Tuesday, 28 June 2016

A Rough Day At the Races-Mont Tremblant 70.3

I didn't have a great race in Mont. Tremblant...in fact my race itself was quite dreadful in regards to performance.  My body tightened up about 65km into the bike, and I had a real battle just to finish the rest of the ride.  Then I had to decide if I call it a day, or run a half marathon.  I decided I was going to make it to the finish, which I did, but it was at an embarrassingly slow pace.  There was quite the battle going on in my head during the run, and my thought process was going something like this:  

"Why am I still running"...(then I motivate myself to keep going)"you can do it Andy...keep going"...(run for 100m then)..."why am I still running"  and repeat for 21.1km.

I did eventually finish, and I think I'm better off for it (opposed to calling it quits).  I'm not a fan of dropping out of races, and if I can still move forward without injuring myself (or causing further damage to my body), I'll keep fighting and get it done.

There is a definite need to evaluate my bike ride in the coming weeks...why did I tighten up and what can be done to help with this.  I'll likely be tinkering with my aero position, bike training, and apparel selection in the coming weeks to better prepare myself for 90km in aero position.

Overall however, I had a great weekend.  This race was without a doubt the best race I have ever attended, and I had a ton of fun.  The organization of the event, the venue, and the overall atmosphere were absolutely amazing.  There was so much awesomeness going on at this race, that even though I had a rough day on the race course, I still had a great time and am feeling positive going forward.

Some Photos from the race:

Pre-race photo shoot with Skechers!  I'm third from the left

My setup in transition race morning.  All loaded up with eLoad for what would be a hot race.

Swim start (I am third swimmer from the left).  The plane is approaching

Fighter jet flyover...I really like jets, so this was awesome

We had camera guys on motorbikes snapping photos of us on course!  I was still feeling good at this point.

Mikael, Kristen and I went on the luge after...no problem going fast there!

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Coming Full Circle-Milton Triathlon 1'st Overall

I didn’t grow up racing triathlon.  In fact, I grew up with a particular dislike of swimming, biking, and running.  When my mom suggested I enter a local triathlon race in my early teens, I respectfully declined (which in teen translates to a plain “no”).  A few inspirational teachers in high school gradually changed my perspective on the sport, and on June 5, 2011 (exactly 5 years ago), I headed out to Milton with my family to see what this triathlon thing was all about.  I didn't have a huge breakthrough win in my first race (I was 27'th overall), but I definitely caught the triathlon bug, and have been racing ever since.

My first race...mummy in the background

Coincidently (it really is a coincidence...I didn't plan this out), today is also June 5'th, and I was back racing in Milton for my first time since 2011.  Today also marked a new page in my triathlon career as it was my first official race racing as a pro.
Pre-Race with some of my Mettle athletes (who did great today)

A Quick Race Re-cap 

There wasn't a stacked field at todays event, but there were certainly some fast guys that could contend for the win, namely Mikael Staer Nathan and Jessey the Elf...the Tri-Elf-lete (who I have previously known as Ben Sayles).  

Ben had his usual fast swim and put around a minute and a bit on Mikael and I.  It was my first time in open water this year, and I was just happy the water wasn't freezing cold.  
Mikael and I started the bike together, but he soon dropped back (due to shoe issues) and I started to put time into him.  I took the lead in the race about 10km into the bike (after a missed turn which cost me some time...I could have sworn that arrow was pointing straight).  
Ben stuck with me for the rest of the bike, and actually surged at the end to go into T2 first.  I quickly regained the lead on the run, and never gave it up.  I crossed the line feeling strong and captured the win in my season opener.

The 2016 Season

This year will be my first year racing as a pro, and I will be focusing primarily on the half iron distance.  I've had a ton of help getting to where I am today (5 years after my first race), and I have some awesome people around me supporting me as I go forward.  This year, I have the privilege of being supported by: Mettle MultisportMultisport CanadaSkechers Performance Canada, and eLoad Sport Nutrition (watch my video by following the link).  My coach Derek has been instrumental in my development as an athlete, and my family, friends/training partners all deserve a huge thank you.

As fellow athlete Sjaan Gerth put it to me last year, hopefully my first win (as a pro) is a harbinger of good things to come.