Steve May is shown in this undated photo. — Star file photo
CORNER BROOK Steve May knows he has some work to do to move up the ladder on the international triathlon stage, but he’d certainly love to wear Canada’s colours again in the future.
May, a Corner Brook native, placed 47th in a field of 155 participants in the 40-44 age group as a member of Team Canada at the 2013 world championship of the International Triathlon Union (ITU) this past weekend in London, England.
“Racing for the national team was exhilarating with people cheering us on by name and by country,” May said via email from London Monday. “There were crowds lining most of the course and it certainly gave me a boost and motivation to keep pushing the pace.”
The scale of the event — according to May it was one of the biggest ITU events in history — provided a few challenges aside from the race. Due to the sheer number of athletes, he said, participants had to check in their bikes on Saturday evening and then return Sunday morning at 5:30 a.m. to set up helmets and shoes, and then return for the race almost five hours later.
“So, I certainly didn’t feel rested at the start as it required about 90 minutes in total walking to and from the site,” he said.
The swim course for the triathlon ended up being shortened due to the low temperature in the morning so that worked in May’s favour, although he felt that was somewhat countered by the aggressive nature of that kind of particular swim.
Nonetheless, he had a great time and enjoyed the atmosphere with his family who turned the trip into a vacation. His favourite part of the race had to be the bike ride through downtown London.
“Biking through downtown London was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” he said. “Riding through the Wellington Arch, past Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and Tower of London was an incredible experience. It was almost a shame to have to race it.”
He felt he had an interesting race and was pleased with his results as he became the second fast Canadian in his age group.
“Overall, it was an amazing experience in so many ways,” he said. “I only hope I can be so fortunate as to represent the country at another world championship sometime in the future as I’ve still got some improvements to make.”