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AUGUST - Seawheeze Half Marathon in Vancouver and Challenge Epenticton -
Let me start off first by saying how annoyed I am that spell check on my computer and iPhone doesn't recognize Penticton as a word. This means EVERY TIME I tried to type it out I would get corrected 3 or 4 times, until the device realized "oh snap, they probably are misspelling this shit on purpose". I have had to re-correct "auto correct" about a google times from Epenticton (how is that a word) to actual "Penticton". You can also imagine that while writing all this out, I've had to deal with rising frustration as AGAIN my computer auto corrects my spelling. Go ahead and try it....type out Penticton 3 times and see how long it takes to not have it changed....I dare you!
Oh so anyway, back to the real deal. Karen and I LOVE Vancouver and used SeaWheeze 1/2 marathon as an excuse to get there. Because let's be honest, why else would we travel anywhere? We need to be incentivized by a freaking race! We also were hosted by the best Canadian Ambassador we've ever met! Thank you Jordan....I'm coming to crash your home in the future for some awesome Vancouver Training.
As far as the 1/2 marathon goes, it was spectacular! If you aren't familiar, it's hosted by lulu lemon...so it's like Estrogen-fest. I can't lie though, I have done my best to replace 90% of my wardrobe with lulu lemon...it's so damn comfortable! This was a no pressure race for me, just wanted to see how I could perform on a hilly 1/2. Unfortunately I started in the wrong corral, missing the 1st because the dividers weren't anywhere to be found. Either way, I still ran a 1:22, perfectly balanced and finished 5th overall. I could have used some "Rabbits" though as I was alone when I bridge from 1st to second corral group...either way it was a beautiful weather and location! After the race, I rode my bike from Vancouver to Whistler...a beautiful 80 mile ride! Karen was kind enough to drive up there and meet me so I didn't have to ride back. (Reason 1099 why we are now engaged).
So this race is the same day as 70.3 Worlds....the field shouldn't be too stacked right? It's also super far from any convenient airport and in another country too. I mean we flew into Spokane and drove 4.5 hours because it was so expensive to fly direct! All of these thoughts were gone when I saw the start list....70.3 champions galore! I suppose the previous IM Canada course brings in a lot of able bodied Pro's looking for some $$. This didn't really change anything from normal races though. When you're stuck to a lot of U.S based races, the fields are often pretty packed and they are getting deeper each year. All of that aside, this place would be awesome for a training block too. Each morning I woke up and swam in the pristine lake that had a 900 meter white buoy line all the way down the coast. The water temp was PERFECT...hovering right below 70 degrees. Personally, I like it colder! It feels like anti-freeze cooling me off as I give max effort!
So anyway...again, I was pleased to have my Vancouver host (Jordan) here announcing for the race. We were able to meet up for some training shenanigans too, where he tried to kill me on my pre-race run....how nice! The town is perfectly designed for a huge event but this year, #'s were super low! I swear there were no more than 1000 athletes racing. Hopefully in a few years it becomes another huge race! The course was very tough too, with a ferocious 20mph head wind, bumpy roads and some steep climbs! The run course wasn't too challenging but for me...it was mentally tough since I was rapidly deteriorating. The good news was I swam a PR and feel I can even swim faster in the future! The only down side for this race was the smoke caused by surrounding wild fires. In the days before the race it was really heavy, however on race day the gail force winds blew it all away....perfect if you ask me!