Lesley Paterson of Scotland has been a force on the triathlon scene for years – a two time and reigning ITU Cross World Champion as well as a two time XTERRA World Champion. Having suffered from Lymes disease in recent years, Paterson seems to have her health battles under control and came to Utah as a marked woman for the Pan American Championships posting wins this year at XTERRA Oak Mountain, Beaver Creek and Portland along with 3 prior wins here at the Championship race in Utah.
Eighth out of the water, Paterson was 1:45 back from the leaders to start the day but by mile 7 of the bike had made her way to the front of the field. A talented climber, Paterson was well suited to the hilly Snowbasin course posting the quickest bike split, 3:50 faster that Suzie Snyder’s 2nd best time. Paterson said “The swim wasn’t quite what I’d hoped so I came out a good couple of minutes down but as soon as I got on the bike, I steamed through the field to get in to the lead and didn’t look back.”
To start the run, Paterson had close to 3 minutes advantage on Snyder and more than 6 minutes on Corona, Baca and Tisseyre. Laying down a by far best run split of 45:59, Paterson said “After a strong 7 months of injury free run training, I was able to put down on the run and build the lead to over 9 minutes!”.
Crossing the line in 2:52:01, Paterson was crowned the Pan American Champion with Snyder 9:38 back in 2nd and Corona taking 3rd on the day in 3:04:50.
With back to back wins here, Paterson exuberantly said
“It feels great to be on top at the Pan Am Champs! This is the second time I’ve won it as the Pan Am race and 4th time as the Utah Championship race. It’s great to see all the hard work pay off!”
Looking forward to giving her best effort in Hawaii, Paterson said “I’m feeling healthy and confident about my build towards worlds! I don’t know who will be racing so my main focus is on my own process and putting myself in the best shape possible to do the best that I can come Maui!”
XTERRA Pan American Championships
September 15, 2018
1 Lesley Paterson 2:52:01
2 Suzie Snyder 3:01:39
3 Fabiola Corona 3:04:50
4 Magali Tisseyre 3:06:21
5 Allison Baca 3:07:18
6 Tess Amer 3:09:04
7 Kara LaPoint 3:11:45
8 Julie Baker 3:16:51
9 Katie Button 3:21:12
10 Jessica Koltz 3:24:27