I haven’t had to attend any weddings this summer but I’ve had plenty experience being a bridesmaid.
After this summer, I expect I’ll be a hot commodity on the bridesmaid scene. I haven’t done much standing on the podium – but I’ve spent a lot of time standing beside it!
Provincial Time Trial Championships went better than expected, mostly due to the fact that Bruce Bird, Ed Veal and Derrek Ivey were not there. I finished 4th and didn’t get to stand on the podium – but I did get to stand beside it!
I did learn a lesson though: never drink an extra-large Tim Horton’s tea right before a race. Although, it did add extra motivation to finish quickly…
Provincial Duathlon Championships, to be honest, was a little bit more of an exciting battle. Everyone who came out seemed to be at their peak.
It took no time at all for this motivated crew to drop me on the first 10km run. I kept telling myself, if I could only keep them in view, I would get them all back on the bike. My goal of keeping them in sight quickly changed to just trying to survive the damn 10km. I was able to catch most, but not all, on the bike but then was passed a bunch of times on the second 5km run.
Sitting in 4th, with about 2km of running left in the race, I was pretty sure I was still in the lead for my age category. I could see Darren Cooney, in my age category, in his bright yellow kit behind me making up ground. As we approached the line I looked back again and he was almost right behind me. In what I imagined at the time looked like a heated sprint - but in reality I’m sure was a mess of flailing arms - I ran as hard as I could for the line. I only barely took it and then tried not to puke everywhere.
When all was said and done, you guessed it, I finished 4th overall and got to serve as bridesmaid again.
There was another lesson learned at the duathlon: don’t take 2 months off running and then do a 15km running race. Walking is almost impossible the next day…
Congratulations to Scott Finch who’s strong run and strong ride made him Provincial Champion, Daryl Flacks who simply flew by me on the second run, Andrew Mcleod who also showed no mercy on the second run and Darren Cooney for letting me have the “sprint” at the end. This was the most competitive duathlon I’ve done all year and it was a great experience.
A big thank you to Mike Mandel for all the work he did for our team this year and for putting in the hard work to host some great races. He is the glue that held us together.
Also, thank you to the folks over at Multisport Canada, your races were well organized and always kept it interesting. Maybe a little shorter run courses next year?
Anyway, here’s a quick recap of all my bride’s maid appearances this year…
Thanks to my team Real Deal Racing and sponsors Gears, WASPcam, Fieldgate Homes,Toronto Sport and Social Club, Morning Glory Cycling Club, Champion System, PowerBar,Balance Physiotherapy, RPM Total Fitness, Spin Kicks, Kenzington Burger Bar, Barnstormer Brewing and Iler Silva Law Offices for their help in getting me on (or at least near) the podium.