The Husky Tri festival is a 3-day long multisport festival put on by Mark Emmerton and Elite Energy. The weekend is jam packed with ocean swin races, fun runs, sprint and Olympic distance tris, kids mini tris and is capped of with the iconic Husky Long Course Tri on Sunday. The whole event has a small-town, relaxed feel to it and is welcoming in every way. There are minimal pre race commitments, race briefings are conducted prior to race starts and are kept to a light hearted, nerve-soothing 5mins. That said, the event still attracts serious, world class triathletes to race each year. This year alone included three world champions, two Olympians along with many others. Jared and I had plenty of spare time over the weekend to relax and enjoy the events, which was very unusual for me in the days leading to a race. It was a very refreshing change.
On the bike we had three loops so at no point could you see your competition unless you passed them. After coming out of the water in 6th I started picking them off one by one and was soon into 2nd place. At the 35km mark I overtook Radka to take the lead. The bike leg was pretty uneventful. The looming rain held off for the most part except for some light sprinkles here and there. The age groupers all seemed to be riding safely and sticking to the left when not overtaking even though the roads were quite bumpy and rippled. I was worried that being a three lap course the age groupers would start to fill the roads and it'd be difficult to get through but the age group race starts were split into separate sections. The first section starting about 2hrs before the next waves began. This spread out the competitors and prevented the course from getting too congested which I thought was a really clever idea.
The run was a two lap, out-and-back course that ran along the coast line. It was beautiful. There were spectators most of the way along as the path ran between the coast line and a row of houses so many of the locals were out on their balconies and in their backyards giving us a cheer. On my way back after the far turnaround I passed Radka going the other way. I figured I had about 1km lead so kept chugging along at a comfortable 4min/k pace. Half way through my second lap, 15km down, 5 to go I still felt pretty good so I picked it up for the last 5km to 3.45 pace and extended my lead by another minute.