June 18, 2015 Audrey

Victoria Half Ironman!

Charlene, Carrie, Coach, Sommer, and Shirley pre-race!

What a spectacular weekend for my Perseverance Multisport athletes!!! We met at the race expo Saturday morning for our Swim-Bike-Run pre-race warm up and you could feel the nervous energy everywhere!  Last year, Ironman bought the LifeSport race series race and WOW!! What a difference an M-Dot race can make in just one year!  Rumours were that there were 2000 athletes participating. I think the largest this race has had in the past was 650 athletes.  Everyone was speculating on how the 42km bike loop was going to manage 2000 athletes looping 2 X around the narrow, open to traffic, bike course.  The addition of the new wave start format probably spread the athletes out somewhat. I found the course to be quite congested and had my slowest Victoria Half Bike split ever. Others felt it did not impact them at all. I think the bike crash that happened right in front of me kept me riding cautiously and reserved and therefore showed in my time.  The run was also a little more congested than last year, but the amazing trails around Elk Lake tolerated double the athletes and I did not find that as hard to navigate.  I did take a little tumble on the rock chip path around 8.5km and ended up with some nasty road rash.

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A great pre-race photo of Carrie and Shirley before starting the 1.9km swim wave start. I tried to find all my athletes before starting to give them a huge hug but was unable to find them in the sea of athletes prior to the swim. Thank you Shirley for sharing your photos!

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 Post race jubilation!! Deb (Head Cheermeister!), Shirley, and Coach!

Deb was unable to race this weekend, but look out for her in July and August as she is making her way back to the start line again at Swim Across the Lake in Kelowna on July 17th and the Challenge Half Iron in Penticton August 30th!!

This was Shirley’s very first Half Ironman finish and she kicked butt in her Half Iron debut!! I think she may also has the long distance bug too! Her smile and emotion post race was so contagious I am still grinning from ear to ear every time I see her face at the finish line! Talk about endorphins!! I spoke with her last night and she said she is still on a high from the race!  Now that is what it is all about!  Feeling like that after accomplishing something you never thought possible is the best feeling ever!

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Unfortunately I did not get a post race picture with Sommer and Charlene. I will get you at the next race girls!!  I am totally beaming with pride and happiness for all of you beautiful women!! So very proud and in awe of your determination, strength, and perseverance throughout training and your race!

Swim-Bike-Run-Eat-Sleep-Repeat!!

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