19 Aug 2013

IM Mont tremblant

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I came over to Canada on a mission, to chase points. I needed roughly a top seven to hopefully get in. Next weekend is the last weekend of races before qualifying ends and so I think I am sitting happy at the moment. Its been quite a stressful route and one I wont be taking next year. 

So Mont Tremblant is an amazing town in Quebec about 2 hours from Montreal. The roads are perfect, undulating and the wind can make it a very honest day. I have honestly been super surprised with the whole set up. It truly is one of those races that you have to do and I will certainly be back one day for sure. 

Coming in to the race I had two weeks between IM UK and this race so I haven't really been training but more maintaining fitness. Not something I have really done before over a two week period so its actually felt very alien to me and didn't enjoy the experience much....I think I enjoy training a little too much. 

Race day and I was feeling good, quietly confident that the job would get done. That was until I was putting my wetsuit on and had an awfully sharp pain in my back. It hurt to breathe in deeply. I tried not to panic so jumped in for a warmup hoping that the pain would 'loosen' out. It didn't at all but it was a little more comfortable breathing to my left. Swim plan made! The swim started fine, got in to position 3rd person back with Luke Bell swimming about 10 m to our right hand side. About 1500m in to the swim a gap opened up to about 10-15m so I went around and managed to bridge back on to the front two. The rest of the swim was pretty uneventful and a big back came out together. 

Racing a few ITU races this season my transition was pretty good and got out on to the bike first. Romain came flying past me and from then on knew this was going to be pretty fast. We were flying on the first lap, no wind and super smooth roads! On the main big climb the group split and again I tried to bridge it, but found it hard to really go hard and ended up struggling and waited for the group to help me out. It was down to two main packs as the rest were quite some way back. I got into t2 around 9th and again had a good transition and took a few places. 

The run felt pretty solid. i have done quite a few long runs this season and its certainly helped my run form. around 20k I had a bad patch and Brandon Marsh came storming past me looking very impressive. I picked it up again a few k's later but he was gone! I managed to catch Paul Ambrose who was flying all day and then Romain to put myself in 4th. With 2km's to go he was coming back to me and I had to dig deep to get over the line where I collapsed into some poor people! My body was done!! 

So all in all it was a great trip, my home stay were amazing. They went out of their way to make my stay perfect so a big thank you to them. I head to Cozumel on Wednesday to hopefully start build up to Kona. If I don't make it I will be racing again in America before I head home!

Dan

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