Thursday, 30 April 2015

Introduction and background

There comes a time in every athlete's life when they decide to start a blog. I've come to learn it's as inevitable as shaving your legs or peeing in your wetsuit (other kinds of athletes do these things too right?). I was skeptical at first, about the blog I mean, but I now see it as a great opportunity to share stories, experiences, lessons and expertise with like-minded individuals. My first post will be a short one but it will set the scene for who I am and where I'm coming from.

The following is a disclosure of my life in a few bullet points:

- I was born in the (unofficial) baseball diamond capital of Ontario, a small village just outside of Kingston known as Inverary. It is said that there are enough baseball diamonds within the village to field its entire population. Although this fact is irrelevant, and for that matter completely made up, the point is it's small. Small enough that I have a single running route, and naturally know which houses own dogs the entire way.

- I attended LaSalle high school in the east end of Kingston, which is where I saw my first bit of athletic success with a trip to OFSAA XC in grade 10.

That's me on the right with bowl hair cut, which was cool back then (it wasn't)

- The next stage of my life took place just a short trip down the 401 to the city of Guelph (or Kingston 2 as I call it), where I attended the University of Guelph. This is where I met my soon to be coach Mark Linseman and teamLPC owner James Loaring in 2012. I have been a member of LPC ever since and am fortunate enough to be on the Hurdle Project team for elite and up-and-coming triathletes.

- I have since returned to Kingston to complete my Master's in Clinical Exercise Physiology at Queen's University. I do my running with the varsity team which has helped more than I could have imagined. Most recently, I am one of the lucky few to be named to the Multisport Canada Recharge with Milk Ambassador Team. As a result, this summer I will be competing in various Recharge with Milk Triathlon Series races for the coveted series prizes. My upcoming races can be found on my LPC Hurdle Project page (linked above).

Simply enough, my goals for this blog are to present what I have learned through my time as a triathlete with the hope of providing helpful and relevant advice to fellow endurance athletes of all levels. I will do my best to make the posts informative, entertaining and most importantly relatable.