Saturday, December 8, 2012

And....Christmas decorating done! That didn't take long

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Plank in Red Rock Canyon

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Hoover Dam, man it is massive

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Keith's beer now lobster dinner...I ordered atlantic salmon :(

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Doing the Alexander Keith's brewery tour in Halifax now

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@joneskyle with his TriCan AGM birthday cake

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Heading to Hoover Dam now...still not in a Subaru :)

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

In the canyon at the visitor center.

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Heading to Red Rock Canyon for the afternoon

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

End of season!

It has finally arrived! Two weekends ago was the very last triathlon of the 2012 season. I am just now settling in to the realization that I don't have another race effort to prepare for. I can sit back and enjoy some time off.

I rounded out my season with the Maui Xterra World Championships in Kapalua, HI. After a long fall of consecutive sicknesses I skipped the two additional races I had planned before Maui and just focused on getting as fit as I could. It had been four years since the last time I had raced an Xterra, so some mtn bike practice was needed. With that long of a break. I had lost a bit of feel for the effort needed on the mtn bike and what the strengths of the current main contenders were.

So I headed into the race a little blind but with the idea of having fun and putting out a good effort.

The swim went well and I was out with the lead group that were 1:30 behind the solo swimmer of Javier Gomez. Onto the bike I felt a little sluggish starting but on the main climbs around the 30min mark I started to hold strong. I rode well through the middle section and made up a couple spots and then lost one on the final stages of the 1hr 30min bike. I headed onto the run in 7th with a few guys ahead with a couple minutes. I ran hard through the mostly uphill first 5km and made up one position and a bunch of time. I got to within 45sec of 3rd place by the finish of the long decent and heading onto the final beach run. I tried to push and catch 5th place which was just 20sec ahead but the slightly shorter then 10km run wasn't enough territory to close. I had the second fastest run 5sec back of Javier Gomez the eventual winner so I left everything on the run course and 6th was good enough for me.

I was exhausted and satisfied with my finish as I lay on the grass in a sweaty, sandy and dirty heap. I eventually recovered and headed back to the hotel for a post race end of season Mojito with Carolyn and friends pool side.

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Oh what a day, tough ride and race but happy to be back near the top, closer next year!

Thanks for all the support from Carolyn, coach Lance, HI house provider Aaron teammates Dan and Magali, Jodie, Donnie, Rob et al.
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My ltd edition pink/white breast cancer @oakleysports shades as they donate to YSC for my finish

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Monday, August 27, 2012

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Many thanks to those that got me to London

Having reflected on my race and experience in London previously, I now want to thank all that were apart of it.  I am so fortunate and thankful to have had such awesome support from so many people both going in and coming out of the event.  It was a difficult and challenging journey but it was always made easier by those around me.  Without each component that each person contributed it would have been more difficult to achieve my goals.  I want to thank everyone and also show how many people are involved in getting an athlete to the Olympics and competing in there best form.


Carolyn, my parents, my brothers family and all my family were always there to encourage and support me no matter what was happening both mentally and physically during and after races and throughout the process. 


All my friends both in and out of sport that never stopped believing in me and kept the emails, tweets and facebook messages coming in all along the way before and after both good and bad races.  Those that stayed up or woke up for 3am to watch the race I commend you on your dedication J


My coach Lance Watson of 16 years who had unshakeable confidence in my abilities start to finish, period!


My swim coach Ron Jacks who has given me a new approach to swimming and excitement for it as well as best times.


My unbelievable therapy group that allowed me to perform at my best and injury free since beginning this journey:


Dr Jamie Grimes (Chiro/ART and Lead Therapist), Dr Tod Levins (Naturopath/Acupuncture) and Morton Dennis (Massage) at Synergy Health Management

Gibson and La Ray Brown (Massage, moral and comedic support)

Kim Ward (Massage)

Dr Steve Keeler (Doctor)

Paul McIntyre (Physio)   

Dr Rob Hasegawa (Chiro)

Bob Woodward (Orthotics)

Neal Goldberg (Cycling Orthotics and Analysis)

Marilyn Adams (Travel Team Physio)

Dr Charles Nelson (Surgeon)


My sponsors continued to provide me with the best products even during and despite the 18 months away from racing due to injury.  They gave me everything I needed to perform.  PowerBar, Blue Bikes, Aquasphere, Wolfe Subaru, Oakley, SRM, Sram, Base Performance, Lifesport Coaching, Synergy Health Management, Can Fund and Triathlon Canada

The machine is ready for its first race! Off to Chicago Tri

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Friday, August 24, 2012

London Reflection

Having been home from London now for a couple a weeks now, I have had the chance to reflect on the race and the experience.  The journey has been exceptional in both positive and challenging ways.  It brought me to new insights and new levels of excellence. 


Going into the race I was so calm and confident as the result of an exceptional training plan that took me to regular personal bests swimming, biking and running.  In the last weeks before the race I had three run sessions in one 8 day period that were faster then I had ever run before.  I had the ability to do my exact travel and prep plan for going to London and for the first time have my lead therapist travel with me to do my therapy on site prior to racing.  These things combined meant I knew I was as fit and strong as I have ever been, I had the therapy with me needed be in perfect form, and my coach, Carolyn and parents were all there to support and give me what I needed. 


Though it was a goal I had been working towards for four years it felt like a usual race that I was perfectly prepared and supported for.  So all I needed to do was execute my fitness on the course.  In ITU triathlon, that is easier said then done.


The swim portion for the race was in the Serpentine, a calm one lap swim with first turn at 300m.  With the swim level and overall competitiveness at its highest ever an Olympics it was a tight fast start.  I got off well and on good feet and was looking good as we got to 200m.  Then my draft jumped to the left and I didn’t have space to follow and then quickly found myself amongst a mob approaching from the right.  I tried to squeeze out but as we got to the turn the pulling and grabbing started and I was in the middle of “the fight” and got pulled under once and then had to make my way slowly around the turn.  Once around the first turn it was a straight 700m shot and I made my way back to the front of the group but found that where I was we had gap of 20sec ahead to the main first group.  This proved too much to close in the final meters and I was relegated to the second main pack.


After a quick transition out of the wetsuit I worked with a committed group of six men to try and close the gap to the group ahead of 18 or so who were chasing a front pack of five.  Due to fact the group ahead was chasing as well, we only held time and couldn’t reduce the gap.  Our group of 15 or so continued the chase and once the two groups joined up ahead of us we did gain some time.  We got as close as 55 seconds but once we were joined by the third and final group our pack became 30+ and we settled back to the original time gap of 1:20 or so.  Early in the bike it became clear we weren’t going to be catching the front group which meant my goal of racing for a top 5 placing was gone.  Our whole pack new this and in most races this would mean that the impetus to chase declines and we would lose another minute or so.  However, myself and 6-10 other athletes were not going to give up our fight and goal of excellence and committed to chase to the end regardless of racing for positions 20th back.  I didn’t do all that work and have all my support team sacrifice their time for me to sit in.  So we chased hard to the end and I positioned and committed to having as strong a run as I could possibly have.


I went out hard from transition despite having worked hard on the closing km’s and last push into transition.  I found my legs fairly quickly and hit a strong pace and focused on even splitting the laps and using the 200,000 plus fans cheering as personal encouragement.  Not concerned with what place I was in it was freeing to just run and run as hard as I could.  What was done was done and I had to enjoy the experience and take it all in while pushing to as fast a run as I could.


I heard pockets of people cheering “Go Brent Go” throughout the course amongst those thousands of people which was so exciting and motivating that I had so many people there to support me.


As I pushed to the finish along the grand stands I hurt badly but new I had worked as hard as I could and that was all I could do at the end of the day.  Our sport is fickle in that you can be much fitter and ready then your opponents but on the day, race dynamics can change everything.  Had I been in the front group I would have been racing for that top five with how my run went, but alternatively, that could have ended in a crash like my teammate Simon Whitfield.  So you just never know what could unfold and you just have to look at your effort when things don’t pan out and be happy that you gave it everything to get there prepared and ready to race. 


Within the first ten minutes of finishing I knew and felt these things and was content, however, upon seeing Carolyn, my parents and my coach Lance in the stands the emotions welled up in me.  It hit me very hard how much time and emotion we had put in and I felt the disappointment in the outcome of the race but at the same time satisfaction in the effort and journey to get to that moment in time.  That emotion came out all at once when I saw them and it continues to come out every now and then when I reflect on the journey these last four years.


I don’t regret one thing, not even in the slightest.  It was amazing and I am excited about what lays ahead for me.  This may be another Olympics or not, but for the next while will consist of some professional racing in the non drafting Olympic and 70.3 distances and Xterra.  My fitness and ability is at a lifetime best so I look forward to executing some more great performances!


Till the next race reflection!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Heading to Wembley for USA vs Japan

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Cheering for Japan in Japanese style at Wembley Gold medal match

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Heading into the Olympic Village

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Monday, July 16, 2012

BC Children's Hospital Foundation Fundraiser

Help me raise $10,000 for BC Children's Hospital and you will be entered to win a custom cycling kit I designed for Olympics, a pair of Oakley's and some PowerBar product.
Just go to my fund raising page at BCCHF below and make a donation and enter your full name and amount to be added to the thank you scroll.

Thanks for the support

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Friday, July 6, 2012

First clean of the STI! Yup...still loving it. @wolfesubaru

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Got everything I need for Olympic training @powerbarcanada

My fully stocked training cupboard care of PowerBar.
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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Friday, June 15, 2012

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Re: Its Official! Canadian Olympic Triathlon Team announced to the media

Atta boy. Congrats again!! Looking forward to it.


On 12-Jun-12, at 10:44 AM, wrote:

> Brent McMahon
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Its Official! Canadian Olympic Triathlon Team announced to the media

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Sport is awesome; to have a worthy adversary and do battle, but be friends afterwards

Big Smile

As I sit here on the last flight home to Victoria with a smile on my face, I
am so thankful.

For the last 24hrs I have been reading emails, facebook, twitter and text
messages congratulating me on achieving this goal of a third spot for
Canada. I have gone through the Olympic cycle three times now and each one
has been very different. They have all had there challenges and been full
of ups and downs. This cycle was the most daunting as I had to not only
play catch up but also gain back the confidence I needed after 18 months off
racing. With the support of TriCanada, my coach Lance Watson, Carolyn,
family, friends and sports therapy group I have been able to overcome all
the hurdles and now am healthy and ready to prepare for London. This is the
single most significant difference of all these Olympic cycles. I am at the
end of qualify in a mentally and physically very strong place. I am ready
to put in a great training and preparation block to be at my career best for
the Olympics. I was injured for Athens and not selected for the team in
Beijing, but both have given me so much to learn from and I have gained
strength through those experiences.

I am so looking forward to these next 80 days till the most important and
anticipated day of my career!

Thank you to all again that have helped me get here mentally and physically,
there are too many to list but each one of you knows the impact you have
made on me.


London, August 7th, 2012

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Madrid WTS

Last and final race of Olympic qualifying, the race with the most races
within the race of the whole qualifying period. All the calculations were
done, every athlete new what they needed to do or their competition needed
not to do. There was only one race to change the outcome of your chances of
competing at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

My race was simple, beat Joao Pereira of Portugal by one spot to hold on to
Canada's three spot country selection on the Olympic Rankings, simple,
nothing more nothing less.

Having put in a very long stretch of racing since my return only 14 months
ago, with no break through the winter, my racing through the 2012 season has
been up and down.

I started strong with a second at our Regional Championships and hoped to
build from there. A strong training block through February a bought of
sickness and antibiotics frustratingly resulted in a couple of lackluster
performances in Australia. However, I rallied back after the second
Australian race with a strong run and all round performance in Japan but was
left sore and fatigued. The build to the next event being in recovery mode
meant for a "lets see what we get" type of race, could be good, could be
tough. The result was another sub par performance from where I had been so
consistent the previous season. This brought us to this final race in

My body had started to come around for San Diego so tuning up for Madrid was
better and I felt confident in my abilities to execute the race I needed to
achieve the goal in Madrid. I had a worthy adversary in Pereira but new I
had more experience as have been this exact spot with one performance on the
day to secure a spot in Vancouver for Beijing. I was successful that day
and was confident I would be again.

The swim was fast with the Russian's blowing apart the opening 300m and only
a small group of 15 swimmers being able to keep up. I had a solid start and
was in the thick of the main group but near the front. Exiting the water
there was a string of guys ahead that I worked past during the minute long
run to transition.

Once onto the bike I pushed hard up the first climb which was only 400m into
the ride. We formed a group of 15-20 guys initially and slowly caught the
shrapnel straggling off from the dwindling front group. Our main group
swelled to 40 men with 9 up the road two minutes by the end of the ride.
During most of the ride Pereira was in the group behind me but during the
last two laps they managed to close the initial minute gap that separated
us. In the final kilometers of the ride Pereira came along side me and I
new he was there and positioning for a good start to the run.

I stayed strong and steady at the front of the group into transition as I
always do and got in and out of transition safely. Pereira however also had
a good transition and was five meters up the road. I quickly worked my way
to his shoulder and then started to apply some pressure. I ran strong and
comfortable to the first turn around at 1.25k and he was still hanging on
just a little back. I then applied some more throttle and pushed through
the 5km mark and then by the turn around at 6.25km I had a comfortable 20-25
seconds on him. I finished out the third lap strong and then focused on
maintaining for the last lap now that I new I had the spot wrapped and my
ticket set for London.

I normally would push everything I had right to the finish but after long
travel there and focusing on being healthy and strong once home, it made
sense to feel good coming down the finish chute and get on the plane home in
good shape.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

One More Qualifying Race

That is what the focus is on now.

I didn't get the race I was looking for in San Diego but my teammates pulled out some good ones, enough so Canada is now sitting with three spots. Simon has surpassed the Portuguese athlete to make us the eighth and last country with three spots. It is now a matter of seeing how Pereira of Portugal does in Madrid.

My swim bike in San Diego was solid and I was at the front of the race early and stayed out of trouble through the ride. I was at the front into transition and left in 3rd place. I built through the start and settled into a group with Simon, Kyle, two Aussies and a few others. I stayed there for a lap but my legs weren't feeling strong and as I went onto the second lap my stride weakened. My turnover was slow and I couldn't get on my toes to run fast. I gutted out what I could but there was just a little snap that was missing.

It was a good hard effort but not the leg speed I have had recently. I will be regrouping and sharpening up now as I feel quite good coming off the race. It was frustrating as always to not race the way I know I can.

The ball is in my court now and I have control over this third spot for the most part. Things look good and they are well within my grasp.

I head to Madrid next week for the final race of qualifying on the 27th of May.
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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Two more to go

After returning from a six week three race trip, I head into the last two races of the London 2012 Olympic qualifying process.

I have done another couple weeks of training since returning for Japan and feel strong and excited to race this Saturday at the San Diego World Triathlon Series event. I had a great swim block so now I should be firing on all cylinders and getting out with the lead group. My legs have now freshened and sharpened up since my strong run in Japan, so I feel everything is ready to go.

After the San Diego race this Saturday at 2:30PST I will head home for a week before heading to the final race of qualifying in Madrid, Spain May 27th.

It has been a long and hard road of ups and downs in racing and training since getting back to racing just over a year ago. The journey has been fantastic and challenging but I have had such great support all along the way.

I am looking forward to these last three weeks of qualifying and to some more great performances.

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Ishigaki World Cup

I was happier with today’s performance over Sydney.  I have been building my strength and speed and it is starting to come together.  I had a bad swim in Sydney and today had a better one.  I am still off where I normally get out of the water but a lot of time has been put into taking time off my run and bike strength this season, so the swimming will be coming back in the next while.


I worked hard for the first couple laps with a group of four to chase down the group ahead and got close when the main bunch behind caught us and then within a lap we got the group ahead.  A lap or two later the whole race came together at the front and I focused on good positioning to avoid crashes and be set up for transition.  I was top three into transition and got onto the run quickly and felt relaxed up the first hill.  I have been struggling with quad tightness since Sydney and felt them on the down hills and they were heavy on the ups.  I got gapped from a group of four at the 3.5km mark as the 2nd and 3rd place men surged and I held as strong as I could.  Heading onto the last lap I was gaining on two Japanese athletes and committed to catching them by 1km to go and get every Olympic point I could.  I gutted out a rough sprint to try and move into 7th but came up a hair short and finished 8th.  It was a good chunk of Olympic points and has now moved me into the first ranked Canadian.  However, our rivals from Europe have not jumped Simon and we are just outside the eight countries with three spots.  Still more racing to come and we have opportunity to move back into three spots.


A solid day and to be within 30seconds of the winner is the closest a Canadian has been this season and last season since Edmonton World Cup.


Time for bed and a long day of travel tomorrow.  Will be nice to get there after six weeks away.

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Official ITU bowling game in Taipei en route to Ishigaki.

Last day in Sydney

Went for a nice tourist run today on the harbour front around the Opera House. Beautiful city, much like Vancouver. Nice city center parks, water front cafes and some nice buildings and architecture.