Monday, September 20

a thinking man

Looking back on a season that leaves me wanting more. The double edge sword of Triathlon allows me to bask in the glow of the progress I made; but continues to shed light on the opportunities for strength and fitness for the 2011 campaign. As I sit in the middle of a two week training hiatius I feverishly look to how my performance can be boosted. Last year I changed a number of elements in my approach to Triathlon with some success and some 'room for growth'. Here were three small changes,

First thing was my approach to Goals, I wrote them down, posted them on my wall and updated them as bench marks were achieved and missed.

Second I changed my aproach to illness, every time that even the slightest hint of a cold came on; I went into full blown attack. Salt water flushes, giner ale, lemon/ginger/honey tea, extra sleep with the addition of some much needed recovery workouts kept most bugs at bay. The result was only 3 days of moderate sickness this season with consistent mellow training throughout.

Third I changed my approach to running, laying a much better base with lots of easy miles in January, February and March. With the help of Grant and Dave Holmes I had the fortune of becoming aware of my form. Aproaching the run this way kept me injury free and running faster then ever before.

Taking time away from my sport is a two pronged beast! On one end it feels really good to step away and reflect, eat what ever I want and rebuild with yoga, basketball, ultimate frisbee and ripping the scenster mode on my beach crusier. On the other hand it is tough to let fitness go knowing that it will take months to rebuild and return to the levels that I left at the end of the season.

Monday, September 13

thats a wrap

Every new race is a adventure, trying to figure out the course, transistions and logistics throw another element into racing. The Subaru Banff Lifesport triathlon on the weekend was no different. Starting with the royal treatment at the hands of Subaru, we headed out in a tricked out Impreza STI, with 305hp twin turbo engine it made for a 'calm' ride out to banff.

On Friday we joined the guys from Subaru to scouted out the bike course and 'check' out the lake. Well I already knew what eleven degree water felt like and I vowed that I would enter that water only once. After watching some quick dips in the mountain lake we checked into the high roller suite at the hotel and made ourselfs at home.

On race morning myself and Grant rolled out in our a decalled out sponsor car, which allowed us to drive where ever we wanted. Right through the baracades and up to t2. Ahhh VIP. Then it was off to T1 to get the bike set up and the body warm. I knew going in that this was the last bit of warmth for the next couple hours.

As the gun went off for the swim I had a real tough time finding my rhythm, it really felt like I was flailing out there, I knew that with the shortened swim I needed to put as much time as I could into the field. Once onto the bike I was greeted with rain and a course full of racers. This made things a little dicy at times and forced a few controlled decelerations. All I could think of every time I touched the brakes was how much time I was loosing to the rest of the field (specifically grant).

As I headed into t2 things were a bit frozen and after two minutes of trying to put on my running shoes and take off my helmet. I was off to the work as hard as I could to try and warm up. After 3km I started to find my stride and I was off to the races. Overall the race felt like I was in 3rd gear the entire time. But I will take the win and remember the absolutely amazing weekend with friends.

thanks again to my cheering section,



Thursday, September 2

faded but elated

The week following Nationals was filled with many highs and lows. The pending pressure of an upcoming race combined with the strict diet and discipline that comes with preparing the body called for a for intense training followed up with a lot of really low key chilling. With the race over it was time to say goodbye to my girl who was off to lead trips in Italy for 7 weeks. Monday was tough, a tough morning with tears, trying to really appreciate every last second, a tough goodbye and then the hard realization that I would not see here for over 60 days.

The next few days were filled with early morning lake swims where 3 or 4 km felt like 500 meters in a pool. Then it was off to explore the whole Okanagan vally by bike, Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton, Oysoyos. Tons of great riding working on staying fit and regaining the bounce in my step.

The following weekend it was off to IMC. Several athletes that I coach were in the event and it was also a chance to climb up Green Mountain Road to explore the back half of Yellow Lake. After attending Ironman last year with Marc I have now made it a priority to attending the first ironman of my athletes, it brings so much joy as years of work are tested in one of the toughest endurance races the world can offer.

To tell the story of Dorrie one could start at the begining of her triathlon dreams. With a background in Water Polo, Body Building, Softball and Running; triathlon was another challenge; an experience and lifestyle that she longed to taste. I first met Dorrie at a Triathlon Club BBQ in Bowness in the fall of 2008, she was all smiles and was a sponge for knowledge. When she came to practice there was no fooling around, she wanted results! She was a amazing swimmer naturally whooping most of the group every workout.

Over the past couple years we have had many highs and lows with training and racing. But that has made this journey so sweet. In the last 8 months alone she has battled through a sever case of patella femoral in her knee, a crippling fear of open water swimming and a separated shoulder just 6 weeks ago. Through all of the tough times finishing Ironman was never questioned, it was set as the number one goal for the year and it would be accomplished. This past couple of years working with Dorrie I have gained so much respect for her determination and drive, I has inspired me in many workouts and pushed me when I needed it the most.

Congratulation to Dorrie on crushing her projected time while maintaining a smile on her face!

Congratulation also goes out to Jack, Ted T, Ted C, Kevin, Max, Ross, Faizel, Dan or their Ironman finishes and the rest of the Talisman Centre Triathlon Club who had an amazing year! Props also goes out to Kyle Marcotte for a personal best time, fifth place finish and top Canadian.