Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Barrie Kids of Steel

Three days ago fun2tri traveled to Barrie to compete in the annual Barrie KOS triathlon. Our 14-15 year olds were trying to qualify for the 2010 Ontario Summer Games while the rest of the crew looked forward to a great day of racing.

The weather at Barrie is usually absolutely stunning but this the weather took a turn for the worse. Prior to the race the clouds didn't look to friendly but they seemed to be holding off. Our first athletes to race were in the 10-11 girls catagory. Ellen and Ginny bothed raced amazing. Ellen finally broke her dreaded streak of 4th place finishes to place third and Ginny had a solid race to finish 6th. Shortly after the girls took off the 10-11 boys raced off. Connor, Andrew and Nolan raced well and showed some solid results. Nolan raced into 5th while Connor and Andrew finished stong in 12th and 19th.

Next up the 12-13 girls started out and our lone fun2trier Lauren Beals did a great job to finish 4th and was just edged out of a podium spot. Shortly after the girls started the boys took off and Ben, Aidan and Chalmers raced hard to get the job done. Chalmers' race went very well while Aidan had a hard swim and paid for it on the run while Ben had a difficult run but managed to pull himself to the line. Aidan placed 3rd, Ben in 7th and Chalmers finished it off in 23rd.

Finally our 14-15 athletes took off with the boys starting first. Myles and Kyle swam side by side and stayed close on the bike but separate crashes for each caused them to lose ground on the lead. Both held on for some strong runs which ended up with Myles finishing 2nd and Kyle in 5th. On the girls side of things Sasha and Alana were both in the heat of the race and both had to work hard. Unfortunately, Alana crashed hard on the bike and injured her arm, but still hung on to run into 11th. Sasha raced well but was passed in the last little bit of the run to finish second.

Overall we had 4 podiums, 7 top 5 finishes, and 9 top 10 finishes. Great job everyone. Upcoming races still on the calender are Orillia, Valleyfield (Quebec), and Lakeside II. Keep up the great work.