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Canaqua Welland Open Water Swim
1000m, 2500m, 5000m & 10,000m
Could not have asked for a more beautiful day… sunny blue skies, warm & humid temperatures, with the Welland Canal water temperature hovering around 76 degrees… it was outstanding! TOE athletes came out and competed in all events except the 10,000m swim. The crew in the 1000m event are all in the picture below, Lindsey tackled the 2500m event, and MJ swam the 5000m. The 1000m event was run differently this year with athletes walking down the canal bank and starting 1000m from the finish line resulting in a drag race straight down the lanes used by the canoe & kayak events at this the Welland International Flatwater Centre. TOE athletes took all 3 podium spots in the ladies 1000m, with Carolina 1st, Serena 2nd and Lilja 3rd. Patricia came in 5th overall also taking took 1st in her age category. The men had Mark come in 2nd overall, Juan, Gabe & Anthony coming in 6th, 7th and 8th. Both of our masters men – Tom & Andres – took 3mins off their 1000m open water times (besting their times from Caledon). Tom isn’t currently in the results, but an email to ChipTime will hopefully resolve that error. All in all… outstanding performances for all with yet another athlete – Anthony – completing his first ever open water swim. Congratulations y’all.
As for MJ in the 5000m event, well… let’s just say the event ended up not being 5000m, but a 6000+m event. On the 1st lap… after going under the bridge, and knowing the course from prior years it was strange not to see the buoy. Having had to stop and do breaststroke to literally find where on earth the buoy was, I saw swimmers returning from beyond the second bridge. Nah.. I thought to myself, the buoy cannot be that far, the course map indicated the buoys are just after the first bridge. But in the distance, there was the buoy… not just at the second bridge but beyond it. Off I swam. It wasn’t until lap 2 when looking for that same buoy that I saw it being pulled behind one of the rescue/safety boats. The staff yelled from the boat that it floated away, not to worry about chasing the boat to round the buoy and told me instead to head for the second turnaround buoy. Its one thing for a bike or run course to be a bit long… but for an open water swim to end up being over a 1000m longer… all I can say is thank goodness for my training that offered me the opportunity to complete the course, and do so with a bit of a final kick.
Thankfully for the 2500m event, the buoy was firmly secured in place. Managed to get some snapshots of Lindsey finishing up in the final 100m of the 2500m event and then reaching for the timing mat on the floating dock to stop the clock with her time. Sweet technique Lindsey, now add turnover and away you will go!
C3 Caledon Quarry Swim I
Last year, it was just the 4 of us – Aimee, Mark, Serena, MJ – and this year there was… 12 of us! How awesome! As awesome, was that our goal of establishing a junior masters open water swim team was achieved with 5 junior athletes – one as young as 12 – joining in on the fun competing in either the 1km or 2km events. For 2 of the juniors… this was their first ever open water swim. Congratulations to our juniors and of course to our masters athletes who competed in the 1km, 2km and 4km events. Thankfully the weather held out, there was a little drizzle which seems par for the course this year when competing but we are most thankful that lightning never struck allowing the event to go on without delay. Post event burgers from the Kitchen [in Mono Mills, link here] were amazing. Results are on the TOETT.ca webpage (click here to link).
Ironman 70.3 Mont Tremblant
TOEST swimmer Yuliya competed this weekend in Mont Tremblant completing her second Ironman 70.3 triathlon. In just one year, Yuliya improved her 1.9km swim by almost a full 15mins, taking her 100m pace from 3:08 to 2:24/100m. The improvement didn’t stop there, across her bike and run splits Yuliya took another 25mins off her total time. Nicely done Yuliya. Click here for Yuliya’s results in Sportstats.
Yuliya worked throughout the winter months to develop her kick, and then worked to integrate it into her swim stroke… hmm… it would appear that kicking in the swim is critical to improving as a swimmer, AND doesn’t come at the cost of compromising the legs in the bike and the run.
So much for that old tale that triathletes need to “save the legs” in the swim.
Open Water Swims for 2018
Canaqua Welland Swim 2 (5k Relay & 5k)