So, I’ll get this out of the way first – I did not win my age group, not even top three…  I came in 7th but I can’t say that I feel too badly about it.

Last night wasn’t great, I was tired but couldn’t sleep at all.  Too much buildup maybe, or still adjusting time zones.  I wasn’t alone though, every Canadian I talked to said the same thing.

Went and dreary out today, not full-on rain but a steady drizzle to keep everything nice and slippery.

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So we lined up in our waves to start the swim, too many 35-39 year olds for just one heat so we were split into two, with 5 minutes apart.  I was in heat B and I have to say, that was one of the toughest swims ever.  There were bodies everywhere and everyone stayed in a pack for most the way.  I pulled out into a lead group of about 4-5 swimmers and we stayed close til the end, the Aussie that ended up taking the gold came out right beside me.

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The bike was the craziest thing I have ever done.  Hundreds of people on the same course running 3 loops with tight turns, narrow lanes and pedestrians crossing a little slower than I would have liked.  Saw lots of road rash along the way, thankfully I was able to keep upright.  Not my ideal course that’s for sure.

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The run took 2 loops around the lake, it was a decent run for me, about what I was expecting.

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With the split wave start for our group the first three to cross the finish ended up getting knocked out of their positions when my wave came through.  Either way I came in behind the 6 of them, ending up with a 7th place finish (first Canadian in my age group and 78th overall).  I can’t say I’m exactly pleased with that but I do know that I have no regrets with how I ran my race.  It was a chaotic course, never really sure who you’re passing or trying to catch made for a very different race experience.

Person Details

Participant

Name Hopkins, Kirk (CAN)
Age Group 35
Number 20847

Race Info

Swim 00:09:46
Trans 1 00:02:53
Bike 00:34:50
Trans 2 00:02:53
Run 00:17:32

Totals

Place (M/W) 78
Place (AC) 7
Time Total (Brutto) 01:07:53

Splits

Split Time Of Day Time Diff min/km km/h Place
SWIM FINISH 09:34:51 00:09:46 09:46 13:02 4.61 37
BIKE START 09:37:44 00:12:39 02:53 37
BIKE CHECK LAP 1 09:44:42 00:19:38 06:59 01:57 30.96 52
BIKE CHECK LAP 2 09:55:32 00:30:28 10:50 01:30 40.42 62
BIKE CHECK LAP 3 10:06:13 00:41:09 10:41 01:28 40.98 59
BIKE FINISH 10:12:33 00:47:29 06:20 01:40 36.06 60
RUN START 10:15:26 00:50:21 02:52 66
RUN LAP 1 10:24:25 00:59:20 08:59 03:36 16.70 65
Finish 10:32:57 01:07:53 08:33 03:26 17.55 78
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