By Cavin McKelvey
2013 Ignition Fitness Athlete Team member
After completing the 70.3 in Calgary, Tommy and I decided to change things up for the rest of the season and focus in on some sprints. I was going to be in Chatham the weekend of Aug. 17-18th and found a local sprint Triathlon so thought I’d give it a shot. The race was put on by the Chatham YMCA and happened over at the Roudeau Provincial Park.
Got up on race morning and drove to the site. The transition area was pretty small so could rack your bike anywhere (wasn’t grouped by numbers or age groups). Went for a quick ride to make sure all was good with the bike, got body marked and headed down the water.
The swim was in Lake Erie and you swam along the shoreline going West, turned around a buoy, then swam East, then back where you started. The start was in waist deep water. There were 2 waves – men, and women. As soon as the horn sounded we were off… not much contact at the beginning, but the waves were creating a little havoc for us out there. The water was a little murky too… couldn’t see my hands in front of me. I tried to keep the tempo up and turned the last buoy towards shore. The swim in to the shore was really shallow so stood up earlier than I wanted. I looked at my time, and it wasn’t what I was hoping for… then I saw the distance the garmin had registered – 950m! Big discrepancy for a sprint! For 950m I thought I swam well! Looking at the results I came out 26th of over 100 people in the swim, so despite the time I was usually where I place in a swim.
My T1 time isn’t calculated, instead it’s lumped in with the bike time in the official stats – however, the run was a good 300m to transition. I changed this up a little bit today and went sockless for the bike. My reasoning – it’s tough getting socks on with wet feet… figured add less time in T1 and add a little more in T2 by throwing socks on for the run.
The bike consisted of 2 loops. My goal was to keep my wattage high like I did in Binbrook. Since the duathlon started out 15mins before the Tri I was passing a lot of people out there. I ended up playing a little “cat/mouse” with another cyclist out there. We were passing each other for the entire route. According to my trusty Garmin, my effort on the 2nd loop was higher than loop 1. The bike distance was short. It registered 18.5k and time was 31:09. Good enough for 35k/h. I’ll take it!
For these types of distances I need to work on a flying dismount! The guy who we kept passing each other did a flying dismount and he was gone. I saw his age on calf at “33” so let him go as he wasn’t in my age category. Socks, shoes, hat on, and out for the run!
The run was along a path and I wanted to keep the effort strong without blowing up. Just kept a steady rhythm and by passed the aid stations. Kept effort high without blowing up. Finished run in 22:46.
Total time for sprint was 1:14:42. Pretty pleased with that time as previous sprint personal best was a 1:21. When the results were posted, I saw that I came in 3rd for men 35-39! It was my first time on the podium. I had to keep going back to results to check that it wasn’t a mistake! When I got up to the podium for my age group, the guy I was playing ‘cat/mouse’ with actually finished 2nd… I misread his calf and he was 39. So that means I must have been in 2nd going into T2… uuuugh! Still happy with 3rd!
Next up… Lakeside sprint!