I had woke up at 5am the morning of my Rose City Triathlon, so that I could prepare myself and all of my gear, which consisted of cycle shoes, running shoes, helmet, gloves, cooling towel, rub a535 ice spray, ibuprofen, sunscreen, chamois butter, body glide, 8 raspberry clif shot gels, 2 power bars, 2 water bottles, 2 bottles of first endurance EFS electrolyte drink mix and a 12 ounce bottle of first endurance Pre Race mixed with Gatorade for taste, for my first Duathlon ever.
As we arrived to the race site there were over 500 athletes with hundreds of thousands in gear, surrounding every parking lot, side street and sidewalk in a three block radius of the venue. I was two hours early and made short time through registration, time chip pick up and body marking. Within a half hour of my arrival the transition area was nearly half full and I wheel my bike in to the Duathlon corner to find my spot and setup for a quick transition with everything I needed. all around me there were athletes preparing their aero speed weaponry to race against me and my aluminum road bike, under armour shirt and favourite cycling shorts. I felt naked. The race went exactly as planned. I finished the first 5km run in 23 minutes and ran into transition one. I had made the mistake of drinking to much fluid and found myself running around the foreign race site looking for a rest room. I finally made it out onto the bike and had some ground to make up from my rookie blunder. The bike course was beautiful and fast. For the first 5km all I could hear was the sound of the full disc carbon wheels powering the lead triathletes of the triathlon that was also going on, as they zipped passed us all after joining the pile of us on the bike course. I had a great bike and finished the 30km ride in 59:53 and had passed 15 racers, putting myself back in a great spot for the final run. I arrived into transition two and through all of my bike gear off tossed on my shoes again and hit the run course. About 1 km in, I started to feel a sharp pain in my foot and couldn’t keep a pace. I found myself running for 2 minutes and walking for 30 seconds once the pain intensified. I pushed through the next kilometre and once at the 2.5 km turnaround, I had begun to count how many people were behind me, chasing the finish line that seemed to be getting further and further away from us all. I was ahead of 7 competitors and as I turned the last corner I began to sprint to the finish. My family was there cheering me on and I crossed the line at 2:10:32. I had finished in 55th out of 62 overall in my first Duathlon race ever and had taken my first 3rd place podium finish for my age group. I was thrilled with my result, but knew I had a lot of work to do yet. Next up was the Niagara Triathlon. Stay Tuned