I am a bit behind so here is a quick update on XTERRA Canada, expect another one very soon for XTERRA USA Champs
One of the most anticipated races of the year is XTERRA Canada, as a racer it is very hard to beat the riding in Whistler, BC. It is definitely some of the most challenging riding around as well as some of the most fun. It is very hard to label any one place as having the best riding in the world because as each location; Moab, Fruita, Whistler, Crested Butte, Pelham, each offer their own unique challenges. This is why XTERRA is an awesome sport because each venue is entirely different, and the number of variables that can change from race to race is much greater than what a traditional road triathlon offers. The thing that really sets Whistler and BC riding apart is their dedication to developing one of the most amazing trail systems in the world, easily the best I have ever been on. When a community can come together and work with the local government on a specific task anything is possible and Whistler is a shining example.
The weekend started with a quick flight to Seattle and through the graciousness of my former roommate Haven, loaned me his car to use for the weekend since things popped up and wasn’t able to make the trip with me. Once I arrived I put the bike together and headed out to pre ride the course with Will, Josiah and Cody. The course was almost 100% brand new this year and was going to offer a whole new set of challenges, all I was hoping was that it would be as good as last year and it far exceeded. Cal and the XTERRA Canada crew had local Trevor Hopkins put together a course that is a clear favorite for the most technical and most physically demanding XTERRA course worldwide.
|Out of the chill and on to fun.|
|Down one of the many bridges in River Runs Through It|
|Umm? Focused but duhh...|
|Flying though the beauty of BC riding|
|Actually looks like I was running.|
|Podium: Me 4th, Seth 3rd, Josiah 1st, Mike 2nd, Kelly 5th.|
I did manage to put together a decent race considering I had gotten sick the week before but I don’t think that really affected things. Looking at the good and bad, I did feel much better in the water than I had in a while but I did lose a good chunk of time to the leaders. I rode pretty strongly but I think I over did the pre-riding and was a bit flat on race day and well technically I just sucked which was especially frustrating when I had nailed things on the pre-ride. On the run I was solid for the first half then things started to come undone. I don’t think I had gotten the necessary nutrition in on the bike which was hard to do and with the longer race I started to pay for it in the end. Lessons were learned that will be applied for the next race, XTERRA USA Championships.