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VeloPress author Lesley Paterson won XTERRA Beaver Creek last weekend with a nearly 10-minute lead over the second-placed woman.
Paterson was third out of the water behind last year’s winner, but overtook her during transition and then passed another woman less than a kilometer into the bike leg. Paterson “rode away from there”, according to the XTERRA Beaver Creek race report.
Paterson turned in the fastest bike split of the day, the fastest run of the day, and finished in 2:26.
“This course is my perfect course,” said Paterson. “I’m smaller, I love climbing, I love the mountains, I love the people, I just love everything about this course. Everything felt good today and it’s been awhile since I’ve felt that way.”
It’s been a challenging year for Paterson, who has fought back from injury and a medical procedure and who has smilingly undertaken a busy book launch tour for her new book, The Brave Athlete. Paterson used the “investigative health hustle” she describes in a chapter of The Brave Athlete to overcome a painful piriformis injury which she described during her Denver book tour stop as “a real pain in the arse”. Paterson’s win is even more remarkable since she spent part of this spring recovering from a gut biome transplant intended to help her manage Lyme Disease.
“I had a great time out there today, even though it was ‘Paddy‘ out there fighting,” said Paterson, referring to the alter ego she calls upon to race harder. “It was wild! Folks were screaming, ‘Go, Paddy!’ and ‘Get Paddy out there!’, which has never happened before. Loads of people came up to me after the race to talk about the book and how they used it for the race. I loved it!”
“For me, it’s about pushing and fighting all the time and never giving up regardless of where I’m at, in the front or at the back. I want to feel like I’m committed to the race every single second. The body responded this week and I’m so grateful. I’ve had many ups and downs, so when you feel good like this it makes all the hard work worth it.”
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Photos by Jesse Peters used with permission of XTERRAPlanet.com.