Monday, December 28


I have just returned from a Reid family Christmas in Edmonton. As my family has headed for a warmer spot down under; I was left to 'fend' for myself over the holidays. So I quickly invited myself up to Edmonton to spend a couple of days out of my element with the Reids. I did not work out once and still kept my consumption up to around 5000 calories a day. But I did end up doing a little framing on a sauna, ice fishing, playing hockey and getting into some intense board games to keep things fresh.

I'm starting to learn with every break from my typical day to day routine, how important it is to step away and as tyler durden would say 'just let go'.

Now for a completely unrelated video that I thought was neat.

Monday, December 14


Almost four years ago I was diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease called keratoconis. At the time the degeneration of the cornea was very mild and I was told to get some hard contact lenses and I would be fine. Since my return from Mexico I have noticed things were just not right with my vision. It has been a real mental battle to admit this to myself to seek help; and over the past five weeks I have entered the world of vision correction.

No offense to anyone practicing in the field, but I really feels like every appointment I make there is some hidden cost and refferal fee that I don't find out about until things are too late. I have already sunk serval thousand dollers into glasses and contacts which did absloutly noting but make me look smart. (if that is possible)

Today was D- day, I was finally able to get my refferal to a specialist who confirmed my 'observations'. Over the past four years my corneas have degenerated almost 10 nm (nanometer) a year. But on the bright side he offers a service that might slow or stop the degeneration. For 2500.00 an eye they will perform a Corneal Cross Linking. In which they drop riboflaven into my eye and they flash it with about 2 weeks worth of Austraillian sunlight over 30 second bursts. The b12 in the riboflaven congeals and stiffens collagen in the cornea.

After some serious reaserach I have come to the conclusion that the cross linking procedure, although very new in practice, should be a good fit.

Friday, December 11

Flat Butt

Several weeks ago I mentioned a stage 2 tendinosis in my left Achilles was holding up my run progression. Since that post I have been in and out of physio trying to get things sorted out. Frustrating to say the least as running was supposed to be a big part of the consistency for training over the winter. Although things are still early in the season, it has been hard to focus on the big picture and keep motivated. Unsure of the consequences of cycling, swimming, weights and the light running in my training; I have not been able to get 100% focused for any workout.

Today I switched physiotherapists to a more expensive renowned clinic in the city. After 90 minutes of treatment and assessment I feel confident that Im on the right road to becoming a more balanced athlete. As it turns out I really don't have the right motor patterns in my gultes. They are weak to non existent. So over the next seven day's my objective is very simple, fire the glute without firing the hip flexor. There are other components to this; but really I need to get control of my ass.

Monday, December 7

The Renaissance

Entering what I would call my second year of 'educated' coaching, I'm constantly amazed at not only the number of various endurance training philosophies but at too the degree that they counter each other. For me to go into the periodization or reverse periodization theories would be enough to put you right to sleep. (ahh sleepign, good topic for another blog) Even though I would admit that my complete knowledge and experience with any single theory is quite junior; I have been able to come up with some earth shattering conclusions for success.

1.Have the drive to set goals and follow them.

2.Recognize when you are tired and take time to recover. There is still a demarcation point (big philosophy term) to this as you don't want to bow out of every workout because you are hitting the wall. But you must be able to realize when your total stress load (life + workouts) is not allowing your body to bounce back; thus taking the time to chill.

3.Verbal and lyrical motivation can increase performance and motivation by an immeasurable factor. Time and time again I have seen athletes refocus and release endorphins to take their performance above and beyond expectation.

4.Outside observation can be a very powerful indicator for lack of drive and incoming sickness. On several occasions well before my heart rate monitor or body gives me sings that I'm battling a bug, someone in my daily circle will let me know that I'm looking tired. Sure enough two or three days later my resting heart rate will rise and if left unchecked I will get sick within about 48 hours. But through the keen observation of a coach who you see regularly the power to 'reel' someone can save a lot of grief over time.

I can't say for sure; but with a certain degree of confidence I believe that with these four pillars in any programs whether you are at high intensity or long duration or a combo thereof, success will be yours!