year I lost my training partner to ‘greener’
pastures. She moved south, leaving me to pour my heart
out on the trails to a dog who is more interested in sniffing
things than listening. Our venting is now done through
bedtime texts and virtual hugs. We’ve adapted to
virtual friendship, but virtually connected race days
are just not the same. I miss the big bear hugs after
we cross the finish line, the reassurance at the start
Time to remedy this situation!
This weekend Liz and I rejoined forces in person for a
race in her hometown of Deep River. Liz and I raced the
Deep River Triathlon together 11 years ago. A lifetime
has passed since then. So many experiences we have shared
together, and we both feel fortunate to be healthy and
fit and race ready a decade later.
The Deep River Tri is a well-organized
friendly race. I highly recommend it. The swim is in the
Ottawa River, so be prepared for some current and turbulence.
The bike is a multi-lap course through town and includes
a fun twisty downhill (road bike > TT bike). The run
is a gradual climb over the first half, and one steep
climb in the last km. It is a fun course and lots of people
on course cheering.
Liz and I both had great
races, felt strong and in control throughout. I was in
a tight race on the bike, just like the XTERRA, with 3
of us coming out of the bike transition to the run together.
I felt strong heading out onto the run, stayed patient
the first km, eventually taking the lead and maintaining
it to the finish line. Liz also came off the bike feeling
strong and ran a tri PB pace!
The best part of the day
was the big bear hug at the finish line! So glad we got
to race together again!
What’s next on our
bestie race calendar Liz?
After an 11 year hiatus,
I returned to the Deep River triathlon for another crack
at it. It’s as hard as I remembered but Brittany
Saurette was by my side throughout the process. Thanks
to High Performance Pembroke for the excellent support,
highly recommend Tony Biernacki for athletes of all levels
who want to race their best.
So grateful to my dear friend Sara McIlraith who made
the trek to repeat our tri experience from 2012. Look
at how young we were 11 years ago, time flies!