Sunday, December 28, 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hate when I have to use my GF's iphone!

Brent McMahon
@tribrentmcmahon on Twitter

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014

Off season cabin time with Dad #freelabour #honingcarpentryskills

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After the let down of not being able to race my first Ironman in Lake Tahoe due to forest fires I came to Arizona excited and ready to have a great racing experience at my first Ironman.  I didn't have a lot of expectations, I just wanted to not make any major errors, stay on nutrition and race as hard as I could to the fitness I had.

I exited the water in second after 3.8km and swimming on the feet of the leader the whole way.  I had a good transition (first time using change tents and bags) and headed onto the bike keen to see how my legs would handle 180km.  I paced it really well choosing to not go with two guys on the first lap.  By the second lap I had caught both of them and only the two strongest cyclists in the field had come past me but only got 3 minutes ahead.  I rode the last lap just as consistently as the first two and didn't fade like many others and I maintained my 3min gap.

Onto the run I was confident I could catch the strong cyclists, I just needed to be patient and again, stay on nutrition and not fade.  I caught the leaders at half way with a 1:20:45 half marathon and then continued at that same pace.  The legs started to become agonizingly sore shortly after this first lap but I was able to maintain my pace if I could just get my mind to deal with the pain.  I suffered through but kept pace to finish the second half in 1:22:45 for a total marathon of 2:43.30 and earn a course record breaking time of 7:55.48 for the win by five minutes.

Though I was solely focused on racing and managing the pain not worrying about overall time, this time of 7:55.48 is the World Fastest debut Ironman ever.  There has also only been 26 men to go under the 8hr mark for an Ironman and I now have the 15th fastest time in history.

I can't tell you how excited but also shocked with how well this first Ironman went. 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Great time to be on break #playinthesnow

Brent McMahon
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Thursday, November 27, 2014

My morning coffee buddy these days :)

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@tribrentmcmahon on Twitter

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

Hmmm something about this race briefing seems familiar.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hmmm sabotage or aiding carbo loading?

Brent McMahon
@tribrentmcmahon on Twitter

I think coach is sabotaging my Ironman! :)

Brent McMahon
@tribrentmcmahon on Twitter

Mont Tremblant Worlds and what's next!


Mont Tremblant World Championships have now come and gone and I have had time to digest my race and I am now looking forward.  After a great season of really strong swim, bikes and runs I went into this weekend feeling strong and confident.  I had been dealing with a bit of a sensitive low back issue but felt pretty good about where it was.  I knew I had all the strength and speed in all three sports to get onto the podium this year and I was going to make sure I put myself in a position to achieve that.


I had a great start in the swim next to Javier Gomez and got onto a good group and by halfway through the swim I was in the front group of 8 swimmers.  I felt strong but worked hard to maintain my position till the swim exit.  Out of the water in 6th I ran swiftly through the 500m run to T1 and with a quick transition I got onto the bike in 4th. 


The weather had turned cold the previous day and so we mounted our bikes in 10C weather and I was riding with a fleece beanie to try and keep heat in.  As I powered through the opening kilometers of the bike in the cold air my back started to tighten and I tried to focus on maintaining power and establishing myself in the now forming front group of 8-10 guys.  As we worked through the first 10km of rolling hills I began to really struggle to find rhythm and any power to ride with the group.  As we turned onto the highway at 10kms I had already fallen off the group despite putting every ounce of effort into the pedals.  I was trying very hard but I was just unable to apply any power to the pedals.  As guys one at a time rode by me I was riding at a power I normally do for 3hr base rides.  It was so frustrating to be watching guys I have ridden with and beat before just ride away.  I finally settled into a group where I could maintain a reasonable pace but I continued to lose time.  I struggled through the last kilometers of the bike and moved myself to the front of the group for a quick transition and see how much I could make up on the run. 


My running had been going very well coming into the race and I had done a lot of work on running off tired legs.  So although I had a terrible ride, and my     back and  quads were tight I pushed myself to go after the run and any places ahead.  I struggled the first 4km of the run but at the far turnaround at 5km, I had loosened up and found my stride.  I was back in 24th place starting and I pushed as hard as I could for the remaining 16km.  I caught one guy at a time and picked off my last spot with 1500m to go pulling myself into 14th place by the finish.


I felt so prepared and relaxed going into this race and saw myself on the podium at the end of the day.  However, the conditions and my body had alternate plans I was disappointed to not be able to perform at my potential but I dealt with what I had and gutted out a really solid run.  I will have to wait till next year now to get that podium at 70.3 World Championships.


Moving forward, I am currently in Lake Tahoe and very excited to be doing my first Ironman this coming weekend.  I decided to move up my "fall" Ironman I had been planning to this weekend as I am really fit from my preparation for Tremblant, but this is also a very challenging course with lots of hills on the bike and a starting elevation of 6200ft.  I am excited for the challenge of my first Ironman and I am not sure how it will all go.  I have been mentally preparing for every situation but at the end of the day, I am looking for a great learning experience as I move to Kona Ironman World Championships being my main focus next year.


I spent 24hrs at home after Mont Tremblant before heading here to Lake Tahoe so I could acclimate to the altitude and learn the course.  I am feeling recovered from last weekend's race and looking forward to the race and challenges that will come this weekend.


I look forward to telling you all about my first Ironman experience. swim birthday haircut! Found my Tahoe Barber just like St George!

Brent McMahon
@tribrentmcmahon on Twitter

A nice pre race private swim here in Lake Tahoe...#roughenvironment

Brent McMahon
@tribrentmcmahon on Twitter

Friday, September 5, 2014

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Monday, September 1, 2014

Once home from the Philippine 70.3 I put my head down to get the last block of training done for Tremblant.

I had a really smooth trip over to the Philippines from Maui training camp and settled in to the time zone easily. I had a great prep camp so I felt very ready to race well.

It was a smaller field so the swim went smoothly and I settled in to a group of four guys at the front. We stayed together throughout the bike with only one guy falling off with a puncture. Myself and two young Aussies entered transition two with four minutes to the next guy.

I had adapted well to the heat after 12 days in very hot and humid weather in Maui, so I knew I had the edge on the Aussies going onto the run. With my typical fast transition I exited with a 15 second lead and I set a comfortable pace knowing the heat would play a factor in the second half of the run.

I stayed calm and cool all through the run and continued to put more and more time on the entire field. I paced the run perfectly and even with stopping for ice and water at aid station on the second lap I was only 30 seconds slower. So it was a perfectly controlled run in which I had the fastest run by over 6 minutes and came across the finish line with my third win in a row and an 8 minute lead.

My return home was smooth as well and I set to a fast recovery and then back to training.

The last three weeks of training have gone extremely well and have included some best times on the run and some great swims and bikes.

I am now en route to Mont Tremblant with Carolyn and my coach Lance as my support group. I feel as prepared as I can be and in the best shape of the season heading into this years World Championships.

I am really looking forward to the race and thank you for the support through the season and helping me arrive at this point so well prepared.

Post worlds I will be doing my first Ironman and have still to determine which one. However, I am leaning towards doing Lake Tahoe September 21st. I feel I will recover well from Tremblant and will be in great shape for a longer effort in Tahoe.

Cheers and I look forward to updating you after the race this weekend.

Brent McMahon
@tribrentmcmahon on Twitter

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Come down to Ocean River Sports tonight (6-8:30) to hang out and try on an AquaSphere wetsuit or goggles.

Brent McMahon
@tribrentmcmahon on Twitter

Boise 70.3

Saturday's race was one of those ones where I will reflect back on and draw
strength for future events. Coming off a great win the previous weekend in
Honu, I was rested and excited to race but unsure how the legs would be.
The race began well with a good swim and quick transition to get onto the
bike course first with a small group of three of us. I started
conservatively on the bike with some fatigue showing slightly in my legs.
When the bike powerhouses of the race Luke Bell and Trevor Wurtele bridged
up and pressed the pace halfway through the bike I had to find some inner
strength and passion to stay with them and enter T2 with only 15 seconds
separating us. Onto the run I tried to set the pace but I quickly found my
legs deadened by the effort on the bike and I suppose the weekend before.
It became clear that it was going to be a struggle on the run and a nifty
move by Trevor at mile 4 left me no choice but to fall back and settle in
for a long hard run. Luke was able to respond to Trevor's move and the two
of them proceeded up the road without me while I tried to regroup while
plodding along. Going through mile 7 I challenged myself to increase my
turnover and see if I could inch along any quicker so I could be done sooner
and not get caught by fourth place. After a mile of effort I found my legs
sparking up and I started to feel like a runner again. As I began to get
rolling I was able to see that Trevor and Luke were duking it out up front
and I wanted to play. With 3 miles to go I was slowly dragging back time
and it appeared Luke had fallen to the sword of Trevor and was back 15
seconds or so. I worked my way past Luke as I kept my eyes on Trevor with
the final mile drawing closer. I summoned some courage and went for a nifty
move of my own and laid down an awesome surge (so I thought) only to find
Trevor using his giant legs to keep pace with my, what felt like, hobbit
legs. I couldn't sustain the surge and shake Trevor so I abandoned that
plan and waited for another opportunity later on. With 800 meters to go,
there were three sharp turns and a couple short up hills where I knew my
little hobbit legs would accelerate quickly. I pressed hard through this
section and as the blood started to pore from my ears and my legs thicken
with lactic I had managed to gap Trevor and somehow make it to the finish
line without falling over. I was able to pick up my second win in as many
weeks and it was a glorious battle with two great athletes, one a fellow
Canadian, and I was happy to have been a part of it.

Last week's win was about executing a plan and racing smart and to my
physical abilities, my sponsors and supporters allowed me to execute my
fitness and have that great success. This week's race my sponsors,
supporters and equipment were pivotal but it was the years of racing
experience and coaching expertise from Lance Watson over the last 17 years
that allowed me to find a way to win despite the challenges I faced.
Without the wisdom and confidence I have gained through the years of tough
workouts I would not have been able to persevere and battle back for the
win. Lance has taught me so many tactical and physical skills, coupled with
mental fortitude through difficult training sessions, that I wouldn't be the
athlete I am today without him. It's satisfy to win on days when you feel
great and can push the whole way, but it is a much different feeling to have
had to look deep within and fought my way back into the race and found a way
to win.

It was another stellar weekend for Canadians with myself and Trevor 1-2 and
Melanie McQuaid 1st on the women's side. Two weekends with two Canadian
sweeps and 50% of the podium, not bad Eh!

Finally in closing, the words of Iñaki de le Parra to Trevor Wurtele and
Luke Bell, "thank you for the pleasurable suffering!"

Brent McMahon
@tribrentmcmahon on Twitter

Friday, June 6, 2014

I am feeling well rested and excited about racing tomorrow.  I had a great recovery week and travel between Honu 70.3 and now and my body feels ready for another great effort.
I was really happy with how my race played out last weekend.  I was feeling strong going in but having the 3xIronman World Champion Craig Alexander and multiple Ironman winner Luke Bell meant I was going to have to stay sharp.  I had a few different race strategies planned out, but they all started with having a fast swim start and keeping the pace on throughout the whole swim.  I exited the water first with Luke Bell right on my heels and Craig Alexander 30-40sec back.  I had my usual quick run to transition and fast change into helmet and got going up the steep climb out of transtion (they were giving people pushes up it).
I put my head down knowing I had gapped Luke through transition and committed to pushing hard to the first turnaround and then I would assess where I was and how to attack the long climb up to Hawi.  As I headed out of the turn I had a significant gap (more than expected) and I had about a minute or so, but it was to Craig not Luke.  I would later learn that Luke had a flat in T1, changed it, then flatted again halfway through the course.
I decided to stick to my guns and committed to going solo up to the far turnaround at Hawi and again reassess the plan.  I have been climbing really well in workouts so I was looking forward to the undulating strength climbs.  I rode solid and controlled and by the turn at Hawi I had increased the gap to almost three minutes.  I was happy to see this, however, I knew that Craig had much experience on this course and didn't want to underestimate his strength on the second half of the bike course.  I pressed on and kept focused on riding smooth and keeping pressure on the pedals on the long descents into the headwinds.
I arrived back to T2 feeling strong and ready for a good run and to again see where I was.  I had a smooth transition and got a great cadence going right out of transition.  As I rounded the transition and headed out I kept an eye on the time and was off into the undulating hills of the golf course before I good see or hear Craig come into T2.  I would have to wait until halfway through the run after the third out and back leg to finally get a split where I learned that I was close to 7min ahead.
The second half of the course turned out to be one of the toughest I have done with almost 60% of it on golf green, some on fairway and some in the rough.  With the comfortable lead I was able to back off the short steep hills and focus on rhythm in the spongy fairway grass.  Though I backed the pace off the run just got tougher and tougher with the blaring sun and steam rising from the golf course adding insult to injury.  I kept my rhythm and ran excitedly to the finish having executed a great race start to finish with the fastest swim, bike and run of the day.
It wasn't until later in the day that I learned that Craig Alexander had been DQ'd after wearing a race suit that was not allowed in non wetsuit swims.  I felt terrible as it wouldn't have affected the race at all and he had put in a long, hard and hot day just like I did, but to be null and void at the end would be so disappointing.  As the classy and professional guy that he is, he took it on the chin and didn't stress about it.
All my sponsors played a very important role in this win on a hot and challenging course.  I had great swim in my new cool (both looks and feel) race suit from Fusion Sports which was covered by my Aquasphere speed suit and my favourite Kayene goggles.  Onto the bike the right wheels for this windy Kona course were for me the 808 Firecrest Clincher front and rear propelled by SRAM Red 22 groupo and my trusty polarized Oakley radar locks to block out the glaring sun.  In the heat and humidity hydration and nutrition can often be your toughest opponent but I have my PowerBar Perform drink with added Base Salts and Powergels dialled in for a successful day.  My coach Lance Watson of 17 years has always played a pivotal roll by giving me the skills and fitness to achieve performances like this.
Thanks to my girlfriend Carolyn, all my family, friends,  and sponsors that have supported me through this great season thus far and all the seasons prior!
Boise here we go!

Oh yeah! Pulled pork Mac'n Cheese w/side of tatoes c/o #wholefoods #preracelunch @#IM703Boise

Brent McMahon
@tribrentmcmahon on Twitter

Yet another terrible place for a 70.3 #gladtobeback #IM703Boise

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Friday, May 2, 2014

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Sunday, April 6, 2014

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Monday, February 24, 2014

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Yep, time to head to Maui for training camp Monday

Brent McMahon
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Friday, February 14, 2014

Nice misty Valentines hike with my lovely Miss

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Well done! @Abilodeau_ski @Mikaelkingsbury

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Friday, January 31, 2014