Chris Eidsvik, a local triathlete, accountant, and member of the Comox Valley Triathlon Club finished on the podium with third and first place finishes in Kelowna and Vancouver recently.
At the Canadian Championships in Kelowna and competing in only his second triathlon Eidsvik received a bronze medal for his third place finish in his age group 50-54 in the sprint triathlon.
“I think I surprised a lot of people, I was leading after the swim, raced my bike quite well as my average speed was 35k over the bike course, and then I finished with a good run,” Eidsvik said. “I was quite surprised with the result and very pleased I made the podium.”
Eidsvik followed up his strong result in Kelowna with another great result at the Vancouver Triathlon in Stanley Park last weekend, he placed first in his age group in the sprint triathlon.
“The field was smaller in Vancouver than Kelowna, the swim was also more difficult as we swam against the tide for the first 450 metres. I was in second place after the swim and then lead throughout the bike and run. I was very happy with my result and it gives me more confidence for future races.
“The best part of a third place finish at the Canadians in Kelowna is it qualifies me to represent Canada at the world championships in New Zealand in October 2012.
“I am really looking forward to the world championships, training for them over the next 12 months and then competing against the best in the world, it will be a lot of fun.”
Eidsvik paid tribute to the team at Pedal Your World for tuning up his bike prior to each race and massage therapist Kim Forsyth at Campbell River Chiropractic for solving a nagging calf injury that had been hindering his run for some time.