it last year because I got a free bib. This year I might do it anyways, but it pains me to do that seeing as between food, parking, race fees, I'll have a couple hundred bucks into it. I hate the city events.
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This is the best site to find triathlon events in Illinois.

http://www.ThingsHomosLikeToDoInIllinois.com

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It is a logistical nightmare dealing with the city I would imagine. Plus it's twice the cost of most other triathlons, so I would guess that is a hindrance too. I only did it last year because I got a free bib. This year I might do it anyways, but it pains me to do that seeing as between food, parking, race fees, I'll have a couple hundred bucks into it. I hate the city events.
It's only a train ride downtown for me. $150 plus lame fees is kind of steep though, and you don't even get any sweet gear.

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This is the best site to find triathlon events in Illinois.

http://www.ThingsHomosLikeToDoInIllinois.com
There definitely is one thing gayer than that, and it's swimming, biking, and running, yet never doing a triathlon.
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There definitely is one thing gayer than that, and it's swimming, biking, and running, yet never doing a triathlon.
okay you got me. That's pretty fucking gay and stupid as fucking hell.

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I use beginner triathlete. It's a pretty good site and I'm forever stuck as a beginner LOL
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okay you got me. That's pretty fucking gay and stupid as fucking hell.
You are the trackday triathlete!
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damn that's cold. I haven't swam in months and I don't think I will anymore. My shoulder don't like swimming.

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damn that's cold. I haven't swam in months and I don't think I will anymore. My shoulder don't like swimming.
Is swimming too weak for the massiveness?

Just kick and don't use your arms LOL
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no bro. My shoulder is fucked. I need to get surgery to fix but not ready for it yet. Maybe next fall.

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no bro. My shoulder is fucked. I need to get surgery to fix but not ready for it yet. Maybe next fall.
fak. That's sucks.

The shoulders are only a part of the beach muscles so it's still OK!
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fak. That's sucks.

The shoulders are only a part of the beach muscles so it's still OK!
shoulders are one of the most important parts mang. Gotta have the huge capped softball size delts mang.

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Unfortunately, you do have to travel sometimes. Some of the good ones around here have been mentioned. Also take a look at some of the tri shark events down by U of I. Some of their events are good too. If I weren't doing Racine I'd be doing the Evergreen tri. I here their 70.3 is good too.

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There definitely is one thing gayer than that, and it's swimming, biking, and running, yet never doing a triathlon.
whew, I have done one therefore dodged this bullet.


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damn that's cold. I haven't swam in months and I don't think I will anymore. My shoulder don't like swimming.
You will still look fly to the cyclists but any real trackday triathlete will spot your lack of delts and aerobars from a mile away.
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Fact: you will not become efficient at swimming, biking or running over night. Sorry to burst your bubble. This is NOT an easy sport.
Check your ego at the door because chances are someone fifty pounds heavier than you will lap you in the pool. Not to mention she will be ten or fifteen years older than you.
You will be passed on the bike many times and you will never be the fastest runner in your town.
You will have early morning workouts. Really early.
You will plan your weekends around your swim, bike and run.
You are up while others are sleeping.
You are training while others are sitting.
You will discover others who also follow this blood, sweat and tears cult.
You will eventually get a flat tire... and have to change it all by yourself.
No matter what you hear, triathlon is NOT an inexpensive sport.
Warning, it is extremely addictive, hence the impulse spending on wetsuits, bikes, running shoes, aero bars, aero helmets, speed suits, power meters, GPS heart-rate monitors and many other ‘gotta have items.’
You will hate swimming more times than you like it for the first year.
You will suffer through road trips with whiny fellow triathletes.
You will suffer set backs.
You may experience an injury.
You will develop a love/hate relationship with a foam roller and ice baths.
You will at some point realize you need a coach.
You will hate swimming for the first year.
You will wear tight clothing.
You will not like how this tight clothing fits or looks.
Your age will take on a whole new meaning.
You will discover a whole new meaning for tan lines.
Food will become an extremely important part of your life.
You will learn new words such as GU, cadence and brick.
You will hate swimming for the first year.
You will spend more time on your bike than on your couch.
You may lose a friend or two because you spend too much time swimming, biking and running, and they could careless about your heart rate training, foam rolling pain or 20 mile bike ride.
You will learn patience.
You will be humbled.
You will start to realize you are paying money to put yourself through pain and suffering, but for some odd reason, you LOVE it.
This sport called Triathlon, becomes a part of you. You start to plan your entire year around sprint, international, half-iron or full-iron distance races. Your vacations become racing, and you start to realize that this sport called triathlon could become a life-long adventure.
Many people settle for things in life. They settle for a crappy job, marriage, friends, food, place to live and overall fitness and health.
Those who desire more or those who want more out of life than a drive-thru window and boring sitcom, will choose triathlon or an activity that makes them happy. An activity that will change their life. Triathlon will change your outlook on life, your career, your marriage, your goals, your friends and many other things you thought you had figured out. It’s not just crossing a finish line or a boring finisher medal. It’s the countless hours that got you to that point. A moment in time that you will NEVER forget. A moment that you will discuss with your family and friends for hours if not days after the event. These discussions will most likely be about how you could have done better. At what point could you have swam faster, biked harder or ran more efficient? This is what will go through your head everyday until you get the opportunity to suffer again.
So you wanna be a Triathlete? Enjoy the ride and train hard!
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