First things first. For those of you that missed it, Brent McMahon a fellow Canadian and LifeSport athlete absolutely crushed the field at Ironman Brasil by going 7:46:10!!!!! What an incredible performance from an incredibly nice and humble guy. I asked his permission to put that photo up as my header for this blog post as his performance is incredibly motivating and makes me even hungrier for my upcoming races.
This past weekend I race the classic Shawnigan Lake event. This race has been going on for quite a few years now and continues to get support from Bob Saunders of Saunders Subaru. He is an amazing person and does a great deal for athletics in Victoria – we are just lucky he likes triathlon 😉
The race went fairly close to as planned in that I swam hard and hit the first halves hard of each the bike and the run. Winning a race is always nice (results here), but I look forward to the highly competitive Victoria Ironman 70.3 event on June 12th. This was my first race in the 2016 Aquasphere Phantom wetsuit, and it continues to impress me everytimg I put it on. Very happy to have formed a relationship with this forward-thinking company. I continue to deal with fit issues on the bike and certainly have some disappointment regarding my bike performance. Has it not been for Dr.Grimes, Dr.Atwall and Dr.Willgress at Synergy Health Centre I know this
injury could have sidelined me by now, but they are keeping me loose and able to continue to train as I tweak my bike.
Today was I took the next step in getting my bike issues resolved – I had a 3+ hour bike fit with the team at bbphysio. They use a state of the art technology for finding your imbalances and making adjustments to fix them. The fitting starts with a physical assessment and then progresses to everything from cleat position tweaks to saddle options (of which he has MANY – see image to right) to aerobar adjustments. I was very impressed and am certainly satisfied with the session – I am anxious to see how it feels after a few rides.
With only a couple weeks until the Victoria Ironman 70.3 event I am already starting to wish tomorrow was race day. Under the guidance of Coach Lance Watson I have seen my fitness progress very steadily with all three disciplines seeing improvements over where they have been in the past. Swimming with Mercury Rising Triathlon (MRT) group on Tuesday and the LifeSport/MRT Thetis Lake swim on Friday are my key sessions and I am thankful to have lots of faster swimmers to chase. I will sharpen up my running this weekend with a 3000m track event in the Q Track Series at UVic here in Victoria – should be fun getting my butt kicked trying to keep up with someone….anyone! haha
One of the biggest changes in the months leading into the Victoria 70.3 race has my bike training, it wasn’t much more volume or overall intensity that changed but how Lance programmed it all into my micro and macro training plans. By revisiting some key workouts I was able to set new and more lofty goals each time, and I am pleased to see in all most all cases I achieved those goals. My 2:08:00 bike split at the Texas Ironman 70.3 back in early April was a real confidence booster and my training since then indicates improvement for sure.
Skechers Shoes Review
At the start of 2016 I was fortunate to form a product sponsorship with Skechers Performance running shoes. The company has been very nice to deal with and very accommodating with generous amounts of shoes and training gear. Thank you Skechers Performance Canada. I am not paid to write this review but I am happy and excited to do so.
– the uppers aren’t super sleek in how they wrap the foot, but in my opinion it is more of a luxury to have a shoe
that does look and feel like it is hugging your foot, what one actually needs is functionality and I can say the uppers in the Skechers are comfortable and functional.
– I also race the Shawnigan Lake Triathlon in them and it was on a loose gravel trail, I found the tread performed
very well on that surface