Muskoka 70.3 Race Report by Lynn Keane

Let me say this off the top-I am new to this exciting – incredible world of Ironman Triathlon.
That said I was prepared for Muskoka’s IM 70.3 –aptly named Beauty and the Beast this past Sunday.
But what you can only glean from years of racing in triathlon is experience.
My issues in the water and on the bike were not about fear or being undertrained. They were common challenges.. Goggles fogging that sort of thing…What I took away from Sunday was about accepting and adapting when things change on race day- when issues beyond your control conspire to beat you up ..
As the frustration mounted especially on the final miles of the bike (see wasted energy) I finally grabbed a hold of my mind and said” you didn’t just spend the last 6 months training for this day to give up” .
And so in T2 I threw on my shoes and headed out for the run leg and tried to be nice to myself and have gratitude for what was ahead of me!
Lynn Keane

 

Toronto Triathlon Festival Race Report by Paul Allingham and Ottawa Race Report

This was not only a fun race to do with the cycling leg on the closed Gardiner Expressway, but it was the first one I have done with both my daughters Tara and Kerri in the same race.  And I ran across the finish line with both of them together.  Absolutely thrilling and gratifying for and old Papa.

It was a very nice warm day but with clouds rolling in and out it really couldn’t have been better.  Swim water temp at Ontario Place was quite cool but not a problem and my girls had good times even though we were all in different waves.  The bike leg is always fun riding on the Gardiner with no cars.  It was a bit breezy but with the wind behind us coming back the times were all good as well.  The run is always my poorest leg but got it done and so did the girls.  Since my wave was 8 minutes ahead of Kerri and 12 minutes ahead of Kerri I go to see them both on the bike out and back and same for the run.
And then I waited for each to finish and ran across the finish line with Tara first and then both of us joined Kerri.  I asked Tara just before her finish if she wanted to beat me so she sprinted the last 15 yards and it turned out she beat my overall time by 1 second as a result – bummer or maybe not. And then we all waited for our good friend Mary Loeser to finish.
Truly a great day the day after my birthday – what a gift.
In the end I placed second in my age group to a “younger” 70 year old but beat the other old guy who had beaten me in the inaugural Toronto race 5 years ago.
But this race wasn’t about me – it was all about family and we celebrated with a bbq afterwards wearing our Team Allingham T-shirts one of which will go into the Allingham Hall of Fame.
Next stop on this tour is doing the Mont Tremblant Sprint next year with my son Mark who says he is up for it.  And he can use my extra wet suit and one of my bikes if he doesn’t get his own by then.  That will complete this family thing until my grandkids are old enough for me to race with them.
Happy happy day.
Paul
Ottawa Race report
I did the Sprint.  This was the first draft legal cycling sprint race after years of no drafting and was a big change this year.  I think it kept the participation down from past years. My daughter Tara did the race also as we both wanted to qualify for the Rotterdam world championships next year.

Weather had been very hot and humid leading up to the race but it was cooler and a 6:30 start was virtually perfect with little wind.  Water temp was 25C so not wet suit legal.  Bit of a dirty/murky swim in Dows Lake on the Rideau Canal but not a big problem for an old guy immune to mostly everything.
Bike was along the Rideau Canal on closed roads.  The draft legal aspect didn’t help too much as I was in the last wave and most were on the course by the time I left transition. But one other guy was about my pace so we hooked up and alternated leading every 60-90 seconds.  It helped with our speed and I was pretty fast but mostly it helped my legs to not get tired as the recovery when I was 2cd in out 2 man line was more than expected.  As a result my run leg was one of my best in the last 2 years.
All in not a bad race and I finished 2cd in my age group – and qualified for Rotterdam.  Tara finished 10th in her group and tentatively qualified but will await the adjusted results to see if any 44 yr old who will be 45 next year will bump her into the September qualifying group when they open it up to Additional team Canada members.  I’m pretty sure she will be in.
Next year could be another milestone if we compete together in the World Championships.  Doesn’t matter how we finish there as long as we do and wouldn’t it be neat if the wave start timing allowed us to finish together.
Sorry no photos as our supporters were to busy cheering and photographing 2 of my grandkids Natalie and Adam competing in the Kids of Steel races.  Now if only they could compete at the Worlds with us.
Cheers to all,
Proud Paul

Eric Humes Ironman Canada 2016 race report

I arrived in Whistler exactly one week prior to IM Canada, to acclimatize myself with the elevation and with the course, as I had never had the opportunity to train on this course.  I had never actually been out to British Columbia in the summer, so was just excited to experience a whole new adventure.  This was the first race I was doing without any TCoB members, and especially without Deb and Helene there with me, my training partners for the past 2 years.  I felt excited, anxious, uneasy, energetic, sad, positive…..just a whirlwind of emotions as I settled into my residence for the week.

I spent the week working each day from 5am to 2pm (BC Time  which was 8am to 5pm Ontario time) and then would go out for little work outs after my day of work.  I biked the Callaghan hills to understand the climb ( ran into two bears) , I ran the run course, to get a feel for that, and I swam twice in Alta lake to get use to the current and the water temperature ( again another bear sighting).

It was now Saturday, I had my race package, I had checked in my bike, and I had dropped off my transition bags (without any nutrition as there was fear that bears would get into our bags if they could smell any food). I made sure that all of Team Eric had arrived and were situated in their hotels and airbnb locations, and was listening to Zach brown band, and just getting my head ready for the day that was ahead of me.

My alarm was set for 4am, however my eyes were wide open at 335am and I was ready to go, I packed all my nutrition, double checked my bags, then triple checked my bags.  Gave my legs one last shave, and headed out to the T2 to drop off my nutrition, my running shoes and my Bike and run special needs bags (peanut butter sandwiches, peaches, gum and extra socks).  I then loaded onto the school bus with 35 other competitors and made our way to swim start and T1 to check on our bikes, pump the tires, add my nutrition and get ready for the day!

The swim start was based on time waves, and was a two loop swim, which meant there would be feet and bodies in front, behind and around me at all times.  Very different than the other two IM’s I had done in the past, however the day was beautiful the water temp was perfect and on every other breath you would look to see the sun rising over the mountains.  It was breath taking, and almost made me forget I was in a competition.  As I turned the corner to start my second lap of the lake, I felt relaxed, calm and very in control, I just enjoyed every minute of the swim and eventually excited the water feeling really pumped and confident!  I got ready for the bike, had some sunscreen applied and was off, to spend the majority of the day sitting on my bike.

The bike was the hardest bike course I have ever ridden, there was the 15 km bike up the Callaghan which was tough but fair and led to a great 15 km descent where I saved my legs, and really just bombed it.  Now, I made my way back to whistler and then started the 30 km descent into Pemberton, the roads were freshly paved, the volunteers and fans were everywhere and the mountains set the perfect back drop to now settle into the bike.  Once we arrived in Pemberton, there is a 40 K or so out and back that is flat and all around you are mountains with snowcapped glaciers, it was stunning, the winds were in our face on the way out and with our back coming back from the meadows.  I felt great at this point, nutrition was on point, was in a happy place in my mind and was just enjoying the whole experience, but let me tell you that all changed when the 30Km hill back to whistler approached, literally zero breaks and relief just climb, climb, climb, but as Robin Barker always says “we love to climb”.  I put myself in my easiest gear, starred at the front of my wheel and just peddled for what seemed like an eternity, but was really just 1hr and 22 minutes of straight climbing.

As I got off my bike, my legs were jello, I was soaked in sweat, but I felt accomplished, as the bike had been my biggest worry.  I went into the tent, ate my peanut butter sandwich, enjoyed some Gatorade and re applied sunscreen, there was now just 42.2km between me and my 3rd Ironman.

The run started off well, I felt strong in my legs and in my mind, but I slowly started to slip into a dark place, with the heat, the wet socks from the sweating and just fatigue.  I started to think about my TCoB team mates, and not wanting to quit for them, I started to think about my friends who had flown out to BC to cheer me on and I started to think about my sister who has battled a very difficult year, that I was not going to quit and I just pushed on.  It was at about the 17km mark that I snapped out of the funk, found my rhythm and actually felt like a runner again.  And run I did, I just started picking up speed with ever 5Km split, not great speed, but speed, and with the speed came confidence.  Team Eric had also started to appear all over the course, and with that constant spurt of energy and excitement I ran as hard as I could all the way around the course one more time, and down the final stretch with such determination and energy, that I think people were caught off guard.

It was my slowest IM yet, however, the one that has left me feeling the most confident and excited about my next one (In Tremblant on August 21st of this year).  So my bike has been put back together, all my laundry is done and I am back to training as hard as I can for a few weeks, before I go and compete again.  In a sport that takes so much from you at some points, it is also so refreshing to feel how much it gives back to you in other points.

Thank you to all of my TCoB team mates, and I look forward to seeing you at practice…………Stay Strong and roll on!

Cheers,

Eric Humes