August 22, 2015, Toronto Island. I was setting up my transition zone and I had no idea what I was doing. Terrified, I looked around me and took it all in. I’ve been a runner for many years and I’ve just cycled over 600 kilometres from Toronto to Montréal.. I told myself that I’ll be fine. Despite numerous attempts to calm my nerves, I still felt that sinking feeling in my stomach as I walked up to the starting line.
“The only way that I could survive this race was to condition my mind to believe that I can push my body beyond its limits.” …
The gun signalled the start of the race, and we were off. A little over an hour later, I found myself standing on the podium, dumbfounded. This was my first duathlon and I knew that it definitely won’t be my last.
What started as a new challenge just became my greatest passion.
The Chronicles of Coach Cruz is a blog documenting my training and past races leading up to the 2017 ITU Multisport World Championships in Penticton, BC. This is my quest for excellence.
|| photography by Lawrence Stevenson ||