Video of the Pro Men race:
*Skip forward to 2:40 for the race video
Interviews with the Top 3 Men:
3. Cam Dye
Are you satisfied with the result?
You lead out of the water with a small pack just behind you and put the pressure right away. What was your strategy for the race? Did you hope for a solo break on the bike or for a small pack of strong cyclists?
First of all, how did the race unfold?
My race got off to rough start with a disastrous personal worst swim. I tend to struggle with very choppy conditions, but losing over four minutes to the front pack is unprecedented for me. Embarrassing lowlights included getting disoriented enough to resort to breaststroke, asking a paddleboarder for directions and quaffing several pints of Nevada’s finest lake water.
I rallied on the bike, cold fury replacing the negativity I felt during the swim. I was glad to see the wind pick up, making the already brutal bike course that much more challenging. I steadily rode my way through the field, finding the powerfully addictive mental state of flow that accompanies my best races. I won’t pretend that it’s an entirely Zen-like state, since my mental soundtrack was Calvin Harris’ “How Deep Is Your Love” (further embarrassment). I picked off a dozen athletes before coming off the bike in second behind Cameron Dye with a new bike course record.
I managed the diabolical triple climb on the run course reasonably well given the hard ride. My friend and fellow Canadian Taylor Reid flew past me at the end of the second lap en route to his first 70.3 win. I found an unexpected closing push to pass Dye on the final climb and claim second.
All in all, I salvaged the best performance I could have asked for after such an awful swim. Losing both 70.3 Cozumel and Silverman in the swim has left me more motivated than ever to continue to attack that weakness with the help of Magnolia Masters, my Texas-based swim club.
Did you know when you were running that Raelert would be DQed? If not how long after the race did you learn that you finished 2nd, not 3nd?
I was unaware that Michi Raelert was disqualified until at least an hour after the race. Taylor Reid and I overheard Raelert appealing his case while waiting for anti-doping tests. I was surprised that Raelert was permitted to finish after his disqualification. It not only detracted from Taylor’s well-earned victory, but allowing a disqualified professional athlete to finish could also potentially have an unjust influence on the dynamics of the race.
I just discovered that the 2015 Ironman Competition Rules, Section 3.03(a), state that “if disqualified, an athlete may finish the Race unless otherwise instructed by a Race Referee”. This policy is debatable for age group competitors, but I feel that disqualified professionals should be required to step off the course.
Was this your last race of the season or will you be racing again this season?
I’m going to grind out one more race later this month at 70.3 Los Cabos. That will be my fourth 70.3 in two months and my eighth this year, making this my longest season ever. I’m feeling some physical and mental fatigue, but back-to-back second place finishes at Cozumel and Silverman left me hungry to cap off the season with a win.