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So you've landed here on my iWillNotBonk.com Triathlon Training Blog and you're probably wondering who the hell this Tavis guy is and what iWillNotBonk is all about.

I'm just an average age-grouper / weekend warrior blogging about Ironman Triathlon Training and this complex puzzle of juggling life, having fun and reporting on my various feats of strength and endurance adventures!

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2015!? Big Sur & Escape from Alcatraz - Giddy Up!

My 5th Ironman in Copenhagen, Denmark with MINIMAL training was a 12.5 hour success thanks to Team Endurance Nation and Peak Centre for Human Performance. After Ironman #4 in Whistler, Canada, thought I'd shake things up a bit for #5 and head over to Denmark for KMD Ironman Copenhagen. Was an AMAZING experience and highly recommended! Follow along with our 2015 multisports gong-show by subscribing to this blog via the orange RSS button above, follow me on Facebook or Twitter

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Hey hey everyone!

Wishing you all an amazing (and FAST, HEALTHY, and PROSPEROUS) 2015!

Stay tuned for more updates to this page (I’ve been lazy in the “web updating department”) but be sure to follow me on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/iwillnotbonk!



Holy Cow – this is what I would call complete and total neglect of updating a website! :P

My Subaru Ironman Whistler 2013 was pretty much a disaster (with a whopping 12 weeks of training – NOT ideal) which required some sort of redemption – which came in the form of KMD Ironman Copenhagen in 2014. Amazing travel / race experience and will definitely plan on doing another international Ironman – perhaps 2016? In the meantime, I’ve done a couple 50k ultras and heading into 2015, The Big Sur Marathon and Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon is on the radar… hopefully I’ll be better with training this year (at least better than how much I’ve been updating iwillnotbonk.com!)


As a working dude running multiple companies and involved with all sorts of different thing, training often falls (unfortunately) to the bottom of the daily priority list – there’s only so many hours in the day and trying to get my triathlon training in at the end of a 16hour day is pretty tough – nothing like going for a run or hopping on the trainer at 11pm…

Anyway, thanks to Patrick and Rich over at Team Endurance Nation, thankfully my weekly training schedule is only around 8 hours a week – and it still kicks my butt…

For those of you who want to train efficiently and maximize your training time during the “not so nice time of the year” (it’s kinda cold and rainy here in Vancouver), I highly recommend checking out their 2014 OutSeason Training Plan and then transition into one of their half or full ironman training plans. I used their plan for my last Ironman in 2010 and PB’d by an hour, but trained probably half the time I did for my previous IM. I’m just a recreational guy and I’m happy finishing under 12 hours, but even if you’re a top age grouper, their advanced plans are absolutely applicable to kick some butt in your age group (Coach Patrick ripped off a 9:58 in his last IM)

Either way, I trust everyone’s training has gotten off to a great start in 2014 and look forward to hearing how you guys do. Hit me up or follow me on the iwillnotbonk facebook page above.


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    Finally getting around to making a post on here after a VERY long time.   2012 has blown by and IMC 2013 will be here before I know it (dammit).   Will be making a better effort to update the goings-ons of all things in the iwillnotbonk world so stay tuned! 

    Until the next time, be safe out there and happy training!

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      Hang on to your hats folks… Team I Will Not Bonk is heading to Hawaii in a few weeks to watch Hoz run another 100miler… note how I didn’t say “pace” Hoz…

      All the craziness will be documented via GoPro2 so suffice to say, this should be interesting…

      stay tuned!

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