After a slower-than-usual start to the season, Nathan Champness is back on track.
The Vernon product kept Ironman Melbourne champion Jeff Symonds honest at the Great White North Triathlon (Stony Plain, Alta.) on July 5, breaking the four-hour barrier for the Half-Iron distance in three hours, 56 minutes and 53 seconds, a strong second behind Symonds’ 3:53:52.
A week later, Champness won the Olympic-distance Heart of the Rockies Triathlon in Invermere, posting a 2:04:41 on a challenging course, and finishing with a 4:49 margin over the runner-up.
“It’s important to me to race to my potential; it’s a way of saying thanks to everyone supporting me. The faster I go, the better I express my appreciation for everything they’ve done for me.”
Next up is the Challenge Penticton half distance Aug. 30 (1.9k run, 90k bike and 21.1k swim).
“They’ve put the Pro division in that distance this year,” he said.