LifeSport Rocks Ironman 70.3 World's
Ever since the announcement that Mont Tremblant was going to host the 2014 Ironman 70.3 World Championships, reports flew of how amazing the event would be.
And the "belle province" did not disappoint. Mont Tremblant provided a real championship course. The swim had an additional twist in that it was point to point and required competitors to navigate around an island before hitting the beach. After a long run from the beach to T1, riders hit the bike, a mixture of faltering and hilly terrain before a short loop through the scenic village of Ste Jovite. The climb in the final 15km that can only be described as relentless separated the athletes before the run. For those who had previously raced the 70.3 in Mont Tremblant, organizers removed 10km of flat trail and added a new steep climb through the village. By doing this the runners had to run 2 loops of rolling hills. However, the spectacular scenery and incredible spectator support was amazing!
This year LifeSport boasted a field of 31 athletes, along with 4 coaches racing and 3 additional coaches offering support! To honour the outstanding accomplishment of athletes qualifying, the coaches and athletes gathered Friday morning before an open water swimming practice. LifeSport partners PowerBar, Trek and AquaSphere provided some swag as Coach Lance Watson offered some last minute coaching advice on how to approach a World Championship event. For everyone reaching this race was a dream come true. With the opportunity to race against the world's best. As competitors, we often don't get to cross paths at different times of the year so the approach needs to be somewhat different. To get the most out of one's self and the race, one must find their own rhythm and pace to that.
LifeSport coach and athlete Chris Thomas took 4th with less than 2 minutes separating 1st through 4th in the ever challenging M40-44 group (click here for Chris's race day report). While for Heather Cooper it was getting through the day after separating her shoulder 6 weeks previously. Coming to Mont Tremblant she didn't bring her bike or know if she would even be able to compete not being able to swim or train consistently. However she borrowed a bike and had a huge smile coming across the line! Every athlete experienced success and learned a lot about World Championship racing!
CONGRATULATIONS to all who raced - you are all World Champions!!
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