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Posted: June 30, 2003

Triathlon: Natasha Filliol's Canadian Triathlon Championships Report

Race Report Canadian Nationals/ITU Points Race Victoria June 29th 2003.

In preparation for Nationals I had some stellar training and felt ready to go out there and challenge the other top Canadian women. The days leading up to the race I was very excited to test myself on the course again since I know it so well after my 2nd place last year, and have done tons of training on it this spring. The only difference in the course this year from last was the bike being 5 loops and going up the highway. I liked this since it added a bit more climbing which is one of my strengths. I had my new Orbea bike built up and I was ready to rock on it!

The night before the race I went to watch some of the Canadian Swimming Nationals here in Victoria and it gave me some extra inspiration as I saw a new record set for the women's 1500m!

Race morning came very quick and before I knew it was on the start line. I had a good clean start and after a bit of bashing into the first buoy, I found my rhythm. From then on I felt better and better as the swim progressed. It was a two lap swim and after one loop I could see I was in a good position although I knew I had to keep the pressure on and keep moving forward for the second half. I did just that and by the end of the swim had passed some swimmers and moved to the front of that pack.

I had a speedy run to transition and set out of catch people in front. I knew I was riding strong as I caught the girls in front (who swam 30sec faster) by the first climb, only 2km or so into the bike! It was going to be a good day! My legs were strong and I felt great! Soon enough a chase pack formed with lots of strong fellow Canadians. At the turn around at the top of the first loop I accelerated hard out of the corner and then flatted!!! I rode as hard as I could but it was difficult as I had to ride down a steep 2km down hill with a rear flat. If it had been the last loop instead of the first one I would have been fine, but today I was out there to challenge for the win not just to finish. I did however make a tire change but lost too much time by the time I got back out there.

I'm disappointed about the flat tire, as it would have been great to add another podium performance at Nationals to my resume, but that's the way racing goes. Fortunately my racing success in Korea and Japan World Cups, with two top ten performances earned me enough points that I've been named to the 2003 Pan Am Games Team, which will take me to the Dominican Republic in August. This is my second major games team, after the 2002 Commonwealth Games, and it is a great honor to represent Canada on the world stage.

Natasha Filliol

2003 Pan American Games Team Member
2002 Commonwealth Games Team Member
Canadian Elite Triathlon Team Member

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