Wednesday, January 26

eyes wide shut

into the mist
The final week of the Maui camp is underway, cumulative fatigue has entered the game but things are feeling strong. At first Maui was a place of beauty, a new road every day a new adventure. Now Maui has become a place of getting it done; I no longer look to the trees, mountain and the ocean. Now I put my head down strive for quality; finishing every workout with a positive purpose.


I was told with much experience in professional sports to end every practice, every game with something positive. Going forward this has helped me bounce back from the odd workout that has knocked me down.

a mac getting some banana bread

Tuesday, January 18

Timing

I sit with my back against the wall on the floor with my legs encased in NormaTec MVP boots. The pump hums as the compression slowly tightens over my legs; after my 3rd workout of the day it feels good to have a little attention on these legs of mine. After my first few days here the most important thing I have found is how to treat your body post workout. Usually the recovery drink comes first, them a cold shower to cool the core down and after a light stretch at the end of the day I have been 'enjoying' the boots.

little slip and slide on the west side 

So far the house favourite meal has been shredded yams or sweet potato (cooks quickly) with an assortment of veggies and a couple of eggs tossed in for some protein. With the daily workout schedule and the heat I have to be really aware of my electrolytes and protein levels.

The first week is down, very consistent with some good signs of progress. Yesterday we did a four hour ride around the west maui loop, stopping off for some of the famous banana bread.
simon and a-mac at the bread shack

Friday, January 14

a few days in

The collective tension in the car is unmistakable, it is 6:00 am and we are headed into Kihei for our morning swim, but instead of making our usual right hand turn that cuts across the island we do a u-turn and head back home. It is raining so hard it sounds like a faucet has been turned on full. The pool is closed and there has been warning that the 2 foot puddle that covers the road at the bottom of Haleakala will swell so large that we will not make it back to our house.

Everyone in that van wants that swim workout bad, we are up before the sun and all this puddle is doing is delaying the inevitable.

The first few days have taken some time to settle into the routine, especially the swim. It has been truly great to get feedback on my technique and have a squad so focused on quality. I'm excited to see my swim fitness progress with the daily sessions.

Picture to come

Saturday, January 1

G-Force 20min tt



Thought I would capture a little video of G-Force hitting a personal best in his Coggan 20 minute time trial. Nothing beats the expression!


video

Upcoming Spins

With great turnouts most days over the past two weeks I would like to put another week in the blocks for some spinning.

Sunday Jan 2nd 9am-11am
Monday Jan 3rd 8:30am
Tuesday Jan 4th - 9:00am
Thursday Jan 6th - 6:00pm
Friday Jan 7th- 8:30am
Saturday Jan 8th - 9am -please rsvp with me because this one will be full, come ready to be loud and proud!

so far I have 21, cindy, ted t, alan l, jevon, holly, mike, meghan, katie M, Coach Paul, Hillary H, Gerald, Linda, Kailee, Grant, Amy W, Mike B, VJ, Don, Christine, Tushar and me!

Again if you are not a Talisman ETS or Tri club member shoot me a email and I will get you in, for the Saturday January 8th please let me know you want to join so I can make sure I have enough space for you.

jonbird@shaw.ca

your help with those nasty new years resolutions!