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Time Trials Will Test You (for the better)

By Angela Lilly

I have tried to keep triathlete growth both in mind and in training up to speed regularly over this season, however I feel it’s time to dig a bit deeper than social media so here’s an article.

The last month was a lot of planning of training and racing and life. We get used to racing by age group but MSC keeps us chasing new goals and challenges as they offer their unique “time trial start” at the Bracebridge triathlon.  When I first started racing this years ago, I was concerned that I was in a 15-minute deficit and I had so many more challenges than my fellow friends/racers. Now, I’ve found strength in this format of race. Here’s some points to share about why you should try a TT:

  1. The swim is really spread out in beautiful water.
  2. The exit of the swim is exciting; lots of spectators and lots of bikes gone off the rack.
  3. The bike course is very positive and sportsman-like. I once found that I raced courses that I would call encouraging words to other racers as I passed them, or they passed me, and they would be silent.  In MSC racing, it is wonderful.  We must all pass through an imaginary beam of light as we walk over the starting mat that beams us up for a personal best day.  In MSC racing, if there is a pass, both triathletes are encouraging to one another.
  4. The bike course is full, but it isn’t as tough to ride as “full-wave start” races. It’s much more spread out, less chance you get caught in a drafting situation, safer, and if you pay enough attention, you can even follow the triathlete ahead of you and ride a good line (no pot holes or cracks in the road).
  5. The run makes you truly race your best with what you have left. You always know your pace depending on the distance; however, I have found TT races to push you beyond that zone. I find someone ahead of me and try to push my pace by 5 seconds. If I get passed, then I tuck in behind them and try to feel their strength to run better than I was (there are the triathletes that are always faster runners than me and those ones I have to let go because I don’t want to completely blow up). Don’t try to push it or race by yourself.  There are hundreds of people on course so make a friend and quickly talk.  Find out where each other is at and help one another. MSC has so many great triathletes that have made me push it till the last second at the finish line.  I hope I too, have done the same for others.
  6. The race truly isn’t done until the finish line and this is even more powerful when it is a time trial as you can’t possibly know if someone has beaten you by 10 seconds or 3 minutes. It’s up to you to push your limits till the final line. Sportstats will take care of the rest.

I treated my next race the same way and good things happened; personal best time!

Now that we are on to our final races of 2019 triathlon season in Ontario, race your triathlon like a TT.  It will hurt but you will achieve more than you set out to achieve.  What a great way to complete 2019!

May 2018 Newsletter

Rose City Post-Race Report 2016

Quick links – Get the full Welland/Rose City 2016 Race Results. Get your free #MSCWelland #MSCRoseCity race pictures at Zoomphoto.ca

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A New Distance & A New Venue Equals an Awesome Weekend!

The rave reviews continue to come in and by all accounts, everyone enjoyed their race experience during the 10th #MSCWelland #MSCRoseCity Weekend, and the World Class venue of the Welland International Flatwater Centre. The setting is hard to beat, and if you’d like to experience it again and much more, you can take on the challenge of the Skechers Performance Niagara Falls Barrelman on September 18.

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Race Reports from Rose City

Here are some great athlete race reports from #MSCWelland #MSCRoseCity to take a look at.

Angela Quick’s Race Report – Women’s Champion

Miranda Tomenson’s Report – Women’s Runner Up

Billy Bostad – 6th Overall

Lauren Heinken’s Report – 5th place woman

Triathlon Ontario’s Long Course Series features Three of Our Races

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Triathlon Ontario, the recognized Provincial Governing Body of Multisport in Ontario, announced the 2016 venues of its popular Long Course Series Championships.

The Series will consist of four events this year – including Rose City, K-Town, and Barrelman, with the best two results counting towards the points calculation.  Points are awarded based on finishing position in age groups within the top 20 placings.  Participants must be a member by the end of the last race for their results to be included in the final standings.

Winners of each division will have their names engraved on the permanent Long Course Series trophy, soon to be on public display at Triathlon Ontario’s home at the Milton Velodrome, as well as an individual trophy presented at the annual Awards Banquet.  In the inaugural year, over 420 members earned points in the competition.

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Rose City Post-Race Report 2015

Quick link – Get the full Rose City Race Results.

 

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Welland Local Presenting Sponsor

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We would like to thank our Local Presenting Sponsor Trysport Niagara for their support. Please visit them on race day near the Recharge Zone. For details on their products, services and the work they do with athletes, please visit their website.

Race Weekend Recap

It was another stellar weekend of racing at Welland for the Rose City Triathlon Weekend, the second stop of the 2015 Recharge With Milk Triathlon Series. Read more

Welcome to the newly named Rose City Triathlon Weekend

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We are pleased to announce the winner of the Welland Name The Race Contest.

In fact, we have two winners. The winning name is the Rose City Triathlon Weekend and the Rose City Half.

The first person to submit that name was Felicia Long of Toronto. Rose has won a free entry to the Rose City Half Triathlon and a free night accommodation and the Best Western Suites in Welland.

The second winner is Ben Davies. While Ben did not submit that name first he took the time to send us a drawing of a possible logo. Since we used that drawing as a basis for the new race logo we thought we should award Ben a race entry as well.

Congratulations Felicia and Ben!

Welcome to the newly named Rose City Triathlon Weekend

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We are pleased to announce the winner of the Welland Name The Race Contest.

In fact, we have two winners. The winning name is the Rose City Triathlon Weekend and the Rose City Half.

The first person to submit that name was Felicia Long of Toronto. Rose has won a free entry to the Rose City Half Triathlon and a free night accommodation and the Best Western Suites in Welland.

The second winner is Ben Davies. While Ben did not submit that name first he took the time to send us a drawing of a possible logo. Since we used that drawing as a basis for the new race logo we thought we should award Ben a race entry as well.

Congratulations Felicia and Ben!