The 2018 triathlon season for Rachel McBride thus far has been one to remember. She began her season with a fourth place at IRONMAN South Africa, while also setting her fastest time. Her return to Canada saw her win IRONMAN 70.3 Victoria. Recently, at IRONMAN 70.3 Mont Tremblant she was locked in a duel with the now three-time winner, Meredith Kessler, just falling short in the run to come second.
As the season reaches the midway point, McBride is getting set for the IRONMAN European Championship in Frankfurt, Germany. There, she will be going up against some elite competition, including the Queen of Ironman, Daniela Ryf. Joining McBride in Germany will be fellow Canadian Steph Croker. The two will be competing for a top result to earn Kona qualification points for this year’s world championship.
Following Rachel McBride’s second place at Mont Tremblant, we got to chat and check in as she prepares for her upcoming races.
TMC: What is your favourite pre-race meal before an Ironman?
RM: For Ironman it’s a strange assortment of cantaloupe, banana, potato and protein powder (usually not mixed together!) at 3:30 am. It doesn’t sound appetizing, but it’s pretty tasty and the perfect fuel balance for a long day of going hard!
TMC: How about your favourite pump up song?
RM: I’m obsessed with Pulses by Karmin right now.
TMC: So far, what is your most memorable triathlon moment?
RM: Collapsing at the finish line of the Wildflower triathlon in California after leading this epic race until 2 miles to go.
TMC: The life of a pro triathlete is appealing for some. What does a typical week of training look like for you?
RM: I train typically an average of 20-25 hours per week. About half of that is cycling and then the rest divided in swimming, running and strength work. I do some longer endurance sessions on the weekend and then workouts with intensity pretty much every day during the week…aside from Monday’s – those are my recovery easy days usually with just a swim.
I’ll typically have 2-3 workouts a day. In between training sessions, I’m trying to recover as best as possible, so getting some food in, naps and body work like rolling. It’s pretty relentless!
TMC: You have been crushing it this season. Maybe walk us through your results so far?
RM: Season so far, the remainder of the season and Goals
My season could not have gone better this season as I gather points for the Ironman world championships in Kona. I’m just coming off a win and 2nd place in two solid half Ironman races here in Canada (Victoria and Mont Tremblant).
Having raced all over the world for eight years now, it’s always a meaningful experience to compete in Canada. Earlier this year I placed 4th at the African IRONMAN Championship with my fastest marathon and Ironman yet!
Next up I’m racing IRONMAN European Championship in Frankfurt to secure my spot for the big stage in Kona hopefully!
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What an incredible experience to take 2nd today at @ironmantri 70.3 Mont Tremblant!! Swam on Kessler and Spieldenner’s toes and scooped first out of the water with some quality dolphin diving. Kessler and I had an amazing back and forth battle on the bike. We especially really ripped into each other in the last 20km. First off the bike and held on to 2nd for the run with Jodie Robertson coming strong from behind for 3rd. So grateful to race with these incredible, strong women. Packing up and off the Frankfurt tomorrow for some R&R before Ironman Euro Champs #imfrankfurt!! HUGE THANK YOU to all the cheers and support both on course and online. And of course none of this would be possible without my amazing sponsors!! 💜🐯 . . . #diamondbackbikes #reynoldswheels #AEROadvantage #ridereynolds #wattieink #rocktheW #makeyourstatement #compressport #compressportcanada #topoathletic #movebetternaturally #velofix #savetimeridemore #blueseventy #allfortheswim #pioneerPower #powerisqueen #scicon #packsafetrihard #ismnation #teamzealios #FieldWorkNutrition #coffeemethod #feedbacksports #ceramicspeedinside #purpletiger #superkitty2 #im703mt
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The smiles say it all. 4th at Ironman South Africa (African championships) today with a fastest marathon of my life (3:17!) and 9:18 PB. Came out of the water in 2nd, 5 min down from Lucy Charles. Came off the bike in 2nd after working the 2nd loop with Susie Cheetham. Goal marathon was 3:15 and IM time 9:15, so was so stoked to get pretty close. Progress in pacing, nutrition and running!! Of course MASSIVE THANKS to all my friends and supporters who get me to these start lines as well as all of you loved ones who stayed up all night watching the love stream! 😻🙏 Also can’t thank my bro enough for all his help and support this weekend. 💜#siblingsinafrica . . . #diamondbackbikes #reynoldswheels #AEROadvantage #ridereynolds #wattieink #rocktheW #makeyourstatement #compressport #compressportcanada #topoathletic #movebetternaturally #velofix #savetimeridemore #blueseventy #allfortheswim #pioneerPower #powerisqueen #pioneercycling #scicon #packsafetrihard #ismnation #ismseat #speedfil #teamzealios #FieldWorkNutrition #t1probelts #imsouthafrica