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Thank you to everyone who raced with us in such amazingly hot conditions! You should be very proud of your accomplishment. A very special thanks to all of the volunteers, some of whom were in that hot sun for almost 9 hours. This race, or any other, would not survive without them. We hope to see all of you again in 2019!
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By Roger Hospedales
Guelph’s Jackson Laundry redeemed himself after a DNF in 2016, and Toronto’s Tamara Jewett set a new course record at the 5th Annual Niagara Falls Barrelman Triathlon, presented by Keystone Communications. Read more
— By Raúl Andrés Pérez
Being a triathlete is demanding, and to meet your goals in races you need to ask a lot of your body in training. So what happens when we (triathletes) suffer from a condition that doesn’t allow us to complete our training as expected?
For me, by the end of summer in 2010, I had had several months of being unable to complete my training because I felt so lazy (not intentionally) but I was not doing anything except sitting on the couch, I also had muscle pain frequently, cramps, and feeling that all my body ached; I had never felt those symptoms before so I went to see my family doctor to understand what my problem was.
I always was a really “active” person, full of desire to discover life in different ways, practicing all kind of sports and being happy most of the time. It was like in the movies when all happens in slow motion and it seems you are a spectator of yourself. The doctor said that word that I never heart before —“Hypothyroidism”, describing what I had after analyzing the routine blood exams I had done.
Hypothyroidism, also called underactive thyroid or low thyroid, is a disorder of the endocrine system in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. It can cause a number of symptoms, such as poor ability to tolerate cold, a feeling of fatigue, tiredness, constipation, depression, and weight gain among others.
This was not good news at all for me. My doctor gave me a prescription and said, “We’ll see how it develops from now on”. You will have to take this medication for life. .. After a few seconds of silence, I still did not understand anything. The doctor handled me a few brochures with related information about the thyroid. That day, started my battle against this “athletic killer”– not literally a killer, but it is very easy to give up and let the symptoms step over you.
Once I got home and started to read all the info received, I called my mother and asked her if she had ever been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. Unfortunately, it was in my DNA — my mother had when she was younger.
In time, after taking my medication for several months; I started to feel better, closer to the person I used to be, but never ever the same “me” again. Since then, the battle continues every single day of my life, every morning I start the day taking medication (… and … do not forget it, it will be a bad day).
It’s a challenge to get through busy days of work with enough energy and then try and fit some good training in as well. Only in time, after so many years, I have been able to rethink my approach to life and continuing to be an Ironman triathlete. My advice for anyone with this condition — absolutely don’t give up training or racing! It’s probably better not to, probably it will be a reason to be excited about yourself having some clear objectives and goals to complete. Additionally, if we stop training, we tend to put on weight more easily and lose it more slowly than others despite the medication. Some people have knee problems to beat, we have thyroid problems. Don’t let the thyroid win 🙂
If you’re anything like me, you’ll wake up one day and have a bad training session and then realize, “hang on, I’ve been having bad training sessions for 6 weeks now”… and then it all clicks. If you get to a point where your training is not progressing, you’re falling asleep during the day for no apparent reason, feeling fatigue after a good night sleep, you’re putting on weight changes despite no alterations in training/diet or you have other factors that led you to look for diagnosis, go and see the doctor again and again, and insist until agrees to check your thyroid with the corresponding blood exams. A big number of people (women and men) are underdiagnosed since it is easy to get confused with other similar conditions. Unfortunately, it’s going to get worse over time (assuming you don’t want to have it surgically removed).
It’s been almost eight years now that I‘ve been battling hypothyroidism and despite all complications, I was able to complete my first full Ironman – 140.6 miles – at Mont Tremblant in 2016 (this is considered one of the most challenging races) and also six other Ironman 70.3 races and about 20 Olympic distance triathlons. Currently I’m training to participate in Ironman Frankfurt this year. Hopefully I will be able to finish it. My thyroid does not control my life. It is me the one responsible for my own actions. I won’t quit. I won’t let my thyroid control me.
Hope this provides some guidance and help to any other fellow triathletes in a similar case like me eight years ago.
— By Ken de Jong
When it came to motivating myself to get out there and have a better life, the direct approach just didn’t seem to work. I could pick a decent challenge, or I choose a weight loss goal and meet it, but I couldn’t sustain the change in lifestyle that I was truly after.
I therefore decided to reverse-engineer the process. That is, to put all the pieces in place –- but work from the end product backwards to where I would be starting. Here’s how I did it:
The result? I committed to each day’s assigned training and trusted that it would see me finish the half Ironman (which it did). I was out there every day (actually there is one rest day a week), which got me the fresh air that helped me lower my stress. I improved my diet because I now saw food as a “fuel” and wanted the best quality. I naturally started sleeping better because of the increase in activity and fresh air (although my shift work lifestyle still wreaks havoc on my sleep from time to time).
The best part is that two or three years later, I now have the “change in lifestyle” that I was seeking. I don’t view my training as “training” – I view it as a chance to get out and enjoy the world and reset myself. Many people still quiz me about my races that are coming up – but the truth is, the races and the ribbons are not the true prize – the new life is!
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The stage is set for tomorrow’s #BarrelmanTri. The professional/elite race will be an intriguing event. Check out the list of pros/elites expected to vie for the title.
Jennie Hansen (Rochester, NY)
2016 Ironman 70.3 Timberman 70.3 11th Pro Female
2016 Ironman 70.3 Racine 70.3 (no swim, shortened bike) 10th
2016 Ironman 70.3 Mont Tremblant 12th
2013 Ironman Lake Placid Champion
Angela Quick (Kitchener, ON)
2016 Ironman 70.3 Ohio 1st Overall Woman
2016 K-Town Long Course Triathlon 2nd
2016 Rose City Long Course Triathlon 1st
2016 Belwood Triathlon 1st
2016 Woodstock Triathlon 1st
Sheila Treleaven (Grimsby, ON)
2016 Ironman Mont Tremblant 2nd W40-44, 19th Woman Overall
2016 Ironman 70.3 Eagleman 2016, 1st 40-44 6th Woman OA
2105 Ironman 70.3 World Championships 2015 6th W40-44
2015 Ironman 70.3 Raleigh 1st W40-442014 Niagara Falls Barrelman Triathlon 4th Woman OA
Leah Sherriff (Ottawa, ON)
2016 Toronto Island Sprint Triathlon 2nd
2016 Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant 15th – pro debut
2016 Ironman 70.3 Monterrey 1st W30-34, 13th Woman Overall to earn pro card
2015 Niagara Falls Barrelman 6th
Miranda Tomenson (Toronto, ON)
2016 Ironman 70.3 Calgary 10th
2016 Rose City Long Course Triathlon 2nd
2016 Bracebridge Olympic Triathlon 1st
2016 Toronto Island Sprint Triathlon 1st
2016 Woodstock Sprint Triathlon 2nd
Scott Bradley (Rochester, NY)
2016 Ironman Canada 11th Pro Male
2016 Ironman 70.3 Eagleman 8th
2016 Ironman 70.3 Raleigh 15th
Jackson Laundry (Guelph, ON)
2016 Rose City Long Course Triathlon 1st
2016 Gravenhurst Olympic Triathlon 1st
2016 ITU Ottawa National Championships 11th OA 8th CAN
2015 MultiSport Canada Elite Triathlon Series Winner
Nick Glavac (Mentor, OH)
2016 Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga 17th
2016 Cleveland Triathlon 1st
2015 Ironman 70.3 Muskoka 7th
Jordan Monnink (Ottawa, ON)
2016 Ironman 70.3 Eagleman 10th
2016 Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant 10th
2016 K-Town Long Course Triathlon Champion
2016 Ironman 70.3 Timberman 9th
2015 Skechers Niagara Falls Barrelman 2nd
Alex VanderLinden (Kitchener, ON)
2016 Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga 12th place
2016 Bracebridge Triathlon Olympic Distance Champion
2015 Rose City Half Triathlon Champion
2015 K-Town Long Course Triathlon Champion
2015 Ironman 70.3 Muskoka Runner-up
President of MultiSport Canada, John Salt, talks to TJ Flynn about the Sketchers Performance Barrelman, presented by Recharge With Milk, and tells the story of turning a vision for an epic race into reality.
There’s a perch, an observation point with a sweeping view across the water, attached to one of the buildings at the Welland Flatwater Centre. Early on a fine Sunday morning last September, John Salt took a moment to climb the stairs to this private oratory.
His eyes stretched across the area below and were met with postcard images: transition filling with athletes; a knot of eager swimmers already wet and finding a feel for the clear water; spectators beginning to mill about the grandstand. There were familiar names and new faces scattered about and as a morning crested with excitement, beneath John Salt a vision was coming to life.
In what would be a busy, hectic-day for the MultiSport President, it was a standalone, personal moment and one that has remained with him in the year that has passed.
“That morning I just had this great feeling,” he says. “And on top of that little observation deck as I looked out, I actually teared up. It was a great moment for the series. I was realizing that this was a special race, a very unique race that we’d worked so hard to make happen.”
It was the second running of Sketchers Performance Barrelman, presented by Recharge With Milk, and even though the race was in it’s infancy, it was already becoming a mainstay on the multisport calendar for athletes across Ontario, and even for those further off towards neighbouring Canadian provinces and south to those States that straddle the border.
MultiSport Canada has carved out a reputation for creating well-run, friendly races with a family atmosphere and true to their word, even for a larger race such as Barrelman, they’ve remained loyal to this ethos.
From an athlete’s perspective, Barrelman is a highly-accessible half-distance race. Read more