Monday, August 23

the complete race

No matter what happens with this sport I don't think that I will ever put together the "complete race." A race with out error that results in flawless victory in all three disciplines. I was asked after the race what I had learned from this outing and for several hours I was in deep reflection. With so many 'errors' at my previous races it was easy to pin point areas for improvement. Nationals was different, the race went smooth right from the horn. No real hiccups, no errors in judgement. But still lessons to be learned.

My goals for 2010 have shifted as the year has progressed; now I look at a bigger more distinct goal of representing Canada on the biggest triathlon stages this planet can offer. I knew going into the race that I would be out with the leaders on the swim and rumours of attacks on the bike had me excited. Lesson number one, if you want to attack find a couple of wiling compadres and chat with them before the race. After a few failed attempts to get away the bike pace mellowed and it was time for the run. I was bound and determined to have a better run then Quebec and San Francisco, my goal was to stay with Andrew Russell keeping my tempo up while trying to stay light. Things went well for the first 5 km then Russell put in a little burst and I was running alone.

All in all a much better mindset during the race and I'm excited to spend the week in Kelowna exploring new roads and waking up with some lake swims in the am!


MORE PICTURES (thanks to my official race photographer)

Monday, August 2

fittest guy I know

My approach to the 70.3 this year was much the same as my foray into Olympic distance racing; minus the white spandex underwear and wife beater. Keep the swim relaxed and strong; sit on a hip and keep the heart race low. On the bike; ride as hard as I can until North Glenmore park. Then I was going to try and rock my goal run pace until I hit the wall. Things went according to plan after the running climb out of the Weaslehead things were breaking down. 10th overall leaves happy with some new realizations but still looking for more, lots more.

The half ironman distance allowed me to uncover some new strengths and weakness in my current state. My motto this year has become the "the fittest guy I know." The bike really uncovered some new visions what kind of watts per kilogram one needs to be competitive. My hat is off to the crew of guys who allowed me to uncover a new gear. I was faster at 70.3 average speed then Wasa.

pain face

Overall a great start into longer distance racing; I quickly found myself questioning my ability to race longer. My thoughts; one needs to be able to swim 1:14s staying relaxed and smooth for 1900m. Attain at least 5.5 watts per kg on the bike. As for the run the jury is out on that speed but it looks like 3:36 minutes kilometres will put you in contention. Numbers like that with a little experience could make a solid weapon at 70.3.