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).

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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

What a Pro Triathlete Eats in a Day

Ever wonder what a pro triathlete eats in a day? I’ve posted in the past showing everything I consume in a day, but I thought I would make a video to actually show what all I eat. Here are some of the things I need to follow when I’m in heavy training, or else it’s a slippery slope to either being under fueled or burnt out. A big thanks to the Academy of Culinary Nutrition. That course gave me the tools and knowledge I was lacking as an athlete to fine tune my cooking skills and how I view nutrition both as an athlete and simply day to day life.

  1. I almost always start my day out with a huge breakfast. It sets me up and gives me the energy I need to start my first training session. My go to is usually scrambled eggs with lots of veggies and spices as well as a monster smoothie. Always put a source of fat in your smoothies, you won’t believe how long lasting energy it will give you. Lot’s of people like avocados for their fat source, but I prefer coconut oil.
  2. Smoothies, smoothies, smoothies! When I’m training lots, I can have up to 3 in a day, sometimes even more. It’s such an easy and fast way to get in all the fuel and nutrients that I need. If I’m strapped for time because I have a workout coming up soon and I need to eat, a smoothie is a great way to get what you need without feeling heavy like you would if you had ate a full meal. Smoothies are almost always my go to recovery drink as well. A protein powder or hemp hearts are usually what I use for post workout recovery. When I can’t make it home quickly after a workout to make my smoothie, I’ll use Recoverite from Hammer Nutrition.
  3. Snacks are what keep me going throughout the day. I don’t put a limit on the amount of snacks I have. I am pretty good at knowing how much my body needs through any given day and if that means unlimited snacks…then I eat a LOT of snacks! Anything from sliced veggies with hummus, fruit, homemade cookies, nuts, seeds, etc.

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