Tuesday, October 20, 2015

An Incredible 2015

Well it turned out to be an amazing year of training and racing and although I'm definitely not as fast as I used to be I'd say I did pretty well this year incorporating training, racing, work and family into my very busy life. All 3 half Iron distance races I competed in this year were within 2 minutes of the same finish time and that is pretty incredible considering they all had very different challenges. IM Florida 70.3 was a slow swim, very fast bike, and hot, humid and hilly run, I struggled to a 4:36 finish. IM Calgary was a messed up long swim, cold and hilly bike, and always a challenging hilly run, again I struggled but pulled out another 4:36 race. Challenge Penticton 1/2 was a fast swim, very windy, hilly, difficult bike, and a fairly fast run but the bike knocked me on my ass for the run and I struggled to a 4:38 finish. All in all I loved racing 1/2s this year and I think I'm going to continue it next year. I don't think I'll drag the family to a destination race this year (IM Florida was a lot more expensive than I thought) but I'm excited to try the new 70.3 in Coeur d'Alene this year in June, continue to race IM Calgary 70.3 and I'll attempt the ITU Long Course in Penticton in August to see if I may be able to get close to Ironman shape again.

I had a tough time keeping the body healthy even sticking to the 1/2 distance but if things go okay next year, I may consider IM in 2017 or 2018. For now I'm happy to keep training and racing and it's very inspiring to see everyone out there wearing the Speed Rev colors. To know that it's something Amber and I started years ago and to see so many people embrace the lifestyle is amazing, I hope it continues for many years to come.

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