Sunday was the Rev3 Barremlan Triathlon put on by the team at Multisport Canada. This race has quickly become a hallmark in the local triathlon scene, and with over 1,000 athletes in the 2017 edition, it’s caught the attention of athletes from all over North America. I had a good race to finish 2nd behind Jordan Monnink, and just in front of last years winner Alex VanderLinden in a time of 4:01:37 (on a 2k shorter than normal bike course).
On Sunday I raced the final race in the Skechers Multisport Canada Series – the Lakeside Olympic Triathlon. It wasn’t a great race for me, but I knew it would be nothing special coming off a big week of training in prep for Ironman Louisville. I still wanted to do the race because I’d heard great things about this particular venue and it didn’t disappoint. It’s a great spot for a race, and a great way to close out the series. Having raced 5 of the 7 events in the series this year I’d recommend more people think about taking on the series as their focus in 2018. It was a lot of fun to be racing all over Southern Ontario, racing head to head on a variety of courses.
As with anything, there are good coaches and bad coaches in triathlon. A coach should be more than just someone who gives you a list of workouts to do each week, they should get to know you and learn how to get the most out of you to reach higher and greater goals – that is what coaching is after all. I’ve put together 5 ways to tell you should break up with your coach.
1. You get your plan late.
2. Your plan is consistently identical to other athletes.
3. There is no two-way communication.
4. Unwilling to adapt your plan to your life.
5. Consistently fall short of your goals.