C3 Caledon Quarry Swim I
Last year, it was just the 4 of us – Aimee, Mark, Serena, MJ – and this year there was… 12 of us! How awesome! As awesome, was that our goal of establishing a junior masters open water swim team was achieved with 5 junior athletes – one as young as 12 – joining in on the fun competing in either the 1km or 2km events. For 2 of the juniors… this was their first ever open water swim. Congratulations to our juniors and of course to our masters athletes who competed in the 1km, 2km and 4km events. Thankfully the weather held out, there was a little drizzle which seems par for the course this year when competing but we are most thankful that lightning never struck allowing the event to go on without delay. Post event burgers from the Kitchen [in Mono Mills, link here] were amazing.
Preliminary Results (updated scheduled in 24hrs due to missing times)
Lilja 19:56 – 4th/under 20F/1k wetsuit
Juan 21:29 – 3rd/under 20M/1k wetsuit
Patricia 21:31 – 1st/50-59F/1k wetsuit
Tom 27:13 – 5th/ 50-59M/1k wetsuit
Andres 32:01 – 3rd/40-49M/1k wetsuit
MJ 1:06.00 – 1st/40-49M/4k wetsuit
Mark 31:05 – 1st/under 20M/2k wetsuit
Carolina 31:12 – 1st/40-49F/2k wetsuit
Aimee 34:31 – 2nd/40-49F/2k wetsuit
Serena 36:20 – 1st/under 20F/2k wetsuit
Gabriel 40:11 – 3rd/under 20M/2k wetsuit
Lindsey 41:00 – 2nd/30-39F/2k no wetsuit
- Mark & Carolina finished 7 and 14 secs respectively behind 1st place… former Canadian National Swim Team member Dan Thompson (1980 Moscow Olympics).
- Tom shared that his GPS watch measured 1 lap as 1175m, counting a bit off course swimming, plus the beach run… loop length likely 1075-1125m (vs 1000m)
Ironman 70.3 Mont Tremblant
TOEST swimmer Yuliya competed this weekend in Mont Tremblant completing her second Ironman 70.3 triathlon. In just one year, Yuliya improved her 1.9km swim by almost a full 15mins, taking her 100m pace from 3:08 to 2:24/100m. The improvement didn’t stop there, across her bike and run splits Yuliya took another 25mins off her total time. Nicely done Yuliya. Click here for Yuliya’s results in Sportstats.
Yuliya worked throughout the winter months to develop her kick, and then worked to integrate it into her swim stroke… hmm… it would appear that kicking in the swim is critical to improving as a swimmer, AND doesn’t come at the cost of compromising the legs in the bike and the run.
So much for that old tale that triathletes need to “save the legs” in the swim.
Multisport Rose City [Welland] Triathlons
Thankfully there wasn’t any lightning to delay the wave starts but there was rain, and plenty of it. No matter, rain ain’t gonna stop a race, nor competitors from racing and with that the Sprint & Super Sprint/Try a Tri triathlons were contested at the International Flatwater Centre in Welland. Water temperature was just a smidge under 70 degrees so wetsuits were worn, and thanks to a bit of humidity, air temperature was near ideal for cycling and running.
warming up for sprint triathlon relay
TOETT athletes put in stellar performances with numerous personal best split times, finishing times, plus a total of 6 podiums [5 – 1st / 1 – 2nd].
1st Overall & 1st in 19- cat
1st in 19- cat & 15th Overall
1st in 40-44 cat & 6th Overall
5th in 19- cat
5th in 50-59 cat
Kelso Mountain Bike (MTB) Series
Athlete list by category:
Juan, Andres, Patricia, Carolina, Matei
Mark, Serena, Aimee, Yuliya
MEC Burlington Race #3
Wet, rainy, foggy… deja vue all over again, I mean all over again… so far its a pattern this year for MEC Races. It wasn’t any different for Race #3 but being out at Glen Eden Kelso Conservation Area and with it being an off road run, the conditions kinda seemed appropriate. On the other hand, Aimee felt like she was Laura Ingalls (Little House on the Praire) running down Challenger ski hill which made up the back 1/2 of the 1km loop. The ladies took the podium, another pattern this year.
Caledon KOS (Kids of Steel) Triathlon
Not sure how Barrie Shepley does it, but his C3 event – the Caledon KOS Triathlon – had for the second year in a row absolutely incredible weather. Even though the swim was indoors at the Caledon Recreation Centre, having blue skies and warm winds in your face for the bike and run, and right from 8am is awesome for a Sunday morning in May.
Mark & Serena posted tremendous progress by taking over 3mins off their last years finishing times. Us parents couldn’t let the kids have all the fun, so mom & dad both decided to join in the fun by competing in the adults category (actually there were two adult categories 20-35 and 35+). In the end, Mark took 2nd in the 16-19 age category, Serena came in 5th in the 14-15 category, and the parents both took 1st place in the 35+ age category / 2nd overall amongst adults.
Next year, we look forward to more families joining us for the season opener event which has all ages swimming, biking and running… as young as 3 years old.
Results (link here) are on the ChipTime website
Do have to mention the generosity that we were met with at this event… for a grand entry fee amount of $45 for adults, not only does C3 put on a great event for all, but medals are awarded to all categories, and there are sponsor gifts! Mark received a Roots gym bag, a bike pump and bike headlight, and Aimee and I each received water bottles and $50 gift certificates from Running Free. Honestly… wow! It doesn’t stop there… a bbq with your choice of burgers or hot dogs are part of your entry fee and available once you cool down after your race. What more could you ask for?
MEC Burlington Race #2
Wet, rainy, foggy… and buggy… deja vue all over again for Race #2 in the MEC Burlington 2018 series. 437 runners (166 – 5k, 185 – 10k, 86 – 1/2) along with top Canadian Road Runner Reid Coolsaet greeted the morning in Confederation Park, plus swarms of gnats that seemed to hover just at head height… perfect in case you morning bagel wasn’t poppyseed. Even with the gnats, the temperature was ideal for a road race. Reid easily took the 10k in a time just under 31mins, with 2nd place 4+mins behind. Managed to get a finish line pick of Coolsaet who finished 9th this year in the Boston Marathon. Our crew – The Olympian Experience athletes – managed a few personal bests, a few podiums, and MJ qualified for the Canadian 5km Road Race Championships happening this September in Toronto (link). With only 6 seconds separating all the spots on the men’s podium, it was a great race to watch for those who came along to cheer. Results from this mornings run can be found at Speed River Timing (link).
5 km Results
MEC Burlington Race #1
Wet, rainy, foggy… perfect for a trail run through the Dundas Valley with 400+ participants in the 2018 MEC Burlington running series season opener. Congrats to all on making it through the mud, and to Mark & Serena who were each awarded 3rd place overall medals in the 3.75km trail run. A bunch of TOESTees were out showing that swimmers do well both in the water and on dry land. Actually, it wasn’t all that dry… the MEC Race Director had to cancel the mid distance event (9km trail run) because it was washed out in parts, and on the course we all ran there were a couple puddles that were at least ankle deep!
3.75 km Trail Run Results
Regarding the finishing results of the 3.75km trail run: the results on the MEC race website indicate Serena as 5th, yet she received the 3rd place Overall Female finisher medal. This discrepancy has been reviewed with the Speed River Timing (the company which provided timing chips for the event and is responsible for the results). Serena did indeed finish 3rd. A full account of the issue is discussed at this post – Click Here – to link.
10.2 km Trail Run Results
TOEST 2018 MSO Provincial Age Group Champs & Podiums
100 & 200 BR
100 & 200 FLY
400 FR & 400 IM
MSO Provincial Champs in Nepean were also the site for the Canadian Forces own Championships. As a result, the Saturday morning session opened with a Color Guard marching onto the Nepean Sportsplex pool deck followed by the Canadian anthem. It was an opportunity for all to appreciate the Canadian men & women who provide their country with military service. Thank you.
Burlington Masters Spring Splash Swim Meet, Feb 2018
If its the weekend of the Burlington Masters Spring Splash then you can mark in your calendar some sort of weather event. Usually its a snow storm, this year freezing rain after days of steady snow. No matter… the show must go on and it did. With new TOESTees coming out and dipping their toes into the waters of a swim meet for the first time, there was excitement throughout the entire meet. Everyone walked away (or shall I say swam away) with at least one if not several positive moments, and as always a load of technical ‘to-dos’ to add to training.
TOEST had two swim meet newbies – Tom and Tanya – who swam in a range of events from the 50m FR to the 400m FR; Tanya also tested out her Backstroke leading off the women’s 4×50 Medley Relay team. Visit the TOEST.ca website for a few pics from the meet.
Alderwood Teddy Bares Swim Meet, Jan 2018
The 43rd Annual Teddy Bares Masters Swim Meet was this past weekend (Jan 21st) in Etobicoke with over 100 swimmers participating, and with Masters athletes coming from as far away as the Ottawa region. TOEST athletes put in superb swims, and topping it off was our women’s relay team who finished off the meet with…
2nd in the 4 x 50 FR relay
1st in the 4 x 50 Medley relay
Well done ladies! Next up… the BMSC Winter Splash and the Forsey Invitational.
Ontario Summer Games, London Aug 2-5, 2018
Congratulations to Serena Grodski who has qualified for the Ontario Summer Games, and will be competing in both individual and relay triathlon events in London this summer. Serena competed at Triathlon Ontario Provincials in Welland in August last year scoring enough points to place as one of the top 24 Junior females.
In addition, Serena has been permitted by Triathlon Ontario to compete this year at XTerra ‘Mine Over Matter’ off road triathlon to be held in June at the Kelso Conservation Area. Along with her brother, the pair will be looking to see if they can take both 1st place podium positions that mom & dad took last year. What an amazing summer of racing it will be!