You are going to face many ups and downs. Your life path is going to have rocky footing, unpredictable weather and random mudslides. You're going to fall down but you're going to get back up. You’re going to fall down again, and continue to get back up. It is going to become a constant cycle of ups and downs. Treasure the ups. Soak in every detail of all of the good times and commit them to your memory. Remember these moments during the down times, knowing even better times are ahead.Read More
I grew up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, a suburb outside of Philadelphia. During High School, I began running cross country and track. In school, I always strived to do my best, and I tried to translate the same approach to running. However, I found myself frequently injured, and despite good training sessions, never racing at the level I had hoped.Read More
Twenty four years ago two people living in Red Deer Alberta brought home a beautiful baby girl. Their plan? Reinforce the importance of education, the health benefits of sport, and the power of independence and hard work. They registered her in competitive swimming, where she excelled and placed nationally. Her goal was to be an Olympic swimmer in the 100 and 200 butterfly. Unfortunately the universe had other plans. Grade 8 rolled around and while all of the other girls went through massive growth spurts the baby girl who was now an extremely awkward teenager was stuck at a measly five feet. Hours of hard work resulting in a year long plateau devastated our young hero. Coming to terms with the fact that her competitive swimming dream was over, she turned to running. She ran x-country and track and field for her high school and experienced instant success. Little did our ex-swimmer know that despite being able to spend hours in the pool daily, a person shouldn’t spend hours running. Plagued with the beginning of many injuries to come, our hero had to back off from running and try to find something else to fill the empty void. Through the insight of a family friend, the wise parents bought her a road bike for her sweet sixteen and convinced her to try triathlon. They drove her to races across the province, cheering her on as she exited the water first, dropped to last place after the bike and then sprinted her way back up to the podium. Little did they know this was the initial spark of a dream that has only grown with time.Read More
A long time ago in a galaxy similar to this one, a triathlete was born. Well, not really. I wish I could tell you I’ve been doing triathlon since I was a kid, but that’s just not the case. Like 90% of boys growing up in Canada, I started skating before I could even walk. I played hockey from age 4 until I was around 19.Read More
With the busy schedule that so many triathletes have, efficient training is key to a successful training and racing season. Are you effective with your time?
T1Triathlon asked High Performance Team member, Yume Kobayashi: How do you make time in your busy schedule for training? This is Yume's response:Read More
Triathlon is a physical and mental sport. It takes a strong body and an equally strong mind to pull off elite performance. Sometimes our mental focus can suffer during our day to day grind, and we may feel unmotivated to simply get through a simple training session. I've always found that the wisdom of others has been a strength to me during moments of psychological weakness.Read More