My goal for the 2014 season was to qualify for this race, and I trained all season with this goal in mind. When I qualified at the Muncie 70.3, I couldn’t wait to train hard and compete in Mont Tremblant. Before I knew it, it was time to travel up to Canada. I have 3 amazing friends, Alberto, Sandra and Annette who road tripped up with me, supported me and cheered me on! They are the best!!
We left at 4am on Thursday, and with stops made it to Canada in 13 hours. Friday and Saturday consisted of walking around the village and expo, racking my bike, picking up my bib number/chip, driving the course, swimming in the lake, and endless amounts of laughter and good times!! There were triathletes everywhere and of so many different nationalities! I loved the pre-race atmosphere, there was so much energy in the village!
I woke up at 5:15 excited and ready to race! The previous 2 nights before the race I slept about 10 hours, so I was feeling very well rested. Setting up transition in the morning was really easy because we had to drop off our transition bags along with our bikes the day before. All I had to bring was my wetsuit, cap, goggles, and bottles to put on my bike. It was in the low 40’s and I knew the temperatures were going to rise once the sun came up.
Right before the race there was a huge fighter jet that flew over the beach, it was awesome! I watched the pro’s go off, and at the start of each swim wave they shot off small fireworks. I had good warm-up, chatted with a few girls in my wave, and before I knew it we were lined up on the beach, and it was go time! The swim start was crazy, got smacked in the face and swam over, but that’s normal! I had some trouble sighting the buoy’s on the way in because the sun was in my eyes.
I exited the water, used the wetsuit strippers and ran down the red carpet into the transition tent. I was able to located my gear quickly, find my bike and off I went! I felt great at start, but didn’t want to push too hard and regret it. When I got out on highway 117 there was some wind, and some long climbs. On the other side of the highway I kept seeing HUGE packs of about 50 people biking in pacelines, and obviously drafting! It was absurd!
Around mile 42 I was going up a hill with a group of girls, and I heard the motorcyle. There was nothing I could have done because there was a girl in front of me, and another few behind me. Three or four of us got a red card, which meant we would have to serve a 4 minute penalty. I biked pretty angry and pissed off for the last 14 miles, it was really unfair considering all the drafting I observed out on the course. I stayed focused, and just kept telling myself to stay calm and keep with my race plan. The last 10 miles were an out and back, and the hilliest part of the course. I dropped to my easiest gears, and made it up those hills. I had the most fun flying down them on the way back!
About 100 meters before the bike in was the penalty tent, one girl from our pack arrived about 15 seconds before me, and a few others came in after me. We were both complaining about how it was so unfair. Sandra was able to get a photo of us! I really had to go to the bathroom, and wasn’t going to waste any more time in my race, so in spite of my stupid penalty, I “left my mark” in that penalty tent.. if you know what I mean!
I started off the run on a mission to catch the girls that were able to get out on the run before me. I kept it steady and stayed positive and calm. The course was incredibly hilly! The aid stations were awesome, and the volunteers were great! At the end of each loop we ran up a monster of a hill in the village,and then directly down it, major quad burner! I was able to catch some girls from my age group, as well as other females in front of me. The last 2.5 miles I dug really deep and pushed hard to the finish! I loved getting to the village and hearing the crowds and seeing people everywhere cheering!
I am really proud and happy to have made it to Worlds and to have competed against top triathletes. Although my time was not what I had hoped, the journey and experience was priceless and made it all worth it! Next season I will break 5 hours!
Thanks to my amazing friends Sandra, Alberto and Annette for traveling to Mont Tremblant and cheering me on! I am so lucky to have friends like you guys! Thanks to my husband Marc for putting up with early alarms and long training days. Lastly, thanks to my coach Debi for your awesome workouts and advice!