Second place for Liz Blatchford at Ironman Mont Tremblant17. August 2015 — Triathlon Team
Liz Blatchford (AUS) of the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team missed the win by less than a minute at Subaru Ironman Mont Tremblant yesterday.
She started her race with a solid swim (3,8km: 52:03), 1:42 behind leader Mary Beth Ellis. On the bike leg she pushed hard on her BMC timemachine to increase the gap to the rest of the field (180km: 5:01:15). Only the leader Mary Beth Ellis was quicker on the bike and came first to T2. At the run Liz (42km: 3:10:56) was quickly closing the gap in the last 10km, but at the end had to settle for second, only 50 seconds behind the winner.
Liz Blatchford was satisfied with the result: “Overall, I am very happy with my performance. I came to this race to try an emulate 2013 when I raced here then went on to come 3rd in Kona. Today, I was 8 minutes quicker than I was in 2013 so I think that bodes well. In the swim, I made a tactical error and never saw Mary Beth. I actually thought I was leading the swim. Total rookie move! So, I was very surprised to find out I was 2 mins down out of the swim. The first 90km bike lap I felt flat and was struggling. I thought I was in for a bad day but onto the second lap and my legs came good, and I really felt (relatively) good coming off the bike. I was second female throughout the whole bike leg and was 9 mins off the bike to Mary Beth who had a great ride. The first 10km of the run felt great also and then I hit a wall. I slowed a lot and suffered for the middle part of the marathon. Then around 30km something clicked again and my legs were back. I pushed a little and heard with 5km to go that I was still 5 mins down on Mary Beth and thought it was impossible. Stupid thought and now in retrospect I wish I had pushed harder because Mary Beth was struggling and at the finish I was only 50 seconds behind. I never saw her though; it's twisty and hilly toward the end. As I said I am really happy with my race and form and look forward to Kona.”