When it comes to sports and activities, I’m just an average guy. I’ve never been an elite athlete but I make up for it by trying just about any sport or activity out there. My job is pretty cool – I’m a Toronto Firefighter and have been for about 24 years. While it is important for my career to stay in shape, I share the same motivations as everyone else to keep active and getting into triathloning has been the perfect fit for my lifestyle and personality. Now it’s just a regular part of my routine and I include my wife and two teenage kids in many of the events to make it a shared family experience!
My first triathlon was a “sprint” length in Barrie. I used a heavy Canadian Tire mountain bike and didn’t train much for it. It went quite well (that is, I finished) and I ventured out and did a few more races. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to upgrade my bike, find a good training schedule and challenge myself with longer and longer triathlons. Last year, I completed my first full distance Ironman at Mont Tremblant. My family, including my parents, was there to see me cross the finish line. It was an amazing journey and an experience I will never forget.
My goal is to continue to enjoy a range of lengths of triathlons and to commit to a full distance triathlon each year as the “motivator”. The Multisport Canada series will be perfect for my training and will also feed my desire to travel around our beautiful province with my family.
Another part of triathlon that I enjoy is the people. The organizers, volunteers and participants create such a wonderful vibe at these events and it really boosts your spirits to be a part of it. I’m particularly pleased and honoured to be a part of the Multisport Canada family as an Ambassador. I feel like I’m moving to the next level where I can share my passion of being active and including my family in a sport that welcomes all ages and skill levels. If you can dog paddle, ride a bike and putter along at a jog – you too can enjoy a triathlon!