A National and PanAmerican Championship- One step closer to RioJuly 31st, 2012 | Posted by in Uncategorized
Well, i’ve managed to fix some of my “techy” problems i’ve been having with my blog, mainly my inability to get pictures up of my recent events.
As I mentioned my current race in San Diego, I have since been less busy racing but there was one rather important race that Syd and I took part in. The Canadian National Paratriathlon & PATCO Championships (PanAmerican).
The race was a fairly big step for Syd and I as we’ve not really put up a solid Sprint Distance time since our decision to go for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. We never set out years ago to goto Rio, but figured “why not” when the opportunity to try for Canada’s Paratri team presented itself. Making the Canadian High Performance Paratri team means that you need to show Triathlon Canada that you are podium potential, that their investment in you is worth the time and money.
Now being somebody who’s never really raced near the front or been looked at as being a potential podium contender, this is a bit odd for me. As I say, I have kind of stumbled my way to the top—and my 14 year triathlon career has given me at least a head start on what I am sure will be an onslaught of individuals in the next 4 years, trying to make it to Rio as well. I think that this is a wonderful opportunity that has fallen in my lap, whether i set out for this or not, I have figured this is surely meant to be. However, this is a chance that may never come again, so I better take it seriously and treat it like a job. If I want to be a Paralympian, I need to get my mind around the fact that i am ALLOWED to think of myself as a contender….it doesn’t mean i’m being cocky or arrogant (as all of you know, I strive very hard NOT to be). Thinking like a contender, a champion, a Paralympian simply gives me permission to put myself in the proper headspace to believe in myself, my ability and realize that my successes are in my hands. Therefore, in order to be a Paralympian/Elite Paratriathlete means that I need to actually WANT to win. This is foreign to me, as i’m used to be “one of many” out on the course. However being seen as a contender means that I need to believe in myself and allow myself to be more outwardly confident….I don’t want to go around for the next 4 years with an “awe shucks” attitude, as that will not ever get me to the starting line in Rio. Paralympians believe that their hard work will pay off and they don’t apologize for believing in themselves (which i have to some extent in the past).
I never ever want to be cocky or arrogant, however I am trying very hard to stop apologizing for actually being “pretty decent” at something :s I thank my wife and Syd for really getting me to realize that I should start beleiving that I have worked hard enough to get to this point and hard work and belief will get me further. So, it’s a work in progress….but I am definately working on being more confident.
On that startline of a sprint you certainly need a bit more ooomph in order to get you in the right headspace.
So, onto the race. Since I’ve written a lot already, I will summize the event a little bit, more in point form…
-We got treated like pros, racing in the ITU setup, blue carpeted transitions, pontoon start, marched in and names announced
-my goal was to show that I was not only a decent “blind guy”, but I wanted to show Triathlon Canada that I was a good athlete and worth their investment
-I wanted to win the race, i’ve never actually wanted to do that before, however I really wanted to win the entire race. Granted we do not race against other categories, however we are all competitors and we all want to “race”
-The race went very well, mainly good things, but still work to do.
-Syd and I led from the gun, taking it out fast in the 750m swim (10:45)
-First out of the water
-Led the 8 loop bike course, putting in a solid 29:00 ride….felt good but we both were sucking wind a bit for the first couple km’s as we tried to settle in after a HARD swim
-We started the 3 loop run course (5k total) in the lead and were suffering a bit —this is the work that still needs to be done as our run was not where either of us wanted
-Our run came around fairly nicely and had about a 1 mile lead on the next runner, however on start of our second loop, a wheelie was heading out = uh oh!
-Hitting the last turn w/ 800m to go Syd said that “they are coming”, what i thought was a runner, actually was a wheelie.
-Wheelie caught and blew past us w/ 500m to go = we held the lead for pretty much all the race = we figured that got the attention of Triathlon Canada to show them that us Ironman slowpokes COULD be worth their investment.
-run was 21:38, not stellar, work to be done
-We were 2nd overall (25 athletes), 1st Canadian and 1st (of only 1) in the blind/VI male category.
Having put down a 1:05 sprint distance race, we showed ourselves that we CAN actually make this run for Rio a viable possibility. Four years is a long time, lots can happen, lots of great athletes will come after us….however it is a great first step to believe in our potential…..it is also a great step to help me on the road to believing in myself more as well.
This new short course adventure is pretty fun, I’ve almost threw up twice now in two consecutive race. These short ones are hard…..just a differnt beast:) We haven’t given up on IRONMAN, we’ve just set it aside for a couple years:)
A few more pictures from Edmonton…..next blog will give you a few more updates on what is new and happening in Mindy and I’s life.
Never thought triathlon would be my “job”, but with a $250 prize cheque after Edmonton, I guess I can officially say i’m a paid athlete…LOL:)
I always wanted to push myself, to see how well I could do and to be the best blind/VI athlete in Canada….to race on big stages and showcase the abilities of Paratriathletes. It is a great platform for being a mentor….
Be careful what you wish for, as you just might get it!! Pressure is on…..but I am thankful for every second of it:)