When September gives you a beautiful day with the sun shining and temps over 20 degrees with just the right amount of humidity… you’ve got to take advantage, and we did, the whole family that is. We headed down to Welland for the Multisport Rose City sprint triathlon this past weekend and took full advantage of a gorgeous early fall day. Mark & Serena (the kids) headed down early to race in the first wave on Friday morning, and the parents headed down for the second wave.
The water in the canal was ridiculously amazing to swim in, and the closed (to traffic) bike course despite having 2 – 180 degrees turns and 2 – 90 degree turns per lap was still relatively fast. The mile long (I’m exaggerating) run from transition to the mount line didn’t do any favours for our bike splits, but hey….it was the same for everyone. The bike course ended up slightly longer than the posted race distance of 20k (ending up close to 21k), and the run course was slightly longer to make it at least the posted race distance of 5km. Conditions for the most part were calm, but a gentle wind from the south did start to blow as the first wave was wrapping up.
The sprint triathlon sessions were spread across the weekend (spread in order to cap competitor numbers to 100 to any single event in accordance with Covid regulations). The smaller field and the time trial setup — where every athlete started individually 30 secs apart — added a new dimension that none of us have ever experienced in a triathlon. It truly was racing simply against the clock.
Serena finished 5th female overall and 1st in the U19 age category, and Mark was 3rd overall and also took 1st in his age category [20-24]. As for mom and dad, mom was 5th overall female in the mid morning wave and 2nd in her category, and dad was 6th overall and 2nd in his. Considering that we all raced on training blocks designed to build base endurance, and with this event being only the 2nd in the past 18 months, we can say that the lack of speed training showed, but it excited us to think what speeds we could hold with 6-8 weeks of event specific training. That’s exciting and sows the seeds for next year.
Afterwards, Serena and Mark were approached by Multisport staff and asked for an interview. They asked for a recap of the race and how they would be training in the coming months. That was an amazing experience and excited them to what it must be like to be a professional athlete doing press conferences before & after major competitive events. Results from the event can be found at sportstats.com or at the link here.
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