Last weekend, I raced the Guelph Lake Sprint triathlon and had my best race ever! First, what is a sprint triathlon? A “sprint” distance is generally a 750m swim (820 yards, yes over 8 football fields) a 20k bike (13.1 miles) and then a 5k run (3.1 miles).
It is called a sprint, because it is short, and you basically are going flat out the entire time. The longer distance triathlons, you often hold back and pace yourself because you might be racing for many hours.
There were 599 participants in this event counting both men and women. There were 33 men in my age group (45-49) and I got 4th!
Probably the biggest issue with these races for me is the swim. I never practice open water swimming or even practice swimming in my wetsuit. The only time I do these things is on race day. So, I get panic attacks.
This race was no different. By the time I hit the second buoy, I could feel the panicked breathing starting. Luckily, I just saw this video on YouTube a few weeks prior for how to make panic attacks go away. It worked! I just focused on these breathing techniques and by the 3rd buoy, I was ready to push it again and was 6 of 33 for the swim. If you have issues with panic attacks or at least panic attacks while swimming a triathlon, check out this video. This video isn’t for racing, but just in general.
My bike leg went well. I felt pretty strong and I feel like I passed over 50 people. But, the best part for me was the run. I ran at a 4:38km pace (12.6kph or 8mph) for the 5k leg. For me, this is really good, especially after just biking and swimming and it was an incredibly hot day on Sunday! (about 27.5c / 82F at race finish) .
A lot of people were complaining about the heat that day. Rightly so. But, for some reason, I really wasn’t feeling it that day. Maybe it was the new head buff I wore? Maybe just adrenaline?
The best part of the race was getting called up to the podium to get a 4th place finisher medal.