Life is Good
Doing something EPIC
By Chris Surette
Date posted: February 7, 2013
That, is truly EPIC.
On June 30th, 2013 in my own backyard (literally), I will be competing in my first ever long distance endurance race as part of the jammed packed EPIC Dartmouth Triathlon weekend.
The event I’m taking part in is the EPIC TEAM: Team OptiMYz GoodLife Home-Mobility.
I will be teaming up with two good friends to conquer (my fancy word for “finish”) the full day triathlon. The first portion of the race is the swim, that will be up to Curtis Hamilton (GoodLife Fitness).
The swim takes place in Lake Banook, one of the most famous lakes in Canada, which has hosted numerous international and national canoe/kayak paddling competitions.
After the 3.8km swim around Lake Banook, which is TWO laps around the lake (crazy), Curtis will tag me in and I will hop on my bike for a 180km ride that heads north out of Dartmouth, following the chain of lakes that forms the start of the historic Shubenacadie Canal: Lake Banook, Lake Micmac, and Lake Charles. Eventually the course takes me to Musquodoboit Harbour, in which I turn around and head back to Lake Banook to tag in our final teammate: Nick Russell (Home-Mobility).
Nick then starts his 21.1km run, heading north through the Shubie Park trail system. I say Nick gets off easy only having to run a half marathon! (I’m only kidding buddy!)
As I write this, there’s only 142 days 14h:10m:52s until the big day. Wow, that’s not a lot of time.
So why I’m I doing this race? Because I can. Anyone can. And surely, the three of us will prove that if WE can do it, you can too.
It’s important to step outside your comfort zone. It makes us feel alive, keeps us young and healthy. What better way to ease my way into an “extreme” event then to team up with two good friends. We will be training together, holding each other accountable and pushing each others limits (and nerves, no doubt).
We are just ordinary people, doing extraordinary things.