This morning, the streets of downtown Victoria were filled with thousands of runners participating in the TC10k.
Among those thousands, were 7 of my athletes: Leif, Derek, Kamal, Adam, Nick, Myke and Mark, who did pretty well despite running on very tired legs. It went something like this:
Adam O'Meara: It was a bit of a last second decision for Adam to enter the race, but I am glad he did! His last 10km was a while ago, so we were both pretty curious to see where he is at right now. Well, he appears to be right where we want him clocking 33:09 (PB). Not bad for a long course triathlete at the end of a tough 3 week build, eh? Oh, Adam is also getting married next Sunday! Congradulations are in order :)
Derek Westra-Luney: DWL destroyed the Tri Canada 1500m world cup swim standard, clocking 18:04 (LC) a few weeks ago, and the goal for today was a sub 35 min 10km to go along with that. That was accomplished with 34:38 (PB). Obviously it is not the world cup standard, but since a year ago he was running about 3 minutes slower for a 10km, I think we are on the right track. The funny thing is that in the fall, Derek applied for a TriBC elite card and was rejected because he didn't race enough triathlons last year. Hopefully his swimming ability and constant improvements on the run (and bike too, obviously) will get him an elite card so he can gain some valuable experience racing a few continental cups (including kewlona) this summer.
Leif Baradoy: Leif was kind of MIA this week... His days and nights were filled with several assignments, packing (they are moving today. Talk about a sense of timing... haha) and getting some graduate grant applications in. Among all that caos, he still managed to run a PB of 34:52.
Kamal Rae: Kamal learned the importance of pacing several times in the last year or so, and that was something we really wanted to get right today... That goal was achieved with a significantly improved pacing strategy! The goal time wasn't achieved, although with a time of 35:21 he managed to get a new PB running over 2 minutes faster than last year... The Sun Run is up next!
Myke LaBelle: Running a 10km sick on little training always hurts... 35:58 will do for today, and I really look forward to seeing him run significantly faster soon! Kids, don't try that at home...
Nick Gottfried: Another PB for Nick, running 37:12. That killer instinct isn't there yet but once it is - I am very certain that time will drop significantly... Nick has come a long way in the year we have been working together, improving consistently.
Mark Ritchie: Mark missed a PB by mere seconds! He has been running really well lately and his time of 37:19 shows that.
Well done to everyone who raced this morning! Here are a few pictures from our team group session at Beacon Hill Park on Thursday. The boys worked pretty hard!