Bin Brook Tri

Did the Binbrook Tri on Sun.

Here are the numbers:

45th overall
Time: 1:44:11
Age group placement: 7/15

Swim time (750m): 19:04
Swim place: 98
Pace per 100m: 2:33

T1: 2:01

Bike Time (26 km): 51:03
Bike place: 47
Average km/hr: 31.7

T2: 0:44

Run Time (6.5 km): 31:20
Run place: 27
Run pace min/km: 4:50

Here’s my experience…


Crazy as always. Sun in the eyes. Murky water. Crawl back to the shore. I haven’t done any open water swimming this season.


I noticed the skewer of my front wheel wasn’t secured in the first 5 km. Had to stop and fastened it. The good thing of having a slow swim is that you can catch up to a lot of people. A lot of “on your left” (when you are passing someone).

I saw Matt 1 km ahead of me during the turn around. I took off my bike shoes before the dismount line. That saved a lot of time.


Just go. First two km was brutal. The sun was out and I was keeping my legs moving. Heavy legs from the bike. No big deal. I slowly reel in behind Matt.

I was behind him for a few hundred meters. As I caught up behind him, I was breathing really loud. He must thought someone was breathing over his neck :).

I ran with him for the next two k, we kept it steady. He talked majority of the time. I have nothing to speak. In fact, I cannot speak anything as I am merely trying to keep up and focus on not passing out.

With two and a half k left, someone from my age group passed me. Matt suggested I chased him. I took off (slowly). The last stretch seemed to go on forever. The run was all on trail. I enjoyed it.

Run to the end. Done. Can’t catch up to the age group runner but I did passed two people in the process.

Fun in the sun.

Overall time wise I think my body can go faster. Pace wise, I am about as fast as my first tri three years ago.

I am glad to see that as the race goes on, my position gradually improve (98th out of water, 57th off the bike, 27th fastest run etc). 4:30 min/k ain’t fast. But the run seemed to be my strength. I had been doing a lot more hill running this year around.

With Half Ironman Peterborough, I need to get in shape. Quite busy at work right now. Mon and Tues has been running and biking. Body bounced back from the tri pretty well.


  • Your improvement in the placings look like mine 🙂

    I was not sure people used bike shoes on sprint tris. I’ve only done one and did not but that was before I knew how to ride with clipless pedals and just rode my old MTB. Was thinking of doing another one with my tri bike but bike segment is only 8 mi and I’m thinking I’ll probably lose more time putting on/taking off bike shoes in T1/ T2 than if I just rode with running shoes and cages as I did before. It’s a pretty flat bike course and I don’t know how to put on/take off bike shoes while riding or dismount my bike while it’s still moving. What do you think?

  • Hey Cliff – Congrats on the race. The bike and run are strange distances for a sprint, making it a bit tougher. Good thing you noticed your skewer! — don’t want to lose any more teeth.

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