Thursday, January 28, 2010

Intro to Me

Hello - this is my first post so I figure I should say a little bit about myself. I have been competing in triathlons since 2004. My first triathlon was in a surfing wetsuit, on a rented no-name and very heavy road bike. It was also pouring rain! However, being the only one in my age group, I still came first! That was enough to get me hooked. I did a few races just for fun in 2005 and then, after suffering a broken hip in 2006, came back in 2007 to come 6th at Nationals and qualify for the World Triathlon Championships in Vancouver 2008. I came 50th out of 54 in Vancouver but that wasn’t enough to drive me away from the sport. I went on to compete in the Ontario Subaru Series races during the summer of 2008 and came out with lots of age group wins, and even an overall female win in the Ontario Sprint Provincials. Not only that, but I qualified for the World Triathlon Championships in Australia in 2009! The next year was a very challenging triathlon year...I was trying to finish my MSc in Medical Biophysics, studying for the MCAT, applying for Medical School, volunteering at a hospital, working part-time and trying to keep up my training! It all came together in the end though and I ended up coming 4th in the Olympic Distance (Female 20-24) World Triathlon Championships and 2nd in the Aquathlon (Female 20-24) in Australia. And when I came back to Canada I qualified for the Boston Marathon (as a man!) after running the Toronto International Marathon in 3:10. A great end to my 2009 season. For 2010…my goal: MASTERING THE BIKE! I have a new coach and a new training group at WattsUp Cycling in Toronto. Upcoming posts will comment on my training, any time trials and my 10K swim for Haiti on February 15th!