Ironman Calgary 70.3 2014

As my hometown race and spectacular course, Ironman Calgary 70.3 (#IMYYC) has become one of my favourite and largest races of the year. No other race carries the pressure from myself or others than this one. Once again, 2014 brought a competitive field of male pros including Olympians, World Champions, Ironman and 70.3 winners. Heading into the race I was extremely confident and the right amount of nervous.

The swim started out perfectly. I knew the course really well and the long shallow entry made it tricky for others. When the horn went, I took several running strides before a few dolphin dives and started swimming. To my surprise, I was leading Andy Potts on my left and Will Clarke on my right. This lasted maybe 100m before I got swallowed up by the pack and settled into my groove. Everyone must have taken their happy pills that morning because the swim was ridiculously gentle. I didn’t get bumped or hit once…new record. Half way through I made a tactical error and let the guy in front of me open a gap to the pack as we headed into the sun. I came out just behind the pack after swimming the rest alone…what a loner!

Grant Burwash triathlete Ironman Calgary 70.3 triathlon

Grant Burwash triathlete Ironman Calgary 70.3 triathlon

Running into T1 the only thing I really remember is someone yelling “You’re 3mins down on Potts!” My thought “Crap, I just swam 1900m in 23mins…thought I swam well” The bike was also very cordial for the first bit. It took me 30km to catch the guy in front of me and I couldn’t see anyone else on the road. When I caught him we proceeded to shift leads every couple minutes so we would have a carrot to chase. By this time my stomach was a little upset and I had started throwing up my nutrition. This is why I only eat liquids on race day! The ride home was super quick with a tail wind and I came into T2 in 8th place.

Grant Burwash triathlete Ironman Calgary 70.3 triathlon bike

Grant Burwash triathlete Ironman Calgary 70.3 triathlon bike


Grant Burwash triathlete Ironman Calgary 70.3 triathlon bike

Grant Burwash triathlete Ironman Calgary 70.3 triathlon bike

In T2 my coach, family and friends were all yelling at me from 2 feet behind. I’m listening for info as Jon Bird and JVD yell “No one can run like you” “It’s time to Unleash!” “Go Hunting G-Force!” I headed out of T2 like I had nothing to lose. One of my cue words for the day was “Unleash” on the run and I started with a quick tempo right away. The legs felt heavy and tired but based on the couple people I saw, I knew I was moving. At the 10km mark, I was in 6th place and 1km down on 5th. I kept the pressure on and embraced the pain of the race. I longed to see the Talisman Centre’s Aid station at the top of Weaselhead hill at 17km. Combine this with seeing Hillary, my family, Birdman and JVD and I knew I could catch 5th. The pain was there, the legs were heavy, but thankfully I had enough to move into 5th with 2km to go.

Grant Burwash triathlete Ironman Calgary 70.3 triathlon run

Grant Burwash triathlete Ironman Calgary 70.3 triathlon run

Grant Burwash triathlete Ironman Calgary 70.3 triathlon run

Grant Burwash triathlete Ironman Calgary 70.3 triathlon run


Grant Burwash triathlete Ironman Calgary 70.3 triathlon run

Grant Burwash triathlete Ironman Calgary 70.3 triathlon run

I finished in 5th place in 3:54:25. I had the fastest run split by 1min, clocking a 1:14:03. Overall, I’m happy with the day, but definitely need to become a better cyclist.

Grant Burwash triathlete Ironman Calgary 70.3 triathlon finish

Grant Burwash triathlete Ironman Calgary 70.3 triathlon finish


Thanks for reading and for all the support from family, friends and sponsors, especially Paul at Centaur Subaru.

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GB Cycling kits

Hello Friends,

This year I created a “Grant Burwash” cycling kit. This kit is being sold to support my racing goals for the upcoming season. All funds raised will go directly towards entry fees, travel, and racing equipment. As good friends and avid cyclists, I am sharing with you my 2014 racing kit. You are welcome to pass this on to any friends or colleagues that may also be interested.

If you are interested in purchasing a kit or any component of it, please send me an email with your sizing. Payment can be made via e-transfer, cash or cheque.

All orders must be place by Friday February 14.

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The pricing options are laid out below.

 

ITEM

SIZES

PRICE

MEN’S

 

 

Performance Pro Jersey (pro cut or elite cut)

XS – XXL

$80

Elite Power Bib

XS – XXL

$110

The Works (Jersey, Bibs, Arm Warmers, Glasses)

$450

 

 

 

WOMEN’S

 

 

Performance Pro Jersey

XS – XL

$80

Elite Power Short

XS – XL

$100

The Works (Jersey, Shorts, Arm Warmers, Glasses)

$440

 

 

 

Arm Warmers

XS -XL

$30

Custom Oakley Radarlock Sunglasses (with 2 lenses, hard case)

$250

Louis Garneau Cycling size Chart 

http://custom.louisgarneau.com/media/pdf/sizingchart/sizingchart_en.pdf

 

All clothing is made by Louis Garneau. The shorts and bibs have been upgraded to a 4-motion chamois for extra comfort. The jersey is very lightweight and breathable with a full zip front.

 

Oakley Sunglasses retail for $325 and come with a black iridium lens for sunny days and g30 lens for low light conditions.

 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Orders are due by Friday February 14.

 

Thank you in advance for the support.

Wishing you a great 2014 season.

 

Grant

grantburwash at gmail.com

New Oakley Products

It is that time of year again when Oakley releases their new spring and summer glasses. This year there are some very exciting new product lines. All of the following glasses are available in polarized or non-polarized lenses. One that I’m very excited about is the Oakley Split Jacket. This glass uses the Switchlock technology first introduced with the Oakley Jawbone. These glasses start at $265 and come with 2 lenses and a hard case.

Oakley Split Jacket

This next piece of eyewear is called the Oakley Scalpel. This is an addition to Oakley’s active eyewear line-up. This piece can be worn at any time, whether sitting on a patio or running on the beach.

Oakley Scalpel

Aviators are always a hit. Check out the new Crosshair 2.0.

Oakley Crosshair 2.0

For those of you that want something a little edgier, check out the very cool Oakley Holbrook. Once again Oakley establishes that they can not only make the best sporting glasses in the world, but they can also make some rad shades.

Oakley Holbrook

Summer is coming, get ready!

G-Force

Looks good.

Today I had another physio appointment and I feel great. I’m slowly making progress in my ability to fire the small, deep muscles and my imbalances are getting less severe. My leg is getting much better and I haven’t had any pain in about 2 weeks. There is pain in my leg, but it is in the locations where the cast presses on the leg for hours each day. Learning to distinguish between the stress fracture pain and pain from other factors like the cast and lack of movement has been crucial for me in determining recovery. Friday I’m scheduled to get the cast off, so I’m excited. Saturday morning I’ll start cycling even if the cast doesn’t come off. Cycling easy should put less stress on the tibia than walking in a cast, so I’m confident it’ll be fine.

I stumbled across this video the other day and now I really want to see it. The cinematography and viewpoint of the movie looks unique and in depth. Check it out. If anyone has seen it leave some feedback and let me know how it is.

A Ride With George Hincapie

G-Force

Oakley Global Fuel Cell

With the Olympics coming up many companies are trying to support the Olympic movement. Oakley has come out with a unique new line of eyewear specifically designed to promote the Olympic spirit. The Oakley Global Fuel Cell is designed to show how 63 countries will come together in 2010 to create art work and a truly memorable experience for all. If you are like me, you can’t wait to watch the 2010 Olympics. Oakley is helping us all look at the Olympics through a whole new lens…literally.

Oakley Global Fuel Cell

Oakley Global Fuel Cell

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