2021 Race Results

SunRype TRi KiDS Triathlon Series

This past weekend, jTOEST athlete Teagan completed her 17th triathlon at only 9 years of age! She had a great time and what a way to close the 2021 season of racing. Looking forward to a full season next year with Teagan and her fellow  JTOEST athletes.

Amazing work Teagan and Congratulations!

Multisport Rose City Sprint Triathlon

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. 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.

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 towards the end of the session a gentle wind from the south did start to blow.

Serena and I competed in the Friday morning session; 1 of 4 sprint triathlon sessions 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 neither of us have ever experienced in a triathlon.  It truly was racing simply against the clock.

Serena finished 4th female overall and 1st in the U19 age category, and I was 3rd overall and also took 1st in my age category of 20-24. Considering that we raced only on training blocks designed to build our base endurance, and with this event being only the 2nd in the past 18 months (last weekends Canaqua OWS being the only other), we can say that the lack of speed training showed in our results, but 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, we were both approached by Multisport staff and were asked for an interview. They asked us for a recap of the race and how we would be training in the coming months. That was an amazing experience and excited us to what it must be like to be a professional athlete doing press conferences before & after major competitive events. When we find a link to the video online, we will be sure to post it. Results from the event can be found at sportstats.com or at the link here.

Canaqua Sports Welland Canal Open Water Swim

Checked the weather Saturday night… risk of thunderstorms on race morning, yikes!  Thankfully we woke up to a calm and pleasantly humid warm September morning with the risk of thunderstorms reduced to simply the chance of a slight shower, hurray!  Having not swam since the pre-Covid shutdown in March, Coach Serena signed up for 2.5km swim. I – Coach Mark – having not swam since April 2020 decided to give the 5km swim another go (my first and last time doing it was in 2019).

A lack of pool time was a non-issue for either of us; we would have both preferred to have been able to swim but a professional has to be able to perform irrespective of what circumstances provide. We demonstrated that when done properly multisport training (aka cross-training) allows athletes to retain performance levels with minimal to no sport specific training. During the latter stages of the 5k, and especially in the final 1km to the finish chute, I could feel my entire summer of cycling powering a strong kick. Its been no different for many of the professionals swimmers in the ISL (i.e. International Swim League) as many lost pool time due to Covid lockdowns in their own countries yet they maintained their performance into competition by cross training (with many making up training time by cycling). Equally, many of the athletes who went to Tokyo for the Olympic Games had to also cross train in order to make up for training that was lost due to their facilities being shut down.

As for the results: Serena finished 4th overall and was the top overall female in the 2.5km swim. I swam to 3rd overall in the 5km event and was 1st in the 18-24 age category. Both of us were no more than a minute off our prior times for these events.

In the past, the largest OWS event we’ve ever attended was a 2019 Canaqua event where 70 athletes competed.  This year the growth was astounding: over 100 swimmers attended the event this morning! Awesome to see open water swimming growing; or perhaps its a positive side effect of Covid locking down pools? Did everyone head down to Burlington beach or to a cottage lake this summer and realized you can train for swimming in places other than a pool. If so, that’s fantastic. Hope that the interest in open water swimming continues to grow.

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KELSO Mountain Bike (MTB) Race Series

Its back! The Kelso MTB Race Series is back on Tuesdays from 2pm to 7pm, running in 8 person waves starting 10mins apart. We’ve been back at it hitting the new courses for the past few weeks. Results are available at the link below on the Kelso Conservation website. This year – due to Covid – the race series is unlike anything in the past. Instead of multiple laps and different laps for the various levels of racing, there is only 1 course and only 1 lap done. The lap is longer than usual, but since its a 1 lap race and all levels race the same course, its less technical. Hope to see you out there!

Click Here for the Kelso MTB Race Results

Coach Serena rode in a number of the races in the first half of the season. You will find her in the Intermediate/Sport category, typically placing in top spot or in the top 2 spots amongst females.