Clearwater 70.3 Worlds was my last race of the 2010 season and it was less than I had hoped as far as a result goes. It was all it was cracked up to be in terms of a difficult event despite a flat course given the strong field to make up for the lack of elevation gains. To say things didn’t go my way would be an understatement but having raced the course I would certainly do a lot of things differently in order to go there to race well. It wasn’t ever really going to be my day… it was always going to be Jodie’s. Bravo!
Thank you goes out to Specialized for encouraging me to go and race another 70.3 to learn from for next year. Thanks to Shimano Cycling for the cheers on the day and the sweet race wheels. Thanks to Nathan and CycleOps Power for the shoutouts before the race! Thanks to AVIA, Maxxis, Sundog Eyewear, Profile Design, GU, USANA, ESI Grips, Genuine Innovations, Zerod and Titec. It has been a good year with a 70.3 win, three other Half Ironman podiums, a Canadian, US and European XTERRA Championships title and a BC Bike Race overall win. It really was awesome… even if it ended without the final fireworks!
Stealing a photo from Facebook.. haha!
So as for Clearwater: onto the blooper reel. Right at the start of the swim I chose the furthest right hand side of the field so I could take a straight shot at the buoys beside Dibens, Swallow and Magali. As we waited for the countdown they were carrying the para triathletes and placing them in the water on the far right side. Immediately in front of us. I thought for sure someone was going to move but with 15 seconds to go that was obviously not happening. When the gun went off I think Julie and Magali barely got around on the left and I had to run directly AT those athletes, which in itself was devastating because no one’s race needs to start with a flipping woman running at you in a wetsuit. I jumped OVER that person, subsequently tripping and belly flopping/ falling in 11 inches of water, to then have no momentum and continually trip trying to run through the very shallow water that went on for at least 30m or so. When I finally was swimming the pack was gone, I was at the back and my swim was already a disaster. Nice start. Moving on to the bike…READ MORE HERE