This past weekend I was lucky enough to be able to spend both Saturday and Sunday hanging out at MultiSport Canada’s Woodstock triathlon. For those of you that haven’t been to the Pittock Lake Conservation area, it’s one of the most beautiful race sites in Ontario and the course is fantastic. I wasn’t racing but I was still able to swim, ride and run the entire course as part of my own training. The swim was in calm water that was both warm and clean, the ride was along a beautiful rolling course, and the run is easily one of the most spectacular I’ve been on… quiet, tree-lined rec trails with bridges, streams, lakes and rivers.
Ignition Fitness officially launched only a month ago, which is an unfortunate time to launch a triathlon coaching company (right at the beginning of the race season!), but I wasn’t about to delay the announcement of the company any longer! A big part of this first year of business is getting out there, being at events and talking to people. When John Salt offered me the opportunity to be a part of MultiSport Canada’s Mentor Team I accepted with no hesitation. Not only was I honoured to be asked to be a part of such a prestigious team, but I knew it would be a great chance to talk in person with hundreds of athletes throughout the season in the Recharge Zone. I did just that this weekend and had a lot of fun chatting with people about their races, about the Mentor Team, the Development Team, the Recharge With Milk campaign and, of course, the training videos I’ve produced for the race series. Apparently I’m “the guy from the video!” and I wanted to thank everyone for watching and giving so much positive feedback. There were a lot of you that told me you’ve done the workouts and are looking forward to more, and I’m anxious to get more to you! There are a several still to come and I hope you’ll keep letting me know you’ve watched, and also let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see in future episodes of MSCtv.
When not in the Recharge Zone I was watching the races and saw Derek Quick take the win in the sprint tri and Larry Bradley win the sprint du on Saturday. Racing conditions were absolutely perfect with sunny skies and a slight breeze, and Sunday saw a bit of rain in the morning that cleared up before the first wave of athletes took off. Florian Ong took the win in Sunday’s du and Chatham’s Alexander Vanderlinden had an amazing storm-from-behind victory in the triathlon. Alexander made up a huge gap on the run to take the win from Mark Linsmen. Whether you were racing or spectating it was a great weekend, with the only blemish being the thunderstorms that rolled in as the event was wrapping up Sunday afternoon.
I’m looking forward to a season of meeting and greeting new and familiar faces at the events and please know that I mean it when I say I value and appreciate any feedback you give me about the videos. I won’t be at all of the events but will be at as many as I can fit in. As the race weekend came to a close on Sunday afternoon I was ready and happy to head home in the rain to see my girls. Looking forward to seeing everyone in Binbrook!