BLISTERS AND BLACK TOENAILS

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...

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...

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...

Monday Musings: The Holiday Monday Edition

Happy Holiday Mondayyyyyy!

Well we are officially one week into August and I am coming off my biggest week of training since the Lake Placid training camp back in May.   I actually feel pretty good today other than some stiffness in my legs and a tiny headache.  I'm chalking up the headache to the pint of beer and two glasses of wine I had last night, ha ha.

Remember last weekwhen I said that G and...

Monday Musings: The Holiday Monday Edition

Happy Holiday Mondayyyyyy!

Well we are officially one week into August and I am coming off my biggest week of training since the Lake Placid training camp back in May.   I actually feel pretty good today other than some stiffness in my legs and a tiny headache.  I'm chalking up the headache to the pint of beer and two glasses of wine I had last night, ha ha.

Remember last weekwhen I said that G and...

Monday Musings: Trying to get back on track

Hi ho!

I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! I spent it cheering and celebrating birthdays with family. It was a big triathlon weekend here in Toronto. The 5th annual Toronto Triathlon Festival was held on Sunday. I had two athletes racing and I knew a TON of other people racing as well so I hopped on my bike and went down to do some cheering. They had pretty much perfect conditions other than...

The Comeback: Mont Tremblant 70.3 Run

We go out in the world and take our chances....
Fate is just weight of circumstances....
That's the way that Lady Luck dances.....

Roll The Bones

I ran into T2 in my cycling shoes and shuffled over to my spot in transition. I racked my bike, took off my helmet and then took off my shoes. My feet were actually still damp so I had to dry them off before I could put my socks on. Even then getting my...

The Comeback: Mont Tremblant 70.3 Race Recap - The Bike

Now that my least favourite part of the race was over, I was on to the bike.  This was going to be a solid test of my cycling fitness and fueling strategy.  Because this was an early season race, G and I both felt that we would probably have some room for improvement in Lake Placid.   I knew this course was hard, well, parts of it were anyway, and that you had better not burn yourself out too...

Mont Tremblant 70.3 Race Recap: Pre-Amble + Swim

We had originally planned on heading to Tremblant on the Friday but a few weeks ago G thought it would be better if we left on Thursday so we booked an extra night at the Tour des Voyageurs where we had booked the rest of our stay. That actually worked out really well as we got into Tremblant by about 5:30 which gave us time to check in and pick up our race kits. Picking up our kit on Thursday...