The RACING season is starting to wrap up in this part of Canada, and over the next several weeks we would like to recognize some of the accomplishments of the athletes that have trusted FITT 1ST to be their fitting partner.
Meet Meg Thorburn
I’m recently home from the 2011 World Duathlon Championships in Gijon, Spain. Team Canada had about 55 members, most (including myself) in the International Distance Age Group races.
The weather was perfect, with lots of enthusiastic spectators. The runs (10km at the start and 5 km at the end) consisted of 2.5 loops, starting and ending in the stadium where the transition area was located. Other than one nasty cobblestone section, it was a fast flat run.
The very fun bike course (two 19.2 km laps) was, on the other hand was quite hilly - a flat start, then a 5 km climb and a 5 km descent, before ending on a flat stretch along the ocean promenade.
I did much better in this event than I expected and had a blast! I came out of the 1st run in 5th place (out of 22 in my AG) and held that position on my bike. I came off the bike feeling great and passed a woman in my AG 1 km from the end (gaining a full minute on her) to finish 4th in my AG.
I saw Scott a few weeks before the race, because I had been having major problems with foot pain while riding in duathlons.
Scott performed a full foot assessment on me and set me up with E-soles and wedges, which have really helped to alleviate the pain (and transfer more power to the pedals).
He also tweaked a few other things in my fit and pointed out a few problems in my riding style and posture.
Two days after I saw Scott, I posted my fastest ever bike split. But most remarkable, I think, was my 5 km run at the Worlds. I had a solid bike split, then came off to run a PB on my 5k - not something one expects in a duathlon, as it is usually so hard to recover from the bike.
However I felt so good during and after my bike leg that I ran stronger!
A big CONGRATULATIONS again to Meg for her excellent finish at Worlds this year