Guelph Oly - chasing Joe

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Guelph Oly - chasing Joe

Postby casual-runner » Tue Jun 22, 2010 9:08 pm

Last year I reported how I raced and won against Joe Hewitt at Guelph Olympic Triathlon. There were some problems with my victory - first Joe didn't exactly know that we were in the race against each other and second Joe is in 55-59 age group while I am in 45-49.

This year I was searching for a worthy challenge and good morale builder before my major race in Switzerland. I didn't make a successful run in our trial trophy shallonge at Sulphur Springs. It isn't easy to find triathlon opponents in my age category (definitely this group is to fast for me :) ). I discovered that Joe is racing again at Guelph, so i thought that I will try to race Joe again this year. If I am not able to beat Joe I will have to search for opponents in the 60+ age group ;)
Don't get me wrong here - I am not a match for Joe. He is accomplished athlete with 30+ years of racing. I can't beat Joe on the run despite age difference. Earlier this year he has completed a Winter time 100 miler just one week before Chilly Half at which he did 1:39:09 against my 1:45:40 and this is just one of many examples.
For the whole Winter and Spring I was running with Joe once a week from the Neworld running store in Burlington which Joe manages; for the group (including Joe) it was easy run but I was executing my tempo pace on those runs. While my speed didn't improve my endurance with addition of some cycling training improved a lot.

Going back to my challenge with Joe; last year I was faster on the swim and on the bike, Joe was very fast on the run. We ended the race within 3 seconds of each other. I also suck at transitions - it didn't change this year :evil: We swim routinely at the same pool - this year Joe decided to swim only twice a week against my three times, so I though that I should have some advantage in the water. I did a lot of hard cycling workouts, I was hoping to gain plenty of time on the bike course... :pray:

This time I did it properly and I threw an official challenge to Joe.

After this lengthy introduction time to start the race...
I arrived late to the side, after quickly setting transition area and jumping into wet suit I run to the start of the swim. I made it 50 seconds before the gun shot. I wasn't well positioned in this mass start and I was also worried at this moment that because of the rush I possibly didn't attach my racing wheels correctly or have all my gear not completely unpacked. As I found out later while on the bike I forgot to attach my saddle bag with spare tube and tools :evil: Right now it was tough fight in the water, with relay swimmers, almost 700 hundred people started together. I don't have any visible signs of injuries today, light shoulder pain after somebody's hard kick and a small cut inside my mouth, as of Monday Joe has visible bruise under his eye. The swim is tough sometimes. I didn't see Joe before the race, so I had no clue where he might be positioned in the water. To my surprise while running to the transition I spotted Joe in front of me. I told him that I will pass him at 10 km of bike ride, because my transitions are usually slooooow. I was laying :oops: - I wanted to pass him at least before 5 km :D We crossed the timing mat together at 30 minutes and 30 second. This was the first surprise in this challenge, Joe was almost four minutes faster than last year :shock: :roll:


Me 30:30
Joe 30:30
Me 3:05
Joe 1:53

So with my usual slooooow transition of 3:05 against Joe's 1:53 I started the ride searching for Joe. I was hoping to get him much sooner that 10 km I told him about. This year wind was much stronger and it wasn't easy to pass people. There were large groups together; lonely distances to get to those groups and pass them, it was much harder than passing evenly distanced cyclists. I begun to worry when I couldn't see Joe after 10K mark. My second surprise was that I didn't see Joe at 15 k mark :shock: :roll: Finally shortly after 15K mark I passed Joe but I didn't relax.
True is I wasn't sure if I was fully recovered from my hill training in Blue Mountains; 500 km for a few days one week before this race. I made mistake last year in Muskoka - I pushed on the bike hard and had nothing left for the run. My plan for this year was to do bike a lot easier.
When I passed Joe I decided to push harder dropping all my pre-race plans, because I knew I will need a lot of cushion on the run. I was lucky to not have any mechanical problems or flats, it would mean not only lost challenge but possibly DNF without any tools or spares.
Me 1:09:42
Joe 1:14:25
Me 2:07
Joe 1:13

I started the run relaxed. I noticed my average speed 34.4 km/h on the bike, faster than last's year 33.9 and I thought that it gives me better position than last year. I started very fast (4:40+) and I wasn't sure for how long I will be able to hold such pace (last year avg 5:15). My pace slowed after 3 km. Shortly after first turn around about 4.5 km into the race came my third surprise Joe was much closer behind me than last year :o :shock: :roll:
I was able to hold my slower pace for a moment, but I felt strongly Joe presence behind me, I discovered reserves in me I didn't know existed - I accelerated in the last 3 km crossing the finish lane 1 minute and 15 second before Joe, 6 minutes faster than last year !!!
Me 47:40
Joe 46:16

Me 2:33:01
Joe 2:34:16

I won the challenge! Joe didn't lose. He won first place in his age category :clap: :clap: :clap:


Joe has another surprise in this race :shock: He replaced his old road bike with fast modern TT bike, I didn't realize it, during the race which was probably good because it probably would add some doubts to my assessment of the chances of winning this challenge.

Race stats:

With Joe after last year Muskoka 70.3 ( I lost):

My run pace:

It always hurts after the races, sometimes it is blister, sometimes muscle; this time my burnt neck hurts much more than my shoulders...

I possibly found another challenge for the next year; this time in my age group :!: :!: Ronald is improving fast...but it will be his call :
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Re: Guelph Oly - chasing Joe

Postby Doonst » Tue Jun 22, 2010 9:46 pm

That's the spirit Wes! I remember when you were chasing him at the ITT, I think that's why you beat me. :twisted:
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Re: Guelph Oly - chasing Joe

Postby Jo-Jo » Wed Jun 23, 2010 5:57 am

Good job Wes!!
Joe make a great rabbit for you :D :D
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Re: Guelph Oly - chasing Joe

Postby trixiee » Wed Jun 23, 2010 6:00 am

I like your reports Wes! You are so humble! Way to find that passing gear! :dance:

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Re: Guelph Oly - chasing Joe

Postby HCcD » Wed Jun 23, 2010 6:23 am

Congratulations, on another Shallonge Cup, Weslely ... but, pick on someone in your age group, next time, already, ok ?? :lol: :wink:
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Re: Guelph Oly - chasing Joe

Postby b_squared » Wed Jun 23, 2010 7:27 am

Sounds more like it was Joe chasing you!
Nicely done Wes.

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Re: Guelph Oly - chasing Joe

Postby blank » Wed Jun 23, 2010 8:06 am

Great report Wes! Congratulations on winning the challenge!

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Re: Guelph Oly - chasing Joe

Postby IronGoddess » Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:46 am

Great race report!! Well done for both you and Joe. I wish I could run like you guys
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Re: Guelph Oly - chasing Joe

Postby CinC » Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:57 am

Congrats on a great race!

taper soon for Switzerland, right? and you want to make sure you have that kit on your bike for that race! :wink:
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Postby mcshame » Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:59 am

Well done, really enjoyed the report. Great to hear that you both won!

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Re: Guelph Oly - chasing Joe

Postby ratherBrunning » Wed Jun 23, 2010 11:24 am

Awesome, Wesley!! Congratulations!

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Re: Guelph Oly - chasing Joe

Postby दिवंगत » Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:20 pm

Good job Wesley, your training for Switzerland is really paying off. Only a month to go! :) Anyway, well done on this race and for winning your challenge with Joe. Next year I'm in your age group (unless you are aging up too) :twisted:

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