After weeks of rain and clouds, competitors in the eighth annual Squamish Triathlon got off to what organizers called the sunniest start in event history on Sunday, July 10.
The event was sold out by the end of May, with 46 relay teams and 368 individual competitors taking part in a 1,500 metre swim, a 40 km bike, and a 10 km run.
Whistlers David Higgins was the fifth competitor out of the water, but got into trouble when he flatted on the bike section. He managed to change the flat and finish the road section in good time, but he said the urgency went out of the day after being passed by dozens of racers.
"Thats racing," he said.
He still managed to have the 11 th fastest run of the day, finishing 12 th overall and second in the mens 35 to 39 age category with a time of two hours, 11 minutes and 57 seconds.
Whistlers Marie-Anne Prevost finished 19 th overall, third among women, and first out of 32 athletes in the 30 to 34 category. Her time of 2:14:56 was more than eight minutes faster than the next 30 to 34 competitor.
Bob Deeks was 22 nd overall and a strong second in the mens 45 to 49 group with a time of 2:16:07.
"Im really happy with that result. I would have been happy to be in the top-five in my category, so to come second was unbelievable," he said.
Deeks currently trains about six days a week, and does at least two sports on three of those days.
For the first part of the season his goal was the Victoria Half Ironman on June 19, where he finished fifth in his age category. Now his main focus is on the Canadian Triathlon Championships in Kelowna this August, which is a qualifier for the world championships in Hawaii this October. If all goes well, Deeks plans to wrap up his season on the beach.
"The half iron was a big goal, but Im really focused on Olympic distance right now," he said.
He says his strongest event is the run, although his best times are usually on the bike, "probably because I still feel more comfortable on the run than I do on the bike leg, which is newer to me," he said. "The swim is still pretty tough but its something I try really hard at."
Deekss partner Marie-Anne Prevost has only been competing in triathlon for a few years, but is already one of the top athletes in the province in her age group. Her cycling is especially strong, and in the Squamish triathlon she posted the 14 th fastest time including her transition.