Season Recap of Sponsored Triathlete Jeremy Obrand
The 2015 season was a long one, full of training, racing and new experiences. I began racing in February of 2015 and finished October 11 of 2016. I am very thankful of the goals I was able to achieve and share with Biemme with your support.
I began the season of racing in Sarasota, Florida where the North American Championships were being held. I finished in 17th position; not what I was hoping for, but the first race of the season is usually a little bumpy. Afterwards I traveled to Barbados for my very first Elite Continental cup and then to Monterrey for the Pan American Championships; finishing 24th and 19th respectively.
The beginning of the season was difficult for me; however, I was quickly off to Europe to race in higher calibre races where my performances would turn around. In May of this year I set up shop in Northern Spain with my coach, teammates and many members of the national team. I was very fortunate in that I was able to travel to Lithuania and Bulgaria in the first month of my European adventure to race in junior continental cups, placing 5th and 9th respectively. Next on the schedule was Istanbul, my second Elite race I had ever done. This race had very high quality of field and I successfully placed in the top 25 (24th). The Netherlands and France followed shortly after through the month of July where I raced in Holten and Chateauroux continental cups placing 14th and 6th respectively. This marked the end of a very successful two-month period of racing and I returned back to Montreal to prepare for the national championships in Magog Qc. This race produced a disappointing 8th place but I was ready for redemption at the provincial championshipsa few weeks later where I placed 2nd.
The last two races of the season were both extreme in their own way. In mid-September I raced in Edmonton against some of the top junior triathletes in the world in unbelievably cold conditions. It was a difficult race but I was content with my 13th place considering how many world-class junior athletes were racing. I then spent another month preparing for my first ever Olympic distance race at the Senior Elite level (1500m swim, 40km bike, 10km run). The race was held in puerto Rico where the air was 40 degrees Celsius and the water was a scalding 32. This race demonstrated to me that I am on the right path; I swam with the leaders and remained in the top 10 all throughout the bike. I faded to 20th position on the run but managed to clinch my very first International Triathlon Union points.
I am now taking some much-needed rest before training goes back into full swing in approximately one week. Thank you very much for the support you gave me this season and for trusting me as an ambassador for Biemme.
Follow Jeremy Obrand on his website at www.jeremyobrand.com