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...
- 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.