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a slightly different format, and we were eager to experience all that the Quebec ITU Winter Triathlon had to offer.
In the days leading up to the event, we nervously watched the unseasonably warm, rainy weather and fretted about course conditions. A number of other cross-country-skiing events planned for the same weekend in Eastern Canada and the U.S. had been cancelled. Organizers assured us that the Triathlon would go ahead as planned and they did not disappoint. The refrigerated skating oval at the Plains of Abraham ensured great conditions for the skate despite the rain, while plentiful snow was well-preserved and groomed for the ski and snowshoe legs.
In terms of organization, the Quebec ITU Winter Triathlon is one of the best events that we've ever attended. We were able to pick up our bibs and timing chips on the day of the event and were directed to the transition area by cheerful and helpful volunteers. One volunteer checked as we entered transition to ensure that we had all of our gear, including a buckled helmet for the skate.
There was plenty of space for each competitor in transition and each spot included a chair, which kept us off of the cold snow as we put on our running shoes for the first leg and then switched over to ski boots in transition.
We headed over to see the start of the Elites, and it was impressive to hear the announcer rattle off their accolades. We would be racing on the