In this Issue:
- Guelph Lake 1
- Rocks!! Outdoors
- Upcoming Event
June 23 Miners's Mayhem, June 24 Canoe Marathon and
the NEW Firecracker 5k on July 1
- Running Room Run Club Update:
- Track North News
Success at Guelph Lake
This weekend the Subaru Triathlon
series continued with its second race, Guelph Lake 1.
The race weekend offered a variety of events for all abilities.
Everything from a try-a-tri to an Olympic distance triathlon
to a duathlon.
The venue for the race is
ideal, as it is easy to get to and offers an excellent
course for all abilities. It is no wonder that the series
holds two triathlons at the Guelph Lake Conservation Area
(Guelph Lake 2 in September).
The bike course is relatively
flat with some gentle rollers to keep things interesting.
However, because the course is relatively open and exposed
the wind is a factor. The run course is all within the
conservation area on flat paved paths.
Congratulations to Rocks!!
members Sara McIlraith and daughter Kate Richards. Kate
competed in the Try a Tri and Sara took on the Olympic
Both did very well with Sara
pulling down a first place in her age group.
Try a Tri
Trust Your Training – and your Daughter
by Sara McIlraith
Kate is not a swimmer. She has fought
a deep fear of having her head under water for years.
With the help of Lawrie Oliphant last summer, she made
big strides getting comfortable in the lake. Her motivation
to swim was lead by wanting to start racing triathlons.
This spring Kate came home from university and asked me
if I wanted to race Guelph Lake in June as she had signed
up. She even pushed me to get into the pool to start swim
training and to get my butt out on the bike. I normally
wait until early June to start swimming when I can get
into the lakes without suffering an ice cream headache,
and reluctantly switch out a run for a bike each week
sometime in late May.
The ‘early’ start to triathlon
season was a new experience for us both. I really enjoy
having Kate as a training partner, and I think we are
motivating each other to do the activities that aren’t
our first love (biking for me, running for her). Getting
into the pool and out on the roads a lot more and a lot
earlier has been great. I am actually enjoying balancing
all 3 sports relatively equally instead of fitting in
a swim and a bike when I can. We both headed to Guelph
this weekend wanting to see if our training was working.
I signed up for the Olympic distance (1.5k
swim/40k bike/10k run). My goal was to push my limits
but stay in control. There is nothing worse than starting
the run completely gassed, which is always the case for
me. I was really hopeful that all my bike and swim training
would help. I felt strong on the swim, and came out of
the water faster than expected. Heading out on the bike,
I tried to keep my effort balanced. The course had lots
of rolling terraine, and I was so surprised to find that
I was passing everyone on the climbs. I am not a strong
climber on the bike, but I decided to go with it, and
hammered the climbs, hoping that I wasn’t sabotaging
my legs for the run. Thankful for a smooth bike and transition,
I threw on the running shoes and tried to run by effort.
I kept an eye on my pace each km, and was encouraged by
a pretty consistent 4:30 pace. Even more exciting was
that my legs didn’t feel like 1000 lbs of dead weight.
I finished spent but not blown up, feeling so grateful
to Kate for motivating me to train early and to put my
trust in it.
Kate raced a few hours later in the Try
a Tri. She looked confident and calm in her wetsuit at
the starting line. Her plan was to hang back and start
the swim behind the crowd, to avoid her anticipated panic.
The starting cannon (yes a cannon) blew, and she took
off right in the middle of the pack. Neil and I were nervous,
scanning the sea of white caps for her. We spotted a few
swimmers back stroking and a few others heading off course,
but couldn’t tell if Kate was one of them. We headed
to the swim exit, and with Neil scanning the back of the
pack, I spotted Kate already running out of the water
pulling off the wetsuit like a pro. I had a hard time
holding back my enthusiasm. We ran to transition and she
was effortless switching to bike mode, and masterfully
executed a flying mount. The bike is her strongest sport,
and I hoped a good bike would give her the confidence
to get through the run. I breathed a sigh of relief when
I saw her flying into the bike dismount. A lightning fast
transition to the run and she was off looking really strong.
Only 2.5k to go, I knew she would do it. There is nothing
more rewarding than seeing your daughter complete a very
big goal she set for herself. I wiped back the tears as
I watched her cross the finish line.
A very successful day for both of us.
Our success wasn’t achieved by hoping, it was absolutely
the result of training. So, get out there and train hard,
and just as importantly, trust your training. (this means
Kate swim, bike and run
Sara bike and run
Try-A-Tri ~ 375m – 10K- 2.5K
This is a VERY popular event and typically sells
out every season! You will see all types of athletes at this
event. Many of them will be trying a triathlon for their very
first time. You will also see athletes that are very young and
very fast and others that have a very relaxed approach to the
sport and their only objective is to have FUN! No worries, we
have something for everyone! The swim begins by swimming in
a clockwise “rectangular pattern”. The swim path
is clearly marked with large, orange buoys. The water tends
to be quite nice at this event so if you have a wetsuit you
can wear it. If you don’t, but would like one, you can
always look into renting one. Many go without. Mountain bikes
are perfectly acceptable to ride in this race. It has some rollers
but nothing too daunting. It is an out and back course that
can generate some great speed if you like. The run will leave
transition through the run course tower and continue along the
roads within the confines of the park on 2.5 km of paved roads
before heading downhill to the Finish Line!
Olympic Triathlon ~ 1.5K- 40K
This is a great venue for a race, which is why we come here
twice a year. Water temperatures are usually very comfortable
and the swim finishes with a relatively long run over grass
to transition. The bike course is fast with rolling hills but
nothing too difficult. If it is windy you’ll feel it because
the roads are open and exposed, but it’s out and back
so you won’t see a headwind the entire time. Be aware
of the speed bumps on the road that leads in and out of the
conservation area. It’s easy to lose a water bottle if
you’re not careful. The run is completely contained within
the park and composed of flat paved roads with short rolling
hills. Nothing too difficult. Descriptions apply to all distances
as the courses are very similar.
Laurentian Trail to Moonlight
Bear overnighting at Sara's
Upcoming Local Events
Finlandia Trail Run Series
returns to Laurentian Nordic Ski Trails this summer.
Challenge yourself on our
rocky route. Bring your kids for the short 1km race.
Registration at 5pm. Kids
race at 6pm and 3/6km leave at 6:15pm.
Good afternoon Sudbury Runner's and Walker's,
See you all at Run Club tonight 6pm
your Sudbury Staff,
Eric, Caleb, Brendan, Ania, Sam
We have FREE run club
Wednesday nights at 6pm and Sunday mornings at 8:30am.
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