Dominic Dyer has made his name as one of the Caribbean’s fastest schoolboy middle distance runners and on Sunday the 16-year-old speedster added the triathlon to his resume.
Dyer tackled the sprint distance of 750 meter swim, 20 kilometer bike and 5K run at Public Beach, finishing sixth in 1 hour, 19 minutes and 45 seconds. Brandon Williams, only a year older, won the sprint event in 1:13:25. Graham Blyth was second and Daniel Cummings third.
There were plenty of athletes from other sports in this event, including footballers Tom Elliot, Andy Bellfield, Ian Roberton and Ian Comins.
Bellfield claimed that he would be playing for Sunset that night against Roma United but would not be much good to the team.
Dyer really enjoyed his triathlon debut. “It was really well organized and the atmosphere was great,” he said. “I was pleased with my time considering I had done very little swimming and cycling and with it being my first sprint triathlon.”
As a child, Dyer did a few of the kids triathlons organized at Camana Bay. He felt they did not really count, but at least they piqued his interest in a sport that has grown exponentially since it became mainstream in the 1980s.
Dyer will focus on running now but intends to swim and cycle more for cross-training.
It was an excruciatingly hot day, yet he coped well. “I was fine on the swim and bike in terms of the heat, but sore legs from the bike combined with the heat meant the run was really tough for me.”
He tackles the Pirates Week 5K and 10K runs next week. Then he enters the Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon in a team with training partners Will Edwards, Victor Magalhaes and Delano Callender. They are all members of the MDR team. Edwards and Magalhaes did the run legs in triathlon teams on Sunday.
Dyer’s training comprises two or three interval sessions a week, plus three easy runs and one long run, mostly with Edwards under the guidance of coach Derek Larner.
“My training has been going really well and I’m much fitter this time of the year than I was last year,” the 6ft 6in Dyer said.
Having won a CARIFTA 3,000m bronze this year, he has lofty ambitions for the 2016 Games at Easter in Grenada. “My goals for CARIFTA are to win the Under-18 1,500m and 3,000m and depending on how tactical the races are, break the records.”
All that depends on form and staying healthy. Dyer was hampered by injury earlier this year. “I am currently injury free and fit to run, although I do have an issue with my hip that could impact me in the long term and I am getting it assessed.”