::Vancouver Half Ironman 2014::

After Ironman Couer d’ Alene last year I had a 3 week window to tackle the Vancouver half Ironman, one of the first races I ever did back in 2010.  This year I had 2 weeks after Ironman, on the fence til about the Friday, I decided that the body wasn’t too beat up to do the same.  The second week, post Ironman, was probably rougher then the first week and knew trying to get some speed might be an issue, but pulled the trigger anyway.

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Not my favorite bike course with 4 loops, but not too bad for a race in the city.

Not my favorite bike course with 4 loops, but not too bad for a race in the city.

 

The 3:45 am wake up felt very familiar with a longer drive race morning to 2 weeks earlier.  Got down to Jericho beach around 5:30, ready for the 6:30 gun time.  The numbers seemed down this year, which I’m sure was mostly due to how close it’s to the new Ironman Canada race date. In the past this race was a perfect lead up for those doing the big dance at the end of August.  I believe this year will be the last of the Subrau Tri series with an Ironman take over next year. Sorta  like what happened to the Victoria race earlier this year.  Ironman tents and signage was all over the course this year, but I’m not too sure if Ironman points were awarded this year, without any WC spots.

Tanya for Tri Geeks getting me running my second loop.  Ouch!

Tanya for Tri Geeks getting me running my second loop. Ouch!

Last years race was probably my best race of the season, with this year hoping for a small miracle for a similar result with shorter rest .  A few course changes on the bike made this year a little better, with the run still one of my favorites.  It was a pretty lonely race, did almost the whole race solo on the 4 loop bike which made it easy to see if anything was happening behind me.  Then the run was much of the same but a real grind trying to move tired legs.  I had my heart rate up trying to push myself harder but the old body could tell it did a marathon 2 weeks earlier.  I felt the same on the swim and was able to fool my legs on the bike til the 60km mark.

Some of the best views of Vancouver are off this run and swim course.

Some of the best views of Vancouver are off this run and swim course.

I climbed in at 9th behind 4 or 5 pros with a 4:24, about 4 minutes slower then last year which a lot of that time was lost on the run.  My bike was a few minutes faster with them tired legs and swimming was tough to get going, but overall I was happy with how things held up.  For some stupid reason I like trying these crazy ideas, just to test the limits of the body but also the mind.  Believe it or not this half Ironman felt easier then the other two this year,  there is a lot of weight with knowing the course and racing in my own climate conditions to make this go a little smoother.

This was MBK at Vineman 70.3 after her win (same day)...EMJ need one of these showers in Vancouver!

This was MBK at Vineman 70.3 after her win (same day)…EMJ need one of these showers in Vancouver!

This was also the first race of the short year, that my wife was able to watch and cheer with a lot more familiar faces around then the other 3 races earlier this year.  A lot has to be said about support and I can thank a lot of  people along the way.  Starting with her and going down the latter. Tanya from Tri Geeks and Every Man Jack and the team of sponsors, have been huge supporters through this season and have enjoyed every part of this year.  My season might have one more short race left but now its time to wait for something new and very exciting.

 

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