It was three months ago, but Paula Findlay had her breakout 70.3 performance in St. George, Utah, winning the North American Championship. This past weekend, Findlay finished IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder with a fourth place. Things looked to be going well, until the run where she had to push through some dark moments. It may not have been the top result she wanted, but following a stress fracture Findlay will take the result and move forward. Fellow Canadian, Stephanie Roy, followed in sixth.
- Ellie Salthouse (AUS) 4:03:57
- Jeanni Seymour (ZAF) 4:12:27
- Lesley Smith (USA) 4:17:24
- Paula Findlay (CAN) 4:19:15 & 6. Stephanie Roy (CAN) 4:22:03
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4th at #IMboulder703. Probably the deepest I’ve ever had to dig just to get to the finish line. Heat, altitude, and first race back after a stress fracture made this a HARD freaking day. Nice to come out the other side healthy and with a really long run under my belt 😅. Congrats to @elliesalthouse1 who was in a league of her own today 🙌. 📸 race vibe perfectly captured by @koruptvision – thanks Glen.
In the men’s race, American Ben Hoffman returned to racing after a back injury following his Cape Epic race with Sebastian Kienle. Hoffman would finish second, three seconds back from Callum Millward (NZL). Matt Chrabot (USA) finished in third.
Canadian Angela Naeth finished in fifth at IRONMAN Maastricht – Limburg in the Netherlands. The third-place finisher, Sonia Bracegirdle (NZL) and Naeth would finish less than three minutes apart.
In Cebu, Philippines, Brent McMahon was back racing just a week after his win at IRONMAN Canada in Whistler, BC. Heading into the race McMahon was realistic with his expectations and was excited to get some speed in his legs before some rest and training for Kona. The swim and bike went well for McMahon, but it would be in the marathon were his tired legs would not respond. On the day McMahon would come fourteenth. “I’ll take a few weeks off now and then head into my preparation for Kona with some training in Maui in September and then to Kona in October,” says McMahon. Mauricio Mendez (MEX) took the win ahead of Tyler Butterfield (BER) and Braden Currie (AUS).
On the ITU scene, Lenna Lee finished 9th in the elite women’s CAMTRI field in Lima, Peru. The CAMTRI America Cup race was a test event for the 2019 Pan American Games. Then in Malmo, Sweden, Brennen Smith came out of the water in a large lead group and held his own on the bike in the pack. Unfortunately, his day would be done following the bike.