I traveled to the race this year with fellow pro Mikael Staer Nathan. His girlfriend joined us, graciously driving us both ways, and his mom and dog (pancake) also came to cheer us on.
|Pancake likes bananas|
The field was quite competitive on the mens side, with fellow pros Jordan, Mikael, and Alex VanderLinden mixing it up at this years race (along with a few other local fast guys). We all started the swim together, and kept together for about the first half. The pack blew apart when the women's race favourite Angela Quick made an attack at the turnaround. I didn't end up making the break, and was left to swim solo for the rest (which ended up being pretty good, because the lead pack went off course). Angela beat us all out of the water.
I started the bike a bit down from Jordan and Alex, but ahead of Mikael. I caught Alex maybe 15km into the bike (he ended up pulling out of the race) but never caught Jordan. I came off the bike in 2'nd, and was feeling good even after dropping a full bottle of eLoad. Heading into the run, I was about 1.5 minutes down from Jordan, and 1.5 minute ahead on Mikael.
I ran well in my Skechers Go Run4's for the whole 15km (albeit no socks, so there was some blood post race). My pace stayed strong and consistent, and although I couldn't catch Jordan, I held off a hard chasing Mikael to claim second.
Jordan would have won last year (with me a likely second), so it was nice to see that play out this year (and count).
|The overall finishers|
Jordan and I both made the correct turn this year and finished 1/2. Multisport Canada did a standup job of making sure this corner was better marked this year. Instead of a single/small obscure sign (with no volunteers) marking the turn like last year, this year there were 3 big signs, a row of pylons, and two volunteers at the corner. Much appreciated!