Hi there – well it has been a busy few weeks but a terrific few weeks! As you know, I raced at the Disney 70.3 event in Florida. I had a fantastic race there and finished 3rd. I had the swim of my life and exited the water with Canadian Olympian, Sam McGlone. I lost her in the transition area as I had a serious arm wrestle with my helmet and lost precious seconds. Out onto the bike, I had a good ride, but not the ride of my life to match the swim of my life. I came off the bike about 5:30 down on Sam McGlone and Leanda Cave – 2002 Olympic Distance World Champion. Out onto the hot 21 km run, I had the run of my life and finished only 30 seconds behind Leanda Cave and about 2 minutes behind Sam. I was very pleased to take those precious minutes out of those two amazing runners. Those short course specialists are tough to beat over the half Ironman distance and I was so happy to come so close especially with a few rough spots in my race. Regardless, it was a great little speed workout on the road to Kona.
When I arrived home from Florida, I received a phone call from CBC Sports – Canada’s National Television Network. I was offered the opportunity to be one of the commentators for the World Cup Triathlons televised on CBC. This is a fantastic opportunity and I basically started last Friday with a live one minute opening for the series and officially began today, Friday, with a voice over in the CBC studio for the Madrid ITU World Cup. It will be televised across Canada on Saturday June 10th as part of the Sports Saturday on CBC.
And the return from the Disney 70.3 race also marked the beginning of my Ironman training for Subaru Ironman Canada. And so, my legs have lost a little bit of that pep that they felt in the St. Croix 70.3 and the Disney 70.3, but this training will get me to the finish line at both Subaru Ironman Canada and the Hawaii Ironman.
But most importantly, after returning from Florida, I was able to race alongside my 5-year old nephew Braedan in the Caledon Kids of Steel triathlon. This was our third consecutive year and Braedan was amazing! He didn’t stop once! But the best part was that some of his school friends raced it as well and he made some new friends at the race. Isn’t that what the triathlon journey is all about – encouraging others and meeting people along the way.
Take care and thank you for your support.