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Guelph, Ontario
World Endurance Canada
Total Time = 1h 40m 49s
Overall Rank = 284/407
Age Group = 45-50
Age Group Rank = 13/20
Pre-race routine:

I'll start the report by stating that I'm a bit of a goof. I decided to race Guelph again to see if I had improved from last year. I honestly believed I would smash last year's time. I have no clue why I thought this. For some reason I felt stronger. When I saw my race time it was such a buzz kill but having just now compared the amount of training I did this year to last year it comes as NO surprise. There is NO significant difference between my training this year and last year. In total I swam less, ran only 2 hours more, and I added some indoor cycling which only amounted to +12 hours. Not significant.... at all.

We had a house warming dinner last night that ran late so I scurried around at 10:30pm and packed my things. II wasn't sure if I was going to go to this race because the weather report said there were to be thunderstorms from 9-11am and I'm a fair weather triathlete these days but I when I woke this morning it looked nice so I decided to go for it. Had some breakfast and began my journey. Registered on site and got ready and headed for the lake.
Event warmup:

Swam a bit and got used to my wetsuit. Water temp was nice. Sun was up and shining.
  • 17m 39s
  • 750 meters
  • 02m 21s / 100 meters

Last year I seeded myself in the middle and got boxed in by swimmers and couldn't get free so this time I went to the far left and to the front. When the horn sounded I ran and then dolphin dived and swam fast. No one touched or passed me that was close by.

I felt I had a really solid swim. I felt I glided. I didn't stray off course (like last year) and caught up to the slower swimmers from the wave ahead of me. I swam until my fingers touched the sand and then ran out of the water.

I wasn't quite sure where the timing mat was and so when I passed under the arch I slowed my run pace up the hill and even stopped and walked the steeper part.
What would you do differently?:

I wish I had brought my finger counter to time myself. I really thought I had a solid swim but with the transition run included there's no way of knowing.

Definitely a different group of racers. Last year I emerged in the middle of the pack for my age group and this year I was third one out of the water and in the top quarter overall
Transition 1
  • 03m 35s
  • 46m 43s
  • 19 kms
  • 24.40 km/hr

I suck! I struggled the first half riding in to the headwind... my quads burned on the uphills. I hated how bumpy the side of the road was... nervous my tire would slip in to a groove and I would wipe out. It took me about 10K before I started feeling good..
What would you do differently?:

Ride more hills. I trained 12 hours more than last year and there was relatively no difference.
Transition 2
  • 02m 49s
  • 30m 2s
  • 5 kms
  • 06m 01s  min/km

Pushed the pace never allowing myself to get comfortable. Broke the run in to segments and told myself "You can endure anything for 6 minutes... run run run".
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around and looked at the offerings. Drove to my Mom's for a shower and a visit before heading home.

Event comments:

Not crazy about the road conditions for the bike but all else is great.

Last updated: 2015-05-21 12:00 AM
00:17:39 | 750 meters | 02m 21s / 100meters
Age Group: 3/20
Overall: 0/407
Performance: Good
Suit: Nineteen Long Sleeved
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:35
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:46:43 | 19 kms | 24.40 km/hr
Age Group: 10/20
Overall: 271/407
Performance: Average
Wind: Headwind
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 02:49
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:30:02 | 05 kms | 06m 01s  min/km
Age Group: 13/20
Overall: 284/407
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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] 4

2015-06-21 6:17 PM

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Subject: Guelph Lake I - Sprint Triathlon

2015-06-22 10:59 AM
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Subject: RE: Guelph Lake I - Sprint Triathlon

Hey! Good job out there. Despite your own expectations, you still had an awesome race - it's a pretty amazing thing to do some training and decide to do a tri one day! 

Anyway, i remember the Guelph roads being bumpy the last time i did it - it felt dangerous at some points just to take a drink! 

You rock! You'll be able to smash your time another day ... it will happen! 


2015-06-27 6:24 PM
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Great job Marcia.  You swam well, kept the bike upright, and gutted it out on the run.  You are a TRI-ROCK STAR!

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