Viva Las Vegas!

2011itulongcourse3sistas806(The photo is of Scott climbing the infamous third of the 3 sisters (18% gradient), well it’s famous in the US!)

Taking a break from events that normally last for days rather than hours, Royal Navy and Mounts Bay Harrier?s triathlete, Scott Markham, has recently returned from another successful race, this time in Las Vegas representing GB at the World Long Course Triathlon Champs in the 40-44 Age Group over what was scheduled to be a 4k swim, 120k bike and 30k run.

Uncharacteristically though the swim was cancelled due to a low water temperature in Lake Las Vegas and a bitterly cold atmospheric temperature, which meant that the combination of the two factors put it below the ITU safety levels. The race itself turned into a time trial format, with each athlete setting off at 5 second intervals. Not expecting the weather to be as it was, Scott only had a tri-suit to keep out the cold, but with typical British grit got on with the business in hand.

The majority of the bike course took place in the stunning but tough terrain of the Lake Mead National Park. Scott powered through the route to record an impressive 3 hour 40 minutes for the 120k (75 mile) ride, which set him up nicely for the run.

Using the lessons learned at Ironman Wales just 6 weeks previously it enabled him to maintain a good pace which saw him record 2 hour 23 minutes for the 30k (18 mile) run. A combined time of 6 hours 1 minute meant that Scott had placed a fantastic 87th out of almost 800 of the worlds best long distance triathletes, perhaps even more satisfying was the 19th (from 75) place in the ultra-competitive 40-44 Age Group.

An exhausted but happy Scott is now taking a couple of weeks rest before setting his sights on Ironman UK and the World Long Course Champs in 2012

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