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Big news from Mettle Multisport!

Written by Admin on .

Since launching Mettle Multisport in 2013, we've worked hard to grow the club's membership base and provide our members with the summer and off-season coaching and workouts you need. It has been incredibly important to us that Mettle Multisport offer year-round, complete triathlon training including swimming, biking and running.
With this in mind, we're thrilled to announce a new partnership with the Schwartz/Reisman Centre (SRC) in Vaughan (9600 Bathurst, north of Rutherford)! This partnership is an incredible opportunity to provide you with significant upgrades in training facilities, as well as enabling us to tap in to the potential membership base of the SRC. And for all of you who are SRC members, you can leverage this for some discounted Mettle Multisport program pricing.
First up, our schedule for the 2016/2017 off-season:
  • Saturday morning runs. These will likely start at 8:00 AM while there's still sun and warmth, then move to a 9:00 start. We will start and end at the SRC. As Coach Andrew lives in the immediate area, he knows the best run routes!
  • Sunday morning swims 6:00 - 7:30 AM. We'll have the entire SRC salt water lap pool to ourselves! What a great way to start the day!
  • Tuesday evening indoor spinning and stretching 8:00 - 10:00 PM. The SRC's modern spin studio will be a significant upgrade to what we've used in the past. Spinning will run about 90 minutes. Rather than an athletic conditioning session afterwards, we'll move to the adjacent aerobics studio for 30 minutes of good stretching.
  • Thursday morning swims 6:00 - 7:30 AM. We'll start with 3 lanes and adjust as necessary based on enrollment. Another great way to start your day and early enough to get you to work on-time.
All programs will run from October 2016 through the end of April 2017. Program registration will be done through the SRC and will be available in September.
Facility Benefits
With this partnership with the SRC, we're able to get all Mettle Multisport program participants - not just those who are SRC members - access to all of the SRC's facilities including:
  • Locker rooms
  • Saunas (steam and dry)
  • Private showers
  • Underground parking
Think about how much nicer a winter workout will be when you can jump in the sauna afterwards, take a shower, then head to you car underground!
We'll also have access to SRC meeting rooms for events such as clinics and our Annual General Meeting.
Program Pricing
As Mettle Multisport members who are also SRC members are effectively already subsidizing the facilities and could use the facilities for no additional cost, we've worked with the SRC to offer SRC members a discount on program pricing. 
  • Saturday Running: $115 for SRC members; $150 for non-SRC members
  • Sunday Swimming: $280 for SRC members; $395 for non-SRC members
  • Spinning & Stretching: $280 for SRC members; $390 for non-SRC members
  • Thursday Swimming: $280 for SRC members; $395 for non-SRC members
We are still finalizing multi-program discounts, but there will be similar discounts to what we've had in the past.
Mettle Multisport and TO membership
All of the above programs will continue to be Mettle Multisport programs. As such, all program participants will continue to need to be members of Mettle Multisport (and Triathlon Ontario).
Outreach to new members
One of the huge benefits that we'll get from this partnership is the SRC's outreach to their members. Since the SRC opened about 4 years ago, they've had interest in a triathlon program. This partnership gives the SRC an opportunity to promote triathlon to their members, driving up our membership base. We already have plans for an 'open house' in September to give SRC members an opportunity to meet us and learn about our programs, and for Mettle Multisport members to have a chance to see our new facilities.
The future
We're very optimistic about this partnership and hope that this off-season proves a tremendous success. With this partnership in place and what should be good membership growth, we'll be in a position to offer more programs in the future, such as ensuring that we have pool time throughout the summer (and maybe even the outdoor pool!).
As you can tell, we're very excited by this. We hope that all of you take the opportunity to get involved this off-season!

Chilly Willy 2015 Recap

Written by Admin on .

Mettle Multisport Triathlon Club participated in the 2015 Chilly Willy road race. Reposted from Brian Rodkin of the Rocky Roadrunners (March 2, 2015) on the annual Chilly Willy Road Race held on February 28, 2015 @ 6:30 AM :

Hi All,
What a fantastic event we had on Saturday.  A lot of people have remarked how it felt like one of the better ones this year and I concur.  The weather was suitably freezing at -19 and wind chill to boot!! The race went off well with some very fast times and almost everyone pushing themselves hard (with a few PBs I am told).
Once again a big thank you to all the sponsors of food, drink, prizes, clothing etc and to all those that helped me in the set-up and coordination of the event prior and during the day. It was also wonderful having the Mettleheads [Mettle Multisport] with us again (kicking our behinds in the race) and great seeing a lot of the Cabot Trail participants there. Keep training hard!
The event has a dual purpose: a socializing aspect to our very unique Group of Rockies; and a charitable event where we raise funds in a low-key, yet impactful manner.
This year we raised $1,200 CAD and when converted it will provide R11,500 Rands to Bob de la Motte to his cause of assisting the ‘forgotten elite black runners’ of the apartheid era.
Hi Brian, Denis and all the other Canadian Rockies
Congratulations on having the fortitude to run in such freezing conditions and an even bigger congratulations on raising R11,500 for the Runaway Comrade beneficiaries
The now-famous, Chilly Willy trophy, was awarded in abstentia to Ian Abramowitz and we look forward to his addition to this unique award. Denis accepted it on his behalf.

My Ironman - An Epic Journey

Written by Gerry Antman on .

I thought about writing this blog soon after the race, but I am happy that I waited a couple days because it has offered me a greater perspective on the race and how I did.  Parts of it were a complete Sufferfest, but more details on that to follow.
My family and I got to Tremblant on Thursday afternoon and even though I did the half here in 2012, I forgot how amazing this site is for a triathlon.  The weather leading up to the race was a complete disaster.  It rained basically every second from midday Thursday until the middle of the night before the race.  This severely limited what we could do there and we pretty much spent a lot of time sitting around, which I was perfectly fine with.
This was my first Ironman, so there were of lot of things to do differently than a normal race and this I had to figure out.  You have to hand in your transition bags the night before which was interesting and everything is kept separately.  Then there are special needs bags for the bike and run that you could take half way through the respective leg of the course.  You also have to check your bike into transition the day before the race and considering that it was pouring rain, there were some extra precautions that I needed to ensure that my bike would be rideable the next day.  With all of this, the night before the race I still managed to get to sleep around 8:15 - with a 3:30 am wake up, this was necessary.
Race morning
I actually felt pretty decent waking up at 3:30 am to eat breakfast.  My dad and I walked down to body marking and then to transition at 5:00 am, checked my bike, pumped my tires, filled my water bottles and off we went to the swim start.  Between 3:30 am and 6:20 am when I got in the water to warm up, I drank about 2 litres of water which led to lots of wetsuit peeing.  Brian Leonard and I saw each other as we were getting in the water so we warmed up together and ended up being right next to each other when the gun went off.
I have to say that the swim was not as crazy as I expected.  Because they only had a beach start that was about 40 or 50 feet wide, there were only so many people that could get in the water at one time.  This led to small starts very similar to all triathlons that I have participated in.  I like to be near the front of the swim start, so off we went at 6:42 am.  I drafted about 70% of the swim.  The water was crystal clear, perfect temperature and just enjoyable.  Overall there was nothing of note in the swim, other than after about 50 minutes I stopped swimming for a second to see how far I was from the shore, because I really wanted to stop swimming.  I got out of the water in 1:09, and I figured I would be out in about 1:10, so I was pleased.
Time: 1:09
Age Group place 29/99
This transition was absolutely incredible.  The run from the water to the transition area was about 400 meters or so, so it was a fair distance.  The entire way to transition the road was lined with spectators 5 deep on both sides, there must have been 10,000 people in that 400 meter section.  It was this moment that I was like "holy crap, I'm doing an Ironman!"  I decided that I was going to wear my Maccabi Canada Cycling Time Trial suit under my wetsuit for a quick transition to the bike.  Good decision as it went perfectly, and I got on the bike.
As some of you know, I have been riding with power.  And further to that, as some of you may know, I have been having difficulty with my power meter and it cutting out.  Well over the entire 180km, the power meter only worked for about 20km.  So unfortunately, for the data geeks, I have no power data for this race.  This was very difficult for me as I had a very strict plan that I was going to follow, and now I had to go by heart rate and feel, which is never a good idea (for me anyway).  The wind was really tough - about 20 km/h on the second lap.  The way this course is designed, with the long portion on the Trans-Canada highway, if there is a wind of any kind, you are going to be biking into it for 25km.  The wind was present on the first lap but really picked up on the second lap.
I tried my best to stick to the plan, which was about 500 calories per hour and grabbing water bottles at the start of some aid stations, taking a few gulps and then throwing them away.  Based on how training was going, I figured that I would finish about 5:40 for 180km.  With the addition of the wind, I probably should have backed off slightly on both laps, but I have to say that I was probably only about 3-5% higher effort than I had planned, (in the back of my mind I knew that at some point, I would suffer for this...).  My first lap was 2:50 and my second lap was 2:54, which I was pretty pleased with.  One of my goal was to have an even split between both laps so I was very pleased with this result.
Time: 5:44
Age Group Place: 34/99
Coming into transition, you hand your bike off to a volunteer who racks the bike for you so you can run to get changed.  The first couple steps getting off the bike and running to transition were absolutely horrible.  This feeling went away after I got changed and started onto the course but I could not believe how my legs felt.  I decided that I was going to completely change so I put my Mettle tri top and tri shorts.  I grabbed my water belt, put on my socks and shoes on, had about 3/4 of a red bull and off I went.
The Run
This is the one leg of the course where I had no idea how I would do.  Not only was this my first Ironman, but I had never run a marathon and have only run one half-marathon.  I figured that based on my training, if everything went to plan, I would likely run close to a 4:00 marathon.  Of course, I knew that the suffering was going to happen at some point, but I didn't expect it to happen the way that it did.  The start of the run went pretty well but I could not eat or drink.  I think that the red bull was just not sitting right, maybe I had too much at once and it was just sitting there and I thought I was going to puke.  After about 10km, I started to feel a blister on the inside of my right foot.  I stopped to readjust my shoe and tighten my laces but it did not help and I knew I needed to stop for a medic for vaseline / second skin.  At the 18km or 19km mark there was an aid station with a medic and I stopped for about 3 minutes to get them to put that stuff on and it really helped, I didn't feel it for the rest of the race.
However, right after this point, I tried to run and I just couldn't do it.  A couple things caught up to me at this point in the race.  The fact that I basically had only about 80-100 calories and only about 7 oz of water over the last 1:45, the fast pace on the bike, and the sitting down for a few minutes while they put the second skin on, really got me.  I honestly cannot even put it into words how I felt from kilometer 19 - 34.  Forget the physical pain, but the emotional suffering at this point in the race was something that I could never have expected.  I basically did a run / walk (more like walk / shuffle) for this whole section and if you were looking at my splits, they definitely reflected that.  It was the most epic level of suffering and there is no possible way to prepare for this. 
After about the 32km mark, I saw Elizabeth for the first time and if she didn't look so good running I would have made her stop to give me a hug (lol).  Then at 34km I saw former Mettle member Tony Chen who ran past me.  At that point, I had taken in lots of calories and liquid, so I could start running again and for the last 8km of the course, I did not stop running (shuffling) once.  I was extremely determined to finish, although at some points during that epic suffering, I just wanted to stop, cry, and even quit.  I kept glancing at my water for whatever reason, and while I was running about a 7:00/km, (a slow pace I had never run before, even during training),  I was happy to be running.  The run through the village toward the finish line was emotionally overwhelming. (Halfway through writing this post, I went to and watched the video of me crossing the line.  The combination of joy and relief that I felt at that moment was incredible to watch and re-live).
Run Time: 5:02
Age Group Place: 72/99
Overall Finish Time:  12:07:27
Post race
Eating and drinking started immediately.  They had a Smoke's Poutinerie truck behind the finish line and it was the best thing ever!  I had some pasta, lentils, cookies and fruit and then waddled to meet my family.  My legs and feet were destroyed and they are not feeling so great now (at the time of this post) either, but I guess that comes with the territory.  After a long, long shower to warm-up, this was my post race meal:  small bowl of chili, pulled pork sandwich with fries and coleslaw, and a sausage plate with fries and salad.  I pretty much ate everything, except for the salad.  I don't eat like this, ever, so I figured that after an Ironman, it would be ok.
Just before I went to sit down I saw Brian and his family standing outside the restaurant waiting for Elizabeth to run by down to the finish line.  So I joined them outside and waited for her.  We almost missed her but luckily we saw the incredible smile and joy on her face as she had about 200 meters to go in the gruelling day.
Thank you to everyone who supported us and followed us throughout day.  And to all Mettle Members, for continuously  inspiring me and motivating me to pursue this lifestyle.  I could feel your support and encouragement while I was running the last 8km of the race.  Special thanks to my family who not only sat through cold and rain during race day, but also a terrible couple of days of weather prior to the race.  It takes special people to race an Ironman, but it takes even more special people to watch an Ironman, (you only manage to catch a couple glimpses of an athlete over a 12 hour period).  Thanks Natalie and mom and dad for your awesome support.
While I tried to include everything in this report, there is much more that I could expand on (do you really want to know how many times and how I went to the bathroom throughout the day?).  So if you have any questions, feel free to email me.
Do I think I will do another Ironman?  Probably yes, but not for a while.  I need some time to emotionally recover from the event itself, as well as the long build up and the training.  I am young though, and once I get my power meter fixed....

My Rose City Half Ironman Experience

Written by Gerry Antman on .

In the long training season leading up to Ironman Mont Tremblant, this half is the only other long distance triathlon that I have planned in preparation for the big race on August 17th.  This race was more of a learning experience rather than a race for me. Although as you will see below with my times, there were parts where I was so comfortable, I forgot I was racing. This was my chance to test pre-race nutrition and hydration strategies as well as my first opportunity to race with a power meter on the bike.


I decided that I was going to stay over in Niagara-on-the-lake and make a weekend out of this race.  A friend opened a B and B called On The 6 and it was beautiful and perfect for anyone looking for a quick getaway.  The room was incredibly relaxing and a great environment for a night away.  Check them out on facebook.

There are a number of things to consider pre-race for a half iron distance triathlon that you just simply don't have to think about for shorter distance triathlons.  The most significant concern is pre-race hydration, nutrition and salt intake.  I was very aware of all of these things in the week leading up the race and my pre-race meal was about 1200 calories 3.5 hours before the race.

Based on how my nutrition and hydration was going during my long rides, I figured that I would need 3 bottles, each with 90 grams of carbs for the (hopefully) 2.5 hours that I would be on the bike and then I would have 2 additional bottles of water.  More on this later.

The morning of the race, I arrived on race site, set up my transition area, then got on my bike to test my gears and brakes, to make sure everything was working properly and then I set up my water bottles.  I did short run warm-up just to get the heart rate up a bit before the race.

After putting on my wetsuit, I got in the water and it was pretty brisk at only 18 degrees.  I did a short warm-up and then off we went.


Well, let me just say that my Garmin isn't the best at tracking my swimming, it has me swimming all over the place, but I was reasonably pleased with my swim of 33:33 this is an average of 1:41 / 100m...I have potential to be faster than this and ideally for the Ironman, I would like to average 1:35 / 100m.  I judge my swim based on the amount of time that I draft and unfortunately I only drafted for about 40 seconds for the whole swim portion of the race.  Right off the start there was a group of about 10 people who were just a bit in front of me.  I made the decision to take it easier, but in hindsight, I should have picked up the effort a bit just to stay in their draft and then I could have coasted and finished 1 - 2 minutes faster.

For the first time ever, I got two cramps during the swim, both in my left leg.  I had a cramp in my left Achilles area about 1/3 of the way through the swim that was pretty painful so I did 1 or 2 breast strokes to shake it out and then started swimming again.  About 10 minutes later, I got another cramp, this time in my calf.  I swam through it and moved my toes around a bit to shake it out and it eventually went away.  I was a bit worried that this was a sign of things to come, but thankfully, I had no problems the rest of the race.

Swim Time: 33:33
Age Group place: 5/8
Overall Place: 49/276


I pride myself on my transitions.  I set up my transition area in such a way that it is extremely easy to be fast while making sure I don't forget anything.  If anyone has any questions about transitions, I would be happy to answer them at our next workout.


This course was ideal for my body type and skill set,  (i.e. flat as a pancake).  You just sit, settle in and muscle your way through the 90k course.  Most triathletes ride by feel in a race.  In a Give-it-a-tri, Sprint and Olympic distance, this works but once you get up to the half distance, riding by feel can get you in trouble.  This is where my power meter came in, (warning this is about to get techie).  Before the race, I did a bunch of research about what percentage of my power threshold (something which we test in our Tuesday night Time Trials), I can safely ride at over the course of 90 km and still have the legs to run a half marathon.  I decided that I was going to ride at 80% of my threshold.  Could I have ridden harder?  Absolutely.  But I don't want to, I need to save my legs for the run.  I also was the only person in my age group not to have race wheels...that is going to change shortly :).

I set up my watch to take splits every 10k.  Here is my ride data:

Split Time Avg Speed Avg HR Avg Bike Cadence Max Bike Cadence Normalized Power (NP) Avg Power Max Power Calories
1 17:05.4 35.1 156 91 103 273 273 469 269
2 16:51.5 35.6 146 92 100 255 254 331 256
3 16:44.7 35.8 145 89 101 253 255 433 248
4 16:59.4 35.3 144 87 104 260 262 473 251
5 17:57.8 33.4 144 91 101 253 253 417 271
6 18:35.6 32.3 143 90 101 259 258 461 284
7 17:49.5 33.7 142 88 103 246 251 471 254
8 17:14.4 34.8 141 90 107 246 249 412 253
9 15:01.5 34 143 92 108 249 254 407 220
 Summary 34:20.0 35 145 90 108 255 257 473 2,30


Basically, my goal was to ride at 251 watts and my average power for the race was 257 which is a fairly negligible difference.  I probably would have ridden at the right power if I did not go out too hard which was the biggest lesson from my bike leg of this race.  If I go out as hard as I did yesterday in my Ironman, I am going to be in trouble.  My first 10k the average power was 273 watts which is almost 10% higher than what I wanted to ride at.  I was just so excited to be back in a race (as this was my first race of the season) and even though I tried to settle down, it took over 10k to do that.  My goal is to ride as evenly as possible and I did not do that this time.  With that said, the bike portion went very well.  I passed a number of people, stayed within myself, stuck to my nutrition plan and felt fantastic.

In long course races there is a water bottle "exchange" where you toss and empty water bottle and grab and new full water bottle.  I ended up grabbing a water bottle at each of the two exchanges and my nutrition and hydration went to plan.  The problem with a flat bike course is that there are no downhill sections to coast down so that you can pee on the bike, (yes, you read it right.  Pee on the bike).  The best way that you monitor how you are hydrating is by ensuring that you are peeing, because, more likely than not, if you do not pee during a bike race that is this long, you are not hydrating properly.  That being said, I did not pee once during this race.  Because it is so flat, I couldn't coast and would almost come to a complete stop before I was able to, so I just said forget it and went on biking.  I was very concerned that I was going to suffer later on in the race and that I was not hydrating properly, but I trusted the plan.

Bike Time: 2:34:21 Avg Speed 35 km/hr
Age Group Place: 5/8
Overall Place: 57/276


Again, another relatively quick transition for me.  I approached the bike dismount line, slipped my feet out of my shoes and did a flying dismount so I didn't have to waste the time stopping, unclipping and then taking the shoes off in transition.  I grabbed my water belt, my race belt with my race number, and my hat and off I went.  I also instructed my dad who was at the race, to stand about 150m  outside of the transition area with a salt pill for me as I did not want to leave it in the transition as I thought it would melt.  The pill was to ensure that my electrolytes would be fine for the last leg of the race. 


As some of you may know, I dread this part of the race.  I am not a runner.  Building my running speed and durability has been a battle for the 5 years that I have been racing triathlons.  My goal during this time was to run steady.  I ran a half marathon earlier this year in May so I had a base point of my running time, and I figured that if I added 10% to that time,  it would be a good, manageable goal, (working out to about 5:25 / kilometre).

Here is my run data, with a split taken every kilometre.

Split Time Moving Time Distance Elevation Gain Elevation Loss Avg Pace Avg Moving Pace Best Pace Avg HR Max HR Calories
1 05:29.4 5:24 1 2 2 5:29 5:24 4:26 144 150 56
2 05:17.2 5:18 1 2 0 5:17 5:18 4:33 152 156 80
3 05:01.0 5:01 1 2 13 5:01 5:01 3:49 157 163 81
4 05:19.1 5:19 1 6 2 5:19 5:19 4:30 159 164 91
5 05:20.6 5:21 1 6 0 5:21 5:21 4:09 160 163 92
6 05:18.3 5:18 1 1 3 5:18 5:18 4:30 161 165 93
7 05:20.4 5:20 1 0 2 5:20 5:20 4:07 161 164 89
8 05:24.3 5:24 1 18 19 5:24 5:24 4:37 162 166 91
9 05:14.8 5:15 1 0 0 5:15 5:15 4:35 163 166 91
10 05:16.0 5:14 1 4 4 5:16 5:14 4:00 163 167 88
11 05:21.3 5:23 1 0 8 5:21 5:23 4:51 164 167 92
12 05:26.5 5:25 1 3 0 5:26 5:25 4:50 163 166 91
13 05:24.1 5:24 1 6 3 5:24 5:24 4:39 163 166 87
14 05:26.3 5:26 1 3 2 5:26 5:26 4:42 163 166 89
15 05:28.6 5:29 1 0 2 5:29 5:29 4:36 165 169 94
16 05:24.8 5:26 1 7 1 5:25 5:26 4:23 165 168 90
17 05:26.7 5:25 1 6 5 5:27 5:25 4:47 166 169 93
18 05:23.3 5:23 1 2 2 5:23 5:23 4:32 166 169 95
19 05:26.2 5:28 1 2 2 5:26 5:28 4:23 169 172 98
20 05:27.3 5:26 1 3 8 5:27 5:26 5:02 171 173 102
21 05:21.0 5:22 1 0 1 5:21 5:22 4:47 173 177 98
22 04:46.2 4:39 0.88 0 0 5:27 5:19 4:19 175 179 93
 Summary 2:52:09.0 ---- 21.1 33 33 5:21 5:21 3:48 163 179 1,974

This run course is so similar to that of Tremblant,  it is actually scary.  It is mainly flat except for a couple nasty hills at approximately 2-3k into the race.  It is almost entirely shaded so you can avoid the horrors of the midday sun, also similar to Tremblant.  The course was actually longer than it should have been, with almost an extra 800m, but they subtracted that from our time. 

I had an excellent run for my standards.  My goal of running steady was pretty much accomplished.  Other than at kilometre 3, which I ran too hard, and kilometre 1, where I ran a bit too slow.   I felt incredible for the whole run.  I had my water bottles, then at every aid station I took a wet sponge to squish on my head, and occasionally took a water cup.  I took two packages of CLIF Blocks with the plan on having 1 gummy every 10 minutes as this is what I have been doing on my long runs.  I did not want to use the Hammer brand stuff they were supplying on the course because I did not want to experiment with a new fuel during a race.  I only ran 9 minutes slower than my half marathon time 6 weeks ago, but unlike that race, this one had a 2k swim and 90k bike first!!  I did not stop to walk once which was ultimately my biggest goal.

The last time I raced a Half Ironman, I walked for almost the last 4 kilometres and so this time, I was determined to not walk at all.  I actually started passing people including one guy in my age group!!  I held it together and had a great time in more ways than one.

Run Time: 1:52:09 - 5:19 / km
Age Group Place: 4/8
Overall Place: 108 / 276

Final Time: 5:04:21
Age Group place: 4/8
Overall Place: 62 / 276

Post-race and Reflection

Honestly, I think this was the race of my life.  Yes, I think I could probably have been 10 minutes faster but this was not a race, it was a gauge of how my training is progressing.  I am very pleased with all aspects of the race that were in my control and even with the things were not in my control.  It was not too hot, there was a nice breeze but not too much wind, and the course was amazing.

As for my bike pace, I do not think I could, or should, bike at this pace for my upcoming Ironman.  I also do not think I could run at this pace for the marathon.  But this race was an excellent gauge as to how the race will go in 8 weeks, (hopefully).
And now for the biggest lesson of the day:  Nutrition and Hydration.  I had very little water after the race and did not have enough to eat.  After the race, I walked through the finish line and grabbed one cup of water and went to my family to say hi and stretch.  About 1 hour after the race, I started to get freezing cold to the point of shivering and shaking.  We were in the sun and I could not stop shivering.  It was pretty terrifying.  After I figured out what was going on, I went to the food tent and grabbed pretzels and orange slices and ate a banana and some watermelon (courtesy of the Chaims), and I went to the Clif Bar tent and took a few sample bars.  I also drank 2 litres of water.  I finished the race at about 1:30 and I did not pee from 8:30 am until about 3:30 pm - not good.

After about an hour of shivering (while wearing a sweater and covered in blankets), I stopped shaking and started feeling better and realized that what I was experiencing was clearly a bought of dehydration and heat exhaustion.  The important thing to take from this is that longer race distances are a whole different beast compared to the shorter Spring and even Olympic distance races.  You need to begin your recovery plan immediately in order to stay safe and healthy.

My only other half Ironman distance race was in Mont Tremblant in 2012, and I beat that time by 43 minutes in Welland.  So, I can proudly say that I am pleased with this result.  I am also very encouraged by this weekend and I am looking forward with optimism to my upcoming full Ironman race.  Wow, I can really do it!!

Why I Now Love to Run!

Written by Gerry Antman on .

As some of you know, I used to be very heavy.  Running was simply not in the cards, and no, I did not use running for weight loss.  Any running that I did even after having lost some weight, was a struggle.

I started running in February 2010 at 260lbs, (this after already having lost 60lbs), in preparation for a triathlon I was planning on doing in the summer.  I hated running.  I was slow.  I couldn't breathe properly.  And generally, I could not run more than about 30 minutes.  In addition, I could not stay healthy.  For the first three years of my triathlon career, I was plagued by chronic shin splints.  I would run for 3 or 4 months and then my shins would hurt even just when I walked.  So I had to take about 6 weeks off of running each time.  As a result, I could not build any running fitness, I could not put any consistency together and generally, I began to hate running.

My inability to stay healthy created this pent up angst towards running and I knew that if I was just able to avoid injury, man, my running would improve a lot.  After getting a pair of custom orthotics, I found some relief and have now been able to run regularly for a year and half, consistently building fitness and generally just enjoying my time on the road.  I was so relieved that I could run without pain that every step was euphoric!

I used to dread running.  It was the leg of the triathlon that I had no particular interest in.  Now, it is my time to be alone and enjoy!  No need for intensive thinking, like that which is required during swimming.  No number crunching and constant paying attention to the statistics, like when you are on the bike.  Running is a time to get out there and just enjoy the freedom of movement.  It has become my time to unplug from the world, unplug from the numbers and just put one foot in front of the other and go.  I have run in temperatures from -35 degrees, (this winter...ugghh) to 43 degrees, (last summer in Israel) and after all of my struggles with the sport, I have come to love every second of it.  

I am proud to say that I completed my first half-marathon this past weekend, (with much success), and I am looking forward to the extended time on the road that awaits me this summer as part of training for Ironman Mont Tremblant.

Moral of the story: Get out there, put one foot in front of the other and Test Your Mettle!!