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Andrina Kelly


Target Race: HSBC Toronto Island Try-a-tri on August 15, 2010

Target Time: 45:00


Andrina improves over 7% and takes 3rd place in her category

Andrina improved over 7% at the Multisport Canada’s Toronto Island Try-a-Tri this weekend! 

She was hoping to double the minimum 7% improvement target for the IMPROVE 7% & WIN contest, but some rough weather presented itself race day.  Despite the forces of nature, she still finished with an impressive final time of 49:06, an improvement of over 4 minutes of her time last year.  Here’s her story:

“The water was quite rough for the swim, I saw quite a few other folks struggling with the waves. While I wound up with a few mouthfuls of Lake Ontario, I made it out a bit faster than in last year’s calm water – this doesn’t show in the results as the timing mat last year was on the water exit, whereas this year you didn’t hit the mat until after running up the beach, boardwalk and across the grass to the transition area. The bike was fantastic, this is where I made up the most of my time, doing a lot of passing, and I don’t recall being passed at all on this course.  It’s a very picturesque flat route that’s well blocked from any cross winds, which of course makes for a fantastically fast route! Of course the run is always the dreaded part for me, having only just started running just over a year ago in preparation for this race last year, but again, managed to knock a chunk of time off the run, and felt really good finishing.

To add to it all, I ended up placing 3rd in my age group as well – completely unexpected.”


“I’ve done a few races since entering the 7SYSTEMS contest, my first one being the Welland Triathlon. This was my 2nd ever triathlon after the Multisport Canada Try-a-tri on Toronto Island last year, and with a 750m swim, 30k bike and 7.5k run it was also the longest race I’ve taken part in. I was pretty pleased with completing the event, and even managed to improve my pace times over the Toronto Island tri last year. Since then my husband and I took part as a team in the Toronto Urban Race (essentially a big scavenger hunt all over town), and this past weekend we both finished events at the National Capital Triathlon & Duathlon in Ottawa. I competed in the Sprint Trithlon, while he did his first ever Duathlon – the Sprint Duathlon.

Since I started getting into MultiSport my husband has been inspired to see what he’d be able to accomplish; now just a day later he’s already talking about when his next race will be!

I’ve been taking 7SYSTEMS endurance sports supplement for a month now and comparing my pace times in this past triathlon in Ottawa to the Welland race a month ago I’ve taken another 5 second/100m off my swim pace, and a full 30 seconds off my run pace! With my target race coming up in 2 weeks now I’m getting quite excited to see how much I’ve improved in the same course over last year.”


“It will be just over a year an a half since I changed my life. I’ve gone from being a sedentary obese woman with a body fat of 54% down to a athletic physique of 23% body fat. When I did the Toronto try-a-tri last year I was still working towards my goal. Now I’m at my goal and have encouraged others to get out there with me to do their first tri!”

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  1. andrinakelly Said

    Thanks for the votes to everyone – if you want to read more about my journey to fitness, visit my blog post here –

    June 7th, 2010 at 6:33 pm

  2. Msquared Said

    Go Girl!

    June 7th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

  3. smcostello1 Said

    Andrina, your carefully followed dietary choices and driven exercise regime have delivered outstanding results, and you are an inspiration to both Pam and I. It is very clear now how important the simple choices are when dining, and that one can be whoever and whatever they choose to be.

    Thank you for being so open and giving during your journey, about your process and your accomplishments – what could have been easy to keep personal is so very valuable out in the wild.

    Have a great run!

    June 7th, 2010 at 7:41 pm

  4. Kevin Said

    Go Dri!

    June 8th, 2010 at 6:24 am

  5. kirajenn2002 Said

    You go girl! Looking very good!

    June 8th, 2010 at 7:48 am

  6. Rosie Said

    I admire you so much! :-)


    June 8th, 2010 at 1:37 pm

  7. milky Said

    Way to go Andrina! You are the best!

    June 8th, 2010 at 5:13 pm

  8. stonaway Said


    June 8th, 2010 at 7:37 pm

  9. lovetollers Said

    Andrina is an inspiration and is a wonderful example of how hard work pays off! She challenged me to get off the couch and I have now done my first 5 K race, started kickboxing and will be competing in my first Try a Tri in September!

    June 8th, 2010 at 10:23 pm

  10. Rosie Said

    I admire you so much, what a dramatic change and you look wonderful :-) R

    June 9th, 2010 at 11:11 am

  11. maysmum1 Said

    Way to go, Andrina!!! love june

    June 9th, 2010 at 7:45 pm

  12. Olympia Said

    Good Luck, from the States!

    June 9th, 2010 at 8:15 pm

  13. SeattleAD Said

    As Olympia said – Good Luck from the State – specifically Washington state.

    June 10th, 2010 at 7:54 am

  14. Dana Said

    Hooray for Andrina! (I’m all about free stuff, particularly after all your hard work!)

    June 11th, 2010 at 2:07 pm

  15. Care Said

    Good luck Andrina -you know I’ll be there cheering you on!

    June 23rd, 2010 at 6:23 pm

  16. bubbadave Said

    Wow– I don’t know if I should be inspired by you or depressed by my own lazy self. Either way, nice work and good luck!

    June 23rd, 2010 at 8:08 pm

  17. kingsbury Said

    Such an impressive journey – good luck! Cheers, DK

    June 23rd, 2010 at 8:43 pm

  18. vail Said

    Rock on, lass.  Be good to those knees!

    June 24th, 2010 at 8:21 am

  19. djames Said

    Great work!

    June 25th, 2010 at 12:10 pm

  20. featherfloyd Said

    Can’t wait to see how much you smash your Personal Best at the T.O Island Try-a-Tri! Thanks so much for inspiring me to sign up :)

    June 25th, 2010 at 1:42 pm

  21. Cameraguy Said

    Keep up the good work and good luck with the tri’s!!!

    June 28th, 2010 at 12:07 pm

  22. 2ndchances Said

    Go Andrina, GO!  Mel :) 

    June 28th, 2010 at 12:40 pm

  23. Wong Said

    I have all the faith you will successful!!!! You are an inspiration; Emma and I are following you with much joy and excitement (which coming from a 4yr old little girl is a lot) and it warms my heart that she will meet you one day.

    June 29th, 2010 at 12:13 am

  24. emmak Said

    go! Andrina go!

    June 29th, 2010 at 12:17 am

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