The last race in the US XTERRA Pro series was held at Snowbasin Resort just minutes from Ogden, Utah. This was also the USA Championships race where the top age groupers compete for their national title, as do the American pros in the field. This year Lesley Paterson and Josiah Middaugh proved the strongest on the day. Lesley continues to impress with a fantastic season taking the overall title for the women and finishing the points series with an excellent race in Snowbasin. After the dust settled, I took fourth on the day and squeezed second place out of the series in a tie break with Renata Bucher. It was a hard battle and I did everything I could on the day leaving it all out there on the course.
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At the race this weekend I had a decent swim but as soon as we were heading up Wheeler Canyon I knew it was not my day. I was getting dropped by Suzi and I couldn’t push the gears. I rallied for a little while but about halfway up Sardine Peak I detonated and shortly after was passed by Lesley. I went onto the bike second and then just tried to keep myself together on the run when I held on for fourth. The run was longer than last year which made the race even tougher. I will definitely benefit from having some time to singularly focus on one event. I don’t have my best power on the bike at the moment and that throws off my whole race. I will use the hard day to toughen up for the final event of the year.
Photo by XTERRA photos.