Lakeside – A Series of Mental Errors
By Cavin McKelvey
2013 Ignition Fitness Athlete Team member
Lakeside Sprint was the last race for me for the 2013 season. For the past few weeks I’ve been having a little bit of IT band/hamstring issues. I had been stretching and foam rolling daily leading up to the race. I’d hoped that it wouldn’t be an issue on race day. Not the case.
We got up early on Saturday morning and made the drive to the Lakeside Resort just north of Woodstock. When we got there it was pretty chilly out. Chilly enough to be wearing a toque and gloves! Multisport Canada took some initiatives to ensure the security of our bikes which included a wristband for the athletes as well as their bikes. Checking in/out took a little longer, but I really do appreciate the steps that John Salt and his crew have taken to ensure the safety of our bikes. John, if you are reading this, thank you very much for the measures you have taken! Anyway, back to the report.
Got registered, racked my bike and made my way down to the water. I hopped into the water and it was quite nice. Much warmer than the air. Did a quick warm up then went to wait for the swim start.
I’m not a great swimmer, but I also don’t think I’m a bad swimmer. For some reason I seeded myself near the back of my wave. I should have been closer to the front. Seconds before the horn went off I felt a sharp pain in my neck. I was stung by a bee!! The horn goes off and now I find myself swimming past a bunch of people. I actually passed a guy who was doing the backstroke by the first buoy. I need to remember that I need to seed myself better. I felt I swam ok. I hit the shore at 13:30 then stumbled into T1 with a time of 14:00.
My last race I went sockless for the bike which sped up my transition, but due to the temperatures today I had to wear socks. I was fumbling around trying to get my socks on which cost me time. Then headed out for the 20k bike.
Heading out onto the bike, I wanted to keep my power high (>220w). I kept looking down at my Garmin and saw no wattage information. Then I realized I forgot to sync my race wheel to my Garmin! Aaargh! I tried to sync it on the fly, but fumbling around, and decided just to press on without it for the race and try to keep an eye on my heart rate. I kept my effort high >160bpm. I got passed a lot at the beginning of the bike leg, however ended up passing them back later in the bike leg. Bike time was approx. 38mins.
Since I didn’t have to put on my socks, just took a deep breath and headed out onto the run.
Legs felt pretty stiff for the first 500m, but kept pressing on. Started to settle into a nice pace. I made the turn up to the turn around and hit a slight incline. When I hit that incline I could really feel my IT band/hamstring and had to slow down quite a bit. Was a little disappointing. On the way back to finish line I saw new Ignition Coach – Roger Hospedales, and gave him a pat on the back and finished up. My run time was 25:05, a little disappointing from the hard work this year.
Overall I really like the Lakeside race. For some reason I wasn’t as ‘sharp’ as I normally am in these races. I finished 13/35 in my age group so i’m ok with that. Today my neck is numb/swollen from that bee sting!
Time for a few weeks off and start thinking about 2014. Big goals for 2014! Will post that soon!