This has been a year to remember and by far my most successful triathlon season yet. Setbacks and disappointments also did happen, but the season was largely positive. Now I have a relatively large block of training to focus on the swim and run, then my sights are set on next year!
This year I saw a marginal swim improvement, significant cycling improvement, and a big improvement on the run. Though I have no idea why the run improved the most and the swim the least, I think the overall fitness jump came from having been finished full time school since April 2015, and having extra time to train and recover for a full year as a result. Some off season training included attending camp LPC in florida this past march, where I got the chance
to train with Lionel Sanders.
In draft legal racing, I was behind the main pack after the swim in all 5 cases, and I was able to bridge up to the main pack 4 times. One time I was able to break away from them and almost caught the leaders (Provincial Championships), and once I was unable to catch them (National
Championships). I had solid runs in all 5 races. I was happy to finish second in the Triathlon Ontario Elite Cup series behind Taylor Forbes. Next year I hope to make the pack on those swims and come off with the leaders to have a crack at the podium!
In non drafting races, I had more success. Locally, I won all 4 times that I raced with the Multisport series! Typically it was the bike and run combo that allowed me to distance myself from the field. I also had the disappointment of not finishing my half iron distance debut at
Barrelman due to health concerns, my last blog post has more details.
In international pro racing, I had a breakthrough race at Rev3 Quassy finishing second behind Cameron Dye. I also finished 3rd at Rev3 Pocono and got a win at Rev3 Cedar Point. I got the victory at the Tobago Rainbow
Cup Triathlon after a disappointing 2nd place last year, and managed to win the 5km road race as well!
The biggest setback was when I got a hairline fracture in my elbow while rollerblading with my girlfriend. It is still up for debate who is at fault, though I do know that I will be wearing full safety equipment next time. Somehow I managed to do two races 5 and 6 days after the injury, but I wasn’t able to do any swim workouts above an easy effort for 3-4 weeks which set me back in the pool. Secondly, I began experiencing symptoms of plantar fasciitis a couple weeks before my last races. I pushed it too far and had to miss a few run workouts, but now I have treated it and know how to avoid these issues recurring. lastly, the DNF at Barrelman is part of a larger arrhythmia problem that has been going on for years, I am currently trying to get that diagnosed and I will take any further steps from there.
I have my sponsors to thank for helping make this season and my professional triathlon career possible. The bottom line is, without their support I simply wouldn’t be at the level I have reached thus far. So THANK YOU to the LPC Hurdle Project, Prolutions Project Management Inc., ZiZU Optics, The Dundas Speed Shop, The Recharge with Milk Ambasador Team, Big Race Wheels , and Pearl Izumi. All of these companies are big supporters of triathlon, I can’t thank you enough!
Off Season and Next Season
I am in a big swim and run phase to try for a sub 15 minute 5km on the track, and a sub 9:20 800m TT in the pool in early November. I did a local 10km at the Guelph Thanksgiving day races last week, and although I was happy with a
win, it was a rude awakening that there is hard work to be done to go sub 15!
As for next season, my goals are simple. I want to have a top 5 finish in an ITU race, and I want to qualify for 70.3 Elite world championships. These are some lofty goals, but I have a shot at them by training hard and smart, and with the help of all my supporters.
Thanks for reading!!