Julia Hawley and Kent Richardson will take on the Sleeping Giant XTerra Triathlon at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada on 7th September 2014. The park is so named because the peninsula where it sits resembles a sleeping Giant.
Well now that the individual triathlon races are all complete, the athletes are getting ready for the 4 persons mixed relay. The teams are based on the ITU regions and have been formed based on the individual results. For example, the top two men from the Americas and the top two women from the Americas will form a team Americas 1. Similarly, the third and fourth best men and women in the region will form Americas 2. Tyler is on team Americas 3 with teammates from Brazil, El Savador and Venezuela. Erica is on Team World 2 with teammates from Zimbabwe and Solomon Islands.
The relays start off with the female and alternates male/female/male. The distances are 250m swim, 6.6km run, and 1.8km run for each person.
It is a very fast race with lots of excitement and change in lead positions. This race is very spectator friendly.
The Athletes were allowed to practice the course today. The swim start and finish is the same as for the individual race, but just shorter. The bike course goes in a different direction and offers more corners, bridges and narrow passages. The run is different also but uses some of the previous bike course.
During the relay, once a team member is tagged, he or she can do a running/flying dive off the pontoon. This was very entertaining to watch the athletes practice this today. Some were launching themselves 20 feet out, doing belly flops, going way too deep or doing flips. The athletes really had some fun taking turns practicing it. It is not a skill that is typically practiced, however some refinement on this technique is probably warranted!
It was really great to see the athletes having fun with their competitors and being a little more relaxed. They take the relay seriously but you can see that the nerves are not nearly as intense as the previous days.
The Argo Re Super Sprint Triathlon Summer Series resumed on Thursday 14th August. Ben Lau continued to show how much he has improved by taking first place with Sharon Alikhani the first woman and 2nd overall just a few seconds behind.
Gerhard Boonstra was third overall.
Full results can be found by following the link to the BTA website via the LINKS section of this blog.
Tyler had a respectable race today in Nanjing in the Men’s individual sprint triathlon. He struggled in the swim with a time of 9:48 for the 750m. Coming out of T1 he was 4 seconds back of the eventual winner Ben Dijkstra, however the gap to the main pack opened up quickly with riders trying to to break away early. Tyler fell back to the chase pack of riders, and along with the Russian triathlete did the majority of the work on the bike to bridge the gap to the riders who had fallen off the tail end of the main pack. After a couple of unsuccessful break away attempts his group entered T2 together a minute down of the lead pack. His bike time was 29:32 for the 20k bike.
Tyler had a quick T2 but missed putting his helmet in his basket and was given a 10 Sec penalty. He ran well off the bike and served his penalty on the second lap. His run time was 17:43 for 5k , Coincidently he was running beside the Belgium athlete who also had to serve a penalty. They served it together and then had to sprint 100m to the finish. If was an exciting finish and although Tyler was out sprinted, he was very happy with his performance which was a personal best time of 58:11 and 19th overall
The relay event will take place on Thursday, August 21st and both Tyler and Erica Hawley will be competing.
FULL RESULTS AT LINK BELOW. CLICK ON LINK – SCROLL TO TRIATHLON – CLICK ON 2ND GREEN “MEDAL” IN TRIATHLON LINE THEN CLICK ON THE WORD “Official” TO SEE THE FULL RESULTS AND SPLITS. FOR ERICA HAWLEY’S RESULTS USE FIRST GREEN “MEDAL” IN THE TRIATHLON LINE.
Tyler Smith, one of the youngest competitors in the field, produced an outstanding performance for Bermuda in Nanjing to reaffirm that he is a huge and exciting talent that can already hold his own with juniors three years older than him.
Tyler finished 19th out of 32 in a very quick 58 mins 11 secs as he keeps taking chunks of time off his personal best over the 16-19 year old junior elite distance.
He swam the 750m in 9.48 then clocked a quick 29. 32 for the 20km bike before posting 17.43 for the 5km run. With such a fast pace being set by the leaders it was always going to be tough on the run but as Tyler develops the strength and stamina that comes with age there is no reason to think that he can’t drop his run time to the 15.15 times being posted by the podium finishers.
More to follow on the race when I hear from team manager Karen Smith.