TORQ compete at the 70.3 World Iron Man Champs

Chris Standidge had another good crack at the 70.3 World Championships. The race requires pre-qualification at a qualifier event (on the Ironman 70.3 circuit) and only a select few peak performers are awarded the opportunity to race the Championship Race…

Chris told us: “I knew this was going to be the big one: the 70.3 World Champs in Mont Tremblant, Canada. I gained my qualification to this race through my success in France back in May of this year and was very much looking forward to the trip. Unfortunately the last 6-8 weeks’ worth of training had been a bit sporadic, so I went into the race not feeling as confident as I might have done.

“A beach start in Mont Tremblant Lake started the swim in the usual chaotic way. After 500m or so, I started to get a bit of clear water and was on my way; I exited the water well and in 10th place. A long run up into transition, a quick change and I headed out on the 90k bike. The course was undulating, with a long portion on a highway, before a difficult last 20k with some stinging climbs. I had a couple of athletes around me and a pace-line formed with maybe 3 or 4 of us doing all the work at the front. I entered T2 again in 7th to 10th place.

“The run was tough, two laps of a very undulating course. I set off conservatively thinking a 1:22 would be a good time on this course. Lap 1 went by with no problem, exactly on pace and I was leading the small group I had come in with. Sadly, with 3 miles to go, I started to struggle with holding my pace. The lack of training had just caught up with me a bit and I found the last few miles a bit of a challenge. I lost a couple of minutes in the final few miles as everyone was racing so closely. This cost me a number of places and I finished in 18th place in a time of 4:15.”

“Mixed feelings at the end. I was happy that I had maintained a clean race and had been in the mix for most of the it, however I did feel a bit under- trained. I was disappointed to lose those places so close to the finish, but it gives me something to work and focus on over the winter - ready for another attempt in 2015.”

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