When I was falling asleep on Saturday night for what would be one of my best pre race sleeps, I was thinking about a post race blog. There were 30 or so minutes where I had this lucid dream which made so much sense at the time. You know, the way only nonsensical dreams make sense.
The other day I asked a good friend what he would like to see on the blog. His reply was, “Stevo, I would like to hear your thought process. What makes you tick. Honest and open.”
Right on. We’re taking it old school, just like the original blog used to be.
The story starts just like many triathlon stories, with a cup of coffee.
In the next series of posts I would like to introduce you to just a few of the athletes and friends I’ve had the pleasure of training with. There are so many people who have shared their time and wisdom, and in many ways the athletes I’ve trained with have been both coaches and mentors. Within any given training session there are always these little genius bombs dropped throughout a practice.
Neil doesn’t know this, but I walked around for 2 years with a sticky note in my future plans folderon which was written, “Neil Harvey - Swimming - (416) 595-3424.” (Or something like that).
I knew that if I was going to race triathlon I would need to learn how to swim, so one day I asked the swim coach at the U of G for his thoughts. He asked where I was from and gave me that sticky note.
It must be somehow appropriate that I’m enjoying a Blue Bridge Double Pale Ale as I’m writing this post.
PK was my coach for 2 years while I was at the National Triathlon Centre, but something tells me he’s been my coach for much longer than that. Who knows where that comes from? It just does.
Honestly, I’m kind of struggling with where to start on the PK story. The PK story . . . It’s more than swim, bike, run . . .
I think that it would probably take a few lifetimes for me to fully understand what PK is bringing to the table, so I’m just going to start by sharing a few stories.
Wow. Cameron. Where do I even begin to start with Cameron? I’ve seen Cameron grow so much as an athlete and as a person over the past 5 years. This year I had my mind blown wide open by Cameron and her husband Bryson at their wedding. Before we get there, let’s rewind to Wildflower 2010, the first race I got to see Cameron perform.
I’ve only been coaching Debbie for 3 or 4 months, but I feel like we’ve gotten to know each other fairly well in that short amount of time. I certainly don’t know everything, like her favourite food, movie, or colour, but I think I’m getting a pretty good idea of what makes Debbie tick. That’s why I’m so fired up to write this post.
Jonathan, JT, Torch, The Terminator. . . I dunno, I just made that last one up right now, but I think The Terminator would be a good nickname for Jonathan.
Jonathan is another one of the athletes that I’m privileged to work with from our Winnipeg crew. We started working together in early 2015 with the plan of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. JT is a super talented runner who also works as a Paramedic which means night shifts, long shifts, and probably lots of stuff I’ve never heard of.
Dave and I started working together just over a year ago. We met when he and his wife hosted me at Ironman 70.3 Calgary in 2015.
There are so many cool things about Dave. He plays the guitar, well. He speaks Spanish. He rides a sweet motorcycle, and he does triathlon. It’s pretty awesome for me find someone who does so many cool things that I would like to do.