What does it take to be a champion? I’m about to find out.
I’ve dreamed of doing four big races ever since I started competing in endurance sports: Boston Marathon, Kona Ironman, Norseman Xtreme Triathlon, and Badwater 135. After finishing Ironman Canada in 2014, I decided to go for the second race on that list and focus on qualifying for the Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona Hawaii within two years.
I grew up in a small town near Edmonton in Alberta, spending all my free time working on a farm and riding horses for hours a day. I competed in dressage with my beloved horse Missy, and trained horses for others when I wasn’t in school or working. Although I was very active, I had next to zero athletic talent and was sadly out of place in just about all the sports I tried. It wasn’t until the end of high school that I started running for fun and fitness rather than speed.
I gave up riding when I moved to Ontario for university, and running and triathlon quickly filled in the gap. I was never fast but realized that I was actually kind of okay at distance running and enjoyed the technical focus required to train for three different sports simultaneously. Upon graduating from University of Waterloo 2011, I moved to Toronto, bought myself a decent triathlon bike that actually fit me, and started training in earnest.
My first big year was 2013, in which I won the MEC spring 10k and competed in the ITU Duathlon World Championships on Canada’s national age-group team, finishing with a 13-minute personal best at standard distance duathlon (10km run/40km bike/5km run). I also finished a disastrous full marathon, in which I made almost every mistake I could: over training, injury 3 weeks before race day, horrible pacing and a lot of tears on the way to the finish line. With about ten sprint distance and two Olympic distance triathlons under my belt, I signed up for Ironman Canada.
I had a breakout year in 2014, finishing my first and second half-ironman distance events with a 6th place finish at Barrelman Triathlon, and putting together eight months of training to finish the incredibly challenging Ironman Canada in Whistler, BC in a time of 14:32. Although nowhere near a qualifying time or place, I knew the moment I crossed the finish line that I was going to go for my dream of qualifying for Kona.
Name: Kim Osborne
Education: University of Waterloo, Mechatronics Engineering ’11
Career: Healthcare IT Analyst at H.H. Angus & Associates
Coach: Paolina Allan
Clubs: Morning Glory Cycling Club, Ignition Fitness Athlete Team