Every year around this time the thought of racing another triathlon becomes almost unbearable. After training steadily from November until the present the concept of off season begins looking irresistible. I knew that I was running out of steam because I have barely swum or ran in the past two weeks (I'll never get tired of cycling though). It is with thoughts of enjoying my off season that Brooke and I headed out to celebrate her birthday weekend by camping in Lakeside. After a Saturday of reminiscing about our University days on Western campus (Brooke used to visit me there from Waterloo), and stuffing our faces with delicious food, we went to sleep in our camper with the heater keeping us toasty.

Stepping out of the heated camper on Sunday morning was quite the revelation as it was a brisk 1 degree Celsius at 6am. Fortunately the temperature shot up with the sunrise and we started the swim at 9am in a still chilly but tolerable 9 Celsius. I got out of the water with a small group of guys with two athletes off the front. I was a little shocked to hear that the leader had a two minute lead on me out of the 750m swim but decided not to dwell on that during the 30k bike ride. I made up most of the deficit on the bike and started the run 45 seconds behind the leader. My run was not bad but the lead athlete just kept pulling away. It turned out that this guy raced in the Canadian Pro Championships last year so I was definitely out of my league here. Still there are some positives to be had out of the experience. I was second overall and first in my age group. I had the fastest bike split in the race despite the fact that I rode well within myself in order to save energy for the run. And finally, I can now stop swimming and running for a while and just have fun riding my bike with the BCC.

The season went well with one win, one second place, two thirds, and several other top tens. In addition, I qualified for the age group World Championships (not going, too expensive), tried my first ever road race, and generally had a lot of fun. Happy Birthday to Brooke and thanks for all of your support throughout the year. Also thanks to all the BCCers for the great training, riding tips, and camaraderie. Now I'm off to get fat and inert during the winter months.

Pat

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Start time is 8:00am early season, 7:00am as days get longer. Route distances vary from 55-120km and several pace groups are available. Saturday morning rides focus on a social vibe.

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