Lakeside Triathlon Weekend
This race will always be special to me because seven years ago, this was my first ever triathlon. It is only 20 minutes away from my hometown so it also means that I get to come home and visit. I always have good memories racing in Lakeside.
On Saturday in the sprint distance races, my Dad was racing in the Sprint Duathlon. This would be his second race since recovering from his accident in 2015. I little bit of context here – my Dad was out on a training ride (training for the Lakeside Duathlon) in August 2015 when he was hit by a car. This gave us all quite a scare given the extent of his injuries. Despite still living with the effects of his accident every day, he still comes back hungrier every time. We cheered Dad on to sixth overall and second in his age group – a 2 minute improvement over his time from last year and 6 minutes over his time pre-accident. Watch out Masters Duathletes!
We came back the next day for my race which was the Olympic triathlon. I needed something to take my mind off of the upcoming accounting exams that I would be taking this week – nothing like 2 hours in the red to ease the mind. So Geord, my Dad and my friend Shawn arrived at Lakeside bright and early with coffees in hand. I got setup in transition while catching up with fellow athletes after a couple weeks off of racing. As gun time approached, I wrestled my way into my wetsuit and headed down to the shorefront.
Swim 1500m (26:16 – T1: 0:57)
The 2 lap swim course took place in Sunova Lake at the Lakeside resort campground. Air temperature at the 9AM race start was a “fresh” 10 degrees Celsius and water temperature slightly warmer at 18 degrees. After watching athletes brave the cold waters in the sprint distance races the day before, I was definitely not looking forward to the first couple of minutes in the water. However after a short warmup and letting my wetsuit do its job – I was warm and ready to go. The race was on.
I quickly found myself swimming solo after the first turn buoy. My pecking order in the water is such that I’m too slow to keep up with the lead group of experienced swimmers, but a little but faster than a lot of the slower groups, so I normally find myself swimming in “purgatory” occasionally picking off some of the swimmers who could not keep pace with the lead groups. I finished the swim averaging my usual 1:45 per 100m pace which had put me in 17th place out of the water.
Bike 40km (0:58:56 – T2: 0:52)
After a relatively smooth T1 I grabbed my bike and headed up to the mount line. As I started to mount my bike, I dropped my chain and it got jammed between my inner chain ring and bottom bracket. I quickly realized that I’d need to remove my shoe from my pedals to right my chain again. I sorted out my chain and strapped on my shoe that I had taken off all while standing still. This whole production cost me about a minute of ride time according to strava. A minute that I could not afford to lose if I wanted to contest the overall win. My race was slipping away early on.
I was now riding angry trying to make up for lost time in that rather embarrassing ordeal at the mount line. As I began picking off riders, my confidence started rising. I made my way through 15 riders on the bike course which put me in 2nd place behind Jessey The Elf. Adjusting for the dropped chain mishap, I finished the bike leg moving at just under 42km/h, averaging 372W and picked up a couple of the Lakeside bike course KOMs on Strava. This gave me the fastest bike split of the weekend by over 3 minutes – you can’t be disappointed with that
As I was coming in to transition, people were saying that I was around 4 minutes down on the leader. This, in reality, would mean that I’m 3 minutes down because Jessey started in the PRO wave which was exactly a minute ahead of my wave start. Either way, 3 minutes to make up on a 10km run is a very tall order – I would give it my best.
Run 10km (0:37:10)
The run course is a 2-loop, out and back 5k so I knew that I would be able to see where I stand with the leader on 3 occasions. All that I could do is run my hardest and hope that the time gap shrinks each of those times. One foot in front of the other.
There were a couple aid stations on course and each time, even if I didn’t grab any water, I thanked the volunteers profusely – they can definitely be an athlete’s best friend on a challenging run course like this! At every turn around, the time gaps were decreasing but not fast enough to be able to contest the overall win. I finished 2nd place overall in 2:04:11 also with the fastest run split of the day by half a minute.
After the race we hung around to cheer on Shawn as he raced in his first ever Triathlon at noon. He ended up finishing ahead of his goal time in the top 20%. I can say for sure that is much better than my first ever race.
I was also delighted to hear that my fastest run split won me a new pair of Skechers Performance shoes!
Next steps for me will likely be the Overdrive Standard Duathlon Provincial Championships in October. Hopefully I can stay fit until then hahah.
Til next time,