By Jesse Bauer
2013 Ignition Fitness Athlete Team member
Going to steal Jason’s template for a race report here… Much happier with this effort. Still some work to do, but I felt much more on the right track with how my training is coming along after this one. I felt strong and in control of the race today, just still missing some polishing up and some leg speed to really be able to take advantage of my run strength. I don’t think it’s as strong and wicked as we want it to be yet, but there’s still time for that.
Slept well. Going into this race a little more tired than before, but I felt oddly more confident about that. Legs felt battle hardened. Got to the race site right when kit pick-up opened, set up transition and waited for Cam with my rear wheel. Was inflating my tires and busted off the valve stem of my front wheel… oops. Probably didn’t have quite enough pressure in there yet… going to invest in some 80mm stemmed tubes. Good start to the day. 10min bike to make sure nothing mechanical wrong, 10min run with some strides then to the line with 12 minutes to spare. Ready to rock.
Run #1: 18:51
Was okay with this. Legs felt pretty snappy, but not totally awake yet. Funny thing… everyone here knew me and my running strength/biking weakness. Seemed like everyone was just waiting for me to go to the front and set the pace. I settled on Larry’s shoulder as we went through the first 2k, then at the turnaround I moved to the front threw in a little surge to see who had legs. I strung out the front group a little bit but everyone pretty much hung with me, so I settled in to a comfortable tempo and cruised into transition with a little bit of a cushion and feeling good, if not a bit bored. Also got a rock in the bottom of my shoe 1km in, but ignored it.
T1: 28 seconds
In and out onto the bike in no time flat. Had a good spot in transition, and those SWorks shoes are great in transition. Easily the fastest T1 in the race.
Was much happier with this bike effort. Getting better. Concern on the way out was I was having difficulty settling in to that 190-215 range. I was up a touch higher the whole way out as I weaved through the slower cyclists. Was concerned about it at first, but afterwards Lionel quoted your video and told me the first half was all very gradually net uphill, so that calmed me down a bit. It made sense when I took into account the second half. Larry passed me about 7km in and I tried very hard to keep him within striking distance, and I thought I did okay on the first half. I hit the turnaround down only about 45-60 seconds. Once I hit the turnaround I started to MOVE. I was holding speeds at 170W that I was hitting at 230W on the way out. And then the draft packs started to suck me up. There were 2 massive ones that went by me one after another. It was all I could do not to get dragged along by them. Both times I sat up and hit the brakes so I could keep to my moral racing code. I hate drafting in a non-draft race, ugh. Otherwise, the way back flew by. Averaged 36km/h for the 30k, on 8 less watts (on average) than Woodstock. Some power spikes to get around the clumps of cyclists while staying out of the draft zone. My new fit/wheel set-up worked really well and I saw the immediate results. I think there’s even more in the tank, because I got my running legs back almost immediately. Into transition we went.
T2: 29 seconds
In and out onto the run again. Even had a bit of trouble with my shoes. I’d say it’s a good day when you spend less than 1 minute in transition during the race.
Run #2: 18:51
Getting there. Just don’t quite have the leg speed for the savage second run we’re banking on. But I’ve only done one interval type workout to get the legs moving, and it probably hasn’t even had a chance to have much of a physiological effect on me yet. I got my running legs back right away and started to eat up the triathletes ahead of me. 500m in, that rock came back to haunt me…decided to stop and wrench it out. Tried for about 15-20 seconds, couldn’t get it out and decided to ignore it. Dang, that hurt a lot every time I came down on my heel, so that’s super fun. Concentrated on just working on the gap (that had somehow strung out to 2:30 on the second half of that bike). Passed the 2nd duathlete about 2km into the run and started looking for Larry on his way back. He looked like he was hurting a bit when I did see him, so I tried to switch gears and close the gap faster, but I just don’t have that gear right now. Threshold is great, turnover needs work. Still closed 90 seconds, but couldn’t quite reel him in. I’ll take 2nd today though.
Happy with today’s race. Not quite there yet, but I feel like I’m on the right track now. I much preferred going in a little bit tired rather than resting 2 days out then doing my pre-race prep the day before. I think I have a little more to give on the bike, especially the second half. I think I may have seen my speed and settled in a bit, rather than trying to push slightly bigger numbers. Work in progress. Also just missing some foot speed. Lionel and I think that run course is a little long, I bet I was closer to 3:35’s on both runs. Legs felt stronger at the end, and I can hit that tempo like a clock, but the higher gears aren’t there yet. No worries, lots of time for that. We’ll work on getting to that top step in Welland, and if not, maybe Belwood. This was a good barometer of where I’m at though.