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Life will happen, so let it

By Dempsey Cruz

It’s hard to believe how quickly this race season has come and gone. I remember looking forward to another fun year of racing back in May, and it definitely feels like September arrived just like a blink of an eye. 

Being an age-group athlete has its challenges, mainly having to juggle my full time job, time with loved ones, and training. The last several months unfolded quite unpredictably, to say the least. I had such a solid, consistent pre-race training season that I dove into my first couple of races full of promises. Despite being strong enough to qualify for next year’s ITU Worlds, I had no idea what was coming my way. To share a few, I became a homeowner in June, suffered from a concussion in July, had my first DNF, and now have the honour of being my sister’s “Man of Honour” for her wedding at the end of this month.

All that said, life took over which impacted my training and performance for the rest of the season. I’m sure many of you can relate. 

Last weekend, MultiSport Canada hosted its final race of the season in Lakeside, one of my favourite venues of the series. Sure it was the standard du provincial championships but my goal was to have fun, cheer on fellow athletes on the course, and race without concerning myself with the numbers. It’s incredible how an intention can make you look up and around, instead of looking down at your gadgets.

The first thing I noticed was the scenic venue. It was a pleasure running on the lush trails and cycling surrounded with clear skies and acres of fresh farmlands. The next were the volunteers and spectators. They created a positive atmosphere for all athletes as they were all so happy to be there and encouraged athletes by their names. The energy was infectious, I couldn’t help but smile and have a great time!

Most importantly, there were so many athletes rooting for each other. I heard my name being cheered for at least ten times from different athletes on the race course. There’s a general realization that we’re all in it together, not against each other. This is the type of friendly atmosphere that so uniquely defines MultiSport Canada.

What I love most about the amazing team at MultiSport Canada is the focus put on the athlete experience and the celebration of diversity in the community. At every race, they make a genuine effort to recognize athletes of all ages from all walks of life such as first timers, and first responders. They also do their very best to make every race as fun and safe as possible for all athletes. More than ever this year, I was constantly reminded of why I’m such a huge advocate for MultiSport Canada. I’m thankful to be part of a community that is so inclusive and welcoming.

There is a place for everyone.

A few things I learned from being a Lakeside Ambassador

Let’s leave our stats for a moment. Let’s pause and reflect. For many like myself, Lakeside was the last tri/duathlon of the season and the cooler weather is a reminder that we will soon be back to our training dungeons until the sun peeks out again, maybe in just a few months time.

This year was my first time as an ambassador for #MSCLakeside and being there are so many different aspects of the race, I have learned a lot. I wanted to share a few things that have striked me before but even more so as a helper on site:

  1. Tri/Duathletes are the best. I had a talk with my RMT and when I explained to her the feeling of being around fellow racers, she was surprised: she thought the competitive nature of the sport would make us mean and aggressive. But instead, you have a very focus group arriving in the morning either deep in their thoughts or giving hugs to everyone. During and after the race, you can count on other athletes to cheer for you or give you a hand. Whether or not you podium-ed, you made a connection with the person before or after you or even on the course. You look into each other eyes, and you both know how you felt on the course. You shake hands, you smile. You’ve connected with a pure stranger in a way that most don’t get to in their lives ever. As the dopamine and hunger creeps, the sharing begins. The smiles, the cries. At this moment, we don’t know nor care where you are from, what you did (it is starting to sound like a backstreet boys song, I am aware), we are all a family.
  2.  We’ve all been there. Around the 10/11 o’clock mark, try-a-tri athletes came through. As much as many started their first race that weekend doing the sprint and the Olympic, many more started with that one race. Do you remember that moment? Yes, I see me…. when I started 5 years ago. Needing guidance, encouragement, a smile. Those are what makes people compete again. We might have a tri/duathlon social network back home but many don’t. Don’t be afraid to reach out. Even better, volunteer!

Body marking… I might just have given you a smiley face

4. Inclusivity. ALL. EVERYONE. That means, it doesn’t matter what stage of life I get, you can be assure that someone going through it is there and doing their best. People of all age, size, racial background, etc. At this point we are all there for one reason and one goal.

5. Everyone is inspiring someone whether they know it or not. Some might tell you up front. Some might just gaze at you from a distance, or remember a kind gesture you made and remember you for years on and even pass it forward.

6. Have you met any of the staff at MSC? Hopefully you have or you will. Sure enough, they are there giving us instructions all the way through. But president Jason for example, will have a way to find you and connect with you at some point. If you ever needed help, Chris and Nathan are always around. You are part of this moment despite the individuality of this sport. Furthermore, they provide with a safe event that is well organized EACH and EVERY time. They will listen to your feedback.

Jason and his helpers that day. Always a great spirit.

7. This is fun. Once you get out there in nature, onto a a safe course and location, your body is free and your mind knows this is where you want to be. You might forget each year but you’ll remember once the season kicks off again.

Right?!

So if you are a tr/duathlete thank you for your contribution to that community.

If you are looking for a community, please join us next season. You will gain so much.

If you have children, hopefully you can include them as well. They will also gain skills that life wouldn’t otherwise and give them a way to deal with situations in a positive manner.

All the best luck for everyone participating in the #BarrelmanTri

In the meantime, cheers to everyone making the world a better place… one race at the time.

Jessey Deroneth

2019 Lakeside Pre-race Report

Thank you for registering to race with us at Lakeside!

Our thanks go out to the Knox Presbyterian Church, Harrington for providing volunteers, as well as Janet Thompson for volunteer recruitment.

We are very excited about our partnership with our Presenting Sponsor Martin’s Family Fruit Farms!  Back this year is our fantastic Nutrition Sponsor F2C.

 

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Once again, Lakeside plays host to the 12/13 year olds Triathlon Ontario Youth Cup Series!

Please tell your friends that there WILL BE race day registration!

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2018 Lakeside Post-Race Report

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2018 Lakeside Waves Posted

Sprint Triathlon

Waves Categories Swim Cap Colour
9:30 AM M34 & Under

Relays

Yellow
9:33 AM M35 – 39
W29 & Under
Light blue
9:36 AM M40 – 44
W35 – 39
Violet
9:39 AM M45 – 49
W40 – 44
White
9:42 AM M50 – 54
W30 – 34 & W45 – 49
Red
9:45 AM M55 +
W50 +
Pink

 

KOS Waves

Waves Categories Swim Cap Colour
2:00 PM 3 to 5 Boys Pink
2:10 PM 3 to 5 Girls Pink
2:30 PM 6 to 7 Boys Pink
2:50 PM 6 to 7 Girls Pink
3:10 PM 8 to 9 – all Pink
3:35 PM 10 to 11 – all Pink
4:20 PM 12 to 13 – all Youth Cup Yellow – Boys
Youth Cup Yellow – Girls
5:00 PM 14 to 15 – all Youth Cup Red – Boys
Youth Cup Red – Girls

Olympic Waves

Waves Categories Swim Cap Colour
8:59 AM Pros & EAG’s Black
9:00 AM Men 39 & Under

Relay

Pink
9:03 AM Men 40 + Light Blue
9:06 AM All Women
Paratriathletes
Violet

 

Give-it-a-Tri

Waves Categories Swim Cap Colour
11:59 AM Super Sprint (m/w) Pink
12:00 PM M59 & Under Yellow
12:03 PM W44 & Under
Relays
Red
12:06 PM M60+
W45+
White

2018 Lakeside Pre-Race Information

Thank you for registering to race with us at Lakeside!

Our thanks go out to the Knox Presbyterian Church, Harrington for providing volunteers, as well as Janet Thompson for volunteer recruitment.

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Once again, Lakeside plays host to the 12/13 year olds Triathlon Ontario Youth Cup Series!

The Sprint Triathlon will have 1 spot/age group for the Age Group National Team.

We are very excited about our partnership with our Title Sponsor Skechers Performance and Presenting Sponsor Martin’s Family Fruit Farms!  Back this year is our fantastic Nutrition Sponsor F2C.

Please tell your friends that there WILL BE race day registration!

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Ontario Championships & ITU Qualifying events at MultiSport Canada

Triathlon Ontario, the recognized Provincial governing body of Multisport in Ontario, announced its complete 2018 schedule for its Provincial Championship races and hosts for National Qualifying races for the 2019 ITU Age Group World Championships and we are host to a number of events:

 

Long Course Triathlon 
Saturday, June 23 – Rose City/Welland
The long course event at Welland will host the Long Course Provincial Championships for the first time.

 

ITU Qualification Race – Sprint Triathlon
Sunday, June 24 – Rose City/Welland
The Sprint Triathlon race at Welland will serve as host to one ITU World Championship qualification spot for the Sprint Triathlon in each age group per gender.

 

Sprint & Standard Duathlon ITU Qualification Race
Saturday, August 11 & Sunday, August 12 – Bracebridge
Cottage country will be the scene for the Duathlon Provincials and for those looking at a second chance to claim an ITU World Championship spot. There will be one qualification spot per age group per gender in each distance.

 

ITU Qualification Race – Standard Triathlon
Saturday, August 25 – Wasaga Beach
The Wasaga Beach event will offer Standard Distance triathletes another qualification opportunity this summer with one qualification spot per age group per gender.

 

Youth Cup
The 12-13 Youth Cup Series finale takes place once again at MultiSport Canada’s Lakeside KOS on Saturday, September 8th.

 

Aquabike Provincials & ITU Qualification Race
Sunday, September 16 – Niagara Falls Barrelman
The fastest growing Ontario event over the past couple of years is serving as host to a new Provincial Championship and ITU Qualifier by offering two qualification spots per age group per gender.

 

As a reminder, in order to compete for a Provincial title or an ITU qualification spot, athletes must be 2018 Triathlon Ontario members before the event. There are no 2019 ITU Long Course qualification spots in Ontario in 2018 at this time.

 

Lakeside Post Race Report

FROM THE RACE DIRECTOR

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

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2017 Lakeside Pre-Race Information

Thank you for registering to race with us at Lakeside!

Our thanks go out to the Knox Presbyterian Church, Harrington for providing volunteers, as well as Janet Thompson for volunteer recruitment.

We are very excited about our partnership with our Title Sponsor Skechers Performance and Presenting Sponsor Martin’s Family Fruit Farms!  Also new this year is our Nutrition Sponsor F2C.

Ontario-Youth-Cup-300x229

Once again, Lakeside plays host to the 12/13 year olds Triathlon Ontario Youth Cup Series!

Please tell your friends that there WILL BE race day registration!

Read more

2017 Lakeside Swim Waves

Sprint Triathlon

Waves Categories Swim Cap Colour
9:30 AM M34&Under Silver
9:33 AM M35-39
W29&Under
Light blue
9:36 AM M40-44
W35-39
Pink
9:39 AM M45-49
W40-44
Relays
White
9:42 AM M50-54
W30-34 + W45-49
Royal Blue
9:45 AM M55+
W50+
Purple

Olympic Waves

Waves Categories Swim Cap Colour
8:59 AM Pros Red
9:00 AM Men 44 & Under Purple
9:03 AM Women 49 & Under
Relays
Light Blue
9:06 AM M45+
W50+
Pink

GIAT Triathlon

Waves Categories Swim Cap Colour
11:59 AM Super Sprint (m/w) Red
12:00 PM M59&Under Silver
12:03 PM W44&Under
Relays
Royal Blue
12:06 PM M60+
W45+
Purple