Report and pictures from John Coxon
Lifetime Fitness Series Race 4- Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Triathlon
The result leaves Julie in 2nd in the series, but she will have to win the last race in the Toyota US Open in Dallas to get enough points to earn the lucrative series bonus. ( For more information visit www.ltftriathlonseries.com. )
The conditions at Venice Beach were pretty much perfect for the start of the race. Temperatures were cool, sun was just rising, and the wind and surf were calm. Julie was first through the surf and lead out the swim for most of the way along with Australia 's Emma Snowsill who currently leads the series. This is becoming a bit of a habit for Julie after having swam side by side at both New York (where she had finished second) and Chicago where she came in third. Out on to the bike Julie and Emma put the hammer down putting minutes into the rest of the field. The bike course took in the Miracle Mile , Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards and the Walk of Fame. Despite her best efforts Julie never got rid of Emma this time and they came into T2 with Emma right behind her.
Emma had a great bike section on the day, rather than Julie a poor one; as in all the other races this year Julie has managed to put some daylight between them. Julie a had taken quite a big knock earlier in the week, when she came off her bike doing some Time Trialing and injured here shoulder so her confidence was a little down ; this was the first time she had really been able to get back on the bike since the accident. Out on the run, through downtown LA it was always going to be a tall order to with Emma, as she is undoubtedly one of, if not the fastest runner in the sport. But Julie kept focused and put in a strong run , and held on comfortably for 2nd with Miranda Carfrae in 3rd.
Julie now flies back to the UK, and will switch to her Mountain bike for a week in preparation for the UK Xterra The international off-road triathlon held in the forests and valleys of South Wales this coming weekend at. Hopefully her shoulder will have totally recovered from her crash before this, otherwise it could take a beating on the unforgiving mountain terrain in Wales.
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1.Emma Snowsill (AUS) 2: 00:45
2.Julie Dibens (GB) 2: 03:33
3.Mirinda Carfrae ( USA)2:07:17
4.Rebeccah Wassner ( USA) 2::38
5.Mary Beth Ellis ( USA) 2:08:48
6.Jasmine Oeinck ( USA) 2: 09:53
7.Joanna Zeiger ( USA) 2:12:21
8.Pip Taylor (AUS) 2:13:45 07
9.Amy Marsh ( USA)2:14:27
10.Justine Whipple ( USA) 2:14:33
Full results on the race website : www.latriathlon.com