This past weekend I raced the Canadian National Championships in Kelowna, one of the best race venues in Canada. They’ve hosted the National Championships a number of times now and every year they put on a great event. This year was no exception.
I was really excited for this race as it was the first time I felt like I had a shot at winning, or at least making it interesting…
The day got off to a good start as I put myself well within the front group on the swim. There were about 12 of us that had a small gap on the rest of the field exiting the water. Our group worked well together on the bike. The climb up Knox Mountain each lap separated the group a bit and eventually we were down to 8 men. We rolled through and opened up a 2 minute gap on the chase group.
I got near the front of our group coming into transition and was able to get out quick. I lead for the first kilometre of the run so I was able to get into a good rhythm. Simon and I shared the lead for the next couple of laps with 2 other guys hanging on. Eventually we dropped them and it was just the two of us. Simon lead going into the last lap and I sat on his shoulder waiting to make a move. With about 300 metres to go I went around him and sprinted as hard as I could hoping to open a gap around the last few turns. It worked at first, and for a moment I thought I had him, but just as we hit the carpet with about 50 metres to go Simon blasted by me.
It certainly would have been nice to win, but overall I’m happy with the race and how I felt. Things are looking good heading in to Budapest. Only a couple more weeks to go!