Penticton, B.C. – Sunday’s Ironman Canada belonged to Tereza Macel. Still on a high from winning Ironman Lake Placid just over 5-weeks ago, Tereza entered this iconic event with the intent of hearing the pleasant ring “Tereza Macel – IRONMAN CHAMPION” once again. If you meet Tereza, you’ll think she’s one of the sweetest, most soft spoken women you’ve met…until that all disappears when she swims, bikes and runs.
Coach Brett Sutton teaches his teamTBB to race like they train so Tereza’s 51:11 swim with the boys was just that. Swim specialists Kat Baker and Belinda Granger were left in her wake, over 2-minutes behind. Onto the bike, Tereza was again in familiar company. She began riding away from the girls, and was the only pro woman to break the 5-hour mark. Tereza finished her day in decisive fashion with a top run split of 3:17:52 – giving her enough time to truly enjoy this victory and give some fan love to family, friends and sponsors, as she crossed finish line flashing her brilliant smile.
Macel’s final clock time was 9:11:20. Last year’s champion, Belinda Granger came 2nd in 9:40:49. Local athlete Janelle Morrison finished in 3rd; Haley Cooper & Tara Norton rounded out the top 5.
Additional AVIA Athletes racing, include: Trevor Wurtele (18th).