Comox Valley Triathlon Club enjoys successful season

CV Tri Club members on the podium at the Westwood Lake Triathlon. Gordon Harris

CV Tri Club members on the podium at the Westwood Lake Triathlon. Gordon Harris

The Comox Valley Triathlon Club provides support, encouragement and a positive environment for our members to achieve their highest personal goals in the sport, whether it is to finish their first event or competing tor their first Ironman distance race.

“Our club motto is ‘Fun with Fitness’ and we try hard to incorporate this into all aspects of training and competition,” a club spokesperson said.

Triathlon consists of combining three sports, swimming, cycling and running with two transitions, swim to bike (T1) and bike to run (T2). Unlike most other sports the athlete must train in all three disciplines as well as practice both transitions.

As you can imagine this is time consuming and takes motivation, dedication, perseverance, commitment, and an understanding family – with a little crazy thrown in. First, second and third (big races more) acknowledgement are giving to professionals as well as to us common folk, the Age Groupers (AG). Age groups are generally divided into five-year segments, F40-44 for example, where the F stands for female.

Most of the swims are in open water and the athletes generally wear wet suits unless the water temperature reaches above 22C. Some races, such as our local Tri K, take place in a pool. The bike is all on road (unless it is a cross race) and the run can be trail, road or a combination of both.

Training season, which will vary depending on the date and distance of the race or races, often sees the athletes training two sports a day, six days a week for up to nine months (if training for a full Ironman distance). Shorter distances require less time training but generally more intensity. There are four basic race distances with some variations. The basics:

Sprint – 750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run

Standard (Olympic) – 1500m swim, 40km bike, 10km run

Half Ironman (70.3) – 2000m swim, 90km bike, 21.1km run

Full Ironman (140.6) – 3.9km swim, 180km bike, 42.2km run

Other distances:

ITU (International Triathlon Union) Long course – 4km swim, 130km bike, 30km run

XTERRA (cross) Triathlon – As an off-road race, the distances can vary widely depending on the terrain available. The target distances are as follows:1.5km swim, 30km mountain biking, 11km trail run. Sport: 500m swim, 15km mountain biking, 5km trail run.

Many CVTC members competed in races this summer. Some did their first sprint while others competed in their umpteenth Ironman. Every single last one of them – young, old, newbie, veteran, large, small, fast and slow – have earned a great deal of respect, pride and bragging rights.

There are so many factors in a triathlon that can go wrong; cramps, flats, crashes, mechanicals, injury, illness etc. that just reaching the finish line sometimes seems like an unachievable goal and for some athletes in some races it is… DNFs (Did Not Finish) are common in triathlon, but we are a tough and stubborn bunch. We get up, brush ourselves off and register for the next race.

The following CVTC members went out there and gave it their all:

Shoreline Orthodontics Comox Valley Tri K – May 29

Joyce Shepherd – 2nd AG

Marnie Van Der Vliet – 3rd AG

Kerri Brownie – 1st AG

Bonnie Ervin – 1st AG

Neil Collins- 3rd AG

Derek Tripp – 1st AG

Shannagan Lake, Standard – May 29

Clay Ward – 1st AG

Ironman 70.3 Victoria – June 6

Ramon Ramirez

Kerry Hale

Clay Ward – First time Half Ironman distance

Shannon Jones

Anna Diedricksen

Sofia Murillo De Gagne

Marnie Van Der Vliet (First time half Ironman distance)

Westwood Lake Triathlon – June 26

Half Iron Distance

Sandra Rowland- 2nd AG

Standard Distance

Derek Tripp – 1st AG and 6th overall

Ian Heselgrave- 3rd AG and 9th overall

Kris Hopping – 1st AG

Gordon Harris – 1st AG

Marnie Ven Der Vliet

Sprint Distance

Niel Collins – 2nd AG

Kerri Brownie – 2nd AG

Joyce Shepherd – 1st AG

Cowichan Challenge, Standard Distance – July 3

Derek Vinge – 1st overall and 1st AG

Kerry Hale – 1st AG

Xterra Victoria – July 10

Clay Ward – 2nd AG

Ironman Canada, Full Ironman distance – July 24

Ramon Ramirez

Dan Stanton

Kim & Jack Campbell (Jack’s first IM distance)

Jim Baker

Whistler 70.3, Half Ironman Distance – July 24

Anna Diedricksen

Calgary 70.3, Half Ironman Distance – July 24

Kris Hopping

Elkwater Milehightri (Alberta Off-road Triathlon) – Aug. 8

Clay Ward – 1st AG and 1st overall

Challenge Penticton, Long Course – Aug. 26

Shannon Jones – 3rd AG

Anna Diedricksen

Challenge Penticton Cross Triathlon – Aug. 26

Clay Ward- 1st AG and 4th overall

Derek Vinge – 2nd AG and 7th overall

Challenge Penticton, Aqua Bike – Aug. 26

Ian Heselgrave

America’s Master Games, Standard – Sept. 2

Kris Hopping – Silver medal (2nd AG)

ITU World Championship, Sprint – Sept. 22

Ramon Ramirez

Xterra World Championships, Maui Hawaii – Oct. 23

Clay Ward

For more on the local triathlon club visit cvtriclub.org

 

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