Shawn's Quick StatsAge
Nickname(s) and the story behind it/them:
Usually Marsh or Marshall. People have always called me by my last name for just about as long as I can remember. It's tempting to make up a nickname here in the hopes that it would stick, but I think that's against the rules.
Well... in 2007 I did 3 Try-a-tri's although the swim was cancelled in 2 of them. Before that, my last tri was in 1997. So I suppose I've been competing for 16 years, but I've done 2 tri's and 2 du's in that time. Not a very ambitious race schedule.
2014 A race
Niagara Half-Iron distance - Sept. 21st
Goals for 2014
To almost bat the cycle by doing a try-a-tri, sprint, oly and half-iron. I'll set a more specific time goal for the half-iron when I get closer.
Personal highlights from the past few years (can be athletic, career, etc):
I was promoted at work a year ago, so I'm back to working shifts. I've been on a loooong layoff from athletics so my last highlight was doing a 24 hour cross country ski race with my brother for a few years in a row. We won our category every year except the one year that a second team raced against us. Then we came in second.
Favourite piece of gear:
My bike. It's an older Cervelo P3 that I had re-painted and then I built it up over a few years from Craigslist and eBay. The end result is a flat black P3 with a Renn 575 disc and Hed Jet 60 front, Dura Ace/Ultegra mix and cost a little under $800 in total.
The one piece of gear I don’t have that I really want is:
A new superbike like a P5
Favourite “healthy” food
Potatoes, in any form.
Favourite “unhealthy” food
Pizza. We make our own at home which is healthier, but still...
To reward myself after a race I like to
Eat licorice Allsorts
My race day routine:
It's been a while, but as I recall I get a little obsessive about preparing. The night before I get everything together, and usually have a checklist for the next day to make sure I don't forget anything. I get to the venue early, get everything set up and then listen to music. I spent several years as a cross country ski racer, so I have a playlist I listen to before a race. You can only listen to "Lose Yourself" over the P.A. system so many times before you lose it.
Meth. Just kidding. Video games.
I started doing triathlons/duathlons/running because
I grew up in Orillia and did that race in the summer as I was training for skiing and wanted to do something different.
My favourite tri is Orillia since I've done it a bunch of times. My favourite race in any sport is the Mountainview 24 hour ski race in Midland. It's a very, very laid back event and a ton of fun.
The race I’ve never done but always wanted to
Challenge Penticton or Kona. If I had to choose between them? Kona.
I've been cross country skiing since I was 5 or so. I raced all through high school, and qualified for the nationals but the next year I found it was too expensive to do all that traveling. I bike as well, and have done a little racing both road and mountain.
Favourite place to train
Hardwood Ski and Bike. The skiing is great, as is the mountain biking and I grew up riding the roads around there as well.
Skiing or long, long bike rides. My longest was in 2007 and I went around Lake Simcoe which worked out to 253 km.
When not training I like to
Hang out with my kids.
What drives me to compete
I love to compete in just about anything. Some people have that competitive drive, and some people just don't understand it. I enjoy competing just for the sake of competing.
What motivates me to train
I enjoy being active, so the actual training is motivation enough. If I have time off I love to ski or bike just for the fun of it. I like to be able to enjoy what I'm doing vs. being focused on a target HR for a set period of time.
Favourite things to do when not training
I have an older home, so I spend a lot of time fixing it up and puttering around the house. I play golf, badly.
What I love about triathlon
The first 2/3. I'm tall with long arms so I do well on the swim and I love to bike.
Most exhilarating triathlon moment
In 2007 I did a try-a-tri which was my first race in 10 years. The swim wasn't marked properly and was very long, but that worked to my advantage. I went out onto the bike in 2nd overall and finished in the top 10 (8th?). For my first race in a long time it was pretty exhilarating.
What I’d like to accomplish in triathlon over the next 5 years
An iron-distance event
Person I look up to and admire the most in the sport is
Countries I’ve visited
Canada, U.S., Mexico, Dominican Republic and Germany.
Languages I speak
I barely speak English, and can muddle my way through French. Having been a bouncer and then a cop I have become fairly fluent in "Drunk" though.
This weekend I’m going to
Spend time with the kids as I'm coming off evening shift so they haven't seen me a whole lot for the past few days.
Favourite Chuck Norris fact
Chuck Norris once went to an all-you-can-eat restaurant, and he's still in there.
The story behind my favourite scar
In 2008 I had big plans for the bike and tri season. While at work and struggling with someone as I was arresting them I rolled my ankle to the point where it broke. I ended up with a scar from the Dr. putting in a metal plate. That scar narrowly beat out the scar on my shin from University where I was falling down drunk and ended up with a mysterious cut that resulted in a large oval scar. It's still a mystery.
When I was a kid I wanted to grow up to be
A national level skier.
My favourite one-liner
Money can't buy you happiness, but it makes misery easier to live with.
People make fun of me because
How much space do I have for this answer? Oh, that's not much. I'll just go with "My height" then since I'm tall. The weather up here is just fine, thanks.
Morning person or night owl
100% Night owl.
In a fantasy world, this is what every day of my life would look like:
Wake up and make waffles. Wife and I take the kids to their ski program (which gives me a 2 hour window to get my own skiing in). Have lunch together and then ski as a family for a bit. Sleep in the car on the way home. Shower and head out to dinner somewhere different each day.
The one food item I could never give up:
Tricky question. It's all about willpower, so I hope I could give anything up. Having said that, I hope I never have to give up chocolate.
Favourite ice cream flavour
Mint chocolate chip
Super Troopers, which I think might actually be a documentary.
Favourite TV show
The Walking Dead. Hours on the elliptical or trainer just fly by watching that show.
I read a lot, so it varies. Currently it's "Playing With Fire" by Theo Fleury. That man led quite the life.
It used to be Stephen King when I was younger. As I've gotten older I have started to enjoy war-related books so currently it would be Stephen Ambrose.
What type of music I listen to when training:
Anything and everything. My iPod has everything from German metal (Rammstein) to Enya (seriously!). Currently I've been listening to a lot of Liz Phair, and a Canadian blast from the past: The Watchmen.
Other hobbies and interests
Golf, playing guitar.
The strangest fact that nobody would ever guess about me is
Before I became a cop I was worried that I didn't have enough self-confidence so I did stand up comedy in Toronto for a couple of years.
I can't think of anything, although I'm not much of a self-promoter.