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Weekend round-up: Pain in paradise at Island House Triathlon, Canadians crushing the 70.3 scene

It was a big weekend for triathlon, with the second annual Island House Invitational Triathlon concluding yesterday after three days of world-class racing and some stacked fields at Ironman 70.3 Austin and Ironman 70.3 Los Cabos. Here’s our weekend social media round-up highlighting the best moments from the weekend and the Canadian pros who delivered strong performances on the 70.3 circuit yesterday.

Island House Triathlon earns unofficial #PaininParadise hashtag

A handful of the world’s fastest short and long course pros raced for a major prize purse at the second annual Island House Invitational Triathlon, which earned the unofficial hashtag #PaininParadise for the gruelling level of competition against the backdrop of the beautiful Bahamas. Some of the best posts from the race came from Tommy Zafares, husband of American ITU athlete Katie Zafares who was racing and a triathlete and photographer himself.

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So very grateful to have been among the ones to take part at the @islandhousetri, a race that is just as fun as it is tough!!! ? @maxwilderness. This was a race I got to start with the very best in the sport, athletes I have so much respect for. Racing this very unique format and field, I was able to let go of any kind of calculated expectation and just go hit that red line and hold it as long as I could. It was very freeing and I fell in love with the sport all over again after this weekend. I ended up 12th on day 2, which was pretty good, but you had to make the top 10 to compete at Harbourn Cay on day 3. I was however, invited to go watch @eric_lagerstrom race the next day and I got on a ferry along with other athletes and supporters to cheer for Eric who ended up having one of his best races in career, finishing 5th among the best in the world!! #proud #inspired #triathlon #triathlonfun

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Stacked fields in Los Cabos and Austin

Angela Naeth won Ironman 70.3 Los Cabos yesterday while Sue Huse and Cody Beals pulled off third place finishes among stacked fields. Melanie McQuaid managed a top 10 finish in an adjusted Ironman 70.3 Austin race, which had its swim cancelled due to fog. Both races saw some great racing from some of the circuit’s best half distance specialists.