The race is on! We have 15 spots available for Ironman Canada 2011. If you are interested in taking part in one of the worlds longest running and greatest Ironman events now is your chance. By joining the Race4MS team you will be automatically entered into Ironman Canada 2011. This will be the third year of the Race4MS program and we will continue to build on the $120,000 already raised for MS.
For registration information please click here.
Or to speak with someone directly please contact Brian Lim at the MS Society of Canada
Event Marketing, Marketing and Development
MS Society of Canada, National office
(416) 922-6600 ext. 3142
Day Before – Saturday June 6th
The weekend started out good we drove up on the Saturday Morning, and picked up the race packages in the afternoon, before going for a light swim to check the water, and the wetsuit out.
The afternoon swim felt good, my shoulder is still stiff, not really sore anymore and I can do full rotation in the water. As long as I keep my body position good, I can swim without any pain.
We checked in our bikes into transition and headed out for a nice Veggie Lasagna for dinner before turning in early.
Race Morning – Sunday June 7th
I got up early, and had some breakfast. I was the the swim start by 6:00 and setting up my transition. and got to body Marking late, almost too late. It was 7:00 by the time I realized that I had not got my chip yet, and my wave started at 7:30. Thankfully they pulled all the first wave out of the line, and that whole process moved really quickly, I even managed to get in a light swim before the race started.
Swim – I am a slow swimmer, so I start at the back, and only swim with the pack for the first few hundred meters. the swim started out good, and I think I only got kicked once for the whole time. I was mostly on my own and sighting often to make sure I did not get lost.
1800 meters – Out of the water and wetsuit in 51 minutes and 24 seconds, with a 600 m run to get to my bike.
Bike – I was worried about this one because since the bike accident in May I have only done one 80 km ride, and my nutrition failed at the end of that (Which is why we don’t eat donuts in Deep Cove after 2 and a half hours).
The ride was smooth, I played Tag with a lot of riders. I take liquid nutrition with me on the bike, and took in about 700 calories during the ride plus half bottle of Gator-aid, and water. I am in the Clydesdale class of triathlete, so I pass a lot of people on the flats and downhills, only to get passed again on the climbs, this works out for me and I always have lots of people that just can’t seem to catch or lose me. They always mention that at the end of the race which makes me smile.
93 km – Off the bike and back into transition in 2 hours and 55 minutes avg speed 31 km per hour.
Run – I had no idea what to expect on the run, I have been feeling really good in my long runs, but my brick workouts have been weak, and I had no idea ho much my legs would have left in them after the ride. I started the run shaking out a stiff hamstring muscle, then settled into my stride. I took my own bottle for the first time in a race and bypassed the aid stations taking only sponges for the first lap.
I am one of the runners that is always passing out encouragement for anyone on course, from the volunteers to the photographers, and other runners. I caught up to one lady at the first turn around at 6 km, and I could tell that she was already feeling rough. I told her “Just remember there is no Wall” to which she said thanks, and pushed on again with a smile leaving me behind. I saw her again at the same place on the second lap and she was really hurting by this point. I said “do you remember what I said?” She said “what did you say?” I said “NO WALL”…I passed her and continued on my run, hurting a little, but not too bad. Soon I had a runner on my heels that I could not see, so I called out, “Hows my pace?” he said “great…Thanks, keep it up”. He followed me for another 4 km or so until my legs started to feel the lack of gas and I stopped for a short walk break.
The guy on my heels had fallen back a little by this point, but when he caught me he encouraged me and got me running again. I kept up with him for the last couple kilometers. I knew I was not gunning for a PB so I took it easy for the last km, I wanted to remember the finish this time. You never think about that when you are pushing for a best time. I soaked it in for the last 800 meters. There were tonnes of people lining the street, cheering and taking pictures. I ran down the ramp to the finish line and saw that despite my lack of urgency I was still running less than 6 hours, which I had not even considered would be an option with my shoulder not 100%.
I finished in 5:58:24 with a 2:03 run
After the finish I waited around and stretched out, the lady from the turn around came through 4 or 5 minutes later, and man was she happy. I reaffirmed one belief. Positive words of encouragement can do one of two things, 1. they can do nothing, or 2. they can help. The hug she gave me at the finish tells me that I helped that day, and that was worth it.
Post Race – I am feeling good, my shoulder is still a little stiff, but no worse than on Saturday before the race, and my legs feel like they got a workout. Overall I say that was really good race and I will do that one again. 82 training days left to IMC, now to get back to work.
Please support me this year
www.race4ms.org – running for my life
With the 2010 Race4MS campaign underway, the team is excited to welcome Ray Miller. Although diagnosed with MS, Ray intends to compete in 6 races in 2010, while raising money and awareness for MS. With all of his struggles, Ray hopes to raise over $7,500 for MS. We are happy and excited to have Ray Miller on the team and wish him the best of luck in his training and fundraising efforts.
To donate to Ray Miller, visit his page by clicking here
Registration for the 2010 Race4MS team is now open. We look forward to the upcoming months!
This post comes with a great big thank you to everybody that has supported the RACE4MS Team. The funds raised so far are $100,000 (one hundred thousand dollars). WOW – isn’t that amazing? – and there is still money coming in!
Every member of the Team completed this year’s gruelling Ironman. They battled heat, wind and smoke to get to the Finish Line on Sunday. It was truly a momentous achievement and very moving and inspirational to watch.
It is difficult to adequately thank everybody for all for their help with this astonishing fund raising venture in a mere news post but I want you to know about RACE4MS Team’s success in the race and beyond.
We were up for the challenge and we did it in style!!!
On Sunday August 30th, Team Race4MS swam, biked and ran 226 kilometers at Ironman Canada to raise over $100,000 for Multiple Sclerosis.
More details to come after the celebrations end!!!
Follow Team Race 4MS this Sunday (Aug 30th) as they swim 3.8K, bike 180K and run 42.2K at Ironman Canada to help in the fight to endMS.
Tune into www.ironmanlive.com to get race updates and follow each team member as they move through BC’s beautiful Okanagan Valley. Hopefully we will see Jasper run his way to another Ironman Canada victory in 2009!!
Team members racing at Ironman Canada are:
Jasper Blake (Victoria, BC)
Geoff Badger (Calgary, AB)
David Collombin (Salt Spring Island, BC)
Susan Schulze (Penticton, BC)
Steve Meehan (Toronto, ON)
Chris MacMillan, Kentucky Bound Ironman, will be sporting Race4MS team gear as he swims 3.8K, bikes 180K and runs 42.2K on August 30th in at Ironman Louisville for his sister Barb who lives with Multiple Sclerosis. This is his third year doing the event and his long-term goal is to race “five Ironman in five years, raising a total of $50,000 toward finally ending MS! My ultimate goal is even more special than raising $50,000 – I want Barb to line up next to me at the start line so we can do this event together”.
Please visit his site at http://kentuckyboundironman.blogspot.com/ to learn more about Chris as he races to end Multiple Sclerosis in Kentucky.
Team Race4MS has just surpassed the $75,000 mark in their quest to raise funds and awareness for Multiple Sclerosis. With just a week to go to Ironman Canada, please help us to reach our goal of $100,000. To support our campaign to endMS, please click here.