The 70.3 Ironman Mont-Tremblant held on Sunday June 24th was a fantastic race for the IRONDames with podium finishes by IRONDames Hélène Desrosiers, Margaret Dorio and Pat Shaw, personal training expectations exceeded, great camaraderie and loads fun had by all!
But most importantly for the IRONDames it marked the return of our invincible Pat Shaw to a sport she loves after being involved in a serious car accident in October 2012. Pat’s commitment to training in the short time she had before the race was truly inspiring. Her positive, “can do” attitude and perseverance left us all in awe. Check out her account of her 70.3 Ironman Mont-Tremblant Race Day below:
“In the week leading up to the Mont-Tremblant 70.3 Ironman I rested, took in some spa treatments with the support of my fellow IRONDame Andrea Buzza and ate well. My personal race goal was simply to finish healthy, an uncertain task with the limited training and short recovery period I had from a car accident in October that left me with a fracture foot, ankle, ribs and sternum injuries. I knew that all of this might require me to pull out of the race. I certainly never recommend sacrificing long-term health for a finish and I had mentally prepared all week to follow my own advice if necessary. By race morning, I was at peace with this reality and ready to have as much fun as my body would let me. I was ready … and would take it one stage at a time…
Race day came, the rain had stopped… I was up at 4 am, went through my breakfast routine, gathered my gear, got in the car and off I went with my biggest fan, my biggest support, my driver, my husband, Don.
Arriving at the site, I received my body mark, set up my transition and went on to the swim. I was very calm under the circumstances and started talking to friends and competitors.
The swim went very well, one stroke at a time. The water was a little cool in sections, but not bad. As I came out of the water I was met with cheering family, friends and dogs, which gave me that extra boost to get going to my bike. I had made the swim stage… ribs felt pretty good… breathing ok… looks like I’m going onto the bike stage, I thought to myself.
On the bike I encountered a small problem with my helmet. My strap broke and I stopped twice to fix it but couldn’t. Then on Hwy 117 I was pulled over by a Race Marshall, who was going to penalize or disqualify me. I was able to convince the Marshall to let me ride to the next aid station to fix it as I had planned to do, which I did.
The rainy weather from the previous day had left a mist hanging over the mountains, which was awesome. I had looked forward to riding this course, and it did not disappoint me. With flat aero sections, long aerobic climbs and steep twisty leg-sapping hills the Mont-Tremblant bike course had it all! My ride was going well and I was prepared to tackle the road to Lac Superieur.
The signature Lac Superieur out and back is in the final 20 km of the ride and it is there that reality really sets in as the steepest hills on the entire course are waiting just around the corner. I knew this section was coming, but I was still surprised by how tough it was! But all in all everything was working well for me; pacing, nutrition and day before playing.
Dismounting the bike, I moved smoothly through transition, taking my time, feeling my body to make sure that I was ready to go onto the run course…walking slowly through the cheering spectators. I knew the run would be a long slow one, but I was still grinning ear to ear. Away I went…
The goal of this race was to enjoy it and finish without injury, which meant going easy and stopping regularly. I handled this mentally by turning my attention outward to my family and friends that had helped me through the past few months and how lucky I was to be in such a wonderful place, among such a wide range of passionate, hard-working and fun-loving athletes.
In the closing kilometers, I realized that my body was holding together. As I made my way through the cobbled streets of Mont Tremblant Village with cheering spectators on either side, the challenges I had faced over the past several months didn’t matter. Coming to the finish I smiled in the knowledge that I had met my goal. I did it and had fun doing it!
I was in the MOMENT and there was no MONKEY MIND on race day!” ~ The invincible IRONDame Pat Shaw
IRONDames’ Race Results for 70.3 Ironman Mont-Tremblant:
Hélène Desrosiers: Age Grouper F 45-49 / Overall Time: 05:23:29 / Div Rank: 5/126 / Gender Rank: 69/663 / Overall Rank: 523 / Swim: 37:18/ T1: 5:29 / Bike: 2:49:15 / T2: 1:38 / Run: 1:49:51
Margaret Dorio: Age Grouper F 50-54 / Overall Time: 05:30:54 / Div Rank: 5/82 / Gender Rank: 100/663 / Overall Rank: 644 / Swim: 37.21/ T1: 5:16 / Bike: 2:49:24 / T2: 1:51 / Run: 1:57:03
Claudia Hutchinson: Age Grouper F 55-59 / Overall Time: DNF (Due t0 Existing Injury) / Div Rank: 31/31 / Gender Rank: 657/663 / Swim: 40:56 / T1: 6.23 / Bike: 2:55:25 / T2: 2:00 / Run: DNS
Pat Shaw: Age Grouper F 60-64 / Overall Time: 07:52:43 / Div Rank: 4/5 / Gender Rank: 613/663 / Overall Rank: 1839 / Swim: 50.06 / T1: 6:55 / Bike: 3:43:11 / T2: 3:57 / Run: 3:03:35
Since 70.3 Ironman Tremblant, Pat has been busy training and racing! Earlier this month Pat finished 2nd in her age group at the K-Town Triathlon & Duathlon – Short Course race in Kingston, ON. What made the race even more special to Pat was that her son Justine, daughter Jody and long time friend Patti McCauley competed in the Triathlon with her! Jody and Patti even donned IRONDame uniforms in a show of support for Pat and Wellspring! Then last weekend Pat and her daughter Jody competed at Ironman 70.3 Timberman in Gilford, New Hampshire, U.S.A., where Pat placed 4th in her age group besting her Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant time by more than 13 minutes!
Feeling strong and healthy Pat will be cycling Epic Tour Halton’s 80 K route on September 8th 2013 with several friends and fellow IRONDames. For those IRONDames riding the tour with her it will be a great opportunity to celebrate the perseverance Pat showed in coming back from injury and a time dream up what physical challenges we would like to tackle together in 2014!