The first Ironman competitor enters Alta Lake.
I had a busy day Sunday covering the Ironman competition here in Whistler.
The Ironman racers enter the lake for the swim leg. There were almost 2300 entrants who started the race.
The start of the swim leg on Alta Lake. The sun was just about to rise above Wedge Mountain on the far side of the lake. It was a really beautiful morning for the race.
The beach was packed with spectators.
Australian Bryan Rhodes comes out of the water first.
A biker in the transition area.
Bikers ride along Green Lake on their way to Pemberton for the bike leg. Dave Steers, the Question’s Pemberton photographer handled the biking leg. His photos are on the Whistler Question’s gallery from the race.
At the swim leg I had run into Nicklaus North Sales & Events Manager Chloe Thomas, who invited me to stop by the club house for the running leg. The runners had to cross by in front of the club house four times, so they set up a barbecue and beer garden for people to cheer the race on in comfort. As the first runners came by, the eventual winner Trevor Wurtele picked that moment to pass last year’s winner Matthew Russell (Wurtele won the race over Russell by over five minutes), right in front to me, with no other photographers in sight. Photographer’s rely on what I call the Pagan Gods of Luck, and for the second time in two weeks, they’ve really been with me.
Trevor Wurtele crosses the finish line, where he’s greeted by his wife Heather, a five time Ironman champion in her own right.
I don’t say this very often, but the most useful piece of equipment I had on this shoot was my bike. The main road through Whistler, Highway 99, was basically closed to most traffic, and even if you could get down the road, the turn off’s to the subdivisions were closed until 5:30. As a result, I jumped on my bike, along with my nearly 40 pound camera pack, at 5:30 in the morning in order to get down to the swim event, and basically stayed on it for the next twelve hours until I got home at 5:30. The extra weight of the pack was too much for my already sketchy rear wheel. I broke six spokes through the day, totally pooching the wheel, and making it a lucky thing I made it home at all.
Cameras: Nikon D3 x 2
Lenses: Nikon AF-S 17-35mm f/2.8, Nikon AF-S 28-70mm f/2.8, Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8