The 2018 XTERRA Maui World Championship will be remembered for the epic muddy course conditions.
I kicked off 2018 by jumping into the elite race at the Bear Mountain Canada Cup on Saturday. It was a lot of fun for every minute of racing I had.
I was happy to see my old pals from mountain biking out racing at Bear Mountain Canada Cup either in the elite or masters category. Catherine Pendrel absolutely demolished the field so it is great to see her not slowing down one bit. Kate Button is working her way through the pro xc field after deciding a few weeks ago to really focus on her cycling and put the triathlon on the backburner. I am stoked to help her in her goal to race World Cups.
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All smiles before kicking off the 2018 Canada Cup Elite National mountainbike scene. I decided to use my face as back up brakes (I’m fine) so my day ended a bit early. Buttons had a much better day 👍🏻Fun fact-I watched @cpendrel sign autographs for little kids until seconds before the race call up before beginning a clinic called: “How to crush singletrack like a boss and rip everyone’s legs off”. Lots of inspiration getting sprinkled around with that kind of awesomeness. Very impressive Catherine🙌🏻 So proud of my #melrad triathlon crew getting out of their comfort zones. Great first mountainbike race ever for @kablewie73! Thanks to the organizers of the @westinbearmountainresort Canada cup and to all the volunteers. Super fun to jump back into the mtb scene today, get 35’ of hard exercising, and get my obligatory crash ( all of us must crash every so often) outta the way😉
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It was a pleasure working with a large group of the juniors and under 17s from all over Canada while coaching the Cycling Canada junior camp. Seeing them put it all together to have great races on Saturday is amazing. The future is bright in this sport. Thanks to Ian Hughes for some coaching mentorship this week – the experience was invaluable.
Unfortunately, I only finished just under half the laps I was planning to race on Saturday….. Read more
ITU Long Course World Championship
With the excitement of winning the ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship fueling my excitement to hit a start line again, I was pretty oblivious to some signs from my body leading up to (and in the days following) ITU Multisport Long Course World Championship. I managed to completely ignore that I had shingles. Cue the geriatric jokes right now that will go nicely with all of my talk about racing after 40. LOL. Sigh.
I won the 2017 ITU Cross Triathlon World Championship Elite title. I dedicate this to all of the ladies in my 40+ age-category and beyond. Your best races are not behind you -unless you are certain you have done everything possible to maximize your potential already. Not everyone sees the potential they have and takes the opportunity. I hope to continue demonstrating being in your 40s is an advantage, not an obstacle.
I am ITU Cross Triathlon World Champion for the second time.
After a perfect day at the Penticton ITU Multisport World Championship I took my fifth world title in off-road racing. Mountain biking allowed me to become a professional athlete and triathlon gave me a viable career. I have so much gratitude for everyone at XTERRA, the ITU, and all of the local off-road bike, run, and triathlon race organizers for supporting off-road racing. Thank you!
Read more for my story… or here is a media report from Triathlon World for another perspective and the men’s story.
Racing Triathlons in Australia
Racing triathlons in Australia is so fun. This is my fifth visit to the country including two other occasions to race mountain bikes (a World Cup and the World Championships). On this trip, I raced the 2016 IM 70.3 West Sydney, which saw Annabel Luxford take a convincing win.
The event is held at the Olympic Rowing Stadium in Penrith where the 2000 Sydney Games were held. Penrith is a town in the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia near the Blue Mountains. Highlights of the town include a gorgeous walking trail next to the river, a picturesque park filled with mulberry and jacaranda trees, lots of cafes, an outdoor 50m pool, and a bunch of really cool people. Read more
Racing the Ironman Austin 70.3 Duathlon
I raced back to back race weekends of Ironman Miami and Ironman 70.3 Austin. Dense fog on the lake in the morning in Austin resulted in a 90 minute delay to the race followed by a swim cancellation. The race proceeded as a time trial duathlon of a 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run.
2016 Ironman Miami 70.3
I went to the 2016 Ironman Miami 70.3 cautiously optimistic and was satisfied by my result. I was sixth in a heavy field with a nearly pain-free run for 21 straight kilometers. For me, this is a huge breakthrough so I am absolutely stoked to know I can finally run the distance. Now, to get faster! ?
This race is so fun. The overall vibe racing with 3000 athletes in downtown Miami in electric. The strong Latin influence makes the race different. Many athletes from South and Central America make the trip so it is an international affair.
A variety of things about this race wouldn’t be my first choice including a pancake flat bike course, three hour time change, and very long travel to get there. Things that turned out to be excellent about this race were the convenience of the hotels downtown to the race site, the incredible organization, and the hordes of fans out cheering. I absolutely LOVED this race and would go back for sure!
I raced my first IM 70.3 event of 2016 at IM 70.3 Augusta in Georgia last weekend.
Like a pop quiz, going to IM 70.3 Augusta could result in four outcomes that answer the question: Where is my fitness/rehabilitation at right now? They included:
a) A small miracle has happened and I get a podium finish my first race back.
b) I struggle a bit from lack of run fitness but still finish relatively strong, so I know I am ahead of schedule.
c) I struggle a bit more, have a tough day, but finish knowing I am healthy but need more work.
d) I am unable to finish. DNF. Not healthy, not healed, not ready.
Ready to race my first race of the season in Augusta. Read more
RBC Granfondo Whistler event was last weekend. This was my first experience racing the women’s 122km Giro racing event and it was amazing!
The RBC Whistler Granfondo is a 122 km ride from Stanley Park in Vancouver to Whistler Village. The event started as a community ride and has evolved to include more than 4000 riders and include a sanctioned race with a cool $15,000 going to the men’s and women’s winners. It is the race to do in September if you are a roadie. I think it is also beneficial to do if you are a triathlete which is why I was there – lots of fitness to be gained from long road races!
The race winner was Alison Jackson, a member of Canada’s National Cycling Team headed to the World Championships in Qatar later this year. I ended up 11th after a 20 minute time trial effort to get away failed as I am not much of a sprinter. That is 11th out of 15 in the front pack…LOL. I even went into the penultimate corner in 3rd so I know where to be I just can’t do the sprinting. It really isn’t useful in Ironman so I’m very rusty.
Thank you to TOIT Events, Inc. Neil McKinnon for the invite, St. Regis Hotel Vancouver for the amazing stay, and to RBC for sponsoring this amazing community event. Congratulations to Alison Jackson on the win! Thank you to the women’s field for making it a fun and challenging race… great to see Olympians in the field like Jasmin Glaesser and Katka Nash out there adding to a strong field! Thanks to my sponsors – I am almost ready to hit the start line for IRONMAN Augusta
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My first “race” after a broken ankle at Challenge Penticton.
I raced Challenge Penticton long course nationals on Sunday. The date was exactly 20 weeks of recovery from my broken ankle. Writing all of these words in a post are a reason to celebrate: racing – Challenge- anniversary- recovery. I am lucky/happy/stoked/motivated to be where I am at right now as I was first out of the water, first off the bike, and pain-free for the running I completed.