Tyler Smith and Erica Hawley got their season off to a good start with solid performances at the competitive CAMTRI Junior Elite Triathlon for 16-19 year olds in Sarasota, Florida today (14th March 2015).
Tyler Smith came out of the 750m swim with the leaders in 11 min 6 secs, in what appears to have been a long swim, and the race then broke up into various packs with a group of 5 getting off the front and opening up a sizeable lead. Tyler hung in well in the top half of the field finishing the bike in 29 min 21 sec. He then had a mid pack run of 18 min 46 sec for the 5km run, again seemingly a long run, to finish in 1 hr and 29 secs, good enough for 26th place out of 61 starters. Austin Hindman of the USA won the race in 57 mins and 7 secs.
Erica Hawley was 20th out of the water in 12 min 24 secs and then settled in to a large pack that reeled in a number of smaller groups of riders as she finished the bike in 32 min 18 secs. She then missed the water stop on the run and suffered a bit on the 2nd lap of the run finishing in 22 mins and 52 secs for an overall time of 1 hr 8 mins 42 secs good enough for 30th overall. Emy Legaut of Canada was the winner in 1 hr 3 mins. There were 57 starters.
The races doubled up as the North American Championships and attracted many of the USA, Canada and Mexico top 16-19 junior triathletes.
Alex and Nick Pilgrim and Lynsey Palmer start tomorrow at the same venue in the F1 Youth race series for 12 to 16 year olds in what promises to be equally competitive fields.