Kyle Jones’s late-season success
In a year plagued by injuries and bad luck, Oakville, Ont.’s Kyle Jones ended his 2015 season with podium performances at the ITU World Cup races in Cozumel (silver), and Alanya (bronze). Jones represented Canada at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and hopes to be on the team once again for the Rio Olympics in August.
Congratulations on ending the season on a high note in Turkey and Mexico. What allowed you to pull off those performances?
Thanks! This year certainly had its challenges, but through it all I was able to stay patient and remain focused on the bigger picture. It took some time to get back to form, but I was very pleased to end the season the way I did. There was no magic change. I knew I was capable of these performances and to be able to go out and deliver felt great.
How does this help you going into the allimportant 2016 Olympic year?
These last two results were important for me to improve my ranking, which slipped through all the setbacks, but more than anything served as an opportunity to get back to racing at my potential. The confidence and the momentum that I’ve gained from these season-ending results will carry me into next season in a good place mentally.
What does training look like for you in the next few months?
After returning from Alanya I enjoyed a couple weeks of downtime with my family. I’m just now starting to get back into things. Over the next few weeks I’ll gradually build up my training and then I’ll head over to Fuerteventura, Spain for a three-week camp with my coach (Joel Filliol) and training partners in December. I’ll return home for the holidays, then head back over to Spain in the New Year, basically until the race season begins in early March.
When will we see you racing again and making that push for Rio? How will you approach next year?
My plan is to start racing with the first WTS event of the year in Abu Dhabi, followed by the Mooloolaba World Cup, New Plymouth World Cup and Gold Coast WTS. Rather than chase points, I believe it’s more important to perform very well at a select few events. With a clear focus on performance, the points and qualification will fall into place.
What will you need to do to qualify and be at your best in Rio?
If I continue to race to my potential, I believe the qualification end of things will take care of itself. In terms of being at my best in Rio, that’s something I’ve been working on since London. I didn’t have the performance I wanted to in 2012 and that’s ultimately what has been driving me forward since – getting back to the Olympic Games and delivering a performance that I’m proud of. It comes down to the day-to-day preparation, putting myself in the right environment and getting the most out of myself so I can be ready to stand on the start line in Rio knowing I’ve done everything I could to prepare.
What effect has fatherhood had on your life?
It’s amazing how much joy a child can bring to your life. It’s an experience that is very difficult to put into words. We feel very lucky to have a happy and healthy young boy. He’s provided us with new motivation to excel in our endeavours, but also a tremendous amount of perspective as well. My wife and I get a great deal of help from our parents which allows us to continue focusing on our careers.
Kyle Jones at the start of the 2015 Pan Am triathlon in Toronto