USA Triathlon Weekend Notebook: August 21

By Caryn Maconi | Aug. 21, 2017, 5:13 p.m. (ET)

Penticton ITU Multisport World Championships Festival

The racing action at the first-ever ITU Multisport World Championships Festival began Saturday in Penticton, B.C., with the Elite/U23, Junior and Age-Group Sprint Duathlons kicking off the 10-day event. Elite and U23 athletes covered a standard-distance 10-kilometer run, 40-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run, while junior and age-group athletes covered a sprint-distance 5k run, 20k bike and 40k run.

In total, 11 Team USA athletes were crowned age-group world champions, while 11 earned silver medals and eight collected bronzes. U.S. athletes did not reach the podium in the elite/U23 or junior races, but Duncan Reid (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) did place top-10 for the junior men and Robby Webster (Phoenix, Ariz.) recorded a top-20 finish for the elite men.

PENTICTON DU WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS --- It wasn't quite the result I was shooting for this weekend at the Duathlon Worlds, but I engaged in the race early and went for it, and I will never regret competing and coming up short. We came in around 15' for the first 5k, then back in just under 31' for 10k to start things off, which proved to be a bit too hot of a pace. I came out of transition with a group of 10, but struggled to find my legs early on the bike. The 140m of elevation gain the first 1k of the 8k bike circuit was challenging, but what separated the boys from the men was descending that 140m into a technical section, which was ultimately what cost me the bike groups I was in. The Euro boys ride at a different level. After 3 of 5 laps I think hitting the tarmac at speed probably would've hurt less than how I was feeling... The crowds helped me get through the last 5k run off the bike, it was great to have so much support from all the age groupers and fans! It just wasn't my day, 18th was off the mark of what I was aiming for, but I'm thankful to have experienced my first World Championships and learn the hard lessons that only come from racing at the highest level of sport. Huge thanks to my parents for all of the support around this race, to @teamusana for helping me with all of the nutritional demands needed for training and racing at these levels, & to @gerardcycles for getting me set up and dialed in on my Force 90. This is truly a team effort. Next up is the third stop on the Major League Triathlon series in Avon, Colorado next Saturday with the Puerto Rico Islanders πŸ‡΅πŸ‡·πŸ–

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RACE REPORT: As many of you know, I had the fortunate opportunity to compete as a member of team usa at the sprint duathlon world championships today in Penticton Canada. It was an amazing experience and I truly feel I made memories that will last forever! After getting set up in transition this morning, I started my warm up and had some pretty bad cramping. I really tried to work on my breathing and fortunately it seemed to fade away before starting the race. I have done SO many races in my lifetime but today I really was super nervous. My legs did not feel good the past two days and I wasn't sure what to expect. However, once I got up to speed I felt better. The race started with two loops on the run to finish a 5k. My garmin had my at about an 18:23 5k and measured the course at 3.3 miles. I went into transition right with the top group of women feeling great. I didn't push too hard on the run and really felt comfortable. The bike was another story! Days before the race USAT officials emailed us describing the course as "extremely difficult," "very hilly," and not very draft legal friendly. There were quite a few technical turns and I was pretty worried about the bike. I woke up many times last night worrying that I was going to crash or someone would crash into me. I ended up riding a bit conservatively, largely out of fear. Even hitting 35 mph downhill people were flying by me like I was standing still! I witnessed 4 ambulances and a few stretchers along the course from a few people that crashed. The bike was definitely challenging, and I only managed to barely have a top 30 bike time. It is definitely an area I can improve in, and I hope it comes with time. I was grateful to have a clean race and was even able to work with a few groups of women on the bike today. The last run went smooth. Although I didn't feel like I ran particularly fast for me, I had the fastest two run times of any women of the day! I have so many people to thank including the support of my family and my mom Lisa who traveled with me. I also need to thank my amazing coach, training partners, and sponsors. It's been a great season so far!

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For complete results from the ITU Multisport World Championships Festival, visit penticton2017.com.

IRONMAN Mont-Tremblant

Kim Schwabenbauer (Knox, Pa.) and Jennie Hansen (Rochester, N.Y.) reached the women’s pro podium at IRONMAN Mont-Tremblant on Sunday, placing second and third respectively. Great Britain’s Rachel Joyce came away with the win, covering the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run in 9 hours, 19 minutes, 8 seconds. Schwabenbauer was close behind in 9:21:22, and Hansen crossed the line for third in 9:25:58. Lauren Brandon (Dallas, Texas) also had a strong race, placing fourth with a time of 9:27:27.

Chris McDonald (Boulder, Colo.) also brought home hardware in the men’s pro race, placing second with a time of 8:41:47. Marino Vanhoenacker of Belgium was the men’s champion in 8:21:29, and third place went to Jordan Monnink of Canada in 8:51:29. Chad Holderbaum (Irwin, Pa.) also had a standout performance, crossing the line fourth in 3:08:18.

I'll save the (sometimes not pleasant) details for a blog post, but I don't really have the words to describe what today meant to me. In a way, it was a microcosm of the past few years-at various times painful and tough and seemingly neverending, but a lesson in perseverance, tenacity, and heart, with all kinds of support and love that throughout it all that kept me fighting and believing that a happy resolution could happen. I could not possibly have been more thrilled to end up on the podium with @rachelsjoyce and @fuelyourpassion, two athletes I have the utmost respect for, in a very talented field. Ironman finish #10 fulfilled a personal vendetta, and reminded me why it's all so worth it. Thanks to all for the kind words, support, and cheers. My heart is full again. #IMMT #podium #fight #bigsexyracing #ownwayapparel #ironmantri #ironman #triathlon #comeback #resolution #nevergiveup

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For complete results from IRONMAN Mont-Tremblant, visit IRONMAN.com.

IRONMAN Copenhagen

Alyssa Godesky (Charlottesville, Va.) placed sixth in the women’s pro field at IRONMAN Copenhagen on Sunday. Godesky covered the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run in 9:33:20. Michelle Vesterby of Denmark took the title in 9:00:19, followed by Great Britain’s Corinne Abraham in second (9:08:06) and Belgium’s Sofie Goos (9:17:17) in third.

For complete results from IRONMAN Copenhagen, visit IRONMAN.com.

Lausanne ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup

Darr Smith (Atlanta, Ga.) and Paige Horner (Johnston, Iowa) represented the U.S. at an ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup on Saturday in Lausanne, Switzerland. In the junior men’s race, Smith placed fourth overall. He covered the 750m swim, 20k bike and 5k run in 55:07, less than a minute back from race winner Ben Dijkstra of Great Britain (54:21). Vasco Vilaca of Portugal took second in 54:47, and Maxime Fluri of Switzerland crossed the line third in 55:00.

Horner placed 30th in the junior women’s race, covering the course in 1:06:11.The top three were Jessica Fullagar of France in 1:01:17, Erin Wallace of Great Britain in 1:01:32 and Sophie Alden of Great Britain in 1:01:41.

For complete results from the Lausanne ETU Junior European Cup, visit triathlon.org.