Situation Update

Now that cross-country is over, exams and papers are done, I am coaching less, and a few presentations I had been working on are done, I hope to maintain this blog a little more consistently. First off, I should say that from now on I will be discussing and logging both my swimming and running on here as well. The blog initially started as a CompuTrainer use, reference and experience guide, so I will continue to log my weekly bike progress separately in case anyone wants to reference those posts individually. But, now I will also discuss the details of my run training and philosophy, as well as what Iā€™m doing in the pool. One interesting development that has occurred over the last few weeks is that I am going to take a semester off from school. I am currently enrolled in sociology at McMaster, but I have very little natural interest in the subject, nor do I see using this degree directly for anything I plan on doing with my life. That being said, I have decided to transfer into kinesiology and fund the degree entirely from my own pocket (no government aid). My desire is to one day work as a high performance coach. The vast majority of courses offered in this program next semester require prerequisites attained in the first semester that I do not possess. I already possess nearly five years worth of credits so I see very little incentive in continuing to take more electives. The result is that I will take this semester off and recommence my studies in the fall. It works out great because I will be able to focus 100% of my energy on preparing for the U.S. Pro Championship, and ultimately the Ironman 70.3 World Championship. Going forward, I will take a fairly reduced course load so that I can continue to pursue athletics at a high level.

Additionally, I have entered into a partnership with Richard Kniaziew (an optometrist out of Leamington) and Cycle Culture (a bike shop from my home town). I will provide more information on this in a future blog post, but for now, I will say that I am extremely grateful for their support, and excited to represent them on the world stage. Additionally, this means I will be racing in Windsor and Essex County a bit more this season. One thing I have been wanting to do is hone my time-trialing skills. I am excited to take part in the Blak Lite Karbon Time Trial Series, and work to this end.

I am a bit behind on my weekly updates, but I will try and get caught up in the next few days and then give some background information on my swimming and biking philosophies.