My name is Allan MacKenzie, I am 33 years old and live in Sydney River, Nova Scotia. I currently work at Cape Breton University as a Regional Manager for a mentorship program called In.Business. What originally started at the 2005 Calgary Marathon (supposed to be a bucket list item), turned into an obsession of running, and eventually triathlon. Triathlon is now a very big part of my life. I love to stay active, compete, and see how far I can push my body - triathlon is my means of doing all three!
I started triathlon in 2008 with my first sprint distance tri. In 2010, I completed my first Olympic distance, and in 2011 my half and full Ironman. I assured family and friends after crossing the finish line in 2011 at Ironman Canada that this was my first and last ironman. Shortly thereafter, once I had time to reflect on the experience, I knew that that was not a promise I was going to be able to keep. In 2012, a large group from our tri club (Cape Breton Barbarians) registered for Ironman Mont Tremblant and I followed suit. The year leading up to this race is where I took training and my performance to a new level. Despite the fact that I finished my first ironman in over 11.5 hours, I was determined to complete this one in less than 10 hours. Fortunately, everything seemed to go my way on race day and I ended up finishing in 9:56. My ultimate goal is to eventually qualify for the World Ironman Championships in Kona, Hawaii.
I completed my third ironman race at Ironman Lake Placid in 2015. Despite the fact that I didn’t achieve a personal best or qualify for Kona, I consider this to be my best overall performance in a full ironman. The Lake Placid course is considerably more challenging than Mont Tremblant, and the heat and wind made for an even tougher day. I finished in 10:10 – 7th in the 30-34 age group and 24th overall. As long as I continue to improve and enjoy the sport, my sights will always be on Kona, regardless of how long it takes me to get there.