Monday, August 24

ITU Canadian Nationals

The first taste of draft legal racing and I'm hooked, the speed and tactics of this kind of event really keep you on your toes. In the days leading up to the race it was announced that Simon, Brent, Kyle and Paul would all be racing the Nationals this year which only fueled added nervous excitement. The pre race meeting was really the who's who of triathlon in Canada, it was really neat to see the top 10 guys in the country all in one place.

The race was set for 1:45 pm on Sunday; a nice late start to let the age groupers and the elite women get through the course and pump up the excitement for the male race. I had a beautiful ride in from Westbank for my warm up and then went through the bike/ helmet/athlete check and proceeded to transition. This is where you get your first real taste of the crowds, there had to be 100 people just watching the guys get ready! After that I decided to find some shade and chill until marshalling.

The hype before the event was unreal, they had some serious pump up music going, enough to make my sister and mom a little flustered before the gun whet. Now this is where I get my experience swimming in packs, I have never swum with 40 guys all relatively my speed. It was complete chaos for the first 500 meters, every man fighting for that inch of space. After I rounded the buoy at the 500-meter mark I found myself just of the back of the first pack heading into the beach turn. After the 750 I was able to sneak past a few more guys and come out on the heals of Paul Tichelar in 8th.

After a great transition it was off to the bike, for the first couple of km I found myself on the back of Tichelars wheel desperately trying to catch the front pack. Once we hit the hill Paul dropped me like a sack of potatoes and I found myself riding alone for the next couple km. I eased up and let the next chase pack gobble me up. I spent the rest of the race in the lead chase pack about a minute back with Bryden, Horn and Yorke. After 6 laps of the bike course we headed out for the run.

T2 was a bit slow and I found myself about 15 feet back for Bryden and Yorke. After a cautious first couple of km, my lack of fuel on the bike started to catch up and I found myself in survival mode. I fought through the last 8 km in the run with a disappointing final leg.

All in all I came to Kelowna and did what I wanted to do, my ultimate goal was to get into the top 10; with the need to get into the top 16 so I could apply for my International Competition Card and compete for Canada on the Continental Cup Series.
16th Canadian male overall with lots of room for improvement.

Thursday, August 6

Yoga in the Park

With all of the events and great things going on it can be hard to fit everything in. The weekend looks to be especially packed so it might be a good idea to head down to the park adjacent to the Talisman Centre for 'One Breath' put on the lulelemon Calgary. There looks to be 100's of people that will come out to the event that welcomes beginners right through to advanced practitioners.

Could be a great way to meet some new and interesting people, all while starting the weekend off in style.

Bring your own mat and a gear to the west side of the Talisman Centre at 9 am Saturday August 8th.

Monday, August 3

The Last Three

Well I got into a little argument over the weekend discussing who's blog is worthless. My arguments got trumped by fellow Speed Theory athletes by the fact that I don't blog enough for people to pay attention.

Enough of the hog pogery. I will get into the last month of ripping. On July 5th I headed down to the Crowsnest pass to compete in the Sinister Seven trail race. I headed out in the evening to complete stages 6 and 7 totaling 28 km in total darkness; starting at 1 am running downhill on ATV track. After the 2 hours and 20 minutes of sensory overload I hit the wall slept for 5 hours then headed back to Calgary where I found myself stuck to the couch for the next couple of days.

The next event would be the grueling Canmore Triathlon on July 15th. The net elevation change on this course makes it one of the most unique Triathlons that I have ever done. The swim went well and I found myself alone on the bike for the first three laps, until Jamie Whyte came by like a freight train and put about a minute into me before we headed out for the run. I felt strong but could not push myself into a decent level of pain will all of the elevation changes on the run. I finished in a solid 2:01, which considering the course is not bad.

Finally I stepped out of the comfort zone and jumped into the 24 hours of adrenaline at the nordic centre. It is hard to sum up this event in a few sentences, it is truly epic and a great way to link up with friends for the weekend. Night riding is a serious sensory overload and riding 1 hours on, 3 hours off takes some getting used to. I would love to do this event every year to really give me a great refresh.

longest post ever!