Wednesday, February 24

Lack of Class

Why did you risk it all,and fall, when you were in contention for the bronze?

Cause I was skiing for Gold!

Many will say that CTV coverage of the 2010 Olympic Games has been far superior in both depth and style to the coverage of previous games by our beloved CBC. On this point I will wholeheartedly agree, it has been great to skip by the figure skating and watch cross country skiing, aerials and ice dancing! The segments on the equipment of the games, technology and the 'difference makers' have really struck a cord with the public, generating far more interest in each sport then previously seen before. (at least for the next few days).

But here is a message for the reporters that are interrogating athletes between heats and finals. I cringe when I hear you ask, now that two of the four heats are done and you are 'on top the podium' what is you thoughts on winning. Or 'you are heading into the finals in second what will it take to unseat the gold'. Stop trying to get into our athletes heads during competition, it is not the time for 'groundbreaking journalism'. These reporters clearly have no idea what is going through a athletes head in the midst of competition. The athletes at the Games have some of the most interesting and unique lives of anyone that you will ever interview. What about asking, "What is your routine to focus before a competition' or 'what did you have for breakfast' or 'what is one of the toughest workouts that you can draw confidence from before competition.' Get the athlete thinking about their preparation and dedication to the sport while stepping outside the box and creating a list of questions that have not been asked by your predecessors to get people off their game.

Now I don't have a degree in journalism (hence the blog) but I do read (sometimes) and feel that I have a much better sense of the effects of what the athletes and public want.

Rant, Rant, Rant

Tuesday, February 16

cable tv

More and more I hear of people without a tv, and that 'cable is a waste of time'. Over the past several years I have weened myself off cable to the point that it becomes really tough to watch. Now getting rid of the TV would end me. I'm a full blown movie addict, they are the best way for me to zone out and get away from my 'hetic' life.

But the last few days I have had the tv on almost every moment that I'm home. I'm finding some great inspiration and emotion from the Olympic Games. I'm really getting stoked to watch the mens half pipe after discovering these little titbits on youtube. I think my next sponsor application will be to red bull. Watch out here comes the 'bad boy of triathlon'.



Tuesday, February 9

the numbers

As the sickness has started to fade I have been able to start building the intensity and duration back into my workouts. Last night I had my usual Monday spin class and after 5 weeks of classes it was time to re-test my 'peeps'. Out of the 15 people that tested last night I had 11 personal best 20 min time trial average numbers. Needless to say there were a fair number of people going to bed with a smile on there face.

Usually I don't test with the class and end up just jumping off my bike and yelling at them. Hence the reprimand; but I was feeling good. So I dropped the hammer, now like I said I'm not putting any number down here. But I will say that my critical power was 78% of my anaerobic threshold. So over the next 6 to 8 weeks I will be ripping some speed work to try and tow my anaerobic threshold up. Ahh the meat grinder!

This george hincapie documentary looks cool, but not $30.00 plus shipping cool!

Thursday, February 4

More Personal

I have had some requests to make things a little more personal on the blog lately. Not really the 'love life' aspect but more what is happening on the training day to day. Now this can get a little complicated, first off I feel odd about sharing my 'secrets' with every triathlete out there. That is what I get paid for! On a second note I find that when athletes post 'numbers' on their blog; often time they are used to intimidate the competition.

Last year I can vividly remember checking out Paul Tichelaar's blog, and when I jumped on his wheel after the swim at Nationals last year all I could think was how high his aerobic threshold watts were. Not really what you want spinning through your head while you try and hold a wheel.

I don't think this was Paul's purpose for stating numbers but it worked. Now I know what to shoot for this year wattage wise.

January training went well, starting to bring running back into the mix. I timed my training load perfectly. Hit the wall after about 18 days and backed off at just the right time. Unfortunately the following week saw a little bit to much added stress and lack of sleep and the sickness hit. After 3 days of light workouts, I'm starting back into the mix.

This weekend I'm off to see Race Across the Sky:

Tuesday, February 2

Ultimate Dream


In a exciting time for Canada with the impending Olympic games, I have just recieved some great news. An old friend has just made the Canadian Olympic Cross Country Ski team. He recently blogged on the experience. Gut reaching to say the least! It is worth a read.

BRENT McMURTRY

Congrats Brent, giver hell out there!