Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Race Report: Cornwall Triathlon 2016

2016 Cornwall Sprint podium!
On the Friday after my first half iron distance race, I sent an innocent email to the race director of the Cornwall Triathlon, inquiring if there were any spots left in the Sprint Tri.  I was planning to travel to Cornwall to cheer on my roommates anyways, and Cornwall holds a very special place in my heart (first triathlon ever and first race back from stress fracture last season).  But I was expecting to hear that the race was sold out (it usually is, for good reason)... and instead Rob wrote back that he had "made some spots" in the sprint.  "Okay, I guess I am racing then," I thought!

Two days later, on Sunday, just a week after Timberman, I did the Cornwall Sprint and I am so happy that I did!  As always, the organizers and volunteers put on a fantastic event.  For a local race, they really give the athletes a first-class / luxurious experience.  It is inspiring to see how supportive the community is of the race.  Thank you so much for taking such good care of us!

Cornwall race day is pretty easy.  We woke up early in order to hit the road by 5:45/6 am for the hour and 15 minute drive.  Our car was packed with athletes, bikes, and gear since it was Jenn, Gilly, Gavin, and I making the trip down to race.  The second we arrived in Cornwall, the rain started to pour, which made setting up for transition a little bit more interesting.  After I paid my race fee and got body marked, I decided to settle in to a spot in the lobby to relax while I waited for my race, which didn't start until 9:50.  The Olympic went off much earlier, so Jenn, Gavin, and Gilly had to set up and get ready to race.  As I waited, I got to say hi to my Coeur teammate, Amy, who had made the trip up with some other athletes from her triathlon club.  It was nice to see her again, just one week after Timberman! (She went on to win the Olympic!)  The rest of the pre-race time was spent relaxing and staying dry.

Swim:  This was the first year that Cornwall timed the transitions, so I was really excited to see what I could do on the swim this year.  Last year, my swim was 10:25, but with transition included the time that appeared in my race results was 12 something.  The rain had cleared by the time the sprint started, and the sun had started to peek out from the clouds.  As the women waited for our wave to start, we joked about being swamp monsters given how high the weeds were this year.  Once it was time to start, I took off like a shot, hoping for clear water.  I settled into a hard pace, determined to best my time from the previous year. Compared to Timberman, this swim felt so so short!  And before I knew it, I was already turning the last buoy toward the swim exit.  I was super happy to see that I came out of the water in 10:00! (Personal fastest ever sprint swim!)

Swim exit photos... so flattering LOL!

T1:  The run out of the water was lovely this year, as they had laid down a red carpet (literally) for us to get to the transition zone.  I missed the wetsuit strippers, so had to get my wetsuit off myself (not too hard with the Roka Maverick!).  My swim to bike transition has always been a little bit slow, and was again this time around, but that is okay.

Bike: I could definitely still feel some of the effects of Timberman in my legs during the bike leg, as I just couldn't quite get the speed going that I wanted.  There were lots of men drafting (on me at times!!), which was kind of frustrating, and I ended up taking the turns quite slow given that it had been pouring a few hours earlier and there was still water on the ground.  But all in all, the bike went well.  My number one goal was to stay in the lead and not let any women pass me, so it was a success!

That's me way up on the hill. Thanks to PMC Photography for the excellent photos!

T2T: One of my fastest T2s ever!  In and out and on the run!

Run:  The run was going to be all about giving a solid effort.  At that point, I really wasn't sure how my legs would hold up and again, all I wanted to do was hold off the rest of the women.  The volunteers were again just so awesome as were the spectators.  I had no clue of my actual speed, since I turned my Garmin on inside the gymnasium during the rain before leaving it in transition, so it was only showing the time with no pace.  So, I focused on trying to keep the legs turning over strong and staying in the game the whole way.  At the turn-around, I knew I had a pretty solid lead and as I approached the finish, I couldn't help but smile and relish my first overall female win!

There are a lot of reasons that Cornwall is one of my favourite races, and the whole experience of the day confirmed those reasons once again.  Thank you to Rob for "making a spot" for me to race.  It was fun to test the limits of what my body was capable of the week after my first half ironman.  We can definitely blame the post-Timberman endorphins for my somewhat rash decision to race again so soon, and I'm just glad that my body was ready to perform again.  As always, it was so fun to be out on the course with so many friends and teammates - from Ottawa Triathlon Club to Team Coeur Sports!  Congratulations to everyone who raced and thank you again to the volunteers and organizers!


1st Female, 8th Overall

Swim: 10:02
T1: 2:02
Bike: 35:43
T2: 0:49
Run: 22:42
Final Time: 1:11:18


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