WITC at the Elk triathlon, July 20-21, 2013 – by Ken Globerman
On a July weekend on the outskirts of the Mazury region of Poland, 17 WITC competitors, friends and family descended on the quaint town of Ełk. With the race scheduled for Saturday, we all arrived on Friday evening to surprisingly cool conditions. Despite this a few brave WITC’ers still decided to camp out beside the lake!
The race was a rather small one, with about 250 participants in the Olympic distance event, and even less registered for Sprint race. After picking up our race numbers and checking out the orientation and transition zone, our group headed over to a local lake-side eatery, where the locals were wondering what brought these loud foreigners and Warsawians into their small town. After filling up with food and hydration (some of the alcoholic variety), it was early to bed – at least for most of us
Race-day started eventfully, as police closed all the roads leading to the start more than 1 hour before the race was to begin – forcing many of us to park far away and walk over 1km to the transition zone. However, we made it with enough time to properly warm up and pose for pictures.
The swim was pretty non-eventful, except for when Ken got kicked straight in the eye by a breast-stroker [a complaint he also made in Susz last year 😉]!
The race got even more interesting when it began to rain at the start of the bicycle section. It absolutely poured down for about 30 minutes, making the 7km cycle course through the town of Elk, with two sharp 180-degree U-turns, quite dangerous. But finally the rain turned to blue skies and normal summer weather – and the race was on!
The run circuit was about 3.3km in length and the race consisted of 3 laps along the lake – a very pretty site and flat conditions – leading all of us to very nice finishes. Special congratulations to Pierre who posted the best time result in our group, to Igors for gutting out the finish [ed. according to Ken this means finishing in a lot of pain] on an upset stomach, and to Antoine who completed his very first triathlon (we converted him ).
WITC also entered its first ever relay team in this event with Dominika, Marta and Agnieszka each completing one stage of the Olympic distance triathlon – well done girls!!
The fabulous WITC supporters were also out in style, getting great pics of most of us along the way. Big thanks to them! And kudos to the race organizers who had a great deal of nutrition available during the entire race. Definitely a race to return to.
WITC Race Roll Call
WITC relay team:
WITC support team
You can view the photo album from Elk here:
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