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  1. Are you going to post on your future plans? I liked the post about the trip with your mother; being a mama’s boy means you are a good husband and dad too!

  2. Well mate, I give a shit…although I must say I didn’t have enough time to read the entire blog. Congrats on your career. Well done.
    kind regards
    Darren Smith

  3. Jasper,
    Thanks for the honesty, entertainment and insight of this post. Yup, it was long but how to sum up a retirement (from at least 3 sports) is pretty challenging stuff. All I can say is that A: People do care because of who you are and because you are part of a community; B: Social media is social media but good honest, ‘from the heart’ writing is still ‘real’ and C: that’s cool you are so good at dishes.

  4. Too many similarities when living a soldier’s life-delighted by each of them. No regrets, my friend. Enjoy this new chapter with your family. Thanks for sharing your experiences. Tony O’Keeffe

  5. Hi Jackie
    Probably will when i hit up another blog post but they are few and far between these days. I’m going to hit up the running scene for awhile.

  6. Thank you Jasper for giving a shit enough to take the time to share this. 🙂
    Giving me the opportunity to read about your journey is really appreciated. Happy retirement, and love what you do, always.

  7. Jasper, thanks for the great read. As a father also in the sport of triathlon, I really appreciated your comments and views on the kids side of things. So true! Enjoy retirement!

  8. Jasper.. this is an amazing work of writing: Honest, funny, revealing and insightful. Full of wisdom.
    The more I learn about sport at your level, the less I know about it. Its because its not the sport itself, its what the dynamics of individuals bring to it.
    You are a gold medal person!


  9. Thanks very much for the inspiration along the way. I met you once at a triathlon camp in Victoria where you lead a strength training workshop. That training camp changed my life in so many positive ways and I am very thankful for that. Cheers to you for giving back to the sport of triathlon

  10. Thanks Jasper for writing this honest and insightful reflection on your career. I have enjoyed following your career and reading about “your shit”. I had the pleasure of meeting you 11 years ago in Vic when I was was working as a fieldwork student at Pac Sport over the summer. As a father, coach, and athlete I relate to your ability to see failure as a path to success. It all one long journey of continuous learning. Your long post was a great post and I wish you all the best in the next stage of your career!

  11. Great blog Jaz, loved reading your story. Congrats (is that what you say? good luck?) on your retirement and make sure you keep in touch. I’ll just always remember you as the “cool kid” on the Canadian team at Lausanne worlds in 98:)

  12. Jasper, I had to read this in two parts but it was worth it! It made me laugh and confirmed my belief that you were indeed a badass! Most importantly though it confirmed my belief that you were a class act. Congratulations on all that you have accomplished. Never look back and enjoy all that is to come in whatever you may tackle next …

  13. Great read Jazz.. thanks so much for sharing! Congrats on an amazing career and enjoy the road ahead 🙂

  14. Hey thanks Stefan! When are we going to see you down south (as in victoria?) hope you are doing great man!

  15. Thanks so much Kerry! Sorry we never connected this summer but i’ll be back again next summer. how are you doing these days? have you been up in whistler much?

  16. And I will always remember you as the one that got away but i suppose there is still a chance. thanks for the note Sam, funny we didn’t get to spend alot of time training together but i think i would have enjoyed it if we did. i hope things are coming around for you after some bumps in the road. I’m sure our paths will cross at some point in the near future. If you could remember me as the cool kid that would be greatly appreciated….sorry if i seemed so aloof but really check me out, it’s hard not to be

  17. I will consider fitting into the category of “required reading” the single highest compliment one could receive. Hope you are doing well. There is a toque and some mail and a large beer at our house for you so I’ll look forward to seeing you soon:)

  18. Thanks so much for that Jasper! You are so good at laying it all out there both on the field of sport and communication! I’m grateful for your work.

  19. I really enjoyed reading this Jasper. Thank you for sharing. Congratulations on everything you have accomplished and all the best with your future endeavors. Please say hello to your family for me.

  20. Jazz, such a great post, well written and so inspiring. Athletes like myself were lucky to get to train with you and the athletes you are coaching will benefit hugely from your honest, real and wise perspective. I still want that game of squash and some big laughs over coffee 🙂

  21. Wow. Awesome. Inspiring. Authentic. A lot resonated with me and years of coaching high performance athletes, and sharing experiences with them.

    Who knew you could write like that? (Though I almost stopped at “if you don’t like reading long blog posts stop here”!)

    Thanks. You have always been easy to cheer for Jazz.

  22. What a great read Jasper, You have put as much effort and thought into looking into your own motivation, trials and ego as you have put into your life of training and races. It is not surprising to me that you have some OCD qualities. And, by the way, I often have a sink full of dishes if you need more training opportunities. You gave me a few AHA moments to consider about what makes us tick. Very insightful musings. I know that you will do well in whatever life brings you now, you are already a winner.

  23. Great read, entertaining as usual! I hate doing dishes, but the feet thing I have to do too 🙂
    Good luck with the running, I’ll be somewhere behind you…

  24. Jasper

    Thanks for filling in the past 30 minutes in my work day with this blog post. After reading it, I kind of feel bad beating you in that Moochie Mile back in 2003. In the end, I know that you were proud of me on that day and we grew closer together. I don’t think you would change this as well. I guess I’ll take the Moochie Mile and you are an Ironman Canada Champ, good trade I think! So what’s next?

  25. Thank You – one of the best reads – ever… I was in that 2006 IMC race you won. It was very hot – a sufferfest. I was amazed at how hungry/strong and fast you looked on the run…. It’s an image that I still conjure up when I’m running. If you’re ever in Ottawa – flip us and email. There’s a great group/community here to train with.


  26. Jasper,

    Thanks so much for sharing your story and your life with us. I passed this along to Don in Guelph who really appreciated it too.

    So in response to your question “wow who gives a shit?”, we do!

    All the best with your future endeavours.


  27. Jasper, we don’t know each other but we shared a course at IMC in ’06 when you won (I finished 7 hours after you did! LOL). Thanks for sharing your thoughts and insights. People care about other people’s shit when they can relate to it, or if it helps them understand their own shit. I found this statement to be quite profound: “However I do believe when your intentions are clear and you are of a positive mind you will start making clearer choices to reflect that intention and start seeing things around you that will support it.” All the best in your “retirement.”

  28. While I read your blog, I had to laugh… You write exactly the way you talk !

    I consider myself a good judge of character and I’ve met a few over the years; when I met you in Victoria in those early triathlon years I knew you were very different…a good different. I was left with the impression that no matter what, you would always be a winner and everyone would be that much better off for knowing you. I still believe that and thank you for being you, warts and all.

    Onward and upward !

    PS . Fatherhood is the best and the hardest race of your life, but so worth it !

  29. What a beautiful heartfelt blog post.
    And with great insight and wisdom tossed in for good measure.
    I hope I get to meet you some day…you’ve been a great friend to one of my dear friends…and for that I thank you. I think I must owe you a beer or two…lol..

  30. Your second to last paragraph should be required reading for athletes. Well said.

  31. Jasper, I read every word and I am extremely proud of you! Your journey to wisdom is a grand adventure. So many, no matter how successful they appear to be, will never make it there! Give my love to your mom.

  32. Really enjoyed the blog post Jazz. Thanks for sharing; some very insightful messages there. All the best in your next life chapter and thanks for all the help and tips over the last few years. Cheers