Richard Pady wins age group at Iron­man Ari­zona

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Richard Pady, Tony Frost, Mur­ray Macpher­son and Bob Knuckey all won their age groups at Iron­man Ari­zona. Pady had his fastest Iron­man to date. The Mono, Ont., na­tive swam 55:07, biked 4:51:18 and ran 3:16:07 to cap­ture the M35-39 cat­e­gory in a blaz­ing 9:08:51. We caught up with Pady to dis­cuss his race and rac­ing fu­ture.

TMC: Tell us about your race in Ari­zona. How did you ex­e­cute it so per­fectly?

Richard Pady: I did a lot of re­search on the course be­fore go­ing and did a com­bi­na­tion of rid­ing it on a Com­puTrainer along with a lot of sim­u­lated runs based on the run course pro­file.

TMC: Were you there for an age group win?

RP: I was not there for a win. The goal was strictly to get a Kona spot. I knew the time I needed to do, which was roughly around nine hours, and I knew that would get me a top three spot based on the his­tory of the race. Once I was on the run, I was given the up­date that I was in the lead for my age and amongst the top three age groupers over­all, so that def­i­nitely mo­ti­vated me. Late in the race I was passed, though. I was happy with how I raced and the age group win was a spe­cial add on.

TMC: Did you go through any rough patches?

RP: I was lit­er­ally one minute into the race and I had a calf cramp so bad that I was un­able to kick with that leg. I ac­tu­ally had to let my leg hang for the rest the swim. I nor­mally have a nice rhyth­mi­cal kick, so this re­ally threw off my swim stroke. Com­ing out in 55 min­utes was one of my slow­est ever swims – I was in shape to swim 52 min­utes. I was re­ally proud that I didn’t let it bother me too much. I got on the bike and the calf didn’t bother me at all. How­ever, when I got to the run, it got stiffer as the miles pro­gressed. I started out re­ally well and right on pace. I still felt great half way, but the calf just felt tighter and tighter. I was proud with what I was able to ac­com­plish there.

TMC: You last raced Iron­man in 2009. Why the four-year break?

RP: I was in Kona in 2009 and in 2010 I was in phenom­e­nal shape go­ing into the early sea­son when I was hit by a car at the Wel­land Triathlon. I spent nine months in re­hab. I tried to use 2011 to get back into shape. It was a year filled with re­oc­cur­ring in­juries be­cause of the ac­ci­dent. I had a lot of ro­ta­tor cuff is­sues and I shat­tered my tibia, so I was deal­ing with both those in­juries that kept caus­ing me prob­lems. In 2012, I made it my goal to re­ally ham­mer out some Olympic dis­tance races. I won the Mul­ti­sport Canada over­all se­ries rac­ing against some great com­pe­ti­tion. I made it this year’s goal to move on from that and chal­lenge my­self to get­ting back into shape for Iron­man, with the ul­ti­mate goal of get­ting back to Kona for my 40th birth­day.

TMC: How did you get in­volved in triathlon in the first place?

RP: I got into triathlon back in 1998, but I got my start in the en­durance world as run­ner with a half marathon. In April of 1998 there was a lo­cal race and I found out about the race about one week in ad­vance. So as a 14-year- old I thought it would be great to go run 10 km on the Tues­day, and I ran 11 km on the course on Thurs­day and ran the half marathon on the Sun­day. It went re­ally well. It was an eye opener be­cause I wasn’t your clas­sic racer. I was never a great cross- coun­try run­ner, so I didn’t think I’d be good at it. On a very dif­fi­cult course I ran 1: 45 – I later broke the course record at 1:14. At that race, I learned about a triathlon that was go­ing to be in my home­town. It con­sisted of a 1.5 km swim, a 42 km bike and a 12 km run. A lo­cal life­guard taught me how to swim. I got a Body Glove wet­suit and bought a Bianchi road bike and thought the run part would be easy. I was so far be­hind af­ter prac­ti­cally swim­ming breast­stroke the en­tire way. It was an in­cred­i­bly hilly bike. And when I got to the run I pretty much walked it. I think my over­all time was 3:10. I’ve done that race since in 1:55 to 2 hours. It was not a stel­lar per­for­mance, but I thought that this was re­ally cool, and that started me on the path of pro­gress­ing and get­ting into the sport. Rac­ing lo­cally, na­tion­ally and with the Cana­dian ju­nior team.

TMC: What’s next?

RP: The 2014 sea­son will re­ally be the wrapup of my high per­for­mance ca­reer. Triathlon will al­ways be in my life. But, I will be chang­ing roles. I think I’ll have a re­ally tough time rolling into a mul­ti­sport race where I’ve been known to be in the top three or have won the race. But I know now that those days are over. I won’t re­ally gain the sat­is­fac­tion for my­self, but where I gain so much sat­is­fac­tion is teach­ing younger ath­letes, like Cody Beals and An­gela Quick. I get a great thrill out of coach­ing. I look for­ward to that change.

Richard Pady rac­ing the 2013 Iron­man Ari­zona in Tempe, Ariz.

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