::Cultus Lake Triathlon::

I’ve gone in a reverse order in what I think most people do in the sport of Triathlon.  After 4 years in the sport, I finally completed my first Olympic distance event.  I’m not really sure why I hadn’t done one before, but I think it had a lot to do with just plain old scheduling.  After doing a lot of my racing earlier in the year, I still wanted to continue small amounts of training.  After talking to Tanya at Tri-geeks, I decided that I would go after the Cultus Lake triathlon.  I’ve been looking at doing this race for a number of years but just didn’t have the extra drive to do one more race after IMC.

Heading out on to the run course.  Two loops for the Olympic, I was a little surprise when we ran along the beach at Sunnyside Campground.

Heading out on to the run course. Two loops for the Olympic.  I was a little surprise when we ran along the beach at Sunnyside Campground.  My eyes enjoy the scenic run but my feet hated the rocks in my shoes.

It goes with out being said that the venue works perfect for the distance, and is also a great venue for beginners.  The swim has a lot of access for spectators and if you’re a little green on the swimming side, you don’t venue off too far from the shore.  The bike section was fun too, basically where I go riding when I get really lazy.  You climb out of the short valley, then you just hammer on the flats.  Same reverse climb to come back then you put your shoes on for a two loop run around the little cabin/ camp area of Cultus.  The distance of the event are a little off of what a real Olympic would be, so you might have to come back to see were you really are in terms of fitness.  I messed up using my garmin so I have no idea on the actual distances, but I heard the swim was a bit short and I was guessing the bike is about 4km short too.

Coming out of the swim.  I thought I would try doing the whole race in my swimskin.   Ended up working out pretty good.  Just had a pair of tri short s underneat.

Coming out of the swim. I thought I would try doing the whole race in my swimskin. Ended up working out pretty good. Just had a pair of tri shorts underneath.

A good bulk of my training has been done around these parts, about 40kms gets me to the lake on my bike.   With the lead up to Challenge Penticton, I also did about 5-6 swims here.  So you could call this my home turf as far as the nearest triathlon to me.  There were a handful of issues that I would probably just chalk up to being out of practice since my last triathlon, but it just added to the whole experience.  I still enjoy the longer races, primarily because there is a little room for error on these shorter races you really have to been ready.  I missed the pack right from the start of the swim and could never catch up. My early season fitness or my mid season fitness would have been a little better on the run, but I think by bike held pretty good.  All around good time, might have to add it to the list for next year.  I have to thank Tanya at Tri-Geeks for getting me onto the race, a good way to end the season.

Curb that caught my tire and blew it up.  I'm sure I wasn't the only one.

Curb that caught my tire and blew it up. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one.

I could really feel the lack of running in the last month, the turn over just wasn't there.

I could really feel the lack of running in the last month, the turn over just wasn’t there.

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