The XTERRA USA Championships tour kicked off this past weekend in Lake Las Vegas, Nevada. A star studded cast of XTERRA pro athletes and a big contingent of new and returning age group overall championship hopefuls toed the line at Lake Las Vegas to compete in the opening round at 8:30am Sunday morning. After the considerable amount of dust settled, Shonny Vanlandingham showed that she is in superior fighting form as I settled for second place before Lesley Paterson, Christine Jeffrey and Marie Gerspacher filled out the podium. Notable were the three CANADIANs on the podium (me, Christine and Marie) so when Danelle comes back maybe we can continue the takeover! Similar to last year at this same event, I found my form a little soft for our first race of the season – only this time I couldn’t hold Shonny off on the run. Instead, I ended up running in on fumes after a heat induced detonation. The podium was a star studded cast, so I can certainly be happy with a runner up position on the day and congrats to Shonny for having a really great race! I decided in Hawaii last year to gear training towards the fitness requirements and schedule dictated by the Maui World Championships at the end of October and without the best form possible, the top rung of the podium is out of reach. Although I am happy with my progress so far I can’t really be satisfied with that with any hopes of winning the series!