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August 23, 2013
Supporting our local IRONMAN competitors
On August 25, join locals and visitors as they cheer and show support for 2,700 of the best athletes in the world, who will be competing in Whistler’s inaugural Subaru IRONMAN® Canada.
Twenty eight locals from Whistler, Pemberton and Squamish will be competing in the race, including Pemberton resident and Whistler Bylaw Officer Nancy Johnston, who has been training for this race since October 2012.
Johnston participated in her first triathlon in Kelowna in 1996, completed her first half IRONMAN in Victoria in 2006, and her first IRONMAN in Penticton in 2009. In addition to these milestone races, she’s competed in several others along the way.
Johnston’s motivation to participate in triathlons came from a friend who wanted a training partner. “I was just borrowing a bike and then one day I was surprised to find out that I’d be entertaining my first triathlon,” said Johnston. “Ever since I participated in my first triathlon, I was hooked and have never really stopped training.”
Johnston trains 6 to 7 days a week, sometimes a couple times per day. Her training can range anywhere from eight to 18 hours per week – what some might consider to be a part time job. Her dedication and perseverance are the tell-tale signs of a true triathlete.
While triathlon is an individual sport, Johnston had a whole team that has supported her along the way including family and friends, colleagues and physio and massage therapists. She also consulted local accomplished triathlete and eight-time IRONMAN finisher Christine Suter, who coached her and put together a training plan. Using a program called Training Peaks, Suter created a training plan specifically for Johnston, which allowed her to track her progress and make adjustments along the way.
Johnston’s dedication to the triathlon went beyond her own race when she and a friend took it upon themselves to install run markers along the Valley Trail. “While training and running along the Valley Trail, I noticed people were confused as to where they should be going. Whenever I would go somewhere to train on a different course, it was always such a positive experience, and I wanted people coming to Whistler to have the same experience.” Johnston hopes that the markers will remain on the course for the long term so that residents and visitors can also experience the legacy of the IRONMAN in Whistler.
When asked what it takes to finish an IRONMAN triathlon, Johnston said, “It is simple – positive attitude and mental toughness. You can be really well-trained but without the mental preparation, you will still struggle to finish because the race is tough and it hurts.”
Let’s all support Johnston and the other 27 local competitors as they work towards completing Whistler’s first ever IRONMAN.
Visit www.whistler.ca/ironman for information for spectators, volunteers, and businesses including travel information, road closures, safety tips, where to watch the event and more.