Reflecting back on 5 years ago today, when I was nervously waiting to check in for my biggest race ever. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but grateful for amazing support from friends, family and community throughout the journey. It ended up being like a little microcosm of life. In the end, hard work, grit, love and a whole lotta luck beat out fear, uncertainty and doubt. #ironman#lifelessons#keepgoing#shutuplegs
Anatomy of an Ironman - Physical Derailment and Prologue - Part I
Prologue: In preparation for Ironman Lake Placid 2019 I’ve decided to be a lot more transparent in my training and its affects on... everything. Sporadically, I will be making raw posts like the one below. Comments are always welcome. •
Physical Derailment: Yup. That’s me. Not the typical picture of a triathlete that you’re used to on Instagram but that’s what a crash during an Ironman looks like. Don’t worry. Most of the scars are invisible. •
I have no one to blame but myself for the crash. Yes, I was clipped. Yes, things like this happen. But contrary to the lie that’s in my IMMT race report. I was responsible for the events that transpired. 32 weeks of hell, 4:30AM wake ups, neglecting life, relationships, friends and family; come race morning and I was on vacation in LaLa Land. •
There is a background story to the mental lapse that would pin the blame on others instead of myself and I’m not willing to do that. I was responsible. Here’s the simple reason why: I allowed others to penetrate my emotional state. •
My swim was there during training. My power was there during training. My run speed was there during training. But race morning came and I didn’t have it in the tank. Let me rephrase, I had it all in the tank but didn’t have access to it. •
Mentally I was beaten down. Mentally I was lost. Mentally I didn’t see the other rider lose control while grabbing his bottle. Mentally I didn’t react fast enough to swerve. Physically I crashed at 17 MPH. •
I blame no one but myself. I allowed external factors to impact my stoicism. Nothing can be changed. But also nothing matters. We cannot undo the past. For better or for worse. The scars will remain as a reminder of what a moment of mental weakness can do. •
Sadly, little did I know that crash was not the end of my troubles...
Welcoming John Tolkamp to some guest coaching at TaG .
John led the Cycling Association for Canada the past decade.
Thanks John for the leadership..
Check out Johns story
How (Not) to look graceful on a bike.🙄 What a day! 21 degree in Autumn. Today was one of those day’s where I just didn’t have the right mindset, or was it that I left my spare set of legs at home? Bonk, bonk, bonk. I did finish (the West side Col de Marie-Blanque) although I look like you might need to call a whambulance😅#bikephotos
#50k - 🚴♂️🚀 to safe the day 🤩😁
50km auf dem Tempelhofer Feld geradelt und zum Abschluss gabs einen super schönen Sonnenuntergang 🚴♂️😍. Wenn einem die Finger und das Gesicht einfrieren, man aber immer noch Bock hat ne Runde zu drehen, dann ist das für mich Triathlon 🤩. Habt nen tollen Abend 🤜🏻💥🤛🏻
My 50k on the bike ended with one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve ever seen 🌅😍. When you’re freezing, but you still have fun while getting your session done, than this is triathlon for me 🤩🤩. Wish you a great tiiiiime 😃✌️
#stayfocused and be #happy 😁🙌🙌
La saison de cyclocross tire à sa fin 😩 C’est maintenant la saison d’entraînement intérieur! On se voit sur les rouleaux les cyclistes 💥🚀 @bl.coaching ...
Cyclocross season is coming to an end... It is now insidoor training season! See you on the rollers cyclists ✌🏼
Again suffering from pain/mistakes in the past... It costs less than 1sec to break your back ... But the impact on your body is different for everyone... From one day to another the pain for me can suddenly be back... People say that weather change can have something to do with it 🌧❄️💧💨 but... 🤷♂️ Mentally it’s not always easy to deal with the pain ... I just try to keep my goals in mind, even when it’s sometimes very hard to keep them alive... Just never give up... One day you will be rewarded for it. 💪🏼👊🏼
50m Sled push
50m Sled Drag
*first 5rounds with 80kg plates, last 3rounds speed work 40kg/20kg/empty sled
Wanted to work on legs without doing squats... this was the best option🤔... instant regrets after the first round 😂 made bearable because little man was there and we raced.