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Justin and I on a 3hour recovery ride!
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A little bit of a late blog post. Training in Victoria has been going great, we are all a bit tired from last week but the group is doing well.
Here is a bit of a breakdown of what we have been up to this week. The weekend ahead will be very challenging but after that it will be time for some rest.
Monday- Recovery Swim
Tuesday- Hard Swim Session with Clint's group with 25x100/ 3hour recovery ride/30minute easy run.
Wednesday- 10k Tempo Run of Elk Lake building the effort. I ran okay but Justin ran fast. / Swim Workout at Lunch/2hour ride with some hill repeats at Observatory.
Thursday- Swim with Clint's group with some hard 400m efforts/3.75hour ride with alot of hard riding, i tried to attack a few times on Justin on Durrance and Muns road. I think everyone has been watching too much tour DE France coverage. Off the bike we ran 75 minutes! Epson Salt and Ice baths have been a regular thing this week.
Today- A hard swims session at Thetis lake!
Well its time to watch the tour and talk to Carley.
Tune in Thursday, August 6th to Rogers Sportsnet at 7pm (Pacific) for the airing of the Subaru Vancouver International Triathlon.


The Return of Super Saturday Suffer Sunday!

Everything in Victoria is awesome, except how my legs are feeling. Doug and Cathy Noel(home stays) have been wonderful hosting me for the camp and i am very grateful.
Saturday morning the workload and the half ironman started to catch up to me and i felt pretty tired. Luckily we had a run workout that was 6x1mile on 6:10, my first mile was okay 4:56 allowing me to get some rest but after that i felt like i was at a learn to run clinic. Simon, Adam, JP and AMac ran well and i was trying to keep a good honest effort. After the run session it was off to get some work done on the bike. Lance's 13minute time trial loop ended up being 13kms of hills so we did a 26km TT( i felt awesome) but after that we hit the observatory for 5 repeats. The climb is around 7minutes or so, thanks to Simon and Adam for setting a good strong pace to keep me working hard. I felt mangled after that ride but Justin and i still had a good strong run off the bike.
Sunday morning i felt like someone hit me with a bat all over. We started off Suffer Sunday with a 20mile run, i knew i was starting to get tired because i tripped over a stump trying to run around a group in Mt. Doug, no major damage but a swollen knee and elbow. After the run we hit the lake for a swim session, followed by another run.
Today started another big week in Victoria with an ice bath and a swim session. I still feel a bit rough but i hope it gets better. It's absoultly beautiful here in Victoria and i will try to take some scenic pictures on our next recovery ride.


Training Camp Update

Things have been going relatively well here in Victoria. Training has been pretty tough for a week after the half ironman on Sunday. The weather has been great and the energy out of the group has been amazing.
Monday was a pretty good recovery day with icing and a swim session at the lake. Tuesday was a some what of a recovery day with a 1hour run, 2hour ride, and a hard 5k swim session at the pool. Wednesday was a 2.5hour ride with a bunch of hill intervals and over gear work, a hard swim session at durance lake and a base run around elk lake. Yesterday was sort of an Uber day with a hard swim session in the morning (*8x50m start speed on 1min, 4x100m @racepace, 400m steady)x3, then Justin and i road 5hours with Simon Whitfield, Geoff Kabush, Max Plaxton. After the 5 hour ride we ran around the lake with some intervals. So 7.5hours of training and i was smashed.
Today we had a pretty hard swim session out at Thetis Lake and the afternoon is rest to get ready for the weekend ahead. Time to rest up:)


Race Update

Vancouver 1/2 Iron has come and gone. I took some risks and came 6Th (4:08). I could have played it safe but i wanted to lead the swim and work the first few loops of the bike trying to hold off a chase group and limit the time the leader was putting on me. I wanted to test my self and a test i got. My body has been a little bit tired from all of the racing but i wanted to make sure i had a good swim and a good bike to set myself up for some fast 70.3 racing coming up soon.
It was great too see some athletes that i haven't seen in a while and Jorden Rapp had a great race. I will try to blog the t.v showings of the race. The lifesport gang did awesome, and Subaru was amazing providing us with Vehicles. I would like to thank the Ladner family for hosting me in Vancouver it was a great experience.
Our team has a training camp over in Victoria starting today. The first day was pretty easy with a swim at the lake and a recovery session at Pacific Institute of Sports Technology. Tomorrow we will start hitting it again, so i will try to update a little more regularly with adventures.

Also, I would like to thank Carley for taking the time to give my blog a fresh new look! It looks great, I owe you one (realistically I probably owe you about 1000)!



Tomorrow i am off to Vancouver, followed by a training camp in Victoria for 2 weeks and finishing up the trip with Calgary 70.3. I have some passport problems that i need to figure out, and this past week has been crazing trying to convince the Canadian Embassy that i am Canadian and that i need to be able to leave Texas this Friday.
The funny thing is when i went to photocopy some information for the Embassy i left my drivers licence and my social insurance card in the copier. So enough said and i have had some interesting issues. Carley Got me a fanny pack to wear on my waist so i don't lose everything i own. Its not very stylish but i think it will do the trick! I now have a new/old camera of Carleys so i will try and post some pictures of the amazing scenery and crazy adventures when i arrive.

Vancouver Playing Host to Top International Ironman Athletes‏"Olympic Battle" Pits Winter Versus Summer Olympians
Jul 08, 2009
This Sunday marks the third year of the Subaru Vancouver International Triathlon. The event, held at the beautiful Spanish Banks and University of British Columbia Endowment Lands, will host a record 600 professional and amateur athletes from 8 different countries racing either the half ironman distance (2 km swim, 90 km bike and 20 km run) or the shorter sprint event. Some of these athletes may be racing for the first time while others use the race as preparation for Ironman Canada or the legendary Ironman Hawaii. With the pro prize purse being $10,000, and the race being nationally televised on Rogers Sportsnet, the event has attracted a number of top international stars.
Returning to fight for the title are 2008�s defending champions and Canadians Jasper Blake and Cheryl Murphy. Blake�s competition this year will consist of five-time international Ironman Champion Jason Shortis of Australia, and top Ironman 70.3 pro�s Brent Poulsen (CAN), Jordan Rapp (US), and Justin Park (US). In the women�s race, Murphy will compete against Canadian favourite Magali Tisseyre, who holds the worlds fastest women�s half ironman time in the world this year, Linsey Corbin (US), top North American finisher at last years Hawaii Ironman (5th), Bree Wee (US), who was in the lead in last year�s race before going off course and falling two spots, and local Rachel Keirs, who narrowly missed the win with a 2nd place after a sprint finish.
To add to the excitement of the upcoming 2010 Olympics, the Vancouver event will host a fun �Olympic Battle,� where a team of 2010 winter Olympians will compete against three teams of summer Olympians in a Sprint distance relay. The 2010 team members include snowboarder, Derek Wintermans, Team Canada bobsledder, Danaka Porter and biathlete, Jessica Sedlock. Summer Olympians participating include swimmers Kelly Stefanyshyn and Mark Johnston, windsurfer and sailor, Nikola Girke, �Men�s 8 Gold Medal Rowers� team with Ben Rutledge as captain, and 2008 �Rockin� Olympic Rower Chicks� led by Darcy Marquardt.
A press conference featuring many of these athletes will be held at 2pm on Friday, July 10th at the Cascadia Hotel and Suites.
Live timing results will be available on race day at www.triseries.ca.
For more information please visit www.triseries.ca or contact Shantel Cordeiro at Shantel@triseries.ca or call 250-858-0174
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