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C3 at the races:
Gravenhurst – Olympic Distance Triathlon – Saturday, July 12, 2014

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Race report by Lisa Petters
& Peggy Reid (thanks for the photos!)

What a great day to race! Some of the C3 crew stayed up north to be closer to race site Saturday morning, while others drove up from home. A couple of us had raced Gravenhurst before, but for the others, it was a new experience. One of the highlights of this race (and why it sells out) is that all athletes board the Muskoka Steamships – “jump off” – swim to start buoys – and with the blast of the horn from the steamship – you swim to shore! It’s a unique experience to any other triathlon – I love it!

After the race briefing, we make our way over to the docks and start loading the boats ... the elite (Kristen) and the young (Eric) are on the Segwun (earlier waves), while the rest of us (Andrea, Sara, Peggy, Jim, Craig, Anya and myself) were on the Wenonah II (which Craig tells us is a higher jump to the water – yikes!) We chuckle to ourselves as nerves get the better of us – and we ask ourselves “why do we do this” – the anticipation of the start of a race ... but we all know once we’re off – we love it! We wish each other good luck & separate into our waves for the start.

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 By : Peggy Reid

What a great day! This race is short, and full of variety with a pretty Moon River swim, an out and back bike on a beautifully smooth and rolling Muskoka Rd and a challenging hilly run. To top the day we got to see Lionel Saunders, set a course record. 

There was a strong contingent of C3 athletes - Luis Lopez, Craig and Eric, Jim and Peggy, Andrea, Sadie Holmes, Micheal Drake, John Mahood and long time supporters Sandra Bowden and Dirk and Anna Davenport. All the athletes appreciated the enthusiastic support from Patricia Lopez and Susan Anderson.

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Race: Grand Rapids Triathlon 2014

Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan USA.
Race Date: Sunday June 8th, 2014
Distances: Sprint – Olympic – Half Ironman – Relay – Aquabike all distances.
Race Day Weather: Rainfall before the 7am race start, becoming overcast with sunny periods through the rest of the day.
Race Day Air Temp: 17c recorded at 7:00am.

C3 Race Report by John Mahood

The 2014 Grand Rapids Triathlon was chosen as the only triathlon in the US to host the USAT Long Course Nationals for this year.  With Grand Rapids being about a six hour drive from Toronto, 11 C3 Athletes as well as family members made the trip south west passing through Sarnia and on into Michigan to Grand Rapids.  Over 500 volunteers helped support the close to 1800 athletes.

With the swim leg of the race taking part in the Thornapple River, the race day water temperatures recorded a comfortable (22c). For those swimming, the river conditions were ideal.   The bike is a rolling out and back with both v. light traffic and little wind. The run takes place on closed public roads with many spectators.  For those doing the half – ironman, the run is a two loop run course having more than adequate aid stations and volunteers.

The USA’s Daniel Stubleski finished first stopping the clock at 3:56 to record the overall top male time. The top female half ironman finisher was Dani Fischer recording a 4:23.

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Racine 70.3- by Sadie Holmes

Lionel, Andrew H and I took the trip to Racine Wisconsin last weekend to take on the sold out race. With over 2800 athletes racing last weekend, it sure made for one big, exciting day! Lionel, Lionels mom, Erin, Erin parents and I headed off for the long drive to Racine on Friday morning. We got in late that night, went out for dinner and crashed

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Location: Muncie, Indiana, USA.
Race Date: Sunday July 13th, 2014
Distances: Ironman 70.3
Race Day Weather: 27°C, Wind NW at 13 km/h, 62% Humidity

 What a weekend it was for the C3 High Performance Elite Team.  C3's Lionel Sanders got his second major 70.3 Half Ironman victory in Muncie Indiana where he defeated two of the strongest men in the world.  American Andy Starykowicz holds bike records at most of the triathlons he has raced over the last five years and Australian Josh Amberger is one of the greatest swim-bikers to ever do the sport. Together the Aussie & American duo put on a swim-bike display in Muncie Indiana and got off the bike with a 3 minute lead on Lionel Sanders.  

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Race: ITU World Triathlon Chicago

Location: Chicago, Illinois, 2014

Race Date: JUNE 27-29, 2014

Distances: Olympic Distance, Sprint Race Day

Weather: Hot, hot, hot 

Race Report by Uli Porten

Para-Triathletes, Elite Men and Women as well as Age-Group Athletes from all over the US and the world competed in the inaugural ITU World Triathlon Chicago. A record first-year field of 4,000 athletes took over the heart of the city, swimming in Lake Michigan, cycling the streets around Grant Park and finished on the blue carpet at Buckingham Fountain.

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Race: Mount Trembant 70.3

Location: Mount Tremblant, Quebec, 2014
Race Date: Sunday June 22nd, 2014
Distances: Half Ironman .
Race Day Weather: Perfect.

C3 Race Report by Ang Nardella

Well as Trent and I are driving back from Tremblant I thought I'd write a report on the way home. I think I have to start by saying flat out I absolutely LOVE this race! The As usual I was pretty stressed out and nervous before the race. It's pretty common for me with these longer distances.

This year I knew my training had been better than last year especially for the run so I was hoping for a PB on the day but realized that the conditions would determine how my day went.The swim as usual was great, I got into clear water right away and cruised to a 30:28 swim time. I really tried to focus on keeping my stroke long and efficient and just keep going. I didn't swim with a
watch so I had absolutely no clue how fast I was. To be honest I felt so comfortable I actually expected a slower swim. So I was pleasantly surprised to see my time after I finished the race.


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