I got up at 3:45am on Tuesday, my flight didn’t leave until 6:00am from little YYJ but I actually found myself happy to have been woken up before my planned time. It was the crying of my 2.5 year old son that got me out of bed. As I walked to his room to comfort him I was wide awake and happy that I got to see my little guy one more time and hold him. He wanted Mommy, so I picked him up and slowly walked down the hall back to our room – I purposely didn’t hurry and enjoyed this last physical interaction I would have with him for 7 days.
Triathlon is a bit of a crazy sport, not just the actual event itself, but also the lifestyle that inherently goes with it. At least 50% of the reason I can do this sport is because of my wife’s undying support. And the support group I have that provides me with product(s) is invaluable. Thank you all for this.
I am in Cozumel and I will race an Ironman here on Sunday, Dec.1. I don’t think I even have a grip on how excited I am for this race! Under the strict guidance of Coach Jesse things have been done very well in the lead up to this event. I have more confidence than ever before and I am certainly the best I have ever been physically. I am far from my potential as an endurance athlete and have really felt the gains I have made as a triathlete this year, since I started with Jesse in April.
I do this sport to be the best athlete I can be. There is more and more discussion in the triathlon world surrounding the WTC and the Ironman brand and the direction the sport is going in. I am not up on all the latest news regarding this stuff but that is because I honestly don’t have the time to keep in the loop. I work multiple jobs, train hard and enjoy my family time. When I train I do my absolute best to execute the workout exactly how it has been laid out for me. And I love the feeling of finishing the workout and being able to tell Coach Jesse that it went well. Where am I going with this blog post? I’m not 100% sure, but I think that is kind of what blogs are meant for.. ..
I couldn’t care less if I have the latest and greatest helmet, or swimskin, or aerobars, or even my own set of race wheels (thank you for the Zipp 606 combo for this race Matt). I also don’t mind in the least getting up at 4:59 more than half the days of the week so I can get my first workout(s) in (usually a swim) to make sure I maximize my waking hours. I genuinely enjoy preparing healthy food for myself and for my family, and I enjoy eating it even more! Staying in this little B&B in Cozumel is perfect for me. I am just blessed that I can be at another race, and this is another step in my journey as an athlete.
Chris “Macca” McCormack wrote an article recently about how the younger professional athletes are perhaps different than his generation – he alluded to the fact that some athletes may be losing sight of what this sport is all about. Reading this article struck a cord with me, because for me triathlon is about pushing the limits and testing myself each day and each race on many levels. At the awards banquet after Challenge Penticton I found the table that Chris was at (and Lothar Leder was sitting with Macca- BONUS!). I have chatted to Chris on other occasions after races and I wanted to chat again this time. So I asked if I could join them and they both said sure. This was one of the most memorable moments of my triathlon career so far. They both are genuinely good people and gladly offered advice on various topics.
Macca quickly noticed that I have a good grasp of the history of the sport. I love everything about this sport – the history is rich and offers great motivational energy to young athletes like me. I have watched every NBC coverage of Kona more times than I can remember now – I watch these during my bike trainer sessions, and sometimes they just turn into background noise as the work gets tough, but for some reason I can never get enough of watching them.
So, on Sunday when I go out there and compete in my next Iron distance triathlon I will start the day with confidence and excitement and give my 100% effort from start to finish.
I wasn’t sure how to start this blog post so I just started typing and now I am not sure how to end it so I am going to end it now. Thanks for reading!