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Because of his discomfort, Blok felt that his bike leg was taking too long to complete. Still, he managed to finish the bike leg three minutes faster than his previous Ironman, passing more than 660 competitors on his bike. He was in 1,245 th place after the swim, and in 585 th after the run.

Blok went on to pass another 168 people on the run as he began to feel better.

"The highlight of my day was definitely the run. Because we made three laps of the course, we kept passing all the Whistler supporters out there. It really helped me," he said.

Next year Blok will move into a higher age category, where he hopes to qualify for the World Championships. He estimates he will need to cut 20 minutes off this year’s time to make the cut, and plans to start training this winter.

Mae Palm once again qualified for the Ironman World Championships after winning the women’s 60 to 64 age category with a time of 13:24:02.