Two-time XTERRA World Champion Lesley Paterson took it to the entire field on Sunday at the inaugural XTERRA Laguna Beach off-road triathlon, including the men.
“What an awesome day!” Paterson posted to her Facebook page after the race. “Amazingly organized, brilliant course and TONS of local friends, Bravehearters, and family there sharing in the love, not to mention getting to race with hubby. First time ever to win overall and beat all the boys....”
The “Scottish Rocket” had the best bike and run splits and a winning time of 2:23:38 that was more than six-minutes faster than runner-up Gavin Klinger. (Full results)
“I came out the swim top ten about three minutes down,” explained Paterson. “I then clawed it all back on the bike up the sandy steep climbs and came in to transition just one-second down! I ran in to the lead after half-mile and never looked back! What was funny on the run was the fact there was a sprint race and thus a 5K turnaround. The marshal saw me and assumed I was doing the sprint race because there was no way I’d be leading the full! I was shouting, no I’m doing the 10k! They gasped! Oh man it was priceless!”
Being able to race alongside her husband Simon, at least momentarily, was also priceless.
“Si was doing a relay, the bike portion, and his swimmer was the same speed as me so we went out on the bike together. He was like....so this is how hard u go...to which I replied, “Yup” then shoved it in a big gear and climbed away from him.”
The fact that Paterson had a strong bike is a good sign as she turns her focus and drive into making the Great Britain Olympic mountain biking team.
“I’m now off to do the next two U.S. Cup mountain bike races in Colorado and Missouri, then Switzerland to do my first world cup!” exclaimed Paterson. “I actually started a go fund me site to help pay for it all because it’s so darn expensive!”
To help Paterson pave her way to the Rio Olympics visit http://www.gofundme.com/patersonic