The Half Iron triathlon is a great distance, it is short enough to really go hard but long enough to start to really make you work hard on maintaining focus. As Dave Scott has said – most people in a triathlon will lose focus at some point and that is often when they start to slow down or start to fall apart. So, yesterday at the Shawnigan Lake 1/2 Iron I can attribute my race result to a focused, strong, consistent effort.
I swam well, and came out of the water exactly where I needed to be – right beside my competition. The boys that ended up beating me took off on the bike after the 1st lap, and I couldn’t fully respond to their speed. I set the focus to racing smart and had very consistent lap splits on the bike. I stayed on top of nutrition and hydration and focused on putting out a consistent effort. On the third lap my left quad let me know we were working hard by giving a little twinge, the good kind of twinge though – it was saying “ok we are working hard, but I think you can go a bit harder still”. I listened to this physical sign and did push a bit harder on lap 4 to ensure I came in with a strong last lap.
Once I started on the run course I knew my current run fitness had come to play and I was going to be able to have a strong run. I did just that and posted a good solid 1:14:21 on the spectacular run course along the Trans Canada Trail. At this finish my tank was pretty much empty as I had been pushing hard for the whole run to try and catch the guys ahead of me.
All in all I am happy with the effort and stoked to see that my consistent training since January has been reflected in a triathlon race result.
Next up New Balance 1/2 Iron, June 20th. Let’s see if I can’t move up on the podium there.
Big thanks to all the volunteers that made the race go off so smoothly.
Big congratulations to all the athletes that participated out there on Sunday.
P.S. Hopefully will get some race pics up soon.