TTL Bulletin - Paula Wins Canadian National TT Champs (again) and Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant!

TTL Bulletin - Paula Wins Canadian National TT Champs (again) and Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant!

A Soggy and Wild Weekend!

Double Canadian W's:

First Place in the Time Trial on Friday followed by a Win at Ironman Mont-Tremblant 70.3 on Sunday!

Thankfully, Paula's bike made it to Canada just 12 hours before the start of Canadian TT Trials after getting left behind at Washington SeaTac airport. While it was an extremely stressful situation, it was totally out of her hands. By focussing on what she could control, Paula took the disruption in stride and was able to receive and assemble her bike at 10pm the night before her first race in Saint-Prosper, Québec.

"Consistent days, weeks and years of hard work matter way more than what happens in the days before a race. Proud that I was able to switch from chaos into race mode and let my body do what it knows how to do"

It was a close race with a strong field, but Paula built a 24 second lead and finished the the 17.2mi (28km) race in 39:24. This was Paula's 3rd consecutive Canadian TT title, following her wins in 2022 and 2023... That's right, this is 3-peat win!!!

Graphic via Kyle Glass, @protrinews on Instagram

Right after crossing the finish line in Québec, team Findlay (Mom) made their way southwest to The Laurentian Mountains.

Pouring rain soaked the iconic ski village while whipping winds churned up some rough waters in Lac Tremblant. A shortened swim called for a tighter race out of the water. Paula surged into the lead early in the bike and gradually pulled away with the fleet footed Tamara Jewett (CAN) - and hard-charging Ellie Salthouse (AUS) (who would finish 2nd and 3rd respectively) not far behind.

"It [was] actually my first 70.3 win on Canadian soil! The conditions were absolutely awful and scary at times, but I loved the course and I loved being in Mont Tremblant."

Paula exemplified her strength in the saddle, throwing down some serious wattage throughout the hilly course despite throwing down even more serious wattage just two days prior. After pulling on some soggy socks, Paula, absolutely drenched from the mountain mist, bolted out of T2 and maintained the lead while Jewett slowly reeled in Salthouse with 1km to go, to clinch 2nd.

In yet another display of sheer determination and unrelenting drive to push herself, Paula has once again shown the world the true essence of an elite athlete. Her ability to overcome the adversity of sketchy race conditions, endure unforgiving elements, and manage the stress of circumstances beyond her control proves that her prowess extends far beyond any race course. Despite facing some frustrating injuries in the earlier stages of her career, Paula's current success proves that it is never too late to achieve your best self, go after big goals, and conquer daunting challenges.

Congratulations to Paula – an authentic champion and an inspiration to athletes everywhere!


Last week on the Pod, We Discussed:

- A brief San Fran T100 recap (check out the latest YT vid for a deeper dive!)

- Eric and Nick's experience in Nimmo Bay

- Cold water swimming gear

- The different experiences of racing T100 vs. Ironman ProSeries

- Health Insurance in America for professional triathletes

- Our thoughts on the new Wahoo treadmill (it's awesome)

- Paula's thoughts on her Olympic potential

- Choosing the right tires for rough roads

- Building muscular fitness while maintaining cardiovascular fitness

and more!

Van Life with Eric and Flynn!

Eric and Flynn made the road trip from Bend, Oregon to Hood River, Colorado to check out the Adventure Van Expo!

"Having built multiple vans myself, I’m a sucker for the gear, and getting to walk around, talk shop, and see all the latest goodies one can add to one’s van was pretty rad. Things have come a long way in this scene, it’s really impressive."

Even though it was a bit of a bummer for Eric and Paula to ‘divide and conquer’ this week, it was an awesome experience to do some scenic runs with Flynn, climb some epic MTB trails, and meet some wonderful people at @storytelleroverland , @canyonadventurevans, and @mercedesbenzvansusa!

Exciting Update from the Devo Squad!

Devo athlete Zack Cooper has met the criteria to compete in the professional field! For his professional debut, he will race Challenge Roth, July 7th in Bavaria, Germany!

"Despite some time off running with a stress fracture, I’m back training and pleased with fitness. Few more weeks to dial in some race fitness 🔨"

This will be Zack’s second race of the season and his first since recovering from a stress fracture in the heel of his foot. We are so psyched for Zack and have no doubt in his ability to race fast and put on a show in the pro field - Congrats, Zack!

Coming Soon: Shred til’ Bed Pt.2!

Miss out on the last Shred til’ Bed Collection? Want to get the second poster to go with the first? No sweat, we have another drop coming soon! Be on the lookout for more updates on how to get your very own handmade canvas and t shirt!

Stay stoked,

-Eric & Paula
(and Olive, the intern)

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1 comment

Awesome update.. thanks!

Heidi Luongo

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