Who knew there was more than one Hamilton? Turns out there is another one in the world in Bermuda and it's gorgeous!
Bermuda is known for it's white stepped roof tops which each house uses to collect rainfall for consumption since there are no fresh water lakes, rivers, or springs on the island. Bermuda does use desalination plants and underground water supplies as well, but the design and water consciousness makes for a pretty amazing sight around the island.
I was very fortunate to have a homestay for this next leg in my 2017 season at the Butterfield family home. Jim and Debbie were incredible hosts and even opened their doors to the Jamnicky brother-sister duo as well! Jim and Debbie made the trip feel like a home away from home (a Hamilton away from Hamilton?) and are truly some of the nicest people I have ever met. It was great to make two new friends and hopefully next year I share the 2018 World Triathlon Series experience with them!
The race was the start of a big month of racing in April with races in Barbados and St. Anthony's to follow (but you of course knew that by reading my Schedule page on the website :). I came into the race with a lot of confidence especially after my race in Sarasota and I was excited to execute again in Bermuda.
The swim was in a small harbour and I got off to a great start. I came around the first buoy and was with the lead group, but followed a little too far off the back before T1. With sprint distance triathlon the best part for spectators and athletes alike is that 1 or 2 seconds can make a difference. For me, it almost made the difference of making the lead group and being in the chase. Luckily, I've been doing a lot of work on the bike and the crowds along the streets in Bermuda were incredibly encouraging. The bike course was very technical with 68 turns to navigate over the entire course including a very steep climb with some sections over 10%. I was able to use those sections along the sections that weren't uphill or turning to my advantage and close the gap with the chase. Before T2, I knew I wanted to position myself better than I did before T1 so I dismounted and left T2 in first!
On the run, I went out fast with Eli Hemming and Jason West, but unfortunately I just didn't have the legs for the run on the day. I kept on the effort though and crossed the line in 5th! I was certainly hungry for more, but I am in no way disappointed with my performance. Every result I've had recently has shown some great progression in a different aspect of the sport. In Bermuda, honestly I feel like I have taken some valuable lessons that I will be able to carry throughout the rest of the season and my career. In Sarasota, I think it was relearning confidence. In Hamilton, it was finding the mindsets that will allow me to perform at my best in competition. It was also the mindsets though for after competition.
One of my favourite moments from the race was meeting a young girl who was handing water in the finishing chute. She held out a water to me, and I held out my hand for a high five instead.
Seeing this little girl smile at the end of the race made my day and reminded me how rewarding this sport can truly be. It was a good reminder of the influence we as athletes can have on and off the race course. Also that there are rewards off the race course that are just as big or bigger to be had.
I would like to give a big shoutout to my sponsors for helping me continue to race around the world with the best!
Caledon Hills Cycle/Cervélo
Also a special thanks to Jim and Debbie Butterfield for being everything more than a homestay! Hope to see you again soon!
Finally, see you all next week for a recap from 2017 Bridgetown CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup and Central American and Caribbean Championship!