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Lakeside II Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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london, Ontario
HSBC Triathlon Series
18C / 64F
Total Time = 1h 14m 41s
Overall Rank = 56/265
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 7/22
Pre-race routine:

Woke up, got out of bed, dragged a comb across my head.
Found my way downstairs and drank a cup, and looking up, I noticed I was late
Found my coat and grabbed my hat, made the van in seconds flat.
Event warmup:

Swam a 200 hundred meters
  • 11m 41s
  • 600 meters
  • 01m 57s / 100 meters

Weird swim. The right goggle lens that failed me in Muskoka last week, failed again. It was fine during the warm up but I think I screw-up my face in a funny way when racing and it breaks the seal. Annoying.
This was the first triathlon where I started the swim in the front. It was a good idea as there were a lot of slow swimmers present.
I had to swim with one eye closed and it was a pain in the butt and caused me a bit of panic at one point when my contact lens got messed up. The last 300m I swam very fast and I was probably top 10 in my age category out of the water.

What would you do differently?:

Bring my old reliable goggles
Transition 1
  • 01m 57s
  • 37m 51s
  • 20 kms
  • 31.70 km/hr

I was cranking away, passing everyone and only got passed by two people.
About 9km into race I was DQ'ed for centerline violation.
I was flying at 45km/hr when up ahead I saw two slow moving cars. The first turned off to the left, the second vehicle started going again and then stopped in the middle of the lane. I could not pass it on the right because a number of slow ladies on hybrid bikes were there - I decided to pass to the left (there was about 1-1/2 feet between the vehicle and the center line. Just as I was about to overtake him, he accelerated and veered left (no turn signal). At 45km/hr and in aero-bars my choices were veer across the yellow line or hit the car and get run over. I swerved across the line. The OAT official was right there and DQ'ed me. I didn't bother arguing when he pulled up to me. Lesson learned. I should have slowed right down to 25km/hr and followed the ladies on the right - especially since I could see the drivers in the SUV were old, local farmer types.

After getting DQ'ed and admonished by the OAT guy, I continued riding. I had a decent ride but my fire was a little bit out.

What would you do differently?:

Not get DQ'ed
Transition 2
  • 01m 19s
  • 21m 56s
  • 4 kms
  • 05m 29s  min/km

I didn't really push myself too much.
Post race
Warm down:

Played with the kids.
Failed to win a draw prize for the 21st consecutive time. I think this may be a record!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Getting DQ'ed

Event comments:

This is still my favorite race location and the HSBC / Multisport group does a fantastic job year after year.
I had a fun race and would have finished in the top third if I had not gotten DQ'ed. Oh well - there is always next year.

Last updated: 2009-09-19 12:00 AM
00:11:41 | 600 meters | 01m 57s / 100meters
Age Group: 8/22
Overall: 64/265
Performance: Good
Suit: T1 (badly patched)
Course: A simple triangle course. The lake is very small. There are quite a few weeds and mud in the lake.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 66F / 19C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:57
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:37:51 | 20 kms | 31.70 km/hr
Age Group: 6/22
Overall: 33/265
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Out and back on country roads, with moderately rolling hills. The course was open to traffic. The roads were a little rough / cracked in places.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:19
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:21:56 | 04 kms | 05m 29s  min/km
Age Group: 15/22
Overall: 107/265
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back on dirt roads. Fairly flat.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Bad
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2009-09-19 8:50 PM

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Rural Ontario
Subject: Lakeside II Sprint Triathlon

2009-09-20 9:35 PM
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The Cold North
Subject: RE: Lakeside II Sprint Triathlon
Aw, so you were the DQ that I heard so much about yesterday.  Sorry to hear that.  It definitely sucked having the local traffic going through.  I got stuck behind a car at one point too.

And you're right, great venue for a race!!  You still pulled off a nice race.
2009-09-21 8:19 PM
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Rural Ontario
Subject: RE: Lakeside II Sprint Triathlon
Thanks for the kind words.
Yup - the DQ was my own darn fault. I knew better than that, but tried to save 10 seconds.
I'm looking forward to next year - I'll race smarter.
How did your race go?
2009-09-22 9:04 AM
in reply to: #2415691

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Subject: RE: Lakeside II Sprint Triathlon
I followed a white pick up truck throught the hills.  Luckily the truck was faster on the hills so I never had to slow down.  Crossing the centre line is a bit picky, especially in the situation you described.  I can see if you are playing chicken with other oncoming riders.  I saw about three or four people pass outside the centre line at the start of the hill portion as there were so many bikes in that area early.
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