::Challenge Penticton, year one ::

Was up for the week, weather wasn't the greatest...one loan swimmer out there in the morning

Was up for the week, weather wasn’t the greatest…one loan swimmer out there in the morning

It was a no brainier for me on which race I would go to at the end of August.  It had nothing to do with which company is better or which one I support more. I just plain love the Okanagan.  I was really looking forward to this week and weekend just to see how two new races would go off.  By the sounds of it…amazing on both fronts.  Two Iron distance events on one day might be a first anywhere in the world for that matter, let along two Canadians winning with many more cleaning up tops spots.

Best looking relay

Best looking relay

 

I think it was a good move for the City of Penticton to  move on from Ironman.  I did find that every year I was getting frustrated with the monopoly that seemed to be running the race.  Competition is good, I think having two choices next year will be great.  I’m hoping the Challenge race grows to a point where it can live past the 5 years, but hopefully holds on to the community feel.  I liked the smaller type races and if you plan on doing your first iron distance event, I would recommend this race.  Other then the actual numbers I didn’t feel like much of the spirit of the race left.  Things were a lot more accessible and less stressful.  I loved it.

Solid mid-day support for the athletes

Solid mid-day support for the athletes

Charging outa the swim

Charging outa the swim

My part in the race was a swim leg of the relay.  I was looking ready for it,  it was a chance to see if I could get my time down.  Some serious chop and what I few  thought, a bit longer of a course, I came out with a 56.   After the notorious St George swim in 2012, this one would be my #2 chop swim.  I noticed a few racers saying the same thing.  Our relay had a solid day, but I keep forget how frustrating the course is for watching. The giant loops make it tough for support and cheering.  The relay option isn’t a great idea for this course and would also say the distance is tough to really enjoy the day too if your racing.  We all thought that a half distance relay would be the way to go.

All in all the support looked great, and loved seeing Jeff smoke out a win, even after the serious crash.  We saw him go by when he  came into town and he looked like had the race.  Zoned in and ready to get ugly.  Good weekend of racing with good news all around.  Two big Canadian wins!