|The Bolton triathletes|
|Raffi and I before the race|
I have raced Wasaga a lot in the past, and this was the first time in a while we actually got to swim (instead of the race being converted to Duathlon). I was kinda hoping for a wavy swim (just for the experience), and I definitely got my wish. The waves were huge, making sighting and swimming straight incredibly difficult. My main goal was to avoid swallowing any water and to stay as relaxed as possible. I was pretty far back from Alex after the swim.
|Finally out of the water|
|Running up to T1|
Here's where the race went sideways. I tossed my bike on the rack, put on my running shoes, and took off after Jack. Unfortunately, within my first few strides, I stepped on a wetsuit, which slid out underneath my foot. Next thing I knew, I was lying on my back on the pavement. It was kind of a surreal experience. I knew I was hurting, but I also knew Jack was running away from me. I got up quickly and ran after him, but after about 400m, I had to stop...my left hip was really hurting and I could hardly move without pain.
|My best running form of the race|
Alex caught me soon after, and yelled out a bit of encouragement. I knew I had to try and finish, so I ran at whatever pace I could muster. I settled into this limp run of sorts, and just gutted it out...I crossed the line third.
|At least I finished|
My friend Raffi was also racing, and also had a crash...except he fell on the bike. Coincidently, we both landed hard on our left sides. Vicky was also there as our official photographer, but she ended up taking on a larger role as she took care of us injured triathletes.
As usual, thanks to my sponsors Multisport Canada, eLoad nutrition, and Nineteen wetsuits. Big thanks to all my coaches, friends, and family as well for their support. Also a big congratulations to all the Mettle athletes!
The season is almost done. Time to get healed up and ready for Barrelman!