Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Eve of Ironman Canada 2004, Gordo

August 2004
By Gordo Byrn
8/26/2004

It's been six years now that I've been coming to Penticton so the routines and faces of race week are starting to become quite familiar. I've been backing off for the last few days and my body is coming around quite nicely. It's always a pleasure to come back down to sea-level and feel like I am enjoying the benefits of some "free speed" from the extra oxygen.

We've got a first class field in both the men's and women's races. So it should be a great day on Sunday. The current weather forecast is for relatively 'kind' conditions so, given the competition, I expect that we'll see some very fast times out there. Hopefully, my time will be one of the speedy ones!

I've had a great build up over the last ten weeks. Complete and total commitment to my goal of going fast on Sunday -- regardless of how things turn out, I've had a fantastic summer and learned a tremendous amount from Dave and the crew in Boulder. I declined to make predictions for myself last year but I did tip Raynard. This year, I see several guys that could have breakthrough performances and expect an exciting day out there. Look for Tom Evans to race from the front and challenge the rest of us to try to catch him. He's a great competitor and a local favourite.

Last year, Steve King was pretty surprised to see me running down the chute for 3rd place. We'll see if I can manage to be a factor a little earlier in the day this time.

More next week,
- Gordo

FEMALE PRO ATHLETES
ALBERTAZZI, TERI (USA); BAKKER, GILLIAN (CANADA); BENTLEY, LISA (CANADA); DANAIS, MARIE (CANADA); ENS, PAMELA (CANADA); FLETCHER, CHRISTINE (CANADA); FRANK, DEANNA (USA); GROSS, SARA (SCOTLAND); HASSEL, DIANA (USA); JORRIS, HEATHER (USA); LEYH, DEBORAH (USA); MCLEAN, PAULINE (CANADA); MURRAY, CLAIRE (HONG KONG); OSWALD, ROBIN (USA); SCATCHARD, BARBARA (CANADA); UHL, MARY (USA); WALLENHORST, SANDRA (GERMANY); WANKLYN, JAN (USA); WENDE, CORA (GERMANY); ZEIGER, JOANNA (USA)

MALE PRO ATHLETES
ALESSANDRI, ALESSANDRO (ITALY); ANDERSON, BOBO (USA); ASPLEN, CLIVE (NEW ZEALAND); BLAKE, JASPER (CANADA); BYRN, GORDO (USA); CARON, JONATHAN (CANADA); CASTLE, C.J. (USA); CLASSEN, KERRY (USA); DRAGSTRA, LUKE (CANADA); EVANS, TOM (CANADA); FRITZSCHE, PAUL (USA); GRANGER, JUSTIN (AUSTRALIA); GRAY, NIGEL (CANADA); GUEMBEL, KYLE (CANADA); GUEST, KELLY (CANADA); HOLZNER, STEFAN (GERMANY); HOLZNER, MICHAEL (GERMANY); KEZELE, DANIEL (GERMANY); KRAR, JEFF (CANADA); LLOYD, ROBERT (USA); MARCOTTE, KYLE (CANADA); MARIN, ESTEBAN (MEXICO); MATSUMARU, MASAYUKI (CANADA); MUSHEN, JEREMIAH (USA); PETR, TOMAR (CZECH REPUBLIC); PIGGIN, OLIVER (NEW ZEALAND); RAHM, ALFRED (GERMANY); ROY, ERIC (CANADA); SABATSCHUS, OLAF (GERMANY); SEELEY, MATT (USA); SNEED, JEFF (USA); TRAVIS, BEN (USA); VALDERRABANO, UZZIEL (MEXICO); VAN MOL, PETER (BELGIUM); VON ALLMEN, KONRAD (SWITZERLAND)