This month I am going to give some details of the O2X race I completed at Grouse Mountain on Saturday, but, before I do that I wanted to shout out to my business partner and friend Jon Bula congrats on WINNING the Axel Merckx Penticton GranFondo on the weekend.
If you want to see the culmination of: Setting a goal, making a plan, sticking to it, believing in yourself, and then delivering---this was it. Jon has been training and working incredibly hard for years to get to this level in the cycling world and nobody deserves this more. This guy makes no excuses. None. I couldn’t be happier for him!
Well, after that my small O2X race at Grouse (http://www.o2x.com/challenge/grouse) doesn’t seem like too much hahaha. Anyways this was this company’s first venture into Canada. It was an 8km trail run, scramble, and hike up over 850 vertical meters that had my lungs and legs screaming.
We started at the base of Grouse and headed east and started climbing right away on some trail and some bush wacking that was marked with little blue flags. I started at the back and slower which is generally what I do in races. Always trying to build up and pick people off. After climbing for a good 30 min or so we had a little reprieve of flats to run on before scrambling up again. I looked up and saw a bunch of people ahead of me and set a goal to not get passed by anyone. I maintained a good pace and slowly caught up—it was hard as my HR did not come down—but it was the same for everyone so it is a bit of a mental game at that point.
We then had one more flat section before the home stretch that was more bush wacking and an open scramble up behind Grouse Mountain. Everything was pounding on that last km and I had 3 people close behind me and one in front to catch. I managed to hold them off and catch the guy in front of me and finish !
Looking back I might have been able to win our wave start if I had gone just a bit faster in the beginning, but, I still had a great race finishing 2nd in my age category and 5th overall in our wave.