CAF Story | Ironman finishes first

Video / January 29, 2018


Hello. I'm Corporal Dave Alie. I am a vehicle technician with the 12e Régiment blindé du Canada, at Valcartier military base.

My grandfather was a civilian vehicle technician and my father was an infantryman for the 22e Régiment. I decided to make a career in the Canadian Armed Forces by mixing the two trades because they were the two that I knew. We are called on to work in the field because vehicles can break down whenever. So we can work 24 hours a day or on call. There, I am attached to a combat unit. You have to be fit, you have to follow our troops, you have to do the proper training. And me, well, what I've loved and what was my passion, was running. But not just normal running—there's also the military Ironman, a huge challenge that you don't really find in civilian life because it takes really special physical shape and a lot, a lot of endurance.

For Ironman training, it depends on your vision of what you want to achieve as a goal, and how you work. I had the help of the PSP to guide my training, to increase my performance, because I was really just running. I told myself: "The more I go running, the better I'll run." But as it turned out, I was wrong.  They explained that ... there was training at the gym. It's not just to get, let's say, cut, or become muscular. You had to really strengthen your muscles in order to be stronger longer.

I improved by a half-hour in a year, and then this year I improved again by 15 minutes. The training programs I had were really beneficial and practical. The Ironman makes it possible to develop a lot of mental strength. During six hours you can start thinking about many, many things. It allows me to decompress. But it's also that, when you run, you have to think about, "OK, I need to eat, I need to drink, I must not break, I have to be able to finish this." There's a lot, a lot of things you can think about at once. That's why I always have my family supporting me in my training. My father is a former soldier who is always very proud of me. He says, "Damn, you were able to finish first, I never did that."

But, since the start of my career, I have always been supported and I've always been able also to improve myself, and I am really proud to be in the Canadian Armed Forces.

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