Ironman 70.3 Triathlon, Newfoundland, Canada

For once, flying to the race, I ended up being the lucky one. I arrived on time with my bike and bags. Most of the others weren’t so lucky. Rinny had to wait two days for her bike to come, Crowie spent a day sightseeing around America only to end up 12 hrs later arriving back at the same airport he left in the morning, and Paul Matthews’ flight was cancelled and spent 3 days getting to the race – his bike finally arrived at 10pm the night before the race. Destination races may be beautiful to see, but they are a pain in the ass to get to. Race day turned out to be nice and warm. It’s so good to do a race that starts a little later (at 8am). It wasn’t a large field, but certainly had a lot of quality. The swim was fairly low key. Paul and Brent slipped away and had a minute going into transition. Me and Crowie then settled in to chase down the lead two. Crowie managed to bridge across to the front group. Poor Paul’s troubles continued after receiving a very dodgy drafting penalty. The bike was quite difficult with a solid head wind. Heading into T2, Crowie and Brent had about a minute and a half lead. Starting off on the run, I could see them running head to head and I knew I was going to have to run hard to at least catch one of them. At the turn around, I noticed Crowie had started to pull away from Brent, so I set my sights on catching him. With the final turn around at 15k, I realized Brent had pulled out, which left me in second place. It was good to get back to back second places. Now I look forward to a couple of weeks of training before Chicago.

Top 5:

  1. 3:59:45 Craig Alexander Boulder CO AU
  2. 4:01:33 Richie Cunningham Brookline MA AU
  3. 4:04:09 Chris Legh Boulder CO US
  4. 4:06:07 Sean Bechtel Caledon ON CA
  5. 4:06:26 Paul Matthews Boulder CO US

Ironman 70.3 Triathlon, Providence, Rhode Island

It was great to actually be able to drive to a race. The triathlon ended up having a really strong field. The swim was a normal swim. Leaving transition, Paul Ambrose put the gas down straight away and rode extremely strong all the way to the front group. With a tailwind, the pace was high. Once Oscar Galindez caught up, the pack split. After 4 weeks of feeling down, it was good to finally feel better on the bike. Coming into transition, I was just over 2 minutes down on Oscar and Paul. I started to chase hard to pull back as much time as I could early. I was feeling pretty good until I hit the hill. Once over the top, I found my rhythm and set off chasing the leaders again. I was feeling pretty good and then another unexpected wall hit me:

This wall included a hood, windscreen, and some asphalt on my ass. I didn’t realize that steeple chase was part of the race course. I tried to jump over the car before it hit me. I avoided getting run over but still ended up ass first into the windscreen.

Once I picked myself up off of the ground I was still able to think clearly and just wanted to get back into the race, but my legs didn’t seem to want to cooperate and were all wobbly. After a few hundred meters, I regained control of them and set off after the leaders again. I managed to fight my way to second place. Crossing the finish line, I went straight to the medical tent to get the rest of the glass plucked off my butt and back. Overall, I enjoyed the race and the tough course, minus the obstacles.