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The Aftermath

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Inspired Warrior Stories | 0 comments

It’s been a little over a week since the race and I am still in denial. Denial that it is over and denial that it was really that hot! How quickly the mind forgets the things that are so hard…and then craves more. After a week of sleeping in and recovering (in my defence I was mostly on the road for work), getting back on the wagon to get out there at 5:30 each morning has been hard. Fortunately, one temporary tattoo  seems to be a little too permanent a fixture on my calf and has been acting as a steady reminder of all that was...

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The Main Event

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Inspired Warrior Stories | 0 comments

When I signed up for TI earlier this spring, it wasn’t exactly clear to me who was inspiring whom. I naively thought that dedicating my time, energy and effort into challenging myself to a new level might help someone looking for motivation in a time of facing their own challenge. Over the course of the last few months, I have logged more miles than I thought possible, in greater heat than my Canadian blood is conditioned to, and in the interim even learned how to swim. Along the way, the support I received from donors, the support from...

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Testing New Skills

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Inspired Warrior Stories | 0 comments

I was told early on to “expect to get elbowed and kicked” during the swim. Not sure if my hockey instincts or flight instincts would be more dominant, I figured the only way to make sure was to test it out. After all, in the big race, the swim is first and if you don’t finish it, you don’t get a shot at the bike or run. Bolstered by my single day open water swimming experience, an open water swim race was just the ticket to cross the final training hurtle. The closer the event came, the more tactical the advice from...

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Making Adjustments

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Inspired Warrior Stories | 0 comments

When faced with any challenging situation, my first reaction is to always think my way to the end, determine the possible outcomes, choose my desired best case and then work out the steps in between. I recently noticed when teaching my three year old how to work through a maze in her colouring book that I always start at the end. It could just be the engineering mind at work, but it has been steady and reliable as far back as I can remember. It is rare that things work out every step of the way exactly as I hope, but as long as the end goal is...

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Who Needs a Comfort Zone Anyway?

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Inspired Warrior Stories | 0 comments

Preparing for this race I have pushed my comfort zone in so many ways I wasn’t sure it even existed anymore. It obviously started with swimming, but it has extended to so many other areas like the number of hours each week in the saddle, running on a treadmill, even into the amount and types of food I eat each week, and the number of hours of sleep I get. I’m not even sure I remember what comfortable is, and that’s how I know things are exactly as they should be. The thing about pushing your comfort zone is that you find new...

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Enjoying the Ride

Posted by on Apr 26, 2015 in Inspired Warrior Stories | 0 comments

I have very intentionally never raced before because I never wanted biking to feel like work. It is my place to unwind and decompress. I get a lot of time to think, and I solve a lot of my problems in the saddle. Of course it’s a lot more effective when I am out front of the group I am with and not chasing behind them, but I’ll take it any way I can get it. Today was my longest and hardest day of my training (so far). It almost didn’t happen when I couldn’t find a partner to join me at 6:30AM on a Saturday. I mean, I...

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Setbacks

Posted by on Apr 25, 2015 in Inspired Warrior Stories | 0 comments

Life is full of setbacks. We’ve all had them, and we will all have more of them. Things that try to interfere with us achieving our goals. As an engineer who looks to find efficiency in everything, the non-linear nature of setbacks in the path to success is extra troubling for me. I forget that they are part of all aspects of life. We can’t choose when they present themselves, what they are going to be, or how far off our anticipated path they will take us. If you are lucky you learn of them early and have time to adjust, but the most...

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My Support Team

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in Inspired Warrior Stories | 0 comments

The key to success on any journey, as in life, is in having a strong support team there beside you. Regardless of what you undertake or what you are faced with, it is infinitely more challenging to overcome adversity independently. In many cases it takes just one person who knows your limits and encourages you when you need it, who pushes you to succeed, or who motivates you to accomplish things that you didn’t think were possible. If you are lucky, you have more than just a single member of your team. I played team sports throughout my...

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Accepting My Challenge

Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 in Inspired Warrior Stories | 0 comments

Accepting My Challenge

For nearly 5 years I’ve been fighting myself with varying severity about competing in a triathlon. The last two more seriously. There is always an excuse to justify putting it off for later. I’m really busy right now, I have too many work trips this month, I don’t have time to train with a new born baby, I can’t swim. OK, the last one is a little more justified. For the past 12 months I’ve had a goal to compete in a full Ironman with my brother before I turn 35. I’ve never actually completed a triathlon, I mountain bike far more...

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Kona or Bust! Fueled by Gratitude!

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Inspired Athlete Stories, Inspired Warrior Stories | 0 comments

Kona or Bust! Fueled by Gratitude!

This is a pic of an article from Triathlete Magazine in 2010 when I qualified for Kona at IRONMAN Arizona. I carried with me that day 140 LiveStrong wristbands…one for each mile of the race. Two on my wrists for the 2.4 mile swim, 112 on my bike, and 26 on the marathon. Each one was dedicated to one of my cancer warriors. I made the mistake of saying that I carried them, but really we carry one another. You may be able to read the article, but basically I was asked to talk about what was in my training plan that allowed me to achieve a...

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