Wednesday, April 21

"l'oiseau"

All my life I have had basically two nicknames, Bird (how original) and Birdman. When I was in elementary school I hated my last name, I let it get under my skin. But over the years I have come to love it. To the point where the last 4 digits of my phone number are bird, my answering machine has a bird call that greets you; I could go on but it would just make me look absolutely ridiculous.

For the third time in my life I have been given a nickname that really strikes a cord. As I entered the main set of the Cascade workout yesterday afternoon Dave Johnson called me out,"l'oiseau" (Wah-zoh), "are you going to drop like a rock like last week or are we going to see you fly!" I smile, little does he know I have been in the water 4 times since my complete failure last Wednesday. Logging 18km of stroke work for stamina. He has just added fuel to the failure fire that has been driving me the last 7 days. I finished 75 minutes of the 90 minute workout before I lay on the pool deck like a fish after catch and release, momentarily stunned but stoked that life will continue!

Swimming with these little phonemes constantly humbles me. Every workout someone steps up and absolutely knocks the wind out of my true fitness level in the pool. There are only so many times you can tell yourself, "lets wait to see how they do on the bike."


Wah-Zoh

Out!

Sunday, April 18

Centaur Subaru

Working with the Talisman Centre and Speed Theory over the past couple of years has given me the opportunity to work with a lot of great people in business and triathlon. It has really made reaching out to the community in Calgary very fulfilling while providing a great opportunity for networking.

This year in Conjunction with Talisman Centre, Centaur Subaru and Speed Theory I will be putting on a few 1 day mini camps that allow people to get out there and experience training on a different level. The final details are in the works but look for our first bike handling camp mid may.

With that I'm please to announce my partnership with Centaur Subaru this year in my quest to become the best triathlete possible.

Friday, April 16

Final Colors




Well the Jerseys have been approved with the navy and white color scheme. Thanks for all of your orders. It should be be between 6-8 weeks to have things shipped.

Thanks again for your support.

Sunday, April 11

Bird on your back



Spring time is upon us and just around the corner is a busy and exciting 2010 race season! As some of you may know, I have taken on several big ticket races that will be taking me all over Canada (and the World!) including races in Quebec, San Francisco, Alabama, Kelowna and Hong Kong. This year I will be racing on the ITU Continental Cup Circuit in order to gain points towards my goal of being selected to the Canadian Elite National Team. My race season is a lengthy one extending from June all the way through November.

As I have been intensively training, I have also been working on branding for both my sport and my coaching. I have been fortunate to be assisted by Marc Morin of Impello Marketing and Design to create the very cool, very unique 'Bird' logo. Marc has taken this and made a jersey that is out of this world!

I am ordering a round of bike jerseys that I am selling for $80.00 a piece - you chose the size and cut (or I'd be happy to help you out with this). The money will go directly to assisting me in this season of racing.

I am placing the jersey order this upcoming Friday April 16th, so drop me an email if you are interested. I will order a few extras but there are no gaurentees on size or style with those few. The jerseys should be ready in eight weeks or less.

jonbird@shaw.ca


Thanks for your consideration and continued support.

Wednesday, April 7

New Look Bird


Last year I was fortunate enough to coach Marc Morin through a journey to Ironman Canada that will be etched into my brain for some time. The emotional ups and downs with the triumphs and hardships that came from sharing that journey added depth to my passion for triathlon and coaching. As Marc crossed the finish line last August I was overcome with a wave of emotion, I did not think twice about giving a man a great big bear hug even though he was covered in sweat and snot. It was truly a special moment in my coaching carrier.

Since my return from Mexico in October Marc and his peeps at Impello Marketing and Design have given my image a bit of a makeover. We have created a BIRDDANCE logo for my sponsorship package and business, and built a great design for a race kit, (details soon to follow). All I asked was for something that was clean and slick and looked like the logo from my favourite movie as a child CONDORMAN.

Yeh-ya!

Tuesday, April 6

'its business time'

Last week was a unexpected break from the 'hectic grind' of my life long weekend. Both Endurance Training Systems and Triathon Club took a little spring break hiatus. Now typically I would be pining for my 15 seconds of fame on the beaches of Cancun. But this year I decided to mix things up.

I headed out to Vancouver Island on a little road trip to get out of the city and ride a different wave. The weather did not really hold up as storm system after storm system bashed my little tent. But in the presence of great company all is relative. As I age I continually learn more about how important it is to completely step away from the regular routine and as Tyler Durden would say 'JUST LET GO!'.

Now its time to jump back into the mix, I'm stoked to see how the body and mind respond after hitting the reset button!