Jake Jackson-Grammer travelled to Edmondon, Canada in August 2014 to attend the Aquathlon World Champs and ITU World Triathlon Grand Final. This is his race report:
The Edmonton triathlon course would have to be one of my favourite courses that I have raced, the swim organisation of the race was great. The race venue was set in Hawrelak Park, which is very beautiful and close to the Saskatchewan river. The swim was in a manmade lake that was chlorinated for the race
Another hot and sunny day in Edmonton meant it was great conditions for training. I managed to get my bike put together and ready to race. I went down to the race venue to have a look at the course and collect my race pack, the aim for the rest of the day was to go through my swim, bike and run race distances at a decent pace. This went well as I went down to the nearby pool and swam a 750m in 10:50, followed by a few smaller sets and drills. Later in the day I took the bike out for 4 .5km laps of the block, I rolled around the course in around 28 minutes or 43km/h followed by a comfortable 5k run in just under 18 minutes. I was happy with how the day went as my body and breathing were starting to feel good. The aim for tomorrow will be to try the wetsuit out and swim/run a lap of the triathlon course.
Aquathlon World Champs, 16-19yr Age Grade race, 27th August 2014
Today I competed in the aquathlon world champs (750m swim/4.6km run), I finished 9th in the 16-19 age group, my swim was not bad, it proved a good warm up for the race tomorrow as it is the same course as the triathlon swim course. My swim time was 10:40, after this it was a long 500m run into transition and onto the run, I really struggled with my breathing throughout the run, not gaining any places. I think it was due to not being able to practice running straight off a hard swim. Anyway I was pleased with the swim, and with the added bike, which is my strength, on Friday the run should be a more respectable time. I have really enjoyed my time in Edmonton and around the race venue, the lake is nice and at most points you are able to stand up in it, the bike is almost all hills so will be tough whilst the run is flat and on gravel trails alongside the river. A highlight from today would be riding with the Brownlee brothers whilst doing a few easy laps of the park.
Triathlon, 16-19yrs Age Grade race, 29th August 2014.
Conditions were perfect for racing, low wind, no rain and 15 degrees. The race started with a field of about 90 athletes which meant I had to fight to get to the first buoy, this didn’t go so well as I got kicked a couple of times and pushed around while swimming around the buoys. The swim was okay but not great and I exited the water in 10:45 minutes, after a long 500m run into transition where I passed quite a few athletes, I then exited transition and headed out on the bike. The bike is my strength and by the end of the first lap I had already gained 1 minute on the leaders, the bike was tough as it was mainly hills, however I pushed hard and managed to come off the bike in the top 10 with the second fastest split of around 42 km/hr. I then had a decent transition and set off on the run which was mainly smooth gravel tracks alongside the river, this made for slow times but I did really enjoy the run. I worked my way into 4th only to be passed at the end for 5th place and a top 10 run split. This was pleasing as I had had very little run mileage leading into the race due to an injured archilles.
The entire event was very well organised and a great venue which I really enjoyed. Thank you to my sponsors Biofarm Organic Yoghurt, Scott Avanti Outlet Store and Vitasport Isotonic Sports Drink. Thank you to Manawatu Triathlon Club for helping me get to the World Champs, I really appreciate your support.