Today I decided to race like I was supposed to be at the front. When asked if he was nervous about racing Mario Mola a couple weeks ago, Casper Stornes from Norway (in his inaugural World Series race, said confidently, “We train harder than Mola”. Turns out that Casper won the race by over thirty seconds and beat Mario by almost a minute. Today, I decided to tell myself that I train just as hard and precise as the next guy. In the Swim I felt pretty bad from the start. I felt as though my arms were a bit weak and I didn’t have the strength to hold a proper catch and keep my elbow up throughout my pull. However, I was able to take off 2 seconds per 100m from last years time, which is an improvement I will take. Once onto the bike, I felt like I usually do after swimming…Like all the blood is in my arms, and my legs feel dormant of oxygen or blood! However, today I decided that I was going to try to push through that feeling and try to make it disappear. After the first climb, the blood started pumping, and I felt amazing. I pushed harder than I have in the past on a non-drafting race, and was able to go 2 min and 20 faster than last year. Once onto the run, I din’t feel great until about the 2km mark, and then was able to turn it on, especially the last 2km. To be honest, I was disappointed with my run time today. Not anything near what I was going for, but I guess thats why the breakaway guys in WTS always run slower after time trial-ing…It just hurts! Three things I would like to improve upon for the season to come is: 1) Doing a better swim warmup prior to the race, so that I feel ready to sprint right off the start; 2) Continue to hone in on finding my bike legs as soon as possible which will be important in a hot and heavy drafting/breakaway environment this summer; and 3) My structure on the run has improved HUGE this winter and I’ve enjoyed watching my heart rate get lower and lower on structural runs, about 20 beat improvement from last year at the same speed. However, although I showed some promising speed on the track in the 1500 this year, I haven’t translated it into a triathlon race environment. I’m confident that this will come as we start to do functional bricks/track this summer. Overall, I improved even if very small, in all three disciplines today and am excited for the season to come. Congrats to the Rest of the Team who did AMAZING! And huge thanks again Coach Luke, Mission group and Valeo health Clinic!
First of all, I had no idea my blog was so closely monitored. So just want to say hello to you Mike, Des, Pavlos, and Felix. Enjoy the post. Why I didn’t go to Magog?…This was a question I was encouraged to discuss and so I decided to do so. Its quite simple really. A week before the National Championships in Ottawa I did a 4 day cycling stage race that I thought would e great training before nationals. However, as the triathlon races started only 5 days later, I found that although I gained much experience at the Hayman's classic, it had done damage to my legs that was going to take more than 5 days to recover from. But…. learning from my experience, I decided not to do Magog in order to save my legs, stress, energy and focus toward the Canada games, giving my self a chance to redeem myself by not making the same mistake again.
Canada summer Games 2017:
Strong swim, 2nd out of the water, less than ideal bike with out the ability to counter attack, resulting in being caught by the chase pack. A good but not good enough run, resulting in fourth place.
This is obviously just a glimpse of my race, but I wasn’t just going to share everything! I know how it went, where I can improve, how I can do so, and what needs to change, so that all that matters😉
However.. I will say this and only this: My experience and performances at the Canada summer Games has made me a more focused, more competitive, more dialed in, more intense, more knowledgable, more experienced, more hungry, and more fiercely knowing athlete than before.
In the first relay, I knew that it was up to me to build a gap for my team. I knew it was possible and I wasn’t going to let anyone down. I was able to take the lead in the swim and then just put my head down on the bike as I yelled “shut up legs”. Once on the run I had now one to push me but still ran well and was able to make a lead of about 60 seconds going into our final leg. We ended winning the race by a huge margin, taking the mens relay for Team BC.
This race was ours to win. Me, Mike, Des, and Hannah. Based on the individual performance thats an average placement of 2nd. Not bad for one province! Hannah was able to give me a lead of over 10 seconds as she tagged me and I ran into the water. By the end of the swim I’d increased it by about three more seconds, and had a pretty solid transition. I biked hard and was able to hold me small lead solo for a little over half the ride, as I was being chased by team Quebec, Alberta, and Ontario. Despite team Alberta and Ontario’s attempts to take a pull, the crazy strong Quebec rider wouldn’t let up and despite the opportunity to draft, practically solo’d his way up to me, dropping team ON and AB at the turn around. As I saw him trying to come past me, I was much stronger than Monday, and I was much stronger than Thursday, today was Friday, and there was no way I was being dropped. I quickly got onto his wheel as he continued to hammer on. After looking back and seeing that I was still there, it was obvious that I was expected to take a pull. Knowing my team tactics however, I knew that my job was to make sure I held the lead for my team by the end of the run. I looked back and knew we weren’t being caught. I knew that it wasn’t my job to pull Quebec away from team Ontario. I had Des next and there was no need to do that. I felt good, really good. At the end of the ride I passed before the dismount. A fumble with my bike had me going second out of the transition and I quickly accelerated onto the feet, and soon the shoulder of team Quebec. A struggle for inside lanes soon ended as we round the bends and onto the straights. I felt strong and pushed the pace out and around the corner accelerating hard. I was able to get a 7 second lead by the end of the run. In the end, we finished with another huge lead claiming the gold medal for Team BC.
This is just a glimpse of what goes on in a race, and there is much I did not mention, but this experience is something that I will rely on and take knowledge from as I continue my quest.
Time for fall XC running, Crits, and back to the drawing board.
I was hoping to be chosen for the world championships in Rotterdam this year, however, it wasn’t my year. I’ve learned that I need to outright prove my spot beyond a shadow of a doubt. That’s what I'm gonna do. Congratulations and good luck to Pavlos, Michael and Aiden who earned their spots and will be crushing it at the World champs and grand final in Rotterdam Netherlands on September 14th!! Go get em.'
Today's race was a must if I wanted to be on the team, and a way for someone who didn't make it the first day, to prove themselves and possibly get the third spot. Thankfully, my stress of making the team was over and all I wanted to do was prove that their would be no mistake in taking me. I had a good swim, on the feet of Jackson and Aiden, swimming 1:08 100's and getting on the bike relatively with them. A super disorganized first lap, but we got it under control and kept it pretty rich for the majority of the second. A bad T2 racking my bike in the wrong rack by someone who had the same shoes as me, then my bike falling etc, left me getting onto the run in third over 5 seconds back. I sprinted onto Aiden's shoulder feeling some daja view from the day before.. Quicker than the day before, he dropped and It was up to me to catch Milic. I stayed relatively close on the way out and up keeping in touch by probably 5-6 seconds. But on the way back, Milic was able to lengthen it out better than me and I finished about 19 seconds back with a run split 13 second slower at 9:31 for the 3km which I'm pretty happy with on a hilly course. Overall, i was pleased with my performance and with being so close to a 3 year junior in my first year. Stay tuned for Ottawa in 2 and a half weeks time...
Well, I was nervous to say the least. This one race would determine my entire season. The race format for the Canada Summer Games qualifier went as follows. A 300m swim time trial at the university, then a 7km draft legal bike staggered on the start, based on our swim times, and a 1 mile run directly off the bike. First two across the line are the automatic qualifiers for the CSG! I had a great swim I thought, swimming the 300 in 3:16, but was still 9 and 10 seconds back from Aiden and Jackson. Milic was 3 seconds back from me though. This made the bike very very interesting. After changing venues, and getting organized, I hoped on my bike when it was my turn, got into aero and rode hard, not looking back or waiting for Milic. I had my eyes on one thing, the two in front of me. Milic used some super powers to get onto my wheel, and asked me to wait for him to get into his shoes, and then we’d work together to catch…I didn’t say anything, and tried to drop him by just biking HARD. But before I knew it, he was into them and we were working together. We could them a little over 2km in, and decided to try to go around them instead of going with them. Unfortunately, it didn’t work…We came off the bike together meaning that their were now 4 extremely strong men, fighting for 2 guaranteed spots over a 1 mile run! That means leg ripping speed, guts and pain. Milic went off like a bullet, and I had to hang back and composed at the start (about as composed as you can stay when your trying to run a 4:30 mile) I hung back with Aiden, and Jackson behind us. I ran on his shoulder, bumping elbows over and over, until I started to feel controlled, then I switched sides to where I had more room, and started acting a bit stronger, upping the pace as I moved up on him. We were even at the turnaround, and thats when I put on the pace. I started thinking about the sound of our heavy breathing as we ran next to maximum, and soon realized that my shoulders were just barely ahead of his . I thought to myself, "I’m in so much pain as it is, I’m going to hold this pace, and if he drops, than happy day.” About 5 seconds later, he took a deep breath, and that was it, 5 meters became ten, 15, 20, 100, 150. I suddenly realized that Milic was getting close! Aiden finished about 31 seconds back and I missed Milic by 5 seconds. I was so ecstatic to guarantee my spot the first day. Yah exactly, there was a hole other day of racing The next day! Stay tuned...
Well, this is the first year I am old enough to compete in this tri, so I was looking forward to it. I was confident in my ability to perform well, based on how training was going, but was still unsure of how I would do in my first Non-drafting tri race in 2 seasons. I had the fastest seated swim time going in, so I was the first to start. I swam well, Probably about 1:11’s if you subtract the running down stairs and the time it takes going 15m sideways when moving lanes. I was able to snatch the swim coarse record so I was pleased with that. I got onto the bike and had some trouble with my shoes when the strap came out of its loop hole, I finally got it in part way into the first lap, and was relieved about that. It was a 3 lap bike course and I was trying to maximize my aerodynamics while still not getting too sore. I rode pretty hard, but still wanting to have a ripper run. Oh yah…when I was coming around for my first lap of the bike I almost got hit by a bus that pulled out right in front of me, going 39 km/hr in aero position! I had to swerve into the oncoming traffic lane on the other side of the barricade! Oddly, enough, I was mostly worried about the riders catching from behind, while riding back over the barricade and back into my lane. I got back up to speed and had to think about something else! Thankfully, it only happened once.
When I hit the run, I felt pretty good, besides a sore hip from aero on my little Draft legal tri bars, but I ran hard. On a slightly slow coarse, cause of gravel and such, I was pleased with my time of 16:25 so 3:16 per km. Big shout out to the lead bike who was most helpful throughout the run! I finished in a time of 1:02 and won the race by exactly 2 min. Very pleased with my overall performance and glad to get some learning experiences before bigger ones going up. A few tweaks and I should be ready for the CSG qualifier in 2 weeks time!
Following a busy summer of competing, Luke and I decided that cross-country running would be a good idea for me this fall, just as training, and for the fun of it:) I did three local series school races, winning each of those and then going on to win the zone championships, qualifying me for Provincials, hoping to continue my streak. At the Provincial Championships held at Telemark, I managed to hang on for a bronze, 7 seconds back from the winner. It was a really tough race over grueling climbs and quad crushing downhills! I wasn't ecstatic but was satisfied with my result considering how I felt that day, and how hard I pushed.
At the beginning of the fall, I also decided to compete in the local BMO 10km road race in Kelowna. I was a bit disappointed with my result here, finishing in a time of 35 minutes. My goal had been a couple minutes faster. I was definitely still sore from a hard Friday track and strength session 2 days before and am confident that I will see a huge improvement next time I take on this race. Even so, I still managed to capture 2nd place in the 19&u category and 4th place overall. On the positive side, I learned lots about pacing, listening to coach instructions, staying calm and collected, and running my own race.
In early November, my coaches, Luke and Andrew from Balance point, and the Vernon Tri-Monsters coach, Laura Medcalf, hosted a junior triathlon camp in Vernon. I was super excited to train and race some other juniors from the Okanagan. I had a great time, learned about visualization, had a great step test while using the new VO2 Master, and set a couple benchmark times to improve on for the winter. Fat biking at Silver Star was AWESOME! Super epic and a bit of a gong show!
In February, for the third year in a row, our team attended the BPR winter snowshoe camp at Silver Star mountain, consisting of 3 sessions over two days of snowshoeing totaling about 11 hours of structural training. Great workouts! I also learned more about sports psychology during some psych sessions with Luke.
Over the winter my training has consisted of: Monday and Wednesday indoor cycling spin and core sessions for 2.5 hours each; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 1-1.5 hour swim sessions at H20 with Luke, and more on our own; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday morning run and/or strength training with Luke, and more on my own; and finally, once there was enough snow, Saturday 2-4 hour snowshoe adventures with Luke. I'm looking forward to heading back to long outdoor Saturday rides as as soon as Spring arrives!
Another exciting event this winter was that my sister and I were both invited to participate in the triathlon eligibility and selection camps for the BC team going to the 2017 Canada Summer Games in July. I’ve trained hard for this all winter, and was looking forward to the two day camp held in Vancouver in February. Despite big change in plans due to the weather conditions and the facilities closing, it was great to meet and train alongside many other Junior elites from BC. The camp was cut down to one day, involving info sessions, an epic open water format training swim in the pool, and a video analysis treadmill session! Due to the cancellation of the time trials, we were informed to take the initiative and do a 1600 m run and 200m swim time trial with our coach and submit the times. The next camp will be held in Vernon at the end of April which I am looking forward to.
See you at the races,
Below are two links to a race recap and post race interview after the cross-country championships.
Great to do the Guardian Century ride on Sunday! Going toward a great cause and doing it with a lot of great people. Almost $10,000 raised this year!!! The sun popped through just in time for the BBQ which we had with blue skies. Enjoyed the ride. Very tough riding with Jonathan Firth and Peter Watson, but managed to hang on for the most part:) Also, big shout out to Firthy for raising almost $3000 if i'm not mistaken. Great to hear your speech and I've heard that some people were glad to hear what you had to say.
- 16 year old Junior Elite Triathlete.
Long Term Goals
-Have podium finishes in all of my Junior Elite races 16-19.
-Qualify for the ITU World Junior Championship in 2017.
-Win the Youth Olympic games in Argentina in 2018
-Be in contention at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo Japan.
-Win an ITU World Championship.
-Race to win the 2024 Olympics alongside my brother:)
-Win an Ironman World championship after my ITU days.