Findlay five for six

Terry Jones, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:55 PM ET

It might have been Fathers Day around the rest of the world, but for Paula Findlay in Kitzbuhel, Austria, Sunday, it was Mothers Day.

Before coming home for the Edmonton World Cup Triathlon July 10 to compete before all sorts of family and friends, she wanted to prove she could win with her mom Sheila in the crowd.

I wasnt too sure, she said in a telephone interview after more than two hours attempting to produce a sample in doping control for the second race in a row.

Lonely toward the end of a five-week road trip to Europe, Findlay asked her mom to join her for the final week.

Going into this race, shed won four World Championship Series events with no family in attendance and the one event she didnt win, the grand final, mom was there.

I was lonely and I really wanted her to be here and have her around to keep me company. My mom knows better than anyone when I need her and when she needs to step away, so I was happy when she was able to see me win one.

The only race shes been at was when I finished fifth in Budapest at the grand final last year so I wasnt sure if it was good to have her here or not.

As it worked out, Findlay reported it was the most relaxed shes been before a race.

I had no idea how successful Id be in the first series event of the season in Sydney. And because there was so much time before the next event in Madrid, I wasnt sure about that one either.

Im not as shocked as I was in Sydney or Madrid. These were the same girls and with the two races only two weeks apart, you cant do too much except mess up your recovery.

Findlay essentially won what was a replay of the Madrid race, winning by four seconds over Helen Jenkins of Great Britain again as she defended her Kitzbuhel title from last year and made it three in a row this year. The win made it five in six World Championship Series events in the last 11 months, this one in a time of 2:05:52.

Like the Crazy Canucks, who won their greatest fame on the Hahnenkamm, the mother of all World Cup ski races, Findlay has the Canadian flag flying there again.

I love this place because I won twice here. The town is familiar to me and reminds me a lot of the Rocky Mountains in Canada.

The course is challenging. Its a gorgeous course. I just feel so comfortable here. I love it.

She didnt love every minute of it Sunday.

She was slow in the swim on a coldish day that you would have figured to have favoured the northern girl.

I got pretty cold on the bike for the last three laps. It started hailing on us, actually. It made the roads pretty wet and the water was spitting up on us. I was shivering.

But at the end of the day, it was another win.

Im thrilled again. Its cool to be able to have done this much so early in my career.

Now, after some taper down time with the team in Victoria, Findlay heads home for the World Cup race with many of the big names avoiding the North American trip to compete against her in her own backyard.

Im so excited to have the chance to race at home, said Findlay, who was inspired to take up the sport after watching the 2001 World Championship in Edmonton.

It will definitely be a special race for me, but I do have mixed feelings because there will be huge pressure and expectations to win.

But its going to be nice to be home and in my own bed. Its going to be fun.

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