I had a big weekend of racing starting with MSC Belwood on Saturday morning. Unfortunately I got a hairline fracture in my elbow the Tuesday before the race (embarrassingly this occurred while rollerblading), and I knew I would have to be careful not to make it worse. The plan was to swim as fast as I could without the elbow hurting, then see what had to be done to get the win! With last year’s MSC series runner up Alexander Vanderlinden racing, as well as the very fast ITU athlete Alexander Hinton, I had my work cut out for me.
I knew I wouldn’t have a great swim, but I was unsure if the injury would be a huge
detriment or only a minor slowdown. I ended up being able to swim at a tempo effort, coming out of the water about 45 seconds slower than I would on an average day. Not bad!
This left me 45 seconds behind Alexander Vanderlinden and about 70 seconds behind Alex Hinton.
Once I got onto the bike my legs felt fresh and ready to get to work. I caught Hinton after about 8km. Vanderlinden was moving a bit faster as a approached him about 12km into the 32km ride. I knew I needed to put in a good surge as I passed to
ensure he couldn’t legally draft at 5 meters behind me. I passed him on a slight uphill and rode hard for about a minute (the power data shows an average of 439 watts for 1 minute), then I settled back into my rhythm. I looked back a few minutes later and Vanderlinden wasn’t with me. I ended up averaging about 304 watts from mount to dismount line with an average speed of 43.8 km/h for 30.66 km.
Getting onto the run course I knew I had at least a minute lead. I ran at a good pace for the first 4km. When I hit the turn around and saw that Vanderlinden was about a minute back, I settled into more of a tempo effort to save the legs for the race the
next day. It was satisfying to cruise in for another win in the MSC series! Here are the results, I had the fastest bike split and Hinton took the swim and run splits.
The MSC race organizers and volunteers did a great job once again! It was good to see team mates and Multisport ambassadors Billy Bostad and Ryan Power volunteering out on the run course.
TTF Sprint Draft Legal
TTF was a sprint Elite/U23/Junior draft legal race, and these races always have some talented young triathletes. There are always lots of good swimmers so I knew I couldn’t let my elbow slow me down!
I had a great start in the swim and settled into the back of the lead pack. I was battling with another athlete after about 200 meters and decided to allow him to pass. This was a tactical error as he ended up getting dropped from the pack! We got out 15-20 seconds behind the lead pack of about 8 guys, and about 55 seconds behind the lone leader Myles Zagar. Running into and through transition I knew the Junior athlete I swam with couldn’t help me bridge up to the pack, so I was on my own to catch the field ahead.
I biked very hard for the first 3-4km and caught the main pack. I hadn’t put my feet in my shoes yet when I caught them, so I took a minute to rest at the back of the pack while I got my shoes on. I saw way up the road that Myles was at least 45 seconds up, if not more. It was time to go to work! I didn’t wait my turn to pull through, I just went past the pack and started hammering. I worked with the group, taking approximately 30 second pulls at the front, then 3-4 others in the pack would pull through for 5-10 seconds each. It was good to have team mates Garrick Loewen and Dylan Pust in the pack with me. Garrick is a strong U23 athlete and took his turns at the front. Dylan was the only Junior to hang in there with us, good on him to not get dropped!
We finally caught Myles with abut 2km to go in the bike, his swim/bike combination is stellar! The last 2km was relaxed as we got ready for a foot race. Based on previous results, I had a feeling it would be close between Myles and I on the run.
Through transition I lost a few seconds on Myles. I tried desperately to close the gap, but it was gradually growing. My legs just didn’t have the strength they normally do on the run. The double race weekend finally caught up with me! He gradually ran away from me and I finished second, 32 seconds back. Even on my best day I am not sure if I could have beaten him, he is racing very well! I look forward to racing Myles again at Nationals in Ottawa. Myles’ brother Aidan finished third, about 30 seconds behind me. Here are the results, note that the bike course was probably 18-19km not 20km.
I would have loved to get the double win this past weekend, but I was happy with both results, and most of all I was glad that the injury didn’t get worse! Thanks for reading!
Team LPC at TTF Provincial Champs!