Birthday: January 15, 1990
Height: 5' 7"
Hometown: Chatham, ON
Current Residence: Kitchener, ON
My name is Alex and my mission is to race hard!
I became a professional triathlete a couple of years back and since then, life has revolved around swimming, biking and running fast. The challenge with this great sport of triathlon is putting all three together to perform well.
Things are going well – in 2015, I won the Ontario Rose City Half Triathlon, finished second at Ironman Muskoka 70.3, and made the podium at numerous other races.
This year my focus is to keep challenging for the top spots at major north American races. It’s a complex journey to be on, a demanding journey, but a very satisfying one, too. There’s nothing quite like the feeling you get after a 25-hour week of training, or breaking the tape at a race, your body spent, having given the day everything.
In between training and racing, I also coach a number of athletes. Coaching provides a very rewarding aspect to my routine – not only does it give fresh perspective on our sport, it provides a chance to see regular athletes make big gains. I'm a data guy, so seeing my athletes improve month-by-month and year-by-year is very rewarding.
I was born in Chatham, Ontario, and now live in Kitchener. Growing up, I guess I was one of those typical all-Canadian sports kid: I got involved in every sport that was thrown my way. But my favourites were soccer, basketball and skateboarding.
At some point, I realized I had a body that thrived during endurance sports and with this knowledge, my mother signed me up for the local cross country team.
By this stage, my family had moved to Tennessee and training down there, with the Knoxville Track Club, a flashbulb went off: I had a massive love for long-distance running. I raced in the States at a fairly high youth level and during that time, caught a quick glimpse of where endurance sports can take you – both mentally and physically.
We moved back to Ontario and I began university at Western in London. As happens, during my first year at university, I lost some things (focus) and gained others (about 30 pounds!). At a fairly significant crossroads in my development as an athlete, a friend on the Western triathlon team asked would I race in an upcoming aquathlon – a swim, followed by a run. My swim skills were questionable (borderline life-threatening!), but I'd never backed off of an athletic challenge. So I said yes! I was last out of the water but managed to catch a few people on the run. More importantly something clicked and I’d caught the multi-sport bug.
I quickly found a love for triathlon and throughout 2010 and 2011, I focused on swimming and made my up through the age group ranks. After winning my age group at the National Championships in 2011, I took the plunge and turned pro.
Since then, I’ve been climbing the ranks as a professional triathlete and consider 2015 to be my breakthrough year. The road ahead is filled with challenges, hopefully some good times, surely some tough times too.
So come join me on this great big journey and don’t forget to say hello…