Meet a few of our team below.
2012 TeamEN Canada Race Captain
Hi all, my name is Tim Gagne and I live in Victoria on Vancouver Island located on the west coast of Canada. First and foremost, I am so thankful that I continue to be able to participate in this sport and especially long distance events. That said, I will be doing Canada for a 5th and final time as I look more towards destination races like LP, MT or something in Europe/Asia.
I have not missed an Canada in Penticton since 2002, if not racing then volunteering. My SAU benefactor is Sharon, we have been together since 1980 and she totally rocks when it comes to supporting my endeavours be it by training with me, doing events with me or volunteering (as she will be doing bike lot Sat and mile 8/19 aid station on the run Sunday).
Good luck to all EN peeps this weekend both here in Canada and in Louisville. And hope that all EN’rs and their families visiting the Okanagan for the first time have a fantastic time.
I’m Ann Frost, a recent entrant into the W50-54 age group, racing my 6th IM (3rd time at IMC). Although I live in London, Ontario, I am originally from BC and I am fortunate to summer in Osoyoos every August. My husband and I take turns doing this race (he in 2007 and 2009, me in 2008 and 2011 – I got to double dip this year because of my birthday!) I will have cheer squad extraordinaire with me again – daughters Zoe (19) and Eden (16), son Owen (12), husband Tony, sister in law, brother in law, their two kids, and my mother in law. Look for them out there in their crazy shirts!
I was hoping for a break out year in 2012, it hasn’t turned out that way. This spring I had my all time highest vdot and then suffered from a stress fracture and achilles tendinitis. So I got to stand down for 8 weeks. I had finally returned from that and had my all time highest bike power and my vdot was back where I wanted it, and decided to travel to Lake Tahoe to pre-ride the IM Tahoe course 4 weeks ago, during that ride I was hit from behind by a car traveling at 55 mph. The crash broke my left collarbone, right thumb, severe road rash and destroyed my bike. After three weeks of rest, I started to ride a stationary bike, in the fourth week I got back in the pool and did some slow swims, and then got in a few 6 mile runs. That was all the confirmation I needed. I WILL toe the line at IM Canada, albiet slower than expected. What should have been a 11:30:00 performance will now likely be a 14:00:00 accomplishment. But I am OK with that!
After 8 years and 15 marathons later, I’ve managed to injure myself enough to back off on the running and start cross training with swimming and cycling to maintain the same endorphin high. While I’m at it, I thought I’d do a few triathlons. So why not an Ironman? Canada will be my first. I’m a 38 year old San Francisco Bay Area native, and have done stints in the Seattle area and Hong Kong. I lived a past life in the technology consulting world and am currently self employed. I have a seven year old triathlete and a four year old soon-to-be triathlete. Good luck to everyone.
My name is Becky Heemeryck. I am a 34 year old mother of two kids, ages 5 &7. I work part time as a Forester with the Alberta Government, and I love cooking- hence why I found triathlon! My husband Kris is not a triathlete, but he is incredibly supportive and only thinks I’m a little crazy!
IMCA 2012 will be my 2nd Ironman® race. I am looking forward to the Ironman® experience, and getting out there to see what all my hard work this year can do on race day. Good luck to everyone racing, see you out there!
My name is Selina Humnycki, proud mom of 3 munchkins (Michael, 11, Katie 10 and Adam 6). This is my 2nd year racing IM’s – I did IMCdA and Canada last year, and am doing the same this year – I figure once I have the fitness built for CdA I may as well just roll on through to IMC I will also be making my 3rd trip to 70.3® Worlds just 2 weeks after Canada – nothin’ like a long catered training day right?!
I’m Jenn Edwards. I came to triathlon in 2006 and began an 80lb weigh loss journey. Four years later I found myself at the start of Canada in 2010. I finished in about 13:10 and was thrilled to have run the entire way. I joined EN shortly thereafter and improved my result in 2011 to about 12:20, this time thrilled with an EN powered bike split. This year my goal is to really nail the marathon… NO PEE BREAKS! This will be the fourth year my husband Mark will work the swim course with our boat as a lead marshal. I hope not to need him!
This photo is of me and my hubby at a sprint this summer. I finished third overall and earned my first triathlon paycheck. Woot!
My name is Jane and I have been doing triathlons for about 5 years. I turn 50 this year. This is my first Ironman-distance triathlon. I have done two 70.3s (Muskoka and Calgary), 25 marathons (3 Bostons) and numerous 1/2 marathons, 10 and 5Ks over the last 20 years. I’ve been with EN for 2 years and my FTP on the bike has increased from 145W to 185W over two seasons. My goal for IMCA is to a) finish and b) execute my plan and be conservative. Finishing before dark would be nice, but frankly, anything under 15 hours will be good. My husband Elly also does Iron distance tris and he and our 9 year old Eleanor will be my support team! We’ve just moved to Seattle from Toronto and it’s great for training!
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