Kyle Jones’s late-sea­son suc­cess

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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

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