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Binbrook Sprint Triathlon

Name of Race: Binbrook Triathlon
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Date of Race: June 14, 2009
Location of Race:  Binbrook, ON, near Hamilton
Type of Race: Sprint Triathlon
Distance or duration of Race:  750 m S/27 km B/ 6.5 km R

Description of Race:  

The Binbrook triathlon was held relatively close to the GTA.  The swim was in a warm small lake inside the Binbrook Conservation area.  The bike course was a rolling affair in quiet country roads.  The run course was slightly rolling and inside the park trail. 

Race day was nice and warm, the wind was very mild also – almost ideal condition.  It has been two years since I seriously competed in a triathlon, so I wasn’t sure what to expect.  The swim went fine, I found my wetsuit to be quite tight (as I found out later that it was simply not put on properly), after the initial sprint to find some open water, I settled into a manageable rhythm, despite my arms feeling quite tired, I managed to come out of the water in pretty good position (tenth overall). 

The bike section was a bit rolling, my plan was to ride it a bit harder than I thought I should, just to see how the legs would react.  Of the three disciplines, I think the bike was the worse at this point in the season, I simply have not put in the long bike work or the interval training.  I pushed it a bit hard and ended up 17th overall. 

The hard bike effort led to a bit of a struggle on the run.  The tired legs did not enjoy the otherwise nice park trails.  Since my legs were sore, the soft surface seemed like a curse.  I held it together ok for about the first 12 minutes, I was probably going at a 4:30 per km pace or so.  After that, my legs just kind of gave up, it was a bit of a struggle to finish the race strong.  I ended up running a 4:43 pace for the run, somewhat disappointing, but I knew it was because of the hard bike.  Overall I was 5th in the age group and 16th overall. 

The first race back was educational, it was mostly enjoyable, being quite slower than three seasons ago was a little difficult to take; but it shows what I need to work on for the next race.  Also, I have take into account that I have taken some time off from training and racing. 

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