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 I’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.