Thursday, April 14, 2016

So what happened in Texas?'s not in my character to drop out of races even when things are not going to plan. However, sometimes it's the best decision. On Sunday that was the choice I made, and a day later it was reaffirmed it was the right choice as I became very ill.

I felt so good and confident going into Texas 70.3 after a great camp on Maui that I didn't even let the small warning signs of GI distress take me off my mindset. The tune up workouts going into the event went well despite having some GI issues so I felt I was good to go and would be able to use all that great fitness.

However, those issues only get multiplied when putting your body through the stresses of a race. I started the race with things going smoothly and I was comfortably at the front of the swim where I wanted to be. A good quick transition got me onto the bike in second and within 5km I had separated myself from the group behind and was solo in the lead, again, where I had planned and wanted to be. I built in my gap as the as the uber bikers such as Starky would be coming and wanted to be settled in a groove and able to try and move with them as they came up. Not long into the bike I wasn't settling in and I was stiff and moving around a lot. I then started to tighten up more and thought I needed calories or sodium so I took both on. I continued to try and press forward and Starky had moved passed by this point and I was slowly letting him ride away but I couldn't lift my game. Eventually calories or sodium were clearly not working and I starting cramping in my stomach and my legs and even shoulders. I kept pushing but less and less watts were being produced.

By the far turn I was leading the group I had ridden away from but Starky, Dreitz, Weiss and my main contender Lionel Sanders were gone up the road. I couldn't take more calories and was only taking on water and my stomach started to turn and churn. The closing 20km of the bike were very uncomfortable but I managed to stay with the group and actually go to the front and get a gap in the last 5km in the hopes of giving me a time buffer in T2 to hit the porto potty and get back going on the run.

Oh how I had hoped. Things were definitely not going to my plans anymore. After a lengthy stop and not having any calories I started on the with the intent of having a go a fast run despite where it would place me now after a self induced time out.

Within a few kilometres is was clear a fast run wasn't happening and that a run at all was going to be difficult. I don't mind difficult, challenging or even near impossible, that's what I love and why I do this sport. But when your health isn't good, you are going backwards quicker then forwards in the race and you have important goals ahead, you have to look at the big picture. I shuffled my way back to transition giving encouragement to my fellow athletes and headed home where I proceeded to curl up in a ball and sleep the rest of the afternoon.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Time to kick the season Off!

It's time to kick the season off!


After a big season with three Ironman's and finishing my last race December 5th at 70.3 Bahrain, I went into complete shutdown mode for December.  Having validated for Kona 2016 and having enough points I was qualified going into the offseason.  So I got fat in three weeks!  Well, as fat as I could in three weeks in order to get my body rehabilitated from my first year of racing Ironman's with a total of four in 12 months.  As a result I didn't want to rush my start to the 2016 season so I pushed back racing a couple of times and moved my annual winter training camp on Maui a few weeks later.  After a great block on Maui I got all cylinder's firing and I am set to test the body with a great effort here at Ironman 70.3 Texas.  Coach Lance and I went back to some speed work on the run after 12 months of slower paced Ironman training to get the leg speed up again.  We even hit the track in Victoria with the young development ITU guys that coach Carolyn Murray has been training.  It was fun and tough getting my but whipped into shape by the young kids, but it will be nice to have that under my belt going into the first 70.3's of the season.  I feel strong and ready for the season and the challenges that lay ahead. 


I'll be racing in the Bahrain Endurance 13 colours again this year with the big S of Specialized as well, but the suits got a new custom look thanks to Sugoi Custom Apparel, so keep an eye out.  I'll be running some new fuel in my Nathan fuel belt thanks to a new Canadian partnership with PhD Nutrition.  I'll again be swimming, riding and running with these same great partners as well, Aquasphere, Sram, Zipp, Quarg, Compressport, Lifesport, Synergy Health, Sportstats and Oakley.


Monday, February 1, 2016 - Triathlon Training, Gear, Nutrition, Photos, Race Results & Calendars

First episode of ten over the next ten weeks focusing on open water swimming and strategy. Lance Watson and I discuss how to work on all things open water.

Friday, October 16, 2015


Kona, what a race and  journey it has been to my first Ironman World Championships.  Just like the Olympics, it was many years in the making and I can't wait to take on the challenge again.

I had an amazing group of people on the ground supporting me in the days leading up to and during the race.  My partner Carolyn was the center of that support group, making sure I was getting to where I needed to be, eating and drinking enough, and keeping connected with everyone else in this awesome group.  I had my coach of twenty years Lance Watson at my side helping with the common hurdles in the final weeks of training and even race week.  My chiro and soft tissue therapist Jamie Grimes was at my side for the final weeks of training making sure my body was loose and aligned and ready for a great performance.  While in Kona my manager Lisa Bentley was running around with me to engagements helping manage time and hydration, as well as being web media producer.  Having been on the podium and in the Top 10 six times in Kona Lisa's wisdom and cheering on course got me through one of the toughest runs of my life.  My great friend and one of my greatest supporters Aaron has allowed me to train out of his house in Maui for over ten years and been my lead competition researcher.  Finally, without them, I would not be here and I would not have gotten into this most amazing sport, Mom and Dad.  They have followed me around the world and shared in all my highs and lows and have always been happy and supportive no matter what happened.

Race morning I felt very calm and confident that I had done everything I could to prepare for my first time in Kona.  Though I had some hick ups in training leading up to the race and even race week, that didn't change the fact I knew the course and believed I could win.  That is how I approached the race, I wanted put myself in the right place to go for the win.

Feeling comfortable and smooth the whole 3.8km swim I was in the first main group coming out of the water.  I was hoping my Aquasphere speedsuit wasn't going to chafe too much as I have never done an Ironman swim in the ocean with it before.  Thankfully once I pealed of the suit in T1I was unscathed and going to have a chafe free bike.  To manage the heat and intense sun on the bike I put on a Fusion speed top which covered my back and arms from the sun but also actively cooled when wet.  I was able to throw it on while running to my bike and with a quick mount I got onto the bike course third in my group only a minute or so down on the front three out of the water.

Through the bike my good friend Chris Lieto had told me to stay in the front three as much as possible so I could stabilize my power output but also keep an eye on the front of the race.  I road through town in this position and headed onto the Queen K to begin the meat of the course.  There was a lot of fire power in the group this year and some calmer wind conditions which kept everyone together all the way out and back down from Hawi and even part way to Mauna Lani.  

It was at this point that Frodeno and Keinle inched away up the road to catch up to Tim O'Donnell who had gone up the road solo through the Hawi climb.  Once the gaps started to form I worked my way to the front and set out on my own to pull back the front three as we approached Waikaloa.  I had spent considerable time in the Specialized WinTunnel improving my aero position and I had become much more efficient but also confident in my solo riding.  I was able to open a sizeable gap and close on the front three.  Eneko Llanos came up slowly from the group behind and we road together for a while but I focused on my pace and staying hydrated and cool and let him inch away with 30+ miles to go.  As we neared town, previous Kona Champion Frederick Van Lierde bridged up and we closed out the final 15 miles together and I felt strong and confident heading to the run 90 seconds down from the leader and in fifth place.

In and out of T2 I had my usual quick, smooth changeover and came out ahead of Van Lierde and only 20 seconds down on Llanos who was in 4th.  The opening  kilometers were tough but I was moving fairly well but the effort was high.  Typically this lasts the first three to five kilometers and then my run legs come around.  I was going back and forth with Van Lierde and Llanos during this time and I had the whole Bahrain Endurance support staff on Alii cheering me on to stay strong and move up spots.  As I headed towards the 8km turn around on Alii, my run legs were not coming around and I was feeling worse and worse.  I was struggling to keep a pace slower than my warm up runs.  I was in a world of hurt just focusing on getting to each aid station and then walking through them to get water and aid.  I had Lance, Lisa, Aaron and Chris cheering me on and telling me to stick with it.  I have never felt so bad for so long as this race.  I jogged along and just focused on all the hard work I had done and all the people that had gotten me to the start line.  There were many times I almost gave up an I was just in the opening 10k of 42.

I struggled up the Palani hill but kept moving the whole time and once cresting knew I had a long way to go still (25km) but I had gotten through a major portion of the run.  It was as I headed towards the Energy Lab, arguably the toughest part of the marathon that I started to find some rhythm.  I wasn't running much faster it just came a little smoother.  At this same point, I started to see guys ahead starting to falter on the long straight rolls of the Queen K.  I had persevered that point and gotten that deep into an ugly place I had to keep going and reaching for those spots ahead.  I slowly clawed back time and moved up into tenth and as I moved passed Van Lierde in the bottom of the energy lab, he made a sound as if to say, "where on earth did you come from, I thought you were dead on gone."  It was this moment that I knew I had overcome so much to this point that nothing was going to stop me from getting to the finish.  I was going to push and suffer all of the 14km still to go.  

I emerged out of the Energy Lab in ninth with a renewed sense of will power that I was going to need every step of way to the finish.  Within a couple of kilometers of leaving the Energy Lab I was back to misery and battling every step, but I knew I could make it now.  I was being chased my Boris Stein in these final kilometers and I was running with everything I had.  I hit the top of Palani with two kilometers to go and I let it all hang out on the downhill.  In the final mile I managed to open and additional minute on Stein and gained a minute on Keinle ahead in eighth to come within 30 seconds.     

At the finish line, I was spent and relieved to have finally finished and come across in ninth place in my first go at the Ironman Kona World Championships.  It was not how I saw the day playing out, whether it be the hick ups in training or a misjudgement of calories,  I was so happy to have been tough and persevered through the ugliest run I have ever done.

I am very satisfied with ninth, but all too hungry to come back next year to execute a better race right to the end and have the marathon I know I can run.

Thank you to all my sponsors and friends and family that supported me along the way.  I look forward to the journey to next year's World Champs.


Friday, August 7, 2015

Philippines 70.3

I have just arrived back home from the Philippines after spending a couple of days in Manila visiting friends and spending some time with the race owner Fred Uytengsu who treats us pros to an amazing event. This is one of my favourite races and I was looking forward to racing and defending my title from last year.

I had a good training block in Maui to get my fitness going after my break from Ironman Brazil. The heat in Maui was good and I was going to need it again for this years event.

There was a top notch field here with a whole gang of Aussies in town including Ironman World Champs Craig Alexander and Pete Jacobs. There were all the other young fast Aussie 70.3 athletes itching to take the win and more Ironman veterans in the likes of Luke McKenzie and Cameron Brown.

I had a good swim and got to where I needed to be heading onto the bike. Tim Reed and Tim Berkel and I worked hard throughout the beginning of the bike to close the gap from the swim and then put the pressure on the group behind. We pushed hard at the 35k mark to split the group up and got a gap and never looked back. Luke McKenzie hung with us till 70k until we picked up the pace again and narrowed the group to the three of us.

Onto the run the Tim's and I headed out close together and and after the opening few k's Tim Reed opened a small gap as I tried to find my top gear. Berkel was close behind but as we came through the 6k mark he slid by as I hadn't been able to get up on my toes and find that fast rhythm I needed. I stayed consistent but it just wasn't the right speed and slowly lost time as I even split my laps showing I had good endurance and pacing but was stuck in third gear.

I ran smoothly to the line as the Tim's ended up having a sprint finish with Reed ultimately taking the win. I was happy with the race but wished I'd had the next gear to be in the thick of the race at the front.

Once back home I'll look at getting that speed work back up to where it needs to be as it's clear I still have the endurance from IM Brazil but not the speed I needed.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Being a part of something bigger

Bahrain Endurance 13 to support dreams of Bahrain national team

29 JULY 2015 - Today the Bahrain Endurance 13 Team has confirmed plans for their support in the development of young high performance athletes from Bahrain to feed into the Bahrain national triathlon team.

The Bahrain Endurance 13 counts the world's top triathletes among its ranks; this year alone they have won some of the biggest purses in the sport and delivered unparalleled success on the global stage. 

As part of team founder His Highness Shaikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa's vision of creating pathways for success in endurance sports, the Bahrain Endurance athletes have each committed to give a portion of their winnings from racing around the world toward the national team's training and development. This will be ongoing funding provided by the world's best athletes, opening opportunities for the youth of Bahrain to pursue triathlon as a professional sport.

Current ITU Triathlon world number 1 and five-time world champion Javier Gomez spoke positively about the Bahrain Endurance vision. "His Highness Shaikh Nasser is a very forward-thinking leader, understanding that future success of champions at home comes from igniting a plan and following it through. When the Bahrain Endurance 13 vision was launched this year I was one of the first athletes to put my support behind it. Knowing that I am racing for a purpose bigger than myself is very nice. I am happy to support in any way I can the future development of my sport globally and this is a fantastic way to be directly involved with a high performance program at a grassroots level."

The Bahrain Endurance 13 will be making their first donation through the Nasser Bin Hamad Foundation for youth and sport and the national team's head coach Vicent Beltran. These funds will provide much-needed equipment for training and assistance for training camps and traveling to races.

Members of the Bahrain Endurance 13 will also be in Bahrain to conduct camps at the end of the year with the national team. This gives the young athletes a chance to train with and be inspired by world champions and top-ranked athletes.

Beltran welcomes the support. He says, "Our existing funds are limiting the development and participation of our athletes in further competitions, especially the young ones who don't have the basic material for training and racing such as bikes." He adds, "Your contribution will allow us to plan more races and provide them the full support which will give our athletes the opportunity to represent Bahrain globally."

These athletes include young Abdulla Attiya, who has been selected for training in the ITU development program in Hungary. He is one of only two Arab athletes in the region -- and the only junior -- chosen for the honor. One of the more promising juniors on the national team, Abdulla will be entering the ETU Junior European Cup and ATU Triathlon African Cup races, as well as the Chicago ITU Aquathlon World Championships.

A two-time Olympian and former national swimmer for Bahrain, Sameera Al Bitar is also part of the squad. To accompany her swim background, her bike and run abilities have already also grown by leaps and bounds since she entered the sport -- but Beltran knows she will flourish even more now. He dreams of taking his charges on a training camp outside Bahrain during the summer months, when the climate at home is not conducive to training. 

The Bahrain Endurance 13 counts on its roster Olympic gold medalist Jan Frodeno. He says, "My path to Olympic gold was a product of the opportunities I was given as a young athlete. I think this initiative is fantastic; it gives up and coming talents a chance to train with world-class athletes and hopefully it will spark the beginning of an Olympic dream, just as it once did for me." 

As Frodeno has demonstrated by transitioning to long-course triathlon and winning the Ironman European Championship, the pathway leads from the Olympics to even bigger endurance feats.

Bahrain Endurance 13 team manager Chris McCormack is excited about realizing this part of Shaikh Nasser's vision. He says, "This is a great opportunity for the youth of Bahrain. It is exposure to the world's best, clear pathways and funding that will see Bahrain athletes winning world titles over the next few years. The talent exists; it just needs to be exposed to the best, and this is exactly what His Highness so clearly envisioned."

For further information on the team, visit -

Monday, May 25, 2015

Off to Ironman Brazil

I am all checked in, bags all the way through to Florianopolis and on route. Now just four flights and 25hrs of travel to go! I had a short swim this morning to get the blood flowing before spending the next day on the plane. I am looking forward to the trip though and excited to get to Florianopolis and check out a new part of Brazil.

Training finished up well this past Friday and I had some great workouts over the 10day block after St George. I feel I will be ready to roll after a nice rest and some tune up workouts. I know I have the speed and race sharpness as shown from St George and I now have the 5hr bike legs and marathon rhythm engrained from the last block.

It was a challenging block with almost 600 km's of cycling and 110km's of running. However, those are just the challenges you need to prepare mentally and physically for an Ironman. I am excited for another Ironman challenge and I am approaching it with the same attention to detail but relaxed demeanour as I did for Ironman Arizona.

With the support from all my great partners I feel ready and prepared to race for the win.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

A quick interview with Triathlete Mag post 70.3 St George about #BahrainEndurance13 and my plns for Kona and 2015 and my sponsors #iamspecialized #AquasphereCanada #Fusion #Sram #CompressportCanada #NathanFuelBelts #Oakley #PowerBar #Sportstats

A quick interview with Triathlete Mag post 70.3 St George about #BahrainEndurance13 and my plns for Kona and 2015 and my sponsors #iamspecialized #AquasphereCanada #Fusion #Sram #CompressportCanada #NathanFuelBelts #Oakley #PowerBar #Sportstats
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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

It's official - I'm on the team...with some of the best triathletes in the world

It's official - I'm on the team...with some of the best triathletes in the world
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Friday, May 1, 2015

Legs up hydrating watching the Canadiens play. All set for #IM703StG tomorrow

Legs up hydrating watching the Canadiens play. All set for #IM703StG tomorrow (via Twitter

Thursday, April 30, 2015

#tbt to the ITU National team days racing at Commonwealth Games in Australia

#tbt to the ITU National team days racing at Commonwealth Games in Australia (via Twitter

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

View above Kayenta outside of St George

View above Kayenta outside of St George (via Twitter

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Awesome. Puts a big grin on my face to see this old dog have fun.

Awesome. Puts a big grin on my face to see this old dog have fun.
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April 28, 2015 at 12:27PM
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