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STEVE SWANICK'S (pictured to the right) LAKE PLACID IRONMAN REPORT

 

Choosing an Ironman can be tricky. You will want to look at the course: is it hilly or flat, the past weather conditions, traditionally hot and or cool, water conditions, salt water, wavy, jellyfish? Do you want to fly with your bike? Are you a strong swimmer, a good climber, better in the heat? These possibilities are all things you want to consider before you hit the REGISTER NOW button.

Ironman Lake Placid was Ironman number 3 for Steve. When he decides on which race he wants to do, he looks carefully at all of the items mentioned above, but sometimes a detail can get lost, like the elevation described on the bike course being only one loop of a 2 loop course...oops! They call it Ironman for a reason. 

Congrats Steve on crushing another Ironman!

Here's Steve's quick report on Lake Placid in classic Steve style! :

It was 35C+ all day but Ottawa valley heat training had me prepared 😀 The swim was a 3800m knife fight... just ridiculous! 2200 idiots on a double loop course. Had feet in your face, and people pinned either side and behind you for the full 3800m. I had lots more in the tank at the end. Averaged 2:00/100m and wasn’t even breathing hard when I got out.

The bike is funny. I was not happy with my split and couldn’t figure out why because I felt strong. I thought the bike course was 4100-foot gain but found out yesterday it was 4100 PER LOOP(!!), for a whopping 8200 feet total!! The last 30k of each loop is a relentless climb back into town. On the second loop, it was in the 30C’s and we had a 30k/hr headwind gusting 60k/hr. Did the first 90k in 3 hours. I'm actually super proud of that ride now.

The run was mental. The course looked like Napoleon's retreat from Moscow!  I'm telling you it was pushing 40C. All the young studs were walking and I'm pleased to report I ran the whole course albeit slowly! I walked the aid stations to pound water and the two ridiculous hills which were in the plan all along.
 

Congrats Steve for preserving until the end and for passing all the young studs on the run for a 13/54 in your AG!

 

SWIM - SWIM - SWIM!!

What a great weekend it was for the gang at the Traversée du Lac Tremblant! We had 11 of the Team Triumph crew out at the event and it was great to see Sophie out swimming with her husband Francis and son Julien!

Coach Gabi completed the 12km swim with her wife at her side as kayak support. Cécile showed us just how strong a swimmer she is, coming in 15th overall and 2nd in her AG in the 5km while her friend and teammate Stephanie came in 3rd! It was nice to see Harry out at the event as he prepared with his family to move to Poland. All the best to you and your family!

Here's Gabi's Race Report:

Wow, am I ever proud of this race. A challenging 12km ultra swim across the beautiful Lac Tremblant! The weather was hot and humid, and there was the added bonus of a headwind during the majority of the swim. I got a bit of relief from the wind when we had to cross the lake to the other side between km 7 & 8. I thought I’d get to enjoy more calm waters once I reached the other side, but instead, the sky opened up and I couldn’t see anything for a few hundred meters. So much rain. Luckily, I had my kayak paddler and cheerleader extraordinaire Dusty to guide me through the brief rough waters and bring me safely to the finish line. This was a super tough race to get through, especially after getting Covid and needing to miss the most important two weeks of training. I am incredibly humbled by this experience, and forever grateful that my body and spirit were able to complete this race strong and safely. A huge thank you to all of my friends and family for your endless support. I love you!

CONGRATS EVERYONE!!

 

TEAM TRIUMPH AT THE RACES:

Another great couple of weeks at the races! Congratulations to everyone who raced!

KINGSTON LONG COURSE TRIATHLON
Michelle Lacharity
Shelley Fitzpatrick

KINGSTON SHORT COURSE TRIATHLON
Sue Bennett - 1st in AG!!
Lara Winnemore - 4/15 in AG!
Sarv Heirani Moghaddon - in our beginner class!!
Carley Shewchuk - in our beginner class!!

IRON GIRL SPRINT TRIATHLON
Lara Winnemore 5th in AG!!
Anita Taylor
Allyson Chisnall
Denise Pittuck

TRAVERSÉE DU LAC TREMBLANT

1KM SWIM
Francis Pomerleau - 2nd in AG!
Debi Zaret - 4th in AG!

3KM SWIM (SANS WETSUIT)
Sue Bennett
Courtney Douglass

3KM SWIM
Harry Briggs
Joanne Bezzubetz

5KM SWIM
Cécile Beaurepaire - 2nd in AG and 15th overall!!
Stephanie Obaseki-Johnson - 3rd in AG!
Sophie Dagenais
Kirsten Suttill

12KM SWIM!!!
Gabi Porter

Julia Aimers
CSEP Clinical Exercise Physiologist
CSEP High-Performance Specialist

Certified Triathlon, Cycling, Yoga and Swimming Coach
USA Cycling Level 2 Coach
Training Peaks Accredited Coach



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