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Representing Team Canada at Worlds!

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Help Jill get to International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Grand Final, September 2018

It was all a fluke.

Jill’s always been athletic, but she never completed in a triathlon until 2011, when a colleague at work convinced her to compete in a Try-A-Tri (200m swim, 20km bike, 2km run).

On the morning of the race, she registered last minute at the exact deadline. During the swim, she got kicked in the head, punched in the side and came up gasping for air. Cycling was a bit easier, being the strongest of her three sports, but the run was brutal.  She wanted to quit – until a fellow competitor passed her, patted her shoulder and said, “you can do this… it’s just running”.  She was so proud when she finished and ran to check the standings.  As she scrolled further and further down, she finally found her name – dead last. Disqualified. She was mortified.

But her competitive spirit forced her to have another go and redeem herself. Over the next few years, she competed in triathlons with the mantra: “I’m a completer, not a competer”.  She became hooked on racing and wanting to better herself - and she started working her way up the ranks, placing higher and higher with each race.

Then, the ball dropped.

In 2014, just as she was gearing up for a strong racing season and training for a half-ironman, her marriage dissolved and her plans to continue competing fell by the wayside. She became a full-time, single mom and all of a sudden, time for training became scarce. She didn’t compete for the rest of the year, but eventually, she got back out there and competed when she could.

A new beginning—and a second chance.

2017 brought the Canadian Triathlon Championships and Ottawa CAMTRI American Cup, a race to qualify for Worlds as part of Team Canada. 

The course ran alongside her place of work and signs were up, but it wasn’t on her radar. Some colleagues asked if she was racing and she said no.

But her training partner had other plans.

He took her down to the event on Friday night; he told her it was just to “watch some of the events”. Before she knew it, he had registered Jill for the race. She spent the next 36 hours in a total panic: buying new tires, new goggles, doing an open water swim (the first in almost a year) and trying to calm her nerves.

And wouldn’t you know it; she qualified to compete in the Worlds.

Jill needs your help.

Jill’s super stoked to go but the price tag to get her there is more than she can manage.  She has to cover all costs on her own and there's many to consider:

-          Roundtrip airfare - $2,000
-          Accommodations/food - $2,200
-          Uniform and equipment - $800

Not to mention bike transport, transportation, Visa, etc

GRAND TOTAL = $5,000

Let’s help her get to Auz and race her heart out for Canada!

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So many wonderful things have happened this week! The amount of support I have received is amazing. Everyone has been so incredible.

Ryan surprised me with Sarginson CAN shirts (to wear to the Canada vs. Brazil soccer game). Seriously, a country couldn't be more motivating when it starts with CAN.

My colleagues at work surprised me with a going away party today - complete with two cakes, a poster board of photos and a shirt that everyone signed the back of (to show that they had my back). Thanks to everyone who came and especially to Linda who coordinated it.

Despite the hectic week (I have yet to pack!), I have been able to train. I did a speed workout the other day and came within 2 seconds of breaking a 7 minute mile. Converting that into the run on race day will be a challenge but I just have to remember that Sarginson CAN. I finished up my masters swim summer program last week so haven't been in the pool and haven't been on the bike ... eeek ... Abigail had soccer 3x this week and sometimes it's next to impossible to fit everything in.
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I am just two weeks out from the WORLD championships! It seems really surreal but the delivery of my Team Canada uniform on Friday brought it home for me. And I'm now a pile of nerves.

THANK you to EVERYONE who has taken the time to support me - whether it be via GoFundMe, training with me or simply offering words of encouragement. It's all been so much appreciated. I am pretty shy when it comes to these things but with the encouragement of some really fantastic people, I've been able to proudly show off (a bit!).

I decided to have a peek at where my training stands. Year to date:

297 workouts
799.64 miles (I really want to go run around the block to hit an even 800 miles for this post but I'll refrain)
154 hours and 90,000 calories burned

To break it down further into Swim, Bike, Run:

Run: 129 runs
Distance: 152.42 miles
Time: 25 hours

Swim: 71 swims
Distance: 92.35 miles
Time: 67 hours

Cycle: 37 (this does not count any indoor spinning classes which greatly prepared me for outdoor)
Distance: 434.72 miles
Time: 28 hours

Plus about 50 soccer games.

I'm still feeling like I should have done more but I guess that's nerves!

Thanks for all your support! <3
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The road to Australia has been quite the experience, with many ups and downs! Being a single mom and full-time employee while trying to manage a training schedule, get Abigail to all her commitments (competitive soccer mostly), playing soccer & racing myself has presented some challenges!

I thought I'd share some of my ups and downs with you.

- I missed the ordering deadline for the Team Canada uniform. I was working late and it just slipped my mind. I woke up in a panic at 4am but it was too late. The email stated if anyone missed their order, they were kicked off the team. I walked around teary-eyed for about 48 hours before finding out that I would be able to submit a late order! Phew!

- really weird tan lines. We've been having fantastic hot weather but who knew that I could burn through my cycling jersey (see attached image)

- having Abigail tell me she's really hungry at 8pm and realize she only ate breakfast that day, which was really only a sausage (granted, a huge one) & a crumpet. Okay, and a ton of brownies. I did make her the best eggs ever to make up for it.

- Losing my GoFundMe donations because I thought the email to set up withdrawal was a phishing email. Who knew that GoFundMe isn't allowed to hold funds!!!!

- major accomplishments in the pool! Mostly thanks to Ryan's unwavering commitment and encouragement. I now swim a comfortable 1:40/100m. I went from swimming in the middle lane to the second fastest lane.

- accomplishments on the run too. I am now able to run faster in a lower zone, thanks to several cycles through a four week program aimed at reduced my 5km time

Thanks for supporting me - you are definitely making this adventure easier!
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Hi all! I lost my previous campaign because I didn't set up a withdrawal and lost all my donations. I had to set up a brand new campaign!

I'm now two months out from Australia. Training is going along pretty smoothly. I'm in my summer swim program, swimming twice per week and have advanced to the second fastest lane. I kind of feel like I'm out of my league but feel I am holding my own. I'm now able to consistently swim 1:40/100m comfortably.

My running is also moving along well. I'm on a four week program that I keep cycling through. I've become faster while working in a lower zone. It's still my least favourite discipline however, I am actually learning to like it a bit more!

My cycling is same 'ol, same 'ol. Struggling to find time to get in some quality rides!

I'm overdue for a race - I had to pass up one of my favourites races in order to support Abigail and take her to soccer so I'm on the lookout for at least one more race prior to World's.
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