Surf City Marathon is in the rear view mirror and the focus now is firmly on triathlon training. Swim-Bike has taken over priority from running. I’m doing some bigger bike workouts this year in anticipation of stepping up to the pro field. I’m also extending my minimum swim, but still trying to get into the pool every day. Also, this year I committed to learning how to flip turn. I’ve had some questions about how that is going so I give an update on that too.
The weather this February long weekend was incredible in Toronto. This week I was still getting over the flu, and my bike workouts have sucked, so I decided to take advantage of the sun and head outside to ride. On Saturday I went west to High Park to do a couple loops. On Sunday I headed east to Bluffers Park and went up and down the big hill a couple times. It was great to get out and just ride, not worrying about holding watts and doing any intervals.
I’ve been battling the flu since getting back from California, so training last week was non-existent. With that in mind I decided for this weeks video I would talk about what inspired me to get into triathlon. Unlike most people who were first exposed to triathlon by the NBC Ironman broadcast, my first experience with triathlon was at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Seeing Simon Whitfield sprint to gold inspired me as an 11 year-old, and I knew that one day I would complete a triathlon.
This weeks vlog is about the Surf City Marathon. I recorded my thoughts before, and then immediately after the race. My goal was to run 2:48 or better. This was my goal the last time I went after a marathon in Chicago in 2014. When I ran my first marathon in 2012 in 4:47 I couldn’t imagine running a single kilometer in 4-minutes, so it’s been a goal of mine to run a marathon at that pace. I didn’t have big mileage leading into the race, but I was getting in good speed workouts and long runs, and my tempo runs were going pretty well. I felt confident about my chances, but ultimately fell short.