Ironman Louisville 2017 – Race Report

After a lot of contemplation I decided to apply for an International Competition Card and race as pro for the remainder of the 2017 season. This is not a decision I made on a whim or because I think I belong racing with a “P” on my leg and while I had the support of … [Read more…]

Ironman 70.3 World Championships 2017 – Race Report

After qualifying and claiming my spot in Syracuse, this race sort of fell of my radar and in truth, I kept forgetting about it. Needless to say September 9th came up on my calendar very quickly and before I knew it, I was driving down with my Dad and step-mom Laurie, who qualified in Syracuse and would also racing. … [Read more…]

Ironman Lake Placid 2017 – Race Report

Lake Placid is where it all began for me. In 2011, I showed up to that race with my aluminum road bike, clip on aero bars, and some very non-aero and non-triathlon accessories. I finished in a time of 12:09 and from what I can remember, in between the smiles and the tears, I loved … [Read more…]

Ironman 70.3 Syracuse 2017 – Race Report

The forecast for race day was hot + humid + high winds – I am used to the wind (undoubtedly, it’s my Achilles heel on the bike) but after a long cold spring in Ottawa, the heat and humidity were going to be a bigger factor to contend with – luckily I had some practice … [Read more…]

American Triple-T Ohio 2017 – Race Report

In the southeast corner of Ohio in the Appalachian foothills near the banks of the Ohio River lies the Shawnee State Park & Forest, where the American Triple-T race has been held since 2006. I am not too sure how news of this event travelled up to Ottawa but it did and I jumped onto … [Read more…]

There are Stories Behind Throwback Thursdays

Over the past few months I’ve had quite a bit of time to myself while recovering from surgery and I used some of that time to go through some of my stuff I’d stashed away. During one of my treasure hunts, I discovered a box of pictures from my past. I am not someone who lives … [Read more…]

The road to recovery…it’s a long and winding road.

Week 11 has brought with it some progress both physically and mentally. Despite the stingy post-operative protocol, after my 8 week post-op follow-up with my surgeon, I was given the green light to start running again. I had to be my own advocate here as my surgeon didn’t seem to be able to differentiate between athletes … [Read more…]

Confessions of an athlete on the road to recovery

I read somewhere that triathletes have a 56% chance of being injured in any given 5 year period. Unfortunately I lived up to that statistic like a champ because 2016 was my fifth year of long course triathlon training and racing. Aside from a broken elbow and some overuse injuries, I have been extremely lucky … [Read more…]

An athlete’s guide to the complicated world of athletic health services

The athletic community is a tightknit bunch and we tend to share and overshare a lot of information; from injuries to the hilarity of our bodily functions. Unfortunately with injury being a predominate topic of conversation among endurance athletes, we frequent many of the same clinics; registered massage therapists, physiotherapists, chiropractors, dieticians, podiatrists, athletic therapists and … [Read more…]