OSWEGO — Oswego native Christian Davis recently represented the USA Triathlon Team at the International Triathlon Union Age Group World Grand Final in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Davis took part in the 20-24 age division, where he placed 31st out of 60 athletes, and third out of 14 among his fellow USA teammates.
Out of all of the male divisions, Davis placed in the top 16 percent. He clocked in a time of 11:20 in the swimming event, 31 minutes in biking and 20:29 in running.
“I really liked the course. It was fun and challenging,” Davis said. “The bike and run courses were pretty hilly, but it was definitely the most fun I’ve had in a race.”
Davis qualified for the world championships through the 2018 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships in Cleveland.
A 2016 graduate of Oswego High School, Davis finished 19th in the 20-24 age division. His total time was 52:42, which included 9:10 in the first run, 29:54 in biking and 9:57 in the second run. Davis’s pace times in between events were 5:06 and 5:32.
The USA Triathlon team takes only the top 16 in each age group to the world championships. Even though Davis finished 19th, he was fortunate enough to have other competitors back out so he could qualify.
“It was pure luck on my part,” Davis said.
Davis competed in his first triathlon five years ago. He’s only been heavily training for triathlons for three years. To go from where he was at first to competing with Team USA was an eye-opening experience for the Oswego native.
“It was pretty surreal,” Davis said. “On the bike course and the run, you’d pass someone on your team and have a sense of camaraderie.”
In Switzerland, Davis took on the best of the best the sport has to offer. It was also his first time riding in a draft-legal bike race, which allows athletes to draft off of one another. Most triathlons are non-draft, meaning athletes on the bike leg must stay at least three bike lengths behind an athlete.
Davis always practiced draft-legal races, but never in the thick of competition.
“It was an awesome experience,” he said. “It was super fun to race guys from different countries. It was cool to go out and get after it.”
Davis was used to pace times as well in triathlons, but transition times were a different thing for him at the world championships. The first transition time in between events is a swim-to-bike transition, and the second transition goes from biking to running. His first transition time was 2:18 and his second was 2:02.
“The area between transitions is fairly large, but you’re usually on your way very quick,” Davis said.
Out of the three events, Davis saw running as the hardest to get through.
“If you look at times from previous world championships, the time is much slower because the course is so difficult,” he said. “I was happy with my time, though. It was a solid effort.”
As for swimming and biking, it was a matter of going with the flow.
“The swim was about the usual pace for me. I’ve never been in a group that tight. It was hard to get into a groove,” he said.
“For the bike, you get right up on someone else’s wheel. It’s a fast-pace race.”
Davis is done with the triathlon season this year. He is unsure of his triathlon schedule for next year.
Right now, Davis is getting set to compete for the Le Moyne swim team starting in October and with the Dolphins’ track team in the spring. He competed in cross country, swimming, and track with OHS.
Davis is set to graduate from Le Moyne in 2020.