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Raced the Sylvan lake 1/2 Ironman

July 22nd, 2007

I got to race again,…last Sunday at the Sylvan Lake 1/2 IM.  Aside from a 40km time trial from a few weeks prior, this was the first time in a while where I had free reign to test my limits.  My prime objective of the day was to accelerate my fitness leading into the next few weeks building up to Ironman Canada.

 I was happy with my swim – I sat on the heels of a hard kicking swimmer from a relay team.  I was super comfortable, and tried to relax as best as I could while enjoying the draft. 
Scott racing at Sylvan Lake

Scott racing at Sylvan Lake

Scott racing at Sylvan Lake   Scott racing at Sylvan Lake

Scott racing at Sylvan Lake 

I started the bike feeling great – was smooth, and cruised the first 10km before increasing my effort slowly but surely.  At about the 35km mark is a bike turnaround-out and back section whereby you can gauge where your competitors are.  At this time, I noticed that Kyle Marcotte was very close which I would have guessed to be about 20-30seconds back.  I then decided to accelerate slowly, hoping to break the contact he had come with me.  Clearly my best efforts were not enough to fend off Kyle, as he easily bridged the gap and passed me at around 55km.  As Kyle passed me, he asked, “are you okay?,…are your brakes rubbing?”, I reply back,…”yes, I’m fine –“,…I then looked down at both my wheels and accessed whether or not my brakes were rubbing.  The verdict – lots of space between wheels and brakes.  As I passed him back, he said, “sorry, I just thought I heard squeaking”.  In retrospect now, I think the squeaking he was referring to was the skin on the inside of my knees occasionally brushing the top tube of my bike.  Kyle and I ended up playing a game of leap frog – he pulled away on the uphills, and I caught him on the downhills.  The last 18km back to Sylvan Lake involves a lot of climbing – it was over these last kms where I really increased my effort in order to stay with him.  I wanted to finish the bike in touch with Kyle, and see what would happen running toe to toe with him.  Kyle left transition about 30m ahead of me,…I tried to keep him in touch.  Not from a lack of effort on my part, Kyle easily pulled away, and made himself a comfortable time cushion.  Throughout the run, I started feeling better and better, and finished reasonably smooth with good form.  Kyle won the race, and I finished 2nd a modest 2min45sec back.  Good job Kyle – you were clearly the stronger man. 🙂

Scott racing at Sylvan Lake

Scott