– August 26 Canada
There are many positives to note here, even though it was a “B” quality race on my part. I still came in with a 6th place, had an Ironman PR of , took home a little cash, and enjoyed an amazing time in
Penticton. I think this course deserves a little more
respect, which I will certainly show it if I return next year for Challenge Canada,
as the race will continue but under the race organization Family Challenge
instead of Ironman.
|More concerned with finding a relevant bathroom than posing!|
|Race support...wait, what does that say?!|
|I was about to cry the first time up this hill|
|The second time I was out for blood!|
Frisky in Leadman – Sep 22nd
Leadman is an odd dis
– 5km swim, 137 mile bike, finishing wi th a
I really liked the low-key na ture
of this even t,
even while i t had some quali ty
competition. The loca tion
is amazingly beau tiful, probably the
bes t tria thlon
scenery I have experienced so far; the alpine
lake is super clear, the bike has very low traffic,
good roads, and moun tain views.
Woodinville Bicycle helped me get some last minute equipment taken care of (they have bailed me out more times than I can count!), and I was on my way to Bend, conveniently camping at the race venue, Cultus Lake.
This could have been my bes
t race of the season. I wen t 1:02 for the supposed 5km swim (obviously shor t), 6:05 for the 137 mile bike, which included 2 times up Moun t Bachelor, and 1:25 for the very difficul t Half-Mara thon (did I men tion i t was af ter a 137 mile ride?). I hi t the fas tes t run spli t of the day, ou tpacing Rapps tar by and the res t of the pro field by 5-6 minu tes. Trying to chase down Karl Bordine in 5 th gave me some ex tra mo tiva tion! I think I blasted a 5 minu te mile a t the end to ca tch Oli Piggin a t the 12.9 mile mark, bu t was s till 2 minu tes off of the las t "money spo t" in the end. Overall a very consis ten t day for 6 th overall! I was really encouraged to see my bike spli t up wi th some really good cyclis ts; consis tency was the key as I paced myself very evenly.
|Having a good ride - on my 2nd time up Mount Bachelor|
|with Matt Russell|
|Thomas Gerlach coming home in 3rd|
|Much faster overall time than I expected!|
|The Rappstar himself|
Poconos – September 29
Following Leadman, I knew I had one more good race in
tank of the
season. A t
the same time,
I really didn’ t wan t
to ex tend my
season un til November like las t
year! A door opened up for me to
do 70.3 Pocono Moun
in tains Pennsylvania and I took it. Besides, at the end of the season it is a
good time to take a couple risks and see how your body reacts.
Once in PA, I thought maybe I had been a little overoptimistic. Friday morning my heart rate was around 60, up from the usual 42. Obviously, I had not recovered from Leadman! Ooops!
Still, I managed a PR () and a top-ten placing. The swim went really well, 26:00 for 1.2 miles, which was theoretically a 2.5 minute swim PR, but probably was short. I was passing people the entire time, jumping up from one group to the next. The bike was net downhill which contributed to the fast average speeds. I rode consistently but lacked the fire and tenacity that I have when riding fresh, which showed on the bumpy and hilly sections approaching Stroudsburg. The run really showed the lack of recovery; the course was a lot harder than I expected and I couldn't push myself very hard. I think I felt good for about 10 minutes during the bike and 5 minutes during the run; kind of like how you feel the day after a long bike-run combo. Still, I was happy to close out the season with a PR, especially with only 1 week recovery following Leadman (which was an 8.5 hour race). Perhaps more importantly, this race had me thinking differently about 2013 as I was in striking distance of the lead group on the bike. Is it possible that if I work on my swim over the winter that I will be in the lead pack in 2013?
The best part of this race was getting to hang with my friends from the Great White North, namely the
crew (Ryan Cain, Ryan Grant, and Jamie Stephenson) and Tennille Hoogland. Hoogland had a decisive victory in the women’s
race – I am so proud of her improvement
As an added bonus, I scored some much needed KPR points for next year. But, did I get 10th or 9th? I will let you decide that. I was passed by a guy during the latter portion of the run who didn’t serve a time penalty, but I did not see that he got Dq’d for that.