Patryk Biegalski

Awesome Race in Orillia (Brooke rocks her first Sprint Tri)


Well, I didn't win this one, but I'm really pleased with my results. I was sixth overall, first in my age group, and I beat several guys I have never beaten before. With several big time pros on the start line a win was unrealistic, but I have some positives to take away from this one. My run is better than it has been in years, and I'm back to racing near the front after the little elbow incident earlier in the year.

The big news here was that Brooke completed her first Sprint Triathlon ever. The plan for Brooke was to take her time, get through the swim in one piece, hammer the bike, and then try to get as far in the run as possible. Because of her knee problems, Brooke resolved to walk the run if the pain got too bad.

Before the race Brooke, who has always found the swim extremely intimidating, was just hoping to get through it without too much stress and in under 25 minutes. Mission accomplished on both fronts. Brooke started the swim last in her wave, swam an easy paced freestyle the whole way (passing about half her wave in the process), and emerged from the water waving happily to her family (all of whom attended the race). She then took her time strolling up the beach and into transition and hit the timing mats in an unexpectedly rapid 19:02. Wow, imagine if she actually raced the swim. Unbelievably, Brooke would later comment that despite being battered and cut off by several people, the swim was the most relaxing and enjoyable part of her race. I guess all those practice sessions in Lake Ontario where I repeatedly swam over her, body checked her in the water, and even yanked her back by the ankles paid off. Nothing fazed her.

Brooke's bike was the same old same old. She went to work passing everyone and their sister and came in with the third fastest bike in her age group out of forty women. Brooke's average speed for the 33km bike was 31kph on a hilly, wet, and technical course despite getting stuck behind a truck that was going 24kph for two kilometres at one point. That gap between us is closing and I'm starting to wonder when I'm going to get 'chicked' by my wife.

Brooke's run did not go so well. It was seven kilometres which, given Brooke's knee problems, was too long. She also forgot to take her Advil before the race which may have caused the inflammation to start earlier than usual. Anyway, at 2.5km into the run the IT bands began to seriously hurt and the jig was up. Brooke walked the rest of the run and finished with a smile on her face. She remains in high spirits having conquered and banished her fear of the open water and is already signed up for the Lakeside Sprint Triathlon which takes place a month from now. This one only has a 5km run which she may be able to complete without walking with the help of some Advil and massage. Well, that's the story. We're off camping tomorrow so we will see you guys next weekend. Happy riding everyone.

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