Friday, October 16, 2015

Kona


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.


Kona

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 - www.bahrainendurance13.com

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

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

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Friday, May 1, 2015

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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

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Monday, April 27, 2015

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

So that's where Jabba came from.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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Monday, April 13, 2015

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Ironman Oceanside 70.3


Well, the 2015 Season has begun along with Project 2015 – the "Project" being the IRONMAN World Championships! Usually, my major goal is a podium at the IRONMAN 70.3 Worlds but this year, podiums at both distances will be on my radar. That means a big increase in training mileage, injury prevention strategies and overall mental and physical "pacing" from March to October to ensure proper recovery and peaking. And with that in mind, I am very happy with my 4th place finish at IRONMAN 70.3 California last weekend. 

My primary focus for the first part of 2015 is IRONMAN Brazil on May 31st and IRONMAN 70.3 California was a great race on route to this goal. This race will now set me up for a great block of training and take me towards one of my favourite races, the North American IRONMAN 70.3 Championships in St. George on May 3rd.

IRONMAN 70.3 California had its usual solid men's field assembled with Olympic Gold Medalist Jan Frodeno and former California champion Andy Potts. I got out of the swim just behind Frodeno and Potts and made up the 30-second swim gap early on the bike. There is nothing like a race to test new equipment. My Aquasphere wetsuit felt like it has the past many years – smooth and fast and thankfully my new ride - the Specialized Shiv – handled perfectly and allowed me to ride hard and fast. Twelsiuk and Sanders caught up to us on the bike but the Shiv was responsive and allowed me to use my bike handling skills to make up the deficit through the tricky bike chute entry that weaved around the pier. We all started the run pretty tight with Sanders blasting up the road and Frodeno, Potts and myself running together.

I was able to find the pace I needed at the beginning but it didn't come with much ease. At the 5 mile mark I struggled to maintain the pace but I focused and staying strong and waiting for the rhythm to come back. I didn't have that "Olympic distance 10k speed" in my legs but I knew I had the Ironman miles that would bring me through the end. My pace and rhythm seemed to come around at 15 km into the ½ marathon and I was able to pull back some time on Sanders and create some distance to Jesse Thomas in 5th place. It is funny how sometimes you want a race to be over and sometimes you wish the ½marathon is really a full marathon.  That said, I accepted that this race is a step closer to St. George speed and IRONMAN Brazil and the IRONMAN World Championships. This race was my speed workout!  

I finished in 4th place behind Frodeno, Potts and Sanders. It was a great first race back and a great springboard into the 2015 season. 

Thank you to my sponsors – my new team, Bahrain Endurance 13 (congrats to teammate Jan Frodeno on his win!!), Specialized, Aquasphere, Fusion Apparel, SRAM/Zipp/Quarq, Compressport, PowerBar, Oakley, Nathan, Sportstats and of course, to my longtime coach, Lance Watson at Lifesport Coaching. 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Troy Brosnan on Instagram: “Happy Easter! Haha 😂”

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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Monday, March 30, 2015

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Sunday, March 29, 2015



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Saturday, March 28, 2015

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Friday, March 27, 2015



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Thursday, March 26, 2015

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Get Ugly Racing - Jeff Symonds Triathlon

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

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valhalla_sports: .tribrentmcmahon talking about Barrieshepley 's comments after u & Lionel's wins last fall. TW was… http://t.co/1FvGhiDee3

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sophiachadwick: valhalla_sports tribrentmcmahon Barrieshepley JeffreySymonds PREACH!! Jeff is Canada's best! Doesn'… http://t.co/hLqNih8Pp2

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valhalla_sports: .tribrentmcmahon pretty sure Barrieshepley didn't include JeffreySymonds in that list. You, Lionel… http://t.co/u5oNbYNpmf

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Barrieshepley: Canada's LD male triathletes have never been deeper. LSandersTri tribrentmcmahon JeffreySymonds Team… http://t.co/KR87hnfJef

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Hay is in the barn...last set of intervals on my personal 800m Baldwin grass field loop before #IM703Cali #fusionsp… http://t.co/E0AfVMEuJU

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Brent McMahon on Twitter

DarinArmstrong: #FF TriBrentMcMahon 2x #Olympic #Triathlete #Ironman #Champion, 2x 70.3 N.… http://t.co/9hO0683FSD http://t.co/GZptraY4Tc

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Monday, March 16, 2015

Brent McMahon on Twitter

bhoffmanracing: tribrentmcmahon Considering how horribly imbalanced you are on the bike, it probably didn't have mu… http://t.co/FrsNz8ePve

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LifeSportCoach: 40km on the Queen K. Strong run for tribrentmcmahon. #ironmantraining #Lif… http://t.co/7RjCM8puWm http://t.co/l4WGXqD9XK

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Brent McMahon on Twitter

bhoffmanracing: tribrentmcmahon 4.5 hours? Not bad! 2 min. quicker than my Kona split. http://t.co/wqYZvfyZ6D

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LanceAWatson: Last Day, Queen K. Great camp with tribrentmcmahon. FusionSportsUSA http://t.co/p04k1Xb3Xr http://t.co/pX9gUnh4Rf

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A la @bhoffmanracing Hello friend, want to hang out for the next 4 and 1/2 hrs in #Kona http://t.co/oPv1YRhPip

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Last morning walk to Starbucks here in #Kona one more ride over the bike course. #iamspecialized #zipp #sramracing http://t.co/YRVJ7hiqfu

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Brent McMahon on Twitter

Just finished 40k on the #Kona course, #nathanfuelbelts can you make a holder for an ice cold Perrier bottle? http://t.co/aNBwH7gxiv

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LanceAWatson: Legendary run course. tribrentmcmahon Alii Drive #ironmantraining #lifesport http://t.co/OodZ54iCjv http://t.co/r4axl4iNpU

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Brent McMahon on Twitter

julien132: LanceAWatson tribrentmcmahon LifeSportCoach Brent and Lionel are on my top picks in October and I am not… http://t.co/jY1QNria8v

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Having some local lunch here in Kona with coach wondering, how fresh is the ahi poke? Then these guys showed up 110… http://t.co/VBesL0oc25

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Always do what you love, never let anything stop you. This is awesome.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Specialized Bicycle Components

Very cool new initiative @iamspecialized launches The Specialized Foundation to improve kids’ lives through cycling https://t.co/UwUocrC9qb

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

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All smiles 2k in from the end of the Energy Lab 12k to go. Not so much at the top of Palani but it all felt good. #… http://t.co/OIqIM3AtVo

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7 Year Old Girl Karate Master | Incredible Kankudai Demo

Normally I wouldn't be scared of a 7 year old but this 7 Year Old Girl Karate Master would dice me up

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Was definitely feeling the "energy" lab today after 200k on the bike. Awesome to learn that feeling. #IMKona #learn… http://t.co/hsFepHlIYV

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Wet Kona bike course and brick day ahead ... Glad to have #lifesportcoaching Lance sagging today. #powerbarcanada #… http://t.co/1HUvI7Wf13

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Favourite fields to run in Maui #shhh not supposed to run in the cane #compressport #fusionsportsusa http://t.co/4UtOTJLoMx

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Been there...flying just below my favourite climb #Haleakala en route to #Kona http://t.co/Sy3ECWDsG6

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Off to Kona Mokulele business class style! 5days of training on the course with coach #lifesportcoaching #powerbarc… http://t.co/gni1T8vX7Y

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Q and A with Swiss Based Compressport

Hello Brent. The last time we talked was after your impressive win at IronMan Arizona. 1st IronMan, 1st victory, 1st sub8 performance. Have you ever imagined such a perfect day at your first try?

I definitely didn't think that my first Ironman would turn out that well.  I saw myself executing a great race and knowing I had a good shot at hitting the podium and possibly winning if everything went to plan.  I didn't have any nutrition and GI issues throughout the race so I was able focus pacing and pushing hard to the finish towards the end.

 

For those who do not know you (yet). You are 2 times Olympian racing for Canada, winner of a lot of IM70.3 and some Xterra as well. How do you adapt your training for those really different races?

I have always been able to adapt well to different types of training and I grew up mountain biking so the Xterra racing came naturally.  I have also worked with the same coach (Lance Watson) for almost 20 years so he knows my skills and training style and has helped me prepare for whatever race I choose to do.  We do a lot of the same types of training no matter what race I am doing, but we always do some very specific workouts for the race and even the type of course I am doing.

 

What are your objectives for 2015? Do you plan on racing Kona and Maui?

My main goal for 2015 and the next few years is racing Kona and trying to get onto the podium.  I really enjoy racing the Xterra in Maui, so I look forward to the challenge of the double. :)

 

We have seen some photos of you at your bike sponsor HQs working in Wind Tunnel. You pay attention to every details that could make the difference. What Compressport R2 and Arm sleeves brought you during IM Arizona?

Racing is getting so competitive and the finish times are often within seconds, so I have always looked to the details to find "free" time and efficiency.  Going into Arizona I knew muscle damage and fatigue plays a huge part in the second half of the marathon.  The R2 calve sleeves really came into play as I was able to run my second half marathon within two minutes of my first.  I put on the Arm sleeves for the bike for two reasons, firstly to keep warm as it was a cool day but secondly after swimming hard and then riding in the aero position for four hours the compression helps with the arm fatigue.

 

You are a big fan of compression. How do you use it during your preparation and everyday life?

I use my compression socks, calve sleeves and arm sleeves while training to help reduce muscle damage so that my recovery from workouts if quicker allowing me to train harder at the next session. Post workout I use the leg sleeves to increase blood flow and speed recovery. And then one of the most important uses is when I fly I use my compression socks to prevent swelling and reduce that stagnant feeling off of the plane which is vital when preparing for a race.

 

You are able to perform on short distance (Olympics), IronMan both long and half, but as well on Xterra. What are your best and worst memories?

I have been racing for over 20 years now and I have had such a great opportunity to travel all over the world.  This has led to many great memories traveling with National team members, coaches, family, friends and making new connections in all these new places.  My years racing the US Xterra circuit were very memorable as it was a really fun group of athletes and a very laid back racing atmosphere which was a nice change from the ITU and Olympic qualifying circuit.  Ironman and half Ironman is a nice mix of both ITU and Xterra pros and cons which I am really enjoying right now.

 

 

Thanks a lot for your time, Brent. Good luck for your 2015 season.

 

Saturday, February 28, 2015



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Friday, February 6, 2015

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Morgan Hill

It has been a really great experience being here in Morgan Hill at Specialized. The fit session and tunnel time have been invaluable and learning about the company that is Specialized. There are so many people involved in getting us set up on our new bikes and dialling everything in perfectly. Specialized takes the details very seriously so that we have the best opportunity to succeed.

It's been great to hang out with my new teammates and great guys Tim Don and Ben Hoffman. Also spending time with the heads of the Triathlon division Gavin Noble and Dan Hugo has been great and they have created an excellent environment and experience at this camp. A couple more days left and some fun still ahead.
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Friday, January 16, 2015

Quarq Power meter interview

I did a great Q and A with Quarq about how I used power on the bike to help me pace properly and ultimately win IM Arizona. Follow this link