Toronto Triathlon Festival

Toronto Triathlon FestivalThe Toronto Triathlon Festival is a qualifier for Age Group World Championships. To qualify you need to finish top 3 of your age group (mine being F25-29). Even though I knew I’d be punching above my weight trying to qualify, I really wanted to give it an honest effort.

I raced the Hyde Park Sprint Triathlon three weeks prior to the Toronto Triathlon to benchmark my progress, and didn’t get a huge amount of confidence… I finished the race in 1:27 – 2 minutes slower than my first triathlon at Crystal Palace, 10 minutes slower than I was hoping for and I managed to come off my bike at one point.

When I looked at last year’s Toronto Triathlon finish times… the top three times were 1:11, 1:14 and 1:17. My aim became a) finishing in sub 1:17 and b) praying that faster athletes don’t show up to the race – if that happened, I might just qualify!

Well I certainly gave the race a good honest effort. I finished in 1:16, which was my exact target but I ended up 5th in my age group… this year the top three times were 1:09, 1:10. 1:10. I had no chance! Motivation to train train train train – need to get my swim and bike times a few minutes quicker.

The race in summary…
  • Overall, I was 6 minutes slower than the top three girls, and one minute behind 4th place.
  • I wanted to finish the swim in sub 15mins but I finished in 15:16.
  • In the first transition I got a bit stuck in my wetsuit which cost me at least 30 seconds (2:32)
  • I was 12th out of the swim and moved into 5th after the bike.
  • I’m really happy with my time on the bike (34:52). The course was noticeably more flat than my previous races.
  • My second transition felt like it went really smooth (1:26)
  • And I really pushed myself on the run despite the gruelling heat (22:43)
Highlights of the day

Seeing Dan qualify for Worlds in the Olympic Distance Triathlon for M25-29.

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Racing with Alexandra for her first triathlon – she smashed it! 
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All the support we got out on the course. So blessed to have such amazing friends and family. 

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Celebrating Father’s Day after the race at Ann and Tony’s house. 

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Next Challenge = Olympic and Middle Distance Triathlons.

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