Speaking of races, we have had a really busy month with Renegades racing all over in many diciplines. This group motivates me so much because of the hard work and diversity of our athelete's!
Juanita, Alice and Mark all had a great race at the St. Clair River Run. The picture of Juanita coming into the finish line is priceless! Juanita and Alice both had one of their best 10k runs in years, and for the amount of time Mark had to train for this race he crushed it. Congrats Renegades!!
We had Ellan, Frank, George, Jeff and Sig competing at the Bluewater Triathalon. From what I heard everyone had a great time! Its such an inspiration to see so many of our Renegades competing in not only running but swimming and biking too. Awesome job!
The Sarnia Bluewater International Granfondo bike ride was this month to. Alice, Lonna and John, Frank, Jeff and Terry all participated in the ride. There were distances of 50K, 100K and 150K to challenge riders. Another event well represented by our Renegades!
This was also Ironman Terry's month to race. Terry competed and finished the Lake Placid Ironman on July 24. For those of you not familiar with the Ironman distance its a 3.86 KM swim, 180.25 KM bike ride and then a 42.2 Km run! Just an amazing accomplishment!
Lake Placid is not an easy course, far from it. It consists of an elevation gain of 6898' for the bike ride and an elevation gain of 1604' for the run! Terry completed the swim in 1:25:55, bike 6:27:54, run 4:57:34 for a total of 13:10:54 . He was 9th overall in his age group! Terry is a huge inspiration to all of us! We are so lucky to have him coaching our Renegades who are interested in Triathalon and Duathalon. Congratulations Terry on a long and hard road to complete your goal!
The following is a write up from Terry himself on his race experience. Enjoy!
Ironman Lake Placid 2016
My Ironman day in Lake Placid on July 24 started at 04:00 and I finished my 6th Ironman triathlon at approximately 8:00 pm.
But the journey was much longer. On Aug. 30, 2015 I was competing in what was supposed to be my last Ironman in Muskoka. But I had significant breathing issues and DNF’d 31 km into the marathon. I’ll write a separate report on what I learned from that experience later.
A few weeks later after I figured out how to control of my breathing while training, I registered for Ironman Lake Placid (IMLP) 2016. My son Joe, who completed Ironman Kona World Championships in 2012 also registered. I had completed IMLP in 2005 and 2006.
Over the winter, my training schedule is: M,W,F morning 1.5 to 3 hr Computrainer rides, Tuesday,Thursday morning 1.5 hour swim, and 3-4 run sessions per week with long run on Saturday (Renegades). My focus is running as the first race of the year is 30 km Around the Bay. After that, my focus is cycling outdoors. If the sun is shining, I’m riding. I’m a frequent visitor to R-Kona, Hoggs Hollow, Sylvan Road, etc. In the winter it’s prep for ATB, and in the spring and summer it’s cycling hill repeat training for Ironman with a brick run of 30 minutes to 1.5 hours. I also trained on the serious hills around Dundas with Joe on a few Fridays when he could take the day off work. Peak training time is 22-24 hours/week, not counting prep or driving time. Peak eating time is 3-4 hours per day (some overlap here!) but you have to figure out your hydration and nutrition plan while training.
When Lake Huron warms up to ‘wetsuit cold’ in mid-June, it’s time for open water swimming. In the weeks leading up to ironman, I swim from Murphy Road beach to past the lifeguard shack at Canatara Beach. A current-aided 3.4 km. When you’re running along Lakeshore Rd sometime, think about how far that is to swim!
In Lake Placid, the 4 km swim in Mirror Lake (as calm as the name implies) went pretty much as planned for me – although you never quite get comfortable with the first few hundred metres of a swim with a rolling start of 2600 people who enter the water crossing a 5 meter wide timing mat over about 15 minutes.
I had a recurring problem going into the race where my feet were going numb around 150 km on the bike, so I had switched to larger cycling shoes with increased cushioning. But unfortunately the numbness set in, worse than before, probably due to the massive climbs (even more than in Arkona! Imagine that!). I’m thinking that all I have to do is get to transition, get my running shoes on, and I’ll be fine. That’s what usually happens. But not this time.
Again, the spectators were great especially along a 2-3 km uphill stretch as we ran back into town. There were lots of ‘interesting’ fans: a guy in the world’s smallest speedo, 3 women with Viking horns, couple of guys in tutus. It was cool to exchange encouragement with my son Joe as we passed each other a couple of times on the double out-and-back marathon course. Over the last kms of the marathon, my only goal in life was to get to the finish line which is approximately ½ way around the Olympic speed skating oval. This was built for the 1932 Olympics and used again for the 1980 Olympics. Lots of spectators in the stands at the oval! Including my wife Susan, Joe’s wife Darienne, and our granddaughter Freya. Joe came back to the finish area to make sure I was OK; this was after he finished, had a shower, something to eat, and a short nap.
The other important number is 3500 – the number of volunteers who worked hard at the aid stations, etc to make our experience as comfortable and memorable as possible.
Thanks for the write up Terry!
Train Hard, Enjoy the Journey....Scott