After a difficult race in Mont Tremblant a few weekends ago where I had muscle tightness problems on the bike, I was hoping for a better race this weekend. I was able to see Scott at Fitt 1'st during the week leading into the race (and we were able to make some good changes to my bike), so I was feeling much more confident in my bike/aero position.
Race SummaryUnlike last year where I started in the fourth wave, at this years race I started in the first "elite" wave. The elite wave consisted of three people...one who swam faster than me, and one who swam slower, so I pretty much just had a solo swim. Kirk Hopkins beat me out of the water by around 3 minutes, so I had a lot of time to make up on the bike, but it was nice to have someone to chase.
I caught up to Kirk about 25km in, but just as I was about to pass him, he started swerving back and forth on the road, and I nearly crashed into him. Turns out he got a flat right as I went by (I didn't know this until after), and it was fortunate that there were no injuries.
I had no one else even close to me off the bike, so I had a solo run too. On the back portion of the run course, I saw Daniel Clarke chasing from a ways back (he had started in a later wave, so there was a time gap). When I crossed the line first, I was unsure if I had actually won. I waited for Daniel to cross the line, and after the math was done, it was announced I had won by 25 seconds (results say 37).
OverallIt was a pretty awesome event in downtown Toronto. There were a bunch of athletes from Mettle Multisport racing this weekend, as well as a large group from Harvest Bible Chapel (doing the sprint relay), so I was surrounded by great people. My family also came to watch, and it was my Dads birthday, so it was great to get a win for him!
My next race is Multisport Canada Gravenhurst this upcoming weekend, so its a pretty short turnaround! Check out some pictures from the race below:
|It was an early morning race start. 6:50am gun went off|
|When there are only 3 people in your wave, its pretty chill|
|Heading up the DVP...my parents got this shot from an overhead bridge|
|Coming in off the bike. My eLoad didn't fall off my bike this year|
|Running into the finish in my Skechers Go Run 4's|
|Successfully defended my provincial title!|
|On the podium in my Skechers|
|Some of the relay members from HBCYR. Great job everyone!|
|With fellow Mettle coach Christine who also won her AG!|