Whitfield is in a gym at an elementary school in north Toronto, talking to kids while juggling Evelyn and five-year-old Pippa, who is over on a wooden bench playing with his iPhone. He is trying to get kids to try triathlon, and is also working on a Triathlon Canada-aided initiative called Tri This, which attempts to stream athletes who may have topped out in other sports — swimming mostly, because swimming is the hardest skill to acquire, although only a few swimmers will also have the leg power to perform on the bike and the run. Whitfield is, in the short- and the long-term, trying to replace himself.
“I enjoy the process and preparation. I’m motivated because I feel very privileged to be able to express myself through sport, to call something I love to do a job. Focusing on Ironman distance races, starting with Half-Ironmans, is simply a way to express hard work that I really enjoy.”
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