Fri, September 20, 2013

Findlay, Tremblay set for race of their lives

By Thane Burnett, QMI Agency


Canadian triathlete Paula Findlay participates in a test-swim in preparation for 2011 Edmonton ITU Triathlon World Cup in Edmonton in this July 8, 2011 file photo. (QMI Agency files)


LONDON - And if you think you¹re having a hectic Saturday morning, you have no idea.

Canadian triathlon champs Paula Findlay, from Edmonton, and Kathy Tremblay, from Montreal, are hoping to break from a very fast pact and find precious medal here.

If you look at the list of competitors, the Canadians are mentioned last.

But neither athlete – including Findlay who took the sport by storm two years ago before being humbled by injury and Tremblay is a poster-girl of French Canadian sport – is considered a long shot here.

Either could run the race of their lives.

In fact, the women who emerge from the cold waters of Hyde Park after a 1500 m. swim first ¬– that elite and lucky club of seven or eight – are likely the ones to fight for the podium.

All that stands in the way is a 40 km. bike ride and a 10 km run.

The Canadians may have other things on their mind.

Tremblay will get married to her coach in two weeks.

And Findlay has been dogged by her injuries, though telling QMI Agency earlier in the week she felt strong on her training runs.

But this is the time when all other thoughts fly out the window, and the hectic pace really begins.