LETC Club Members (and Friends) Ready to Race in Squamish
Race Report by Joanne Fox.
The Squamish Triathlon, which took place last Sunday July 9th, showed that LETC members are ready to race.
Jean-Yves Sauriol set a blistering pace for the day. Rumor has it that he was first out of the water for the green masters swim caps. I can tell you that he looked great when he lapped me on the run. He was our best finisher placing 13th overall and 2nd in his age group. Way to go Jean-Yves, we’re all very proud of you!.
Mary Battell had a good day too, also finishing 2nd in her age category. The LETC fans were again the loudest cheers at the awards ceremony for Jean-Yves and Mary as they received their awards.
I had a good day in the race that featured the logistical nightmare of two transitions, a very bumpy and busy swim, and a stair climb on the run course. This was my first Olympic triathlon, and like the rest of you, I’ve discovered that I’m hooked on this sport of triathlon.
Chung Cheung and Bronwyn Masson got up early to make the trip to Squamish to be the official LETC fans. Thanks guys, we could hear you out there on the course!
Alison Thompson set a new personal best shaving a whole 12 min off her previous best for the Olympic distance. Colleen Wong finished with a smile on her face and was looking really strong in the run. Haley Hardey finished strong with her daughter and husband cheering her on. Brian Roth set a quick pace on the bike and the run that gave him finishing time that he was very happy with.
Ash Singhal decided to add an extra 100 m to the swim by going off course, only to be herded back by a bump in the head from a kayak. Amy Saari was determined to finish the race after struggling with her asthma. You’re a tough gal, Amy, nice work. Leah Perrier, had an impressive 26 min swim, but unfortunately cramps on the tough run course forced her to abandon the race. Jenny Gasparini discovered that her competitors number #116 that was marked all over her body read as 9-1-1 from her perspective and after gaining some more open water swimming experience, she decided to call it a day. Jenny, we’ll all be routing for you in your next race.
After the race, we had a fun time as the LETC gang hanging out in the sunshine together. It was a day that we were all proud to be wearing the LETC red jerseys. Nice work everyone, you’re an inspiring bunch.
Full race results for Squamish can be found here: http://squamishtriathlon.org/Results/results_06.htm