Just 2 days after the Masters Games Triathlon at Spanish banks, I was thinking to maybe sleep in and skip this race, but I'd already entered - and at the urging of my friend Kelly - psyched myself up to hit it hard again right away.
Here is today's race summary:
12 degrees. Cold and dark, sky was thinking seriously about rain but somehow it didn't do more than spit.
Huge transition and what looked like a thousand bikes. There are many hundreds competing in the sprint, standard and Tri-it distances.
We started in the last wave of athletes so lots of time to mill about and check things over.
Had a bit of time to kill counting down the last 5 minutes. Announcer was hard to hear and busy calling names of the athletes exiting swim from earlier waves.
I was practising sprinting in and dolphin diving and was walking back in when 'go' happened - and a hundred guys charged past me running into the water. Arg! Did a quick 180 and hit it.
Good swim? Passed by many initially, but by the first bouy I started passing everyone back again. I drafted off Stan L (thanks Stan!) a bit then passed a few more and came out near the front.
I ran up the beach and yanked down my wetsuit : Arg! problem!
Clever me thought my Tri suit was a little tight so I left the back zipper unzipped. Besides it was under my wetsuit so it didn't matter, right? The issue: when I pulled wetsuit down it pulled my Tri suit as well. I aborted pulling the wetsuit right off (I would've been nude) and untangled the arms and sleeves of wetsuit and Tri suit. Lost extra ~ 30 seconds before running out of transition 1.
Hit it hard on the bike, fully closed Stanley park for a 2 lap TT. Took a while to remember I could fully apex the road. Kept around 275 average with 300+ on hills. Passed hundreds? on course.
T2 went better, smooth in and smooth out - and they had a lead biker to escort me - sweet!!
Some hills on the run as it crossed centrally through Stanley park. Run was..a bit slow feeling? Lead bike got a bit lost looking for the turnaround - and I had to stand around waiting for 30 seconds or a minute while he checked the route! Was a a little freaked out about the time loss!
Luckily I had a good buffer on second place and it didn't matter!
Cruised back the mostly downhill run back to finish - overall win! Sweet!!
Goose pace line :