I just received my new race kit from Castelli and needless to say I am super excited! It was a great experience to work with their creative team and design something that I think is pretty awesome and I know is deadly fast! I wanted to break from the norm and Great White North/Challenge Penticton race director Michael Brown suggested I do design it like a hockey goalie mask. Everything on it tells a different part of who I am and what I am about.
First off, the red Canadian Lumberjack Plaid! This represents my patriotism, dedication to hard work and ability to grow a badass training beard! What it doesn’t represent is an ability to actually chop wood. I don’t have that. The white on the jersey is because Kona is hot. That is the race I am shooting for and I am going to take every little advantage to stay cool and perform better out there.
My last name on the shoulders is meant to be like a hockey jersey and is a throwback to my days growing up in a hot rink.
"Get Ugly" is the two words I live my life by and now in appear as a logo! If you don't know what I am talking about when I say Get Ugly, click here for a clip from Ironman Melbourne last year.
The saying on the back is a paraphrased line from Canadian Country music star and marathon finisher Paul Brandt’s “Small Towns and BigDreams.” I am a big country music fan and this quote is also my way of honour my hometown of Penticton. It is not a town, but it is definitely not a big city. It is also the perfect place to inspire a big dream in triathlon!
Next up is the paw prints for my main man Rocky. Just like me Rocky is an underdog. He was found on the side of the road up in Smithers (The city where "The Revenant" was filmed) with his mom and 11 brothers and sisters. Of the 3 runts in the litter, Rocky was the only one to survive. He’s a fighter. Like Leonardo Dicaprio in the movie, he literally crawled his way to survival! The paw prints also represents how I like to do the bulk of my training alone and thus consider myself to be like Alan from the hangover a “One Man Wolf Pack.”
The saying on the Leg band is “Fortitudine Vincimus” It means “With endurance we conquer. It rings true for the life of a triathlete but more importantly, it is a tattoo that my amazing finance Sophia has on her foot. She has done a massive amount behind the scenes to help me succeed as a triathlete. I can't thank her enough!
Lastly you have my favourite brands. Companies that have supported me and enabled me to live out my dreams!