Hi, I'm Kevin.  I'm a triathlete and mountaineer, among other things.   This is where I get to share my adventures with you.  

 

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"Success in the sport is, above all else, about enduring suffering" - Chris McCormack

November 22, 2018

There are few bike upgrades that will have as much impact on your performance as a quality set of carbon wheels.  For Time-Trialists and Triathletes, deep-section carbon wheels can save a considerable amount of time when compared to their alloy counterparts.  The primary drawback however, is the cost.  A nice set of carbon wheels from a major manufacturer can set you back $2000 or more.  In terms of dollars spent per second sa...

August 15, 2018

Within about two weeks of the race it was clear that Ironman Canada 2018 was not going to be easy - even by Ironman standards.  The weather was forecasted for clear skies with highs in the mid 90's.  That along with the more than 8,000ft of climbing on the bike course would make for a very challenging day.  

My wife and I drove up to Whistler on Friday morning.  I got checked in for the race and wandered around the ex...

June 20, 2018

With less than two months to go until Ironman Canada, Victoria 70.3 lined up as the perfect preparation race.  It's a relatively flat course in a great location, so this trip would double as a mini vacation for my wife and I.  In the week leading up to the race, the weather didn't look promising - lows in the 50's and a good chance of rain.  I made sure to throw in my gloves and arm warmers, and prepared myself for what would...

April 4, 2018

I've been using the Garmin Forerunner 645 Music for a few weeks now (I'll review that after I've had more time with it), and thanks to Garmin's new software, Running Power.  Here are some of the things I've noticed as I've begun to use Garmin's new running power software:

  • If you've been using heart rate or pace to train and race by, power is definitely a game-changer.  As cyclists know, power gives you an unb...

March 20, 2018

Without a doubt, the most useful Ironman training tool in my possession is a bike trainer.  After all, Ironman is - first and foremost - a bike race.  To be able to run well, you've got to build your bike engine strong enough to carry you 112 miles with energy to spare.  Using a bike trainer is the most efficient way to do this, especially for time crunched athletes.  But even professionals, who aren't stuck at a desk for 40 h...

February 5, 2018

1.  Recovery

This is arguably the most important part of your training routine.  Your body gets stronger when you recover from workouts, not when you actually do the workouts.  Recovery time will depend on the duration and intensity of workouts.  Easy workouts will only require 4-8hrs of recovery whereas a high-intensity workout may require a full 48-72hrs before another high intensity workout may be completed.  Neglecting reco...

November 28, 2017

Still deciding what to get someone for Christmas?  Or maybe you need some last minute ideas to add to your list.  

1.  Black Diamond Swift Ice Axe - $190

With a T-rating and an adjustable pinky rest, this piolet can take you to places no other piolet can.  Capable of ice and mixed climbing in addition to self arrest, this ice axe is sure to be along for the ride on all of your climbing adventures.  

2.  Aqua Sphere Caye...

November 3, 2017

By this time of year, most of us have finished our racing seasons and are beginning to think about next year's big events.  It's also starting to get colder and darker, meaning more indoor training for most of us.  One of the best things to focus on right now is cycling training - specifically FTP training.  FTP is the most important metric to focus on if you're looking for that PR - at any distance.  

I've tried...

October 17, 2017

I've been using Vibram FiveFingers for years.  Out of the 17 marathons I've completed so far, 14 have been with Vibram FiveFingers.  They are fantastic shoes that provide everything you need in a shoe and nothing you don't.  My most recent model has been the V-Run, with which I've completed two marathons and one Half Ironman, as well as all the associated training.  I haven't kept track of the mileage I've put on them, but I'd...

October 2, 2017

I decided to run the Leavenworth marathon for a number of reasons - most of which had to do with my goal of breaking 3 hours.  It has a favorable course for a PR, with the first 10 miles being downhill and the remaining 16 mostly flat.  It's also a smaller marathon (participation-wise) which means that it's easier to get on the podium in your age group when compared to big marathons like Seattle and Portland.  The layout of th...

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