Due to the COVID restrictions and race cancellations, the past two years were limited to race calendar. This is, however, not a bad thing. I think I get better quality and experiences with I focus more on a few races dispersed throughout the year rather than a whole bunch all year long. Coincidentally, I only did local races the past two years, and they are perfectly placed in the calendar to be 2-3months apart.
The Cumby: Mid June. Local Cumberland, now legendary, 25 km trail race. A bit longer than what my body is ready for. I only run 18-20 km for my long runs through the winter months. So, I have to really step it up for this race. An amazing run with friends in the forest. This year I got lost twice! I missed out on the podium and I was 2-3minutes in the lead when I got lost. Not sure if I would have held off my friend Theo Jankowsky, as he has more endurance and was hunting me down. It was his first win, so I was happy to see him take it!
Dodge City X: Off-road Triathlon. National Championships. It was a doozie of an event. I just got back from France (Therapist for Team Canada road cycling stage race) and was heading off to Australia the next day. In the race I had a good swim, but had a few mistakes in the transition (my wetsuit zipper got stuck) and was in chase mode the rest of the race. In the last 3-4km I caught my competitors, my pal Clay again and a relay team racer.
Nationals is in Ibiza, Spain next year. I'm not sure if I'm able to make it but it would sure be fun!!