XTERRA Parry Sound in Ontario on Saturday

Canada’s Muskoka region has long been known for stunning scenery – an abundance of pristine lakes, and beautiful Group of Seven landscapes sprinkled with exposed granite and weathered pines. And for competitors in this weekend’s XTERRA Parry Sound, it offers one of the toughest courses in Canada.

The swim is in clean and clear Nine Mile Lake. The mountain bike course features two loops of balanced single track and double track and several unique sections along bare granite ridges which are the signature feature, along with a beaver dam crossing.

The two-loop run course features a granite challenge of its own. “The Wall” is a huge slab that is barely climbable with weary legs after the bike, but fortunately, there’s a 50-foot rope that has been installed to help competitors up this final steep pitch. Technical running on a wilderness trail completes the loop, and few will finish with dry feet.

This year’s XTERRA Parry Sound will also serve as Ontario’s Provincial Cross Triathlon Championship and offers XTERRA World Championship slots to leading athletes of the full distance race.

Check out the promo video here: https://youtu.be/mqaS29-fqj0   More information is at: http://elementracing.ca/xterraparrysound/

John Davis

XTERRA Warrior – John Davis

By Janet Clark – XTERRA President

In Beaver Creek last weekend, I had the privilege of meeting John Davis, XTERRA Warrior extraordinaire.  That meeting reinforced why I love my job. With his permission, I am sharing his inspiring story.

In July of last year, John was recovering from spinal surgery and was in Beaver Creek the same weekend as the XTERRA Mountain Championship. Walking the trails, he noticed a lot of XTERRA arrows and met one of Beaver Creek’s fabulous volunteers who told him all about the event.

What that volunteer did not know, is that a year earlier, John had been diagnosed with motor neuron disease. The doctors had told him “move or die”. An All American swimmer and former member of the U.S. swim team. He had trained and tried out for the 1988 and 1992 Olympic teams. Given this ultimatum, and despite the pain, John got back in the pool and started walking.

The pain he was experiencing was from compressed discs, stenosis, synovial cysts and arthritis in his lower spine, and in May, 2015, when he was healthy enough, he had spinal fusion surgery to help alleviate the pain. The surgery left him with difficulty bending over – and everyday things such as taking off and putting on shoes, became more difficult. And that is how I met John – he had asked for a chair in transition… which we were happy to provide.

Since the surgery, John has hiked, walked, biked, swam and run 6,700 miles – and he decided to use participation in this year’s XTERRA as motivation in his recovery. In June of this year, he took a group and climbed one of the tallest mountains in South America at 21,122 feet, and the day before XTERRA Beaver Creek, he warmed up for the race with a fund raiser that climbed one of Colorado’s famed 14,000 foot peaks.

This year’s XTERRA Beaver Creek event was his first triathlon. He was joined by his partner Leslie, who was also doing her first ever athletic competition, not to mention first triathlon.

John’s primary athletic motivation is sustaining his neuromuscular strength. “I have lost the power aspect in my athletics due to the motor neuron disease”, He said. “But I am sustaining a strong cardio endurance level of fitness. The cross training fuels my emotional stability as I am in the dark as to what my future physically looks like. As a collegiate athlete I had total control and power over my body. Now my body has a mind of its own.”

“XTERRA meets so many desires in keeping people healthy. It provides a community of excited people who see your strength or struggle and are encouraging. I had folks saying “c’mon 473! Looking good” – despite the fact I wiped out four times on my bike! It provides adventure and accomplishment. It really is a fun day to work out in a beautiful location with a large group of new friends who are all about the same goal…being the best they can be at that one moment.”

John is a psychologist, founder and president of 2Xtreme, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1999 which serves families and young men in the Colorado area. “I exist on this planet to give to people. To foster change through connected relationships and I am blessed to impact young men, teens and families in this way. My personal fuel is no longer about winning. It’s about living one’s best life and XTERRA offers that through an attainable extreme challenge.”   More power to you John in all aspects of your life and we look forward to seeing you at your next XTERRA!


Aspen Valley

America Tour Notes

Last weekend Cedric Wane of Papeete, Tahiti and Tess Amer took home the amateur titles at Beaver Creek. The 24-year-old Amer from Boulder, Colorado had the fastest women’s time of the day in 2:37:21, however, due to the two-minute start time difference between the pro women’s swim wave and the amateur women’s start, she crossed the finish line in 2nd.

“I didn’t expect that at all,” said Amer.  “I haven’t done a tri in like three years.  I graduated CU in 2013, when I was the president of the tri club.  I’ve been mountain biking but not putting all three together.  And I just signed up last night.  It turned out well, it was good.  I guess I should go pro and go to Maui now.”

In Alaska, Will Ross and Megan Chelf took impressive wins at XTERRA Hammerman. Ross, 27, from Anchorage won his third-straight and seventh overall Hammerman title while Chelf, 29, of Anchorage by way of Wisconsin placed sixth overall, roughly 20 minutes ahead of women’s runner-up Corrie Smith.

Nearly 4500 miles away in upstate New York Daryl Weaver of Lititz, PA and Kelli Montgomery of Wallingford, CT took top honors at XTERRA Sky High. These wins continue an impressive run of results for both athletes. Weaver won his 2nd overall race on the year while Montgomery took her third with both holding commanding leads in their XTERRA America Tour regional division ranking.

You can view the latest XTERRA America Tour results and rankings here.


This weekend we’re off to Ionia, Michigan for XTERRA Ionia where well-established mountain bike single track and rail trails of Ionia State Recreation Area await you. With a new relay team option this year and their duathlon event there’s fun for everyone. Race day registration is available.

Next week XTERRA returns to the Centennial State of Colorado for XTERRA Aspen Valley on July 30th where race director Lance Panigutti says there’s, “more wood and custom features on the bike and run course than you can imagine!Check out that wooden berm in the featured photo above and check out this race for a one-of-a-kind experience.

XTERRA Panther Creek on July 31st in Morristown, TN will test your will and endurance as you navigate the rugged hills of East Tennessee. It’s also one of the final three Southeast regional races on the 2016 schedule offering up valuable tour points which will award regional champs an invitation to race at the XTERRA World Championship in Maui.




Nau, Graves win XTERRA Beaver Creek 20km

Complete Results / Photos

(Beaver Creek Resort – Avon, CO) July 17, 2016 – Erik Nau from Boulder and Sarah Graves from Ballantine, Montana captured the XTERRA Beaver Creek 20K trail run titles on a beautiful morning at Beaver Creek Resort.

In the men’s race Nau was in the lead as soon as the cannon blast sent runners scrambling up the hill and he took the tape in 1:21:05, more than 11-minutes ahead of runner-up Mark Howell of Lafayette, CO.


Nau, who moved to Colorado from San Diego four years ago, has done a 50K and a few half-marathons on the road but today’s race was one of his first-ever trail races.

“Just enjoying the trails, nothing brings me more happiness than just being out on the trails and the racing is a blast,” said Nau.  “I’m really just running for fun, just enjoying the whole experience. Today’s course really worked out for me because I love running hills.  I’m not the fastest guy on the flats, though, so I’ll just put my head down and suffer through it … with a smile on my face.”

Indeed, the XTERRA Beaver Creek course is a hilly one, with more than 2,000-feet of climbing.

In the women’s race first-year XTERRA triathlon elite Sarah Graves took the tape in 1:32:22 and was the third overall finisher just a day after finishing 9th amongst elites at the XTERRA Beaver Creek Championship triathlon yesterday.


“I was questioning myself for today, because yesterday was tough,” said Graves.  “I felt like I got warmed up on the first lap though and felt good the rest of the way.  I just came out today to get some good training in, really didn’t expect to win it.”

Graves background is in running, and was a star cross country runner when going to school at Montana State University – Billings.

In other racing action today Samuel Williams (Warren Center, PA) and Carly Lockard (Avon, CO) took home the 10K titles in 39:24 and 46:39, respectively, while Brevik Petersen (Fraser, CO) and Michelle Rodgers (Littleton, CO) won the 5K crowns in 23:51 and 29:22.

Today’s XTERRA Beaver Creek 20K was the fourth of five races in the XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series, and the top runners in every age group for the 20K course of the Beaver Creek Trail Run received points toward the XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series standings and each division champion was awarded a complimentary entry into the 2016 XTERRA Trail Run World Championship to be held December at Kualoa Ranch on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu.

The XTERRA Colorado Series finale is August 7 in Castle Rock, CO with 5/12 and 24K options.

Current standings, schedule, and information can be viewed at

Josiah Middaugh

Middaugh, Baker win XTERRA Beaver Creek

Complete Results / Photos / Video

(Beaver Creek Resort – Avon, CO) – Reigning XTERRA World Champion Josiah Middaugh defended his home turf and rookie women’s pro Julie Baker took the top step in her elite debut on an absolutely epic day in the mountains at the 8th annual XTERRA Beaver Creek Championship in Avon, Colorado this morning.

The win is Middaugh’s fourth in a row on his home course (he lives and trains just one-mile down the road) and his fourth in a row this season following victories at XTERRA Argentina, XTERRA Tahiti, and XTERRA Oak Mountain.

For Baker, who won the overall amateur XTERRA USA and World Championship titles last year, the win re-affirms her decision to go pro.  Of note, 24-year-old Tess Amer from Boulder, Colorado actually had the fastest women’s time of the day in 2:37:21, however, due to the two-minute start time difference between the pro women’s swim wave and the amateur women’s start, she crossed the finish line in 2nd.

In the men’s race, local pro Brad Zoller swam up front in the 66-degree, wetsuit-legal waters of Nottingham Lake all by himself and had the fastest swim split of the day in 19:14 with Branden Rakita, Leon Griffin, Greg Bennett, Rom Akerson and Ben Hoffman all together about 30-seconds back.

Middaugh had a good swim by his standards (21:01) and in what has become a commonplace occurrence here at Beaver Creek, he made up the difference by the end of the first big (brutal) climb about five miles into the bike.

“I felt good in the swim,” said Middaugh. “I knew there was a gap, but it was okay, it was a pretty good gap for me.  I was worried that I was going to come out and be 2:30 behind, but I was able to keep it close enough, I think it was 1:30ish, so it was right where I wanted to be.”

By mile 11 Middaugh was 25-seconds ahead of the Costa Rican, Akerson, and roughly one-minute in front of Hoffman and the young gun Sam Long.  (Long, at just 20-year-old, was racing in his first-ever XTERRA. The CU student has only been pro for a month!)

By the time Middaugh hit the last twisty downhill section of the bike course called Corkscrew he had increased his lead on Akerson to 1:15, had 1:40 on Hoffman and Long, and 2:40 to Rakita riding in fifth.

Despite posting the fastest bike of the day (1:10:13) and taking the lead into the run Middaugh said the race was far from over.

“I did not have much left on the run,” he said.  “For the first time in a couple of years I was in survival mode.”

Survive he did, and with the win moves into the lead of the Pan Am Pro Series standings.

Behind him the longshot Sam Long put in the fastest run split of the day and caught Hoffman and Akerson to move into second-place just 20-seconds behind the world champ.

“Outrageous, I can’t even believe it right now,” said Long, who has a double major going at CU in psychology and integrated physiology.  “2nd in a pro race, against these guys, it’s incredible.”

Akerson was equally excited to hold off Hoffman and finish in third.

“On the run the Long and I hit the first big climb together and man can that kid run fast downhill,” said Akerson.  “I mean, I thought I could run fast downhill but he really went at it. I was just killing my legs going down and he just kept opening it up and I thought Hoffman was going to catch me too but he didn’t, so I guess I had a solid run and pulled it off.”

Hoffman finished in fourth, his fifth straight top four at this event.

“That was painful like always,” said Hoffman.  “I thought I would have a better day but when the run started I just didn’t have any punch. The main objective was to punch my ticket for Maui so I got that done.  I didn’t crash, and it’s fun.  I love getting out here and doing something different, it’s definitely a good fun battle with all these guys. Josiah took it to us like he always does.  He’s a class act and a world champion so I’m not surprised, but I’ll be back next year probably to see if I can go on better.”

Leon Griffin passed Rakita on the run to round out the top five, and after the race said “it was a blast, certainly going to try to do more of these in the future.”



(What was it like getting into the lead on the bike?)

“I got in the top 5, I could see the lead of the race, so I felt really good about it, but you know I was around really strong guys.  Sam was riding strong.  Rom was riding strong, Leon was riding strong, Ben was riding strong too, so it wasn’t like I was flying by guys. I was catching and then dragging them all up together and then all of a sudden we had 4 or 5 guys all in a line, so I wasn’t shaking them off to easy.”

(So when did you take the lead for good?)

On the pavement climb just right before we got back on the dirt, I gradually reeled guys in but we were all kind of in a line. I put in a little attack at the very top just to put a little distance and then I was able to get ahead and then Rom and I put some distance on some of the downhill and then the only guy I could see was Rom for the rest of the way.

(Are you on track?)

I’m a little behind, I don’t know.  I can’t rest on my fitness, I gotta build on it a little bit. Yeah definitely, a wins a win and I got confidence to that, I can race well when I’m not feeling that well, so I feel good about that.

(On the tight racing)

It made for a really exciting racing, you know there was a much bigger front swim pack which made it exciting, not for me so much because I wasn’t in it but you know when I caught up on the bike there was a big group of riders and those guys are just super strong in their other disciplines, those guys are monsters on the bike, and Ironman and ITU racing and you know they can climb, they are lightweight, they go up hill and they can put down the power so it wasn’t easy to catch them.  Luckily I caught them early enough and was able to put a distance and use some of the technical skills to put a little bit more gap.”

(On his 12-year-old Sullivan racing the Sprint event, his first try)

I was thinking about him all day and it was good motivation for me.  It was great to see him having fun. I took a lot of pride in that.


The swim was pretty hard; I always have a hard time in the swim. Me and Josiah came right out of the water together and I said I’m just going to hang with him on the bike, so I rode right by him till the top of the climb.  We passed Ben Hoffman and all those guys. He was in first and I was in second then he lost me on the decent a little bit and I rode with Ben Hoffman the rest of the way. I think Ben Hoffman came in a little in front of me, he came in 4th off the bike.  Then I just felt amazing off the run, actually only probably ran twice in the last two weeks, I’ve been dealing with a foot injury so I wasn’t sure if I was even going to be able to finish to be honest but my legs felt 100 percent fresh on the run, I’ve never had such a feeling. I’ve grown up in Boulder my whole life and my family has been fortunately enough to have a house in Crested Butte so I have mountain biked up their tons, every summer I go up there and just hammer it so I like to think this is home, this is a lot like Crested Butte. I got into triathlons my Junior year in High School so its only been three years

(What’s next)

I’m racing Calgary next weekend actually, 70.3. I wasn’t planning on doing any other XTERRAs but now I have to. I’ll be at Nationals, and maybe World’s after that. It’s so fun.


I’ve been at altitude for 12 days and this is the difference. I had a little mess up on my bike for a second, you know my chain came off but it’s all part of the racing though. Solid race. I wanted to get off my bike with Josiah today, it was close though, but one step at a time and I’ll get ready for my next race.

(On racing against Josiah in the Pan Am Pro Series)

I’ll see him in Dominic Republic, I’ll see him in Mexico, and I’ll see him at Nationals. I got plenty time to race against him.

(On Beaver Creek)

I love it here, I’m actually thinking of coming up and getting ready for the US Nationals here and the people are great. Beaver Creek is the Sh*%!


(On Sam Long)

“I’m happy for him, he had a good day, you can’t argue with the way he raced, he pushed all day, he was up there with me on the bike coming in and he actually went up the top of the climb pretty much with Josiah, he had a special day, and then on the run he ran passed me about a mile and a half in and I had nothing to match it. I’ve raced him on the road a few times and pretty much have been ahead of him there but he had a great day today and definitely took it to us on the run especially, I think he ran back pretty close, he’s got a future in XTERRA for sure.


Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Josiah Middaugh, USA 2:10:05 100
2 Sam Long, USA 2:10:35 90
3 Rom Akerson, CRC 2:12:20 82
4 Ben Hoffman, USA 2:13:30 75
5 Leon Griffin, USA 2:14:23 69
6 Branden Rakita, USA 2:16:37 63
7 Greg Bennett, AUS 2:18:00 58
8 Brad Zoller, USA 2:19:12 53
9 Mario de Elias, ARG 2:20:40 49
10 Brian Smith, USA 2:20:53 45
11 Thomas Spannring, USA 2:22:32 41
12 Michi Weiss, AUT 2:23:49 37
13 Patrick McKeon, USA 2:25:10 34
14 Cody Waite, USA 2:26:00 31
15 Kieran McPherson, NZL 2:26:15 28
Also: AJ Baucco, Michael Nunez, Joshua Merrick, Ian King

Julie Baker


Julie Baker, a 39-year-old soil scientist out of Sonora, California, led just about from wire-to-wire.

XTERRA first-time Julie Stupp had the fastest swim of the day in 19:32, then came Baker in 21:17, the third best swim was from Snyder in 22:40, then it was nearly three minutes to Mayalen Noriega with the fourth-best split.

Baker caught Stupp early on the bike and never looked back, posting the fastest ride of the day in 1:29:36 and took the tape in 2:38:54, nearly two-minutes ahead of Snyder.

“This is like a dream,” said Baker.  “I can’t believe it, and I didn’t expect it. I was just hoping to beat my time from last year (when she won the amateur title here). I’m super psyched to race with all these ladies who are awesome. I kind of died a little bit on the run but I had a good enough swim and bike to hold on.”

Baker actually credits her full-time job for giving her the necessary break from training that her body needs.

“I have a good group of road biking friends in Sonora and they push me really hard,” said Baker.  “I just try and get out when I can and actually my work forces me to rest, go out and dig holes. I like racing at altitude even though I live at 2000 feet.”

As for Snyder, winner of XTERRA Oak Mountain and XTERRA Mine over Matter on the Pan Am Tour to start the season, she’s just happy to have got through it today.

“It was a just see what happens kind of day,” she said.  “My body didn’t feel great, I wasn’t digesting the nutrition well, my legs didn’t have anything.  It was hard.”

Maia Ignatz posted the fastest run of the day to finish in third, her best result yet at Beaver Creek.

“I’m so impressed with Julie and Tess today,” said Ignatz after the race.  “I never saw Julie, she swims so fast, and Tess came by me on the bike smiling and peddling away.  It was pretty good day for me, though, best I’ve ever felt on the bike here.  The run is forever hard, and swimming here I just try not to die or blow up, so all things considered it was a good day.”

Two other first-year XTERRA elites, Katharine Carter and Liz Gruber, took home the fourth and fifth spots.


Pos Name, NAT Time Points
1 Julie Baker, USA 2:38:54 100
2 Suzie Snyder, USA 2:40:47 90
3 Maia Ignatz, USA 2:42:36 82
4 Katharine Carter, CAN 2:50:39 75
5 Elizabeth Gruber, USA 2:52:33 69
6 Kara LaPoint, USA 2:54:53 63
7 Debby Sullivan, USA 3:00:19 58
8 Mayalen Noriega, ESP 3:02:02 53
9 Sarah Gravves, USA 3:02:44 49
10 Caroline Colonna, USA 3:07:43 45
11 Julie Stupp, USA 3:10:17 41
12 Rebecca Blatt, USA 3:17:55 37



Cedric Wane and Tess Amer took home the amateur titles, and as previously mentioned Amer actually won the women’s race with the fastest time.

“I didn’t expect that at all,” said Amer.  “I haven’t done a tri in like three years.  I graduated CU in 2013, when I was the president of the tri club.  I’ve been mountain biking but not putting all three together.  And I just signed up last night.  It turned out well, it was good.  I guess I should go pro and go to Maui now.”

Amer, who works as a 5th grade teacher just outside of Boulder, said she can’t wait to tell her class what happened on Monday.

As for Wane, a Tahitian who was on the CU tri club during Amer’s reign as Pres, he finished 13th overall and ahead of several pros.

Here’s a look at all of today’s age group champs:

Division Name Time Hometown
15  – 19 Heather Horton 3:18:00 Draper, UT
20 – 24 Katarina Marks 3:01:34 Durango, CO
25 – 29 *Tess Amer 2:37:21 Boulder, CO
30 – 34 Megan Riepma 3:05:59 Lafayette, CO
35 – 39 Whitney Barrett-Kaucher 2:45:04 Golden, CO
40 – 44 Deanna McCurdy 2:53:04 Littleton, CO
45 – 49 Patricia Smaldone 3:30:50 Portland, OR
50 – 54 Janet Soule 3:04:22 Davis, CA
55 – 59 Janie White 3:27:43 Paradise Valley, AZ
60 – 64 Martha Buttner 3:26:25 Boulder, CO
65 – 69 Libby Harrow 5:23:21 Fruita, CO
Division Name Time Hometown
15 – 19 Benny Smith 2:54:21 Glenwood Springs, CO
20 – 24 Nelson Hegg 2:31:08 Boulder, CO
25 – 29 Kris Ochs 2:26:09 Vail, CO
30 – 34 *Cedric Wane 2:24:21 Papeete, Tahiti
35 – 39 Nick Stengl 2:35:47 Longmont, CO
40 – 44 Garren Watkins 2:34:13 Boulder, CO
45 – 49 Rife Hilgartner 2:33:17 Vail, CO
50 – 54 Charlie Wertheim 2:44:43 Carbondale, CO
55 – 59 Tom Monica 2:46:49 Thousand Oaks, CA
60 – 64 Johnny Davis 3:05:40 Boulder, CO
65 – 69 David Rakita 3:28:24 Durango, CO
PC Andre Szucs 3:47:10 Encinitas, CA


After seven of 10 events in the Pan Am Pro Series Josiah Middaugh and Suzie Snyder sit in the top spots.  With several of the top 10 men and women all racing in the final three events at XTERRA Dominican Republic, XTERRA Mexico, and the XTERRA Pan Am Championship in Utah on September 17, anything can happen.
Pros count their best four scores (two Gold, two Silver) and whatever they get (or don’t get) at the finale in Utah to determine their final score.
Learn more about the XTERRA Pan Am Tour at http://www.xterraplanet.com/xterra-pan-am-tour/

After 7 – 7.16.16
Men     S G S G S S G
1 Josiah Middaugh, USA 342 67 100 DNS 100 DNS DNS 75
2 Karsten Madsen, CAN 322 DNS 90 DNS 82 75 75 DNS
3 Branden Rakita, USA 199 DNS DNS DNS 75 61 DNS 63
4 Chris Ganter, USA 169 DNS DNS DNS 63 67 39 DNS
5 Kieran McPherson, NZL 158 DNS DNS DNS 69 DNS 61 28
6 Ian King, USA 153 DNS 53 DNS 53 DNS 47 DNP
7 Rom Akerson, CRC 143 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 82
8 Mario De Elias, ARG 112 DNS 63 DNS DNS DNS DNS 49
9 Mauricio Mendez, MEX 90 DNS DNS DNS 90 DNS DNS DNS
10 Thomas Spannring, USA 90 DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS 41
11 Sam Long, USA 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 90
12 Cody Waite, USA 89 DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS DNS 31
13 Jonatan Morales, ARG 82 DNS 82 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
14 Karl Shaw, GBR 75 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
15 Oscar Galindez, ARG 75 DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
16 Albert Soley, ESP 75 DNS DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS
17 Ben Hoffman, USA 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75
18 Lucas Mendez, ARG 69 DNS 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
19 Leon Griffin, USA 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69
20 Felipe Moletta, BRA 67 DNS DNS 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS
21 Paul Tichelaar, CAN 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 67 DNS
22 Diogo Malagon, BRA 61 DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS
23 Facu Medard, ARG 58 DNS 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
24 Greg Bennett, AUS 58 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 58
25 Francois Carloni, FRA 56 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
26 Bruno Silva, BRA 56 DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS
27 Alex VanderLinden, CAN 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS
28 Brent McMahon, CAN 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS
29 Brad Zoller, USA 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53
30 Federico Venegas, CRC 51 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
31 Frederico Zacharias, BRA 51 DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS
32 Sean Bechtel, USA 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS
33 Nathan Killam, CAN 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS
34 Mauro Ayesa, USA 49 DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
35 Greg Schott, USA 47 47 DNS DNS DNF DNS DNS DNS
36 Raul Furtado, BRA 47 DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS
37 Daniel Molnar, USA 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS
38 Victor Arenas, ARG 45 DNS 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
39 Michael Nunez, USA 45 DNS DNS DNS 45 DNS DNS DNP
40 Brian Smith, USA 45 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 45
41 Henrique Lugarini, BRA 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS
42 Brian MacIlvain, USA 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS
43 Clarke Lind, CAN 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 43 DNS
44 Parada Penagos, ARG 41 DNS 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
45 Eduardo Marcolino, BRA 39 DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS
46 Adam Morka, CAN 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS
47 Michi Weiss, AUT 37 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 37
48 Rodrigo Altafini, BRA 36 DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS
49 Jimmy Archer, USA 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 36 DNS
50 Patrick McKeon, USA 34 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 34
51 Stenio Bezerra, BRA 33 DNS DNS 33 DNS DNS DNS DNS
52 Rogério Paula, BRA 30 DNS DNS 30 DNS DNS DNS DNS
53 Ramon Bustos, BRA 27 DNS DNS 27 DNS DNS DNS DNS
55 Cristiam Suzin, BRA 25 DNS DNS 25 DNS DNS DNS DNS
56 Juscelino Vasco, BRA 23 DNS DNS 23 DNS DNS DNS DNS
57 Wellington Conceição, BRA 21 DNS DNS 21 DNS DNS DNS DNS
Women   S G S G S S G
1 Suzie Snyder, USA 265 DNS DNS DNS 100 75 DNS 90
2 Maia Ignatz, USA 233 DNS DNS DNS 90 61 DNS 82
3 Kara Lapoint, USA 212 67 DNS DNS 82 DNS DNS 63
4 Sabrina Gobbo, BRA 205 61 DNS 75 69 DNS DNS DNS
5 Caroline Colonna, USA 202 51 DNS DNS 63 43 DNS 45
6 Rebecca Blatt, USA 184 47 DNS DNS 53 DNS 47 37
7 Debby Sullivan, USA 184 DNS DNS DNS 75 51 DNS 58
8 Miriam Guillot-Boisset, FRA 175 75 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
9 Sarah Graves, USA 150 DNS DNS DNS 58 DNS 43 49
10 Laura Mira Dias, BRA 149 DNS 82 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS
11 Katharina Carter, CAN 131 DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS 75
12 Julie Baker, USA 100 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 100
13 Fabiola Corona, MEX 90 DNS 90 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
14 Erika Simon, ARG 75 DNS 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
15 Katie Button, CAN 75 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 75 DNS
16 Elizabeth Gruber, USA 69 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 69
17 Joanna Brown, CAN 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS 67 DNS DNS
18 Zoe Dawson, CAN 67 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 67 DNS
19 Isabella Ribeiro 61 DNS DNS 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS
20 Danelle Kabush, CAN 61 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 61 DNS
21 Caitlin Snow, USA 56 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS
22 Luisa Saft, BRA 56 DNS DNS 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS
23 Jaime Brede, USA 56 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 56 DNS
24 Mayalen Noriega, ESP 53 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 53
25 Vanessa Cabrini, BRA 51 DNS DNS 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS
26 Lisa Leonard, USA 51 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 51 DNS
27 Maggie Rusch, USA 49 DNS DNS DNS 49 DNS DNS DNS
28 Fernanda Prieto, BRA 47 DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS
29 Annie-Claude Gaudet, CAN 47 DNS DNS DNS DNS 47 DNS DNS
30 Brisa Melcop, BRA 43 DNS DNS 43 DNS DNS DNS DNS
31 Julie Stupp, USA 41 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 41
32 Beatriz Granziera, BRA 39 DNS DNS 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS
33 Amanda Felder, USA 39 DNS DNS DNS DNS DNS 39 DNS
34 Melania Giraldi, BRA 36 DNS DNS 36 DNS DNS DNS DNS
35 Monalisa Vieira, BRA 33 DNS DNS 33 DNS DNS DNS DNS
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Up Next: XTERRA Dominican Republic on July 31.


XTERRA Beaver Creek was the 22nd of 37 events where the fastest amateur athletes from around the world could qualify to race at the 21st annual XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui on Oct 23.

7-Feb XTERRA Philippines Brad Weiss/Lizzie Orchard
21-Feb XTERRA South Africa Brad Weiss/Flora Duffy
5-Mar XTERRA Motatapu Olly Shaw/Mary Gray
12-Mar XTERRA Saipan Brodie Gardner/Carina Wasle
20-Mar XTERRA Costa Rica Karl Shaw/Myriam Guillot-Boisset
26-Mar XTERRA Argentina Josiah Middaugh/Myriam Guillot
3-Apr XTERRA Malta Roger Serrano/Brigitta Poor
16-Apr XTERRA New Zealand Braden Currie/Lizzie Orchard
17-Apr XTERRA La Reunion Ruben Ruzafa/Carina Wasle
23-Apr XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship Braden Currie/Lizzie Orchard
7-May XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour Championship Ben Allen/Jacqui Slack
7-May XTERRA Brazil Albert Soley/Sabrina Gobbo
7-May XTERRA Greece Roger Serrano/Helena Erbenova
14-May XTERRA Tahiti Josiah Middaugh/Lesley Paterson
21-May XTERRA Oak Mountain State Park Josiah Middaugh/Suzie Snyder
21-May XTERRA Portugal Ruben Ruzafa/Helena Erbenova
11-Jun XTERRA Belgium Kris Coddens/Helena Erbenova
25-Jun XTERRA Switzerland Ruben Ruzafa/Michelle Flipo
25-Jun XTERRA Mine over Matter Karsten Madsen/Suzie Snyder
3-Jul XTERRA France Ruben Ruzafa/Lesley Paterson
10-Jul XTERRA Victoria Karsten Madsen/Katie Button
16-Jul XTERRA Beaver Creek Josiah Middaugh/Julie Baker
23-Jul XTERRA Parry Sound Ontario, Canada
31-Jul XTERRA Italy Lago Di Scanno
31-Jul XTERRA Dominican Republic Barahona
6-Aug XTERRA Mexico Tapalpa
7-Aug XTERRA Poland Krakow
13-Aug XTERRA Sweden Hellsgaarten, Stockholm
14-Aug XTERRA Canmore Canmore, Alberta, Canada
20-Aug XTERRA European Championship Zittau, Germany
27-Aug XTERRA Sleeping Giant Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
27-Aug XTERRA Korea Daeahn Reservoir, Wonju City
3-Sep XTERRA Japan Hokkaido
4-Sep XTERRA Denmark Mons Klint
4-Sep XTERRA Quebec Quebec City, Quebec
11-Sep XTERRA Woolastook New Brunswick, Canada
17-Sep XTERRA USA / Pan Am Championship Ogden, Utah, USA
23-Oct XTERRA World Championship Kapalua, Maui

DeSantis / America Tour Notes

XTERRA Beaver Creek is just one of four races on the America Tour schedule this week.

Also on the schedule is XTERRA Sky High in New York, XTERRA DINO in Indiana, and XTERRA Hammerman in Alaska.

“This is our 16th year, and we are still going strong,” said long-time XTERRA age group standout and Hammerman race director Andy Duenow.

“We’re selling out registration again and with the amazing summer we have been having I don’t anticipate too many race day no shows. The lake is an awesome 68-degrees, the bike course is in great shape, the run course is perfect… and the whole thing is a blast, when it’s not kicking your ass!  :-)”


Over in Cropseyville, NY our XTERRA Warrior David DeSantis is competing in race No. 9 in his 16 in 2016 campaign.

“Last Thursday I got another round of chemo and by Saturday I looked like the Michelin Man.  My knees, ankles, elbows and digestive system went nuts,” explained DeSantis.

“The rheumatologist drained my left knee yesterday (for the 3rd time in as many weeks) and explained that the chemo is creating an inflammatory response in my body.   My joints and digestive system become inflamed and swelling persists for about 4-5 days.  Today I feel great and XTERRA Sky High is only two days away.  Since I have to get chemo infusions every two weeks and have 4-5 days of recovery from the infusions, I’m going to have to modify the schedule to hit as many races as possible in the US and Canada (closer to home).  I’m looking forward to seeing some local XTERRA friends at the race on Saturday.   Now I have to figure out how to cram a months-worth of training into three days…”

DeSantis has already raised more than $22,000 towards his goal of $32,000 for the Challenged Athletes Foundation this season.

Join in the fight at: https://www.gofundme.com/DeSantis16in2016?utm_medium=wdgt


Caleb Baity and Amy Carver won the challenging XTERRA Whitewater last weekend on a hot and humid day in Charlotte, NC. XTERRA Ambassador Marcus Barton, who finished runner-up, brings us this report.

Top 3 Men:
1. Caleb Baity – 2:23:51.7
2. Marcus Barton – 2:25:45.7
3. Ali Arasta – 2:28:11.1

Top 3 Women:
1. Amy Carver – 3:03:44.4
2. Angie Callaway Childre – 3:06:40.0
3. Elizabeth Skiba – 3:08:24.5

Full XTERRA Whitewater results: http://usnwc.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/2016-XTERRA-overall-results.pdf

Find the most up-to-date XTERRA America Tour race results and regional standings at: http://www.xterraplanet.com/races/points/



Catching Up With The Champ

There is never a dull moment in the life of reigning XTERRA World Champion Josiah Middaugh.

As the father of three who runs a full-time coaching business and is a community icon, the demands on his time are relentless … even on race week!

Case in point: Last night, just two days from one of the premier races of his season, he was one of the featured celebrities in the Star Dancing Gala, a benefit for the Vail Valley Foundation’s Youth Power 365 program. It’s a big deal, and required a ton of practice time to nail down a routine.

“I was excited to be able to help out,” said Middaugh. “It’s for the Vail Valley Foundation. The charity is Youth Power 365, and I see a direct benefit with my kids because that organization takes up a lot of the slack where the school funding falls short with after school programs and educational/recreational stuff in the community good that is really great for kids.”

13680902_10154346312309579_1676695871352005827_nWe caught up with Middaugh to learn more about the dance, and other random things…

XTERRA: So, what dance did you do?

Middaugh: The Napoleon’s dynamite “Vote for Pedro” dance routine, it was pretty funny.

XT: Video evidence?

JM: We’ll see.

XT: Through the years with you living here in Eagle-Vail and around Beaver Creek have you seen the general awareness for the sport of XTERRA increase?

JM: Yes, definitely.   When I first moved here it was a strong mountain bike community that dabbled in other stuff but it certainly wasn’t a triathlon community. Over the years, however, as a direct result of XTERRA, that has developed. There is an XTERRA community here, training groups, and a lot of rides and runs. The community is aware of XTERRA, even people that don’t do XTERRA are aware of it with re-runs of the race shows on the TV all the time, and the local press that covers it like a real sport. It’s a fun place to live and clearly has a lot of great facilities and options for endurance sports enthusiasts.

XT: Your oldest boy Sullivan, 12-years-old, is doing the Sprint race by himself on Saturday.   Are you more anxious about his race or yours?

JM: I’ll be more nervous about his race for sure. For me, I know what to expect. For him, I’ll be worried about him as a father, but he’s got it figured it out I think. He’ll be fine, he’ll be worried less than me.

XT: What’s your favorite part of this course, or what about it do you enjoy the most?

JM: I enjoy the fact that you have to dig deep and push yourself. There is no easy way around it, and you’ve got to test your limits to meet your goals.

XT: And where is the most challenging spot on this course?

JM: Coming off the bike and starting the run up Aspen Glade. It’s hard to know what you have in your legs until you hit that climb. Some years it has been good, and some years I’ve found the well is dry.

XT: How worried should visiting athletes be about running into Bears or other wildlife out there?

JM: I worry more about hitting tourists than I do hitting bears. I’ve seen a bear maybe twice in 16 years here, but tourists are always around.         You’ve got to be careful coming around a blind corner and finding someone on a leisurely hike.

XT: What have you seen out there?

JM: I saw two mountain lions by arrowhead five years ago during the winter. Saw a moose, elk, deer. I did see a black bear running the other way during the race a few years back.

XT: What one piece of advice have you been consistently giving to your athletes racing this weekend?

JM: Mainly to pace yourself, kind of in all three disciplines, because you don’t get many breaks on this course. You’ve got to consider the entirety of the race and not blow yourself up during the first couple minutes of any of the three disciplines.

XT: You’ve been racing XTERRA for 15+ years, do you have a favorite XTERRA shirt that you still wear?

JM: Yeah, I still wear the Maui 2002 shirt all the time. One of those old grey shirts, cool colors, basic design thin cotton.

XT: Having traveled all over the world with XTERRA, what do you say to the big group of international athletes who have traveled here to your backyard?

JM: We welcome all the visiting athletes with open arms. That’s the spirit of XTERRA to get out and live more, and that’s what we want people to see in this destination just like the other ones. It’s an amazing place.   Enjoy the environment, and take a break from your busy lifestyle.


Middaugh Coaching Corner: Go Jump in a Lake!

Note: Josiah’s brother Yaro wrote this week’s training tip…

You diligently hit the pool every Monday, Wednesday and Friday all winter. You even moved up in your masters group to a faster lane. Yet in your first few XTERRAs this season you’re in nearly the same position out of the water. At this point in the summer that local body of water near your house is starting to warm up to a comfortable temperature for open water swimming. Open water may just be the thing you need to take your swim to the next level. But what should you do out there? Below are a few suggestions to get you rolling:

You would never show up to the pool if you knew you only 10-20 minutes to swim. However, a lot can be accomplished in a 10-20 minute continuous swim. My best swimming has happened when I stopped swimming in the pool and started swimming all open water. Instead of swimming 2-3 times a week for 60 minutes, I started swimming 3-4 times a week for only 10-40 minutes at a time. I just made sure that all the time I had was spent actually swimming. I primarily did tempo swims, but worked very hard to increase my cadence. For many people that are relatively new to swimming and do not do flip turns the pool wall acts like a crutch. It is used for extra rest and totally breaks the rhythm of your swim.

Every time you go to the pool the conditions are nearly the same. Sometimes it’s a little cold or too warm, but that’s it. On race day, you never know what the conditions will be like so make sure you swim open water in all conditions as well. Make sure it’s safe of course, but don’t be afraid of a little chop! Being comfortable in all conditions will pay off and might just allow you to make the front pack when others are struggling.

The more people you can get out there with you the better. First of all, it’s just safer to swim with a group. Swimming with others also pushes you to swim harder and practice race simulations. Drafting can improve your 1500-meter swim time by as much as 60-90 seconds. Practice drafting off others, have others swim behind you and hit your feet with every stroke, or try to pass someone and jump to the next group.

Lifelong swimmers are probably mumbling expletives under their breath right now. Wailing on the water doesn’t mean make a huge splash as it implies. It really refers to increasing your cadence. That summer I started to improve my swim I did something I liked to call wailing on the water. When I knew I only had 10-20 minutes, which was most of the time, I started swimming nearly as hard as I could for as long as I could. I started with 50 strokes (I would only count 1 arm because it was too hard to keep track of two when swimming at my max : ) As soon as I could no longer keep up the effort and cadence I would swim easy for about 20 strokes and try to do it again. I would repeat this 3-6 times depending on how much time I had and how tired I was. Each week try to add 10 strokes or more. I got so that I was doing around 400+ strokes for each interval, but I kept my rest interval the same. My cadence went up which is important in open water swimming because it helps keep your momentum especially in choppy water or when swimming against the current. Typically, the choppier the water the faster your cadence needs to be. Pool only swimmers often fail to make this adjustment in open water. This workout totally sucks, but has huge benefits, and it looks pretty funny for spectators.

The beginning of each race can determine whether or not you swim with the lead pack or make a pack at all. The first 200 meters could determine whether or not you make the podium in your age group or not. You need to practice this often and be as race specific as you can. Is your next big race a water or beach start? You need to know and practice. If you have an open water group, do the starts together to even better simulate the start of your race. Again, I often count strokes or use buoys or landmarks. I will do 50-100 strokes nearly all out, 50-100 at race pace and then swim easy back before I start my next start. It’s a lot easier to use buoys or landmarks if you are with a group.

Triathlon swims can be unpredictable and a little bit crazy. The last thing you want to do is stop mid swim and lose contact with your pack, and minutes to your competition. Open water swims offer the closest simulation to this. I encourage athletes to swim through uncomfortable situations. If you get battered by a wave, take in a huge drink, your goggles fog up, or you get kicked try to swim through it instead of stopping to gather yourself. If I get slammed by a wave and take in a bunch of water, I try to actually swim harder during my training swim and see if I can work my way through it. I use it as an opportunity to simulate a race day situation that you often find yourself in, but is difficult to prepare for.

You want to be comfortable in your wetsuit, but you do NOT want to do all of your open water swims in your wetsuit. Wetsuits are buoyant and help hide flaws in your body position. They also pretty much alleviate the need to kick. Swimming in open water without a wetsuit will make you a much stronger swimmer and improve your body position.

If you swim at the same lake, beach, or reservoir start getting an idea of how long it takes you swim between certain landmarks and know their distances. Obviously current and chop can affect your times, but you can start to use the distances for workouts. A huge part of open water swimming is sighting. During every workout you should pick one or more landmarks to sight. When race day comes sighting will be a piece of cake!

I know plenty of people that don’t open water swim because they are uncomfortable swimming by themselves. If this is the case, go to your local swimming hole and swim back and forth between the swim buoys. Time yourself going the length of them and practice making turns around the buoys. Buoys are great for intervals. You can swim the length, down and back or do pyramids.

Now that I’ve told you to make yourself uncomfortable and swim in adverse conditions I also want to make sure that you always think about safety. Below are a few recommendations to help make sure you’re safe out there:

– Swim with a group when possible.
– Have someone in a kayak or on a paddle board.
– Make sure someone has a cell phone in kayak or on beach.
– If there are lifeguards let them know you are swimming.
– Use a swim buoy, especially if you are swimming alone.
– Wear a bright swim cap.
– Make sure someone knows exactly where you are swimming and when you plan to return.
– Don’t swim in areas with high boat traffic.
– If you are by yourself, swim along the shore, or use swim area buoys and go back and forth.

Josiah Middaugh is the reigning XTERRA World Champion, and he dances for good causes!   He has a master’s degree in kinesiology and has been a certified personal trainer for 15 years (NSCA-CSCS). His brother Yaro (drinking the pickle juice) also has a master’s degree and has been an active USAT certified coach for a decade. Read past training articles at http://www.xterraplanet.com/training/middaugh-coaching-corner and learn more about their coaching programs at www.middaughcoaching.com.


Meet an Elite: Katharine Carter

Josiah Middaugh isn’t the only elite racing this weekend with some local knowledge of the trails around Beaver Creek. In the women’s race we have Katharine Carter, who spent some time living and working in the Vail Valley and is now in her rookie year racing pro.

When she’s not racing, Carter works as a biomedical engineer at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute at the Vail Valley Medical Center.

In her pro debut at XTERRA Mine over Matter last month she finished fourth in front of a bunch of family and friends in the Toronto area. On Saturday, she’ll try to improve on that performance in front of yet another collection of local supporters here in Colorado.

We caught up with Katharine recently to learn more about her…

XTERRA: When was your first XTERRA?
Katharine Carter: July 2012, XTERRA Mountain Championships. I had just moved to Vail, Colorado earlier that week and heard about this strange type of triathlon was happening. With no previous swim training, my big all-mountain bike from BC, and little realization that racing at altitude might be a tad bit harder, I did the XTERRA. I think I almost came last in my age group. But I loved every second! I’ve been hooked on XTERRA ever since.

XT: You’ve moved around a lot … how come?
KC: Partly for work, partly for adventure. I’m originally from the Toronto area, but after doing grad school in Vancouver, British Columbia I got offered a job working in the hospital in Vail, Colorado. I couldn’t resist the opportunity to live/work in a ski town. My boyfriend (now husband) Paul & I moved down there and after a few seasons of rocky mountain powder Paul got a spot in an MBA program in Cape Town, South Africa. So we picked up and moved there for a year. It is one of the most beautiful places in the world. There is also a large triathlon community and the XTERRA is by far one of my favorites. Most of the flights out of South Africa go through Europe, so it also gave me a chance to try out some of the European circuit (ie. XTERRA England, France & Germany). After a short stint in Chicago for Paul to finish up the MBA, we have settled back in North Vancouver (at least for now…)

XT: Where were you born and raised?
KC:  In Brampton, Ontario, home of Russell Peters 🙂

XT: What’s your background, were you a mtb’er or triathlete or runner or swimmer?
KC:  If anything I was a tennis player growing up, but I got into mountain biking and triathlon during university. Let’s just say that I was mostly doggie-paddling until a few years ago.

XT: What made you decide to go pro this year?
KC:  I want the challenge! I have been steadily increasing my training/racing over the past few years and I’ve reached that point where I want to stand on the line beside these amazing other women pros and just see how I can do.

XT:  How was XTERRA Mine Over Matter?
KC: Awesome! It was a very fast course. The bike course was tight, twisty, lots of corners and technical skills really was the name of the game. I grew up not too far from the race course so it was a special feeling to be on home turf and to have all my family (3 dogs included) out there to support me. And I couldn’t ask for a better breakout race into the pro ranks! I felt great that day and was very happy to come in 4th.

XT: What do you think about the Pan Am Series and the open invite to race in Utah for Canadian racers?
KC: I think the Pan Am series is a great idea. It’s a chance for us to travel to places we wouldn’t otherwise, experience other cultures and boost the sport of XTERRA in other countries.

XT: Why do you like XTERRA?
KC:  Every race is different. Some are flat and fast, some have grueling climbs, or technical mountain biking sections, or are ultra-muddy, or have man-made obstacles. That, and the community of people. I’ve never done a sport that had such friendly people, they leave everything they have out on the course and then sit back & drink a beer after. What’s not to love?

XT: What do you do for a living when you’re not racing?
KC:  I’m a biomedical engineer, working for an orthopaedic clinic doing research on new MRI sequences. My work has been a great motivation not to injure myself. I know what all the nasty joint injuries look like inside and out, and believe me, it’s not pretty. If you hurt anything then let me know, maybe we can get you in our next study as a test subject 😉

XT: When did you become Katharine Carter (neh Wilson)?
KC: One year ago! Woo hoo. July 2nd, 2015. Paul doesn’t race XTERRA but he’s one of my best training partners. He drives me a little crazy sometimes because while I train a lot, he trains just enough to stay faster than me on everything. Typical!

XT: Favorite all-time XTERRA race?
KC: XTERRA France. That’s one grueling adventure. From the 1000-person mass swim start, to the muddy mountain pass you go up over twice, the huge man-made wood ramps/structures, to the ultra-muddy/rocky trail run. Allez allez!

XT: Best XTERRA moment?
KC: Winning my age group at US Nationals in 2013. It was a complete surprise. I am not a great swimmer and I knew girls had gotten out of the water ahead of me, and I spent the whole bike/run trying to chase them down. I never saw any of them. Turns out I passed them all in the swim/bike transition 🙂