Victoria 70.3 Race Report- 2017

Jason and I post-race

What a fun race! The most beautiful bike/run course and having a friend do the race too, made this event perfect for me to get back into the groove of racing again. With the exception of a late season full Ironman I did last year to keep my pro card, I haven’t been ready to race a triathlon in almost 2 years. A silly mountain biking accident is to thank for that. Needless to say, I rarely hit the technical stuff when I go off-road anymore (my MTB skills are severely lacking).

5 days before the race, my friend (and fellow pro triathlete) Jason Pohl Continue reading

Cedar 12k Race Report | Vancouver Island Race Series

The Cedar 12k road race was the 8th and final race in the Vancouver Island Race Series. I did 6 of the 8 races, only missing out on the Sooke 10k and the Harriers Pioneer 8k. With swimming and cycling being my biggest priorities this year, I felt like the race series would take care of a lot of my hard training runs. Plus, you can never replicate the effort you can give race day versus a normal training day. Not willing to defer from my triathlon training Continue reading

Comox Half Marathon Race Report

Here we go! The start of the 2017 Comox Half Marathon.

The Vancouver Island Race Series kicked off its 6th of 8 races in Comox on March 19. This race is the only half marathon of the series. My wife and I haven’t been as far north on Vancouver Island as Comox and were both excited to see a new part of the island.

Coming into this race, my goal was just to have a strong race and if pushed, try to work hard enough for the win. I woke up around 7:30, had a smoothie for breakfast and had a few spare minutes to do some light foam rolling before it was time to go. My wife and I left our house at 8:30 am on race morning (thanks to the awesome 11 am start) and arrived in Comox a little after 10:15. I quickly picked up my race package and found 2 of my athletes also Continue reading

What Does A Triathlete’s Training Week Look Like?

Something I’m asked all the time is what does my training look like? Well, I thought I’d share with you a typical training week for myself. This week of training was from March 6-12 and just under 3 months out from my first triathlon of the year. I do have running races sprinkled in leading up to my first tri, but I am only using these running races as hard training runs and won’t taper for them. Also, you’ll notice a big emphasis on the swim and bike. I am really trying to consume the bulk of my training this year with the swim and the bike to really focus on my weaknesses and try to turn them into strengths that will help Continue reading

Bazan Bay 5k Race Report

The Bazan Bay 5k in Sidney (just north of Victoria, BC) is advertised as fast, flat and furious. It lived up to its name, being a 2.5k straight out and back along the ocean with zero hills. If you want a fast 5k course, come do this race! This year it is the 4th race in an 8 race series on Vancouver Island. The races in the series are spread all over the island and distances include 5k, 8k, 10k, 12k, and a half marathon. The races are usually scheduled Continue reading

Hatley Castle 8k Race Report | Vancouver Island Race Series

Touring the grounds and standing in front of Hatley Castle post race
Touring the grounds and standing in front of Hatley Castle post race

 

It’s been a long time since I’ve sat down to write a race report! I’m happy one of my first races of 2017 was the Hatley 8k. Who wouldn’t want to race at a location that is so beautiful, scenes from movies/shows like Deadpool, X-Men, Smallville and many more have been shot! It’s a part of the Vancouver Island Race Series and this year was 3rd of 8 races. This race is very hilly, total ascent of a little over 230 feet, including short steep Continue reading

You Might Be Doing This Wrong If You’re a Triathlete or Runner

Ego. That silly thing that holds back so many of us endurance athletes. When it comes to training, don’t let your ego get in the way and hold back your development as an athlete. Training and getting better is all about consistency day in and day out, not putting in these big epic sessions that make your friends think “wow that’s insane, you are amazing”. Yes, those sessions have a time and place, but real improvement comes from the boring day in and day out basic training and being consistent. I talk about all that and more in the video below. If you ever have any questions about training or want coaching to help you reach the next level in 2017, fill out the form below and let’s chat! Hope you enjoy my video.