I am happy coach Noa and I went ahead with our plan of doing an Iron distance race early in the year. This made for some big training blocks and lead to the creation of a really solid level of base fitness for the year – creating this bog base was one of the main reasons for doing this race. Another reason for doing this race was because it is known to be a hard race with a tough bike course, and this year was no different as it proved to be a very challenging day out on the course. If you follow the triathlon world then I am sure you have heard about the crazy winds during the bike leg, and the wild swim conditions those same winds were responsible for. So I am not going to spend much time giving you my description of those weather conditions. Yes the wind was crazy strong (stronger than Kona or Cozumel), and the water conditions were comparable to swimming off a beach into ocean swells with an onshore wind coming at you (or you could just say the swim was fun), and the run was a very spectator friendly course that is not flat (but wouldn’t be classified as hilly either).
Overall I achieved my goal of being in the top ten male pros, I came in 7th and am happy with that. Each segment of the race required a great deal of mental toughness. One of the hardest parts of the race had to have been when I was just finishing the first loop of the bike and I remembered I had to go out and do that all over again. The headwinds were relentless and spending about 85% of your ride in the small chain ring can be a bit demoralizing. But the theme of the day for me was to stay positive and that is what I did, I often reminded myself how lucky I am to have the opportunity to live the life I do as an athlete and be able to get to international races.
And I can’t train and race I like I do without the support of many many people, there are so many people (first and foremost my wife Mari, and next my Coach Noa Deutsch) that I owe a big thank you to, this is just list of the companies that support me: NutriStart, Synergy, Trek Bicycle Store Victoria, TYR, Triboutique.ca, Maison Orphee, Pro Energy Towel, The Root Cellar and ISM Saddles. Thank you to you all for your support. Please click these companies links to your right to learn more about who they are, what they do, and why I endorse them.
The family that took me into their home for the week, the Wilsons, are amazing people. They made my race week so relaxed and comfortable that I don’t know how I could ever thank them as they cared for me like I was part of their family. Here we are at after the race
Thank you Sandy, Kevin and Bridger.
My recovery is going well so far and I am looking forward to the next string of races. The next 3 races are all 1/2 Irons and they are Shawnigan Lake, Victoria Saunders Elk Lake, Rev3 Portland. These races are going to be a lot of fun and are all part of my build up to my A-Race for the year – Rev 3 Iron Distance in Sandusky Ohio on Sept. 9.
Thank you triathlon Canada magazine for the mention – click here
Also, a big congrats to Gillian Clayton for a 4th place finish in her debut racing in the pro ranks!
I don’t know about the rest of you but I am very excited for the 2012 season!