Race Results While Training
for Ironman Canada 1998
In order to chart progress and improvements, I will list my PR's in each
standard distance prior to beginning my Ironman training program. I have not listed PR's
in odd distance races for sake of simplicity.
|5k - 17:00
10k - 35:47
½ Marathon - 1:23:34
30k - 2:10:49
Marathon - 3:29:04
|Olympic Distance Tri - 2:15:41
½ Ironman Triathlon - 4:54:04
= 26.2 miles
Olympic Tri = 1.5k swim/40k bike/10k
= 2k swim/ 90k bike/ 21k
Race Results - Beginning September 1997
Sept. 28, 1997 -
Grand ½ Marathon - 1:24:52
Good Race. Weather was perfect. Course has a few significant hills. Improved
upon last year's time.
Oct. 26, 1997 -
Niagara Falls ½ Marathon - 1:21:34
Great Race. Cold, windy, but not bad. Ran smart, heart rate in control whole
race. New PR.
Nov. 16, 1997 -
London Pacers Club Championships - 13.8k
- 56 min
Good Race. Snow, slippery. 3rd Overall, not very competitive (except
for 1st & 2rd!)
Jan 11, 1998 -
Disney World Marathon - 3:06:05
Great day for a race. The race starts at 6:00am so you're at the start by
4:30am. It was 47° F at race start, but as the sun came up temperatures rose but
stayed perfect for running. I had some stomach cramps at about 12 miles and I ended
up spending a few min (~3-4 min) in a porto-potty so when I got back on track I had some
time to make-up. I hit the half in 1:35 and then proceeded to try to catch the group
I was running with. I managed to catch them, and then I pushed the last 5 miles to
try to make up more time. Ended up running a great negative split, but I'll always
wonder what I could have run if Mother Nature had been on my side! Still a 23 minute
Mar 1, 1998 -
Niagara ½ Marathon - 1:23:34
We run this race every year as a measuring stick just to see where we're at as
far as training is concerned. It's also a nice training race for the Around the Bay race,
4 weeks later. Weather was pretty good this year. I only needed my lightweight
tights and LIFA top. In the past there have been some pretty heavy winds, so this
was nice, although there was a slight drizzle for most of the day. I improved by
just over 3 minutes from last year. In fact, the time was equal to a race I ran in
April last year so I figure I'm about 6 weeks ahead of where I was this time last year.
Of course, a January marathon doesn't hurt!!
Mar 29, 1998 -
Around the Bay 30k
What a great day for a race! Last year I was dressed in all my heavy
weight tights and top, and this year - shorts and a singlet. Only problem was I
forgot the sunscreen and ended up a bit red the next day. This race is unique in
that they have a graduated finishers medal system. Under 2 hours and you get a gold
medal, 2:00-2:15 and you get silver, anything above 2:15 is bronze. I had really
hoped to get a gold this year, seeing as I already had a silver from last year. But
the last third of this race is very hilly, and you need a cushion in the first have in
order to hit your goal time. I hit the half at 1:00:05 so I knew it would be tough.
I didn't make it but I still passed a lot of people and finished strong, with a 9
minute PR over last year. And, unlike many of my friends, I wasn't affected by the
1998 - Brantford ½ Marathon
I ran 1:23:34 here last year, so this was a nice PR for me.
In fact, this may go down as my best race ever, as I finished 2nd overall!
Granted, this is a low key race with no prizes, but the winner still ran a 1:14. I
knew within the first 15m how the race would play out as there were only 3 of us who
jumped to the front. Our eventually winner took off almost immediately and I was
left to run 13 miles with a fellow named Tom Sawyer (I kid you not). Anyway, having
never been in such a situation before, I had to try to figure out a race strategy. I
know I can kick at the end so I figured, what the heck, I'll run right behind him for 13
miles and see what happens. Early on, he'd push the uphills and I'd watch as my
heart rate soared, but in the second half I noticed that on the uphills my heart rate
wasn't going up as we climbed, so I figured he was tiring (found another good use for my
monitor). I literally ran behind him, drafting from the wind, the entire way.
I only passed him once on a downhill when he ate his PowerGel. I pushed ahead to the
water stop to see if eating made it harder for him to hold this pace. Apparently
not, as he resumed the lead quickly. We continued this way until 2km to go, at which
point I noticed someone from a chase pack trying to bridge the gap up to us. We
decided to surge a couple times and this fended off the attack. As we approached the
finish line, I knew the chute was about 300-400m long so as we hit the chute I got up on
my toes and gave it all I had, which was enough to pull ahead. He couldn't respond
and I ended up 9 seconds ahead. I also discovered that the chute was closer to 400m
long and I have about 300m max in my legs at the end of a half marathon, so I crossed the
line at a fairly slow stagger. But, that was an experience I'm sure I'll not soon
May 10, 1998 -
This was the only 10 k race I had planned for this year so I
hoped to do well. I usually do this one as a tune-up for a Father's Day 10k we like
to run but we were going to do a Triathlon of Father's Day so this was it for the short
stuff. I was a little disappointed with my time, I figured I should have run faster.
I know at the 5k point I was leading a group and we hit the half at 18:10 so that
didn't bode well for a fast time. And I know if I'm leading a pack the pack is way
too slow because I like to tag along with faster people. But I finished ok and
recovered quickly so I'm not too disappointed.
May 31, 1998 -
Brick Duathlon (3k/24k/3k)
I had originally planned just to watch Cheryl race but I decided
to train through this race and try to enjoy it. I realized I don't enjoy the first
run of a duathlon at all and that they are tougher than I had remembered. My legs
we're pretty heavy on the first run due to the 118k ride I did the day before but they
felt great on the bike. I had a very good bike ride and ran well off the bike so overall I
was happy. My cycling has improved a lot (a new bike helps, too!) and that's where
time is made up or lost so it felt good to pass people instead of being picked off all day
June 7, 1998 - Greater Toronto Duathlon (2.8k/28k/3.58k)
Well this was a bit of a disappointment. Water temperatures
really dropped before the race and the day was so cold they changed the tri to a du on
race day. I ended up racing in tights and long sleeves because it was so cold.
I raced ok, placing better than I did at the Brick, but I really wanted the swim
practice. But it was the right decision because we would have frozen onthe bike if we'd
June 21, 1998 -
Muskoka Triathlon (2k/55k/15k)
This was the first really hot weekend of the summer. And it
was a cooker! The course is tough to begin with and by the time the run got going it
was high noon and hot. I had a really good race, even though I had a bad stitch
through most of the bike. I didn't push the run too hard but still managed a PR on
this course of over 22 mintues.
June 28, 1998 -
Guelph Lake Triathlon (1.5k/40k/9.5k)
This was my only shot at the Olympic distance this year so I
really wanted to do well. A good speed workout, too, I figured. I tried to
push the bike as hard as possible and then hang on for the run. It worked, as I
averaged 36.3 km/h on the bike (a personal best) and I finished with an 8 minute PR.
July 18, 1998 -
Collingwood ½ Ironman Triathlon (2k/90k/21k)
Now we're into the 'meat' of my race season. This is one
tough bike course. Lots of climbing, therefore good preparation for Ironman Canada.
It was also the Canadian Long Course Championships. I had another PR here,
despite some viscious side stitches on the run that actually caused me to walk a bit
(that's never happened before!). I finished thinking "Do I really want to do
double this distance?" Good race though. Time to recover as I wanted to
do another ½ Ironman in 8 days.
July 26, 1998 -
Peterborough ½ Ironman Triathlon (2k/90k/21k)
Well I did the double and overall everything went well. I
was a bit slower, but that was to be expected. I tend to recover quite quickly so I wasn't
worried. I took it easy during the week between races and raced just fine. Had
I been trying to really race either of these two races, that might have been a different
story. Next year, I would definitely only do one but for Ironman training it was a
good confidence builder.
Aug 30, 1998 -
Ironman Canada Triathlon
- I had a great race. This race deserves it's own page, so
follow this link to the story of my Ironman experience.
Oct 3, 1998 -
Hawaii Ironman Triathlon
- Once again, this race receives it's own page, so follow this
link to read about and see some pictures from the Ironman World
Championships. I went into a bit more detail about what we did during race week,
etc. I hope you like it!!
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