This page was created for the sole purpose of giving a shout out to those folks who have helped me be a better triathlete and, in many ways, have made my years of multisports more enjoyable!
Larry Bradley is a great friend with whom I have raced in the Subaru Triathlon Series for many years. He’s a wonderful man, a role model to many, and someone who I’ve seen from far behind in all of my races. Before the race I always check in with him to see whether he has actually maintained his bike or is, in fact, in need of some small piece of important equipment! And mid-race, I’m always looking for him from the moment I see the first bike coming back from the turn-around in order to shout out how few minutes he is out of first or second place. He’s always there at the finish cheering me and others across the line! Take the time to look at Larry’s blog. He’s as entertaining as he is fast!
The friendly folks at Speed River Bicycle in my home town of Guelph, Ontario have been lifesavers extraordinaire over the years! I cannot possibly list all the times I have gone into the shop looking for advice on equipment, position, riding technique or training. And I have them to thank for my current two-wheeled steed – I would not be riding an Opus Magnificat if it weren’t for the constant pestering I received on every club ride about my prior bike’s 650c wheels and how they had “just the bike to replace it”! Thanks guys. If you are anywhere west of the GTA, this is the shop for you. Visit their website for directions!
Zach Weston is a long time friend of mine that has not only competed locally in the Subaru and Multisport Canada Triathlon series in Southern Ontario, but is a legend (at least to me, and likely his kids too) in the exercise physiology world. I first visited Zach in early 2007 for fitness testing, giving him his first opportunity to make me a smarter person when it comes to training! While his place of business may have changed a couple times in the intervening years (now at AIM Health Group), I’ll continue to chase Zach from business to business to ensure I get the best quality fitness testing and training program development work I can find! I can’t recommend his work any more strongly than I do.
I only met Jenn Mansell a few weeks ago at a workshop I attended in Toronto. But, from the brief conversation I had with her about my project and her background in Holistic Nutrition I knew there was a fantastic match! Thankfully, she’s a generous soul, and agreed to help me out in designing my nutrition plan for the next 40 weeks or so! Jenn and I have only begun to work together, but already I feel confident she has the skill and experience that I need to ensure I will be getting a balanced, complete and sufficient nutrition intake to not only survive the Ironman training effort, but to thrive through the process.
In addition to the above people with whom I have come to know and know me, there are a few podcasters out there that I would like to point people towards — as they have helped to keep me entertained and educated on all topics triathlon over the many years I have followed them!
Brett Blankner is the host of the podacast Zen and that Art of Triathlon that I have enjoyed for years. His entertaining take on all things endurance sports (and in particular triathlon) is unmatched. He and his guests exude wisdom for all manner of triathletes to ponder. I can’t tell you ho many workouts I have made it through when I wanted to quit solely because his podcast wasn’t yet over!
David Warden is another unbelievable podcaster I have followed for years. His podcast Tri-Talk is jammed full of highly informative reviews of the latest in scientific training principles and/or equipment to make you “swim, bike and run faster”. I have learned a tremendous amount about training, and have made many equipment purchases (or non-purchases) based on what I’ve learned through the tri-talk podcast.