Monday, July 26, 2010

Smiles all the way!

Back home from Magog and I still can't wipe the smile off my face. I am so happy that finally I was able to put it together. After a couple of solid but not great races, this one was a surprise. My first podium finish at a Jr. Series race and I couldn't be happier. It was a great confidence booster and I am excited to race Nationals in Kelowna.
I also have to mention Paula Findlay and her heroic finish in London. I watched her race live on the computer and I was biting my nails the whole run. She is an inspiration and I hope one day to accomplish the things she has. She is going to represent Canada very well in the sport. I can't wait to see her race again!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Tough Day at the Office

I am home from Saskatoon and what a tough race day it was. My swimming lately has been an inconsistent part of my races. Sometimes I am right where I want to be and other times I am way back. This second Jr. Race at Sask. was one of the way back there swims. I got out of the water about a 15 seconds back from second pack and I wasn't able to catch them on the bike. Unfortunately I soloed practically the whole race and both lead pack and chase pack gained time on me. I still managed to average 35km/h on my own. If this was a non-drafting race then this result would be solid. Oh well! This race was a great experience and it definitely showed me what areas I need to work on. I am back at it, training with my team and learning those much needed skills. Like sprinting on a bike! I have a solid week of training and then off to Quebec for the next race!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Hello 2010 Season

It has been a while since I posted my last blog, but with high school done and out of the way I am sure I will find more time to post.
I will provide you with a recap from the beginning of this season.
-In April I was fortunate enough to be selected to race in Monterrey, Mexico for the Youth Olympic Games Qualifier. This was probably the best race of my Junior career and I finished 5th. I missed out on qualifying to the YOG, however, all in all it was a great experience and my first international experience. Congratulations to Christine Ridenour for getting the spot and good luck in Singapore.
-In May I was back in Mexico but this time in Ixtapa for PATCO. After flying in the night before the race and almost drowning in 3 meter waves, the race was changed to a duathlon. I had a solid race and finished 17th.
-Finally! The most recent race was in Coteau-Du-Lac which was a Junior Series race. I placed 8th at this one and again it was not one of my best races, but I finished with alot of things to work on. Lots of room for improvement. Especially in the technical area of triathlon.
I have been in Ottawa for the past couple of days training with my team the Bytown Storm. I have had a blast training with everyone and it a lot easier to do workouts with my teammates.
The next Jr. Series race in Saskatchewan this weekend and I am looking forward to racing and gaining more experience.