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Two local triathlons to race in September

You came, you saw, you conquered the 2014 Chicago Triathlon. You made it your “A” race of the summer, focusing all your efforts on swimming, biking and running when it came to working out.

But now that the race is over, you’re still pumped with all those triathlon endorphins. You’re not ready to pack away your wetsuit for next season or return to only using your bike to commute back and forth to work. As for what’s next on the calendar, you placed all your bets on the Chicago Triathlon and didn’t think beyond that (surviving Chicago was the goal after all).

So you have nothing to feed that racing urge. Ah but wait. There still are triathlons on the race calendar—and you don’t have to travel too far to find them. Check out these two that are quickly approaching:

TriRock Lake Geneva, Sept. 13
Lake Geneva, the resort retreat that brings many a Illinois or Wisconsin resident on the weekends, is a great town to host a triathlon. You’ve got plenty of hotels, which also happen to have less expensive rates once Labor Day passes (hint, hint), plenty of restaurants for your night-before meal, and plenty of parking that’s not too far from transition to make this race (or even June’s BigFoot Triathlon) a must-do on your racing calendar. TriRock starts and finishes in the Williams Bay section of Lake Geneva, which doesn’t mean a lot until you actually see the venue. You get a swim in a more secluded section of Lake Geneva, which cuts down on the chop and current; a bike that loops west and goes around Delavan Lake with some rolling hills to keep you honest; and a run that winds past the Yerkes Observatory but has some challenging climbs that might leave you huffing and puffing. But all that leg burn is worth it once you cross the finish line and tack another tri into the books.

For more details, check out the TriRock website.

North Shore Triathlon, Sept. 14
Get your sprinting legs in gear for this second-year triathlon that offers a sprint-distance race. The swim is shorter than what you’d find at traditional sprint-distance triathlons—perfect for anyone who dreads a dip in the lake. But the bike offers two loops of 6-plus miles to cruise along Sheridan Road followed by a 5K run through Wilmette neighborhoods—and past the beautiful B’hai temple if the course stays the same as last year. And since the race is held in Wilmette—and doesn’t start as early as the Chicago Tri—you can sleep in your own bed the night before and not feel like others are just getting to bed when you’re waking up. It poured during last year’s race and we still had a good time!

For more details, check out the North Shore Triathlon website.