BLISTERS AND BLACK TOENAILS

What's Next?

I am officially in "off season".  Or as badass coach Jen Ruloncalls it: "the Season of Improvement". I think that's a better way to look at the down time between the last race of your season and the time you start to build for the following season. Off season kind of implies that you're taking time off. That being said, I suppose you could say you're taking time off from structured training i.e...

The Season Finale: Perpetual Forward Motion: Lake Placid 70.3 Run

I booked it out of T2. Well I guess booking it was relative. My legs felt like tree trunks, which was not surprising. I figured they'd probably feel like that for the first few km. At least that's what I hoped. I started trucking along, trying to focus on keeping my shoulders back, my head up and my turn over high. I was passing a lot of guys as I went along. I only passed one woman. Judging by...

The Season Finale: Out of the Ice Bath and Into the Freezer: LP 70.3 Bike

The Lake Placid bike course starts with a very steep but short downhill with a sharp turn at the bottom. In previous years, there used to be a big bump half way down the road but that has been fixed. The one year G and I volunteered we were stationed at the bump and had to warn people to slow down. This year there was no worry about launching a bottle or anything else off your bike in the first...

The Season Finale: Lake Placid 70.3 Pre-Amble & Swim

Late season racing in the Northern Hemisphere is almost always gamble in terms of weather. I find a lot of it depends on the type of summer that it's been. This particular summer saw below average temperatures and lot of rain. We had a lovely last week of August in Toronto so I was hopeful we'd have another last ditch run of summer. Stalking the Lake Placid weather forecast the week leading up to...

Reflections on my growth as an Athlete

As I get ready to toe the line at my last big race of the season, I can't help but reflect on my journey over the last several years.  I'm currently reading Matt Fitzgerald's "How Bad Do You Want It" and there are so many amazing stories and nuggets of wisdom that have really stuck with me.  Which is probably what triggered this self reflection.

I used to put so much pressure on myself to do well...

Monday Musings: Goodbye Summer, Hello Race Week!

September. Here we are. Summer flew by and despite the less than stellar weather, I have to say, it was a good one. I felt I had a really good balance of fun and work. Yes, there was some stressing about getting some training done but for the most part, I managed to get things done. Training never felt like a grind. These last couple of weeks, I did kinda wish I was done racing but that was just...

Racing Naked: The Toronto Island Triathlon Race Report

This race is one of my favourite races in the Multisport Canada series.  The fact that it's local is a bonus.   Given the state of Toronto Island in the spring and early summer, I wasn't sure this race would even happen but as soon as the city announced that the Island was going to open, G and I signed up.

This course is flat and fast, which is why I love it. You can really let it rip on the bike...

Monday Musings: Two Weeks to Go

How-day peeps!

What a crazy week this has been! Definitely not the week I had hoped for in terms of training but sometimes training has to take a back seat to other things. Things like hanging out with friends! That's one thing I promised myself I'd be more flexible with this year. Over the years, we let training consume our spare time to the extent that we'd take a pass on some things. We'd hardly...

Monday Musings: Stepping outside my comfort zone


They say a picture is worth a thousand words, well this one pretty much sums up my week.   This week wasn't about any hard, gut busting workouts (there were a couple of those).  Nope, this week was about me stepping outside my comfort zone personally.  

Most of you that know me personally, probably see this fairly talkative, bubbly person that seems to have no problem when it comes to talking to...

Like a Fine Wine, Better with Age: Bracebridge Sprint Race Report

Given that I hadn't raced a sprint in 2 years, I had no real goals going into this race other than I wanted to have a faster bike split that my previous 2 years. I have put a lot of time and effort into my cycling over the last year so I expected to see some kind of improvement. Other than that I figured my swim probably wouldn't change too much and my run, well who knew. I knew it wouldn't be as...

Monday Musings: A new addition

Howdy Folks!

This past weekend was a BIG weekend of racing. There was SeaWheeze in Vancouver, Steelhead 70.3 in Michigan, MSC Bracebridge Race weekend and Iron Girl to name a few. I had a couple of athletes racing (SeaWheeze & the ENDURun Half marathon) and Gary and I also raced (recap to come this week!). Hard to believe that there's only a few weeks left of the summer racing! We've got yet...

The Importance of Having a Health Care Team

Many of the athletes I coach are fairly new to running and triathlon so when things start to hurt and muscles start to get tight, they often ask me what I recommend. Depending on what the issue is, my answer varies. Over the years, I have assembled a team of people that I trust with my athletic health. There are so many different types of therapies out there it's hard to know where to start so I'm...