Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Riding in the hills is not my favourite thing to do. Nevertheless, I got out and did some hill repeats with James yesterday. This post will not be about those hill repeats as there is nothing fun or interesting to say about hill repeats.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Yesterday I met an athlete quite unlike any other I have met before. Her sport is track and field and she has a collection of approximately 432 medals of which 401 are gold. Impressive right? She is also the holder of numerous World, Canadian and BC records in multiple track and field events. Her name is Olga Kotelko and she is 89! That's not a typo...
Well, that was the clincher - I couldn't resist chatting with her... She took up these sports 11 years ago at the age of 77! That's about 65 years after most people first encounter the javelin in Junior High and about 63 years after most people last set eyes on a javelin or a discus. And that's if they actually did P.E. in school and didn't "forget" their gym strip. Wow! Can you imagine taking up the Javelin, Discus, Shot Put, and Hammer Throw (yes, Hammer Throw...) as a 77 year old! Me neither. Olga regularly competes in all of them.
As I rushed around the building to pick up Mattias from his class I decided that I would introduce him to Olga. I was hoping he'd soak up a bit of the lifespirit that Olga had even though she is 83 years older than him...(wow).
She kindly indulged me by getting the javelin out of the car to demonstrate a couple of textbook throws for Mattias. He was very impressed and so was I. I explained to Mattias that Olga was training, so that when she competes (at the BC Master's Track and Field Championships) she would be able to throw the javelin further than anyone else. She corrected me with, "No, just to try to throw it further than last year." Very 'zen-warrior' I thought. So I asked her how far that was, and instantly she told me, "18.56 in the Javelin" - a number that she was clearly intimately familiar with.
Meeting Olga today left a big impression on me. Sports have the power to keep us young. Challenging ourselves should be a lifelong thing - not just a "right now" thing, or a "maybe later" thing. Hopefully Mattias will have subconsciously taken this info to heart. Hopefully I did too...
Monday, May 26, 2008
Day one of the plan I sketched out on Sunday night went perfectly:
Sunday, May 25, 2008
A fortnight minus a day. That's all the time I have till World Championships (June 7th).
The nature of endurance sports is that 'cramming' is completely and utterly ineffectual. It's a shame as I was quite adept at it in my academic career about 1000 years ago...
Alas, most of the "hay is in the barn" by now... at least from a physical perspective. Now, I don't mean to get all "Dr. Phil" here but I will say that I believe the last two weeks is the time when the mental 'hay' goes into the mental 'barn'.
Thus, please enjoy my plan for the final two weeks (it may read a bit like a Code of Conduct or some such formal literature - that is intentional - as I plan to hold myself accountable to this.)
Without further ado, the plan:
- I will do bricks. Bricks are workouts that involve more than one discipline in succession i.e. SWIM - BIKE or BIKE - RUN. I will focus on bike - run. I find these workouts challenging to fit in during the year and I tend to focus on them late. The bricks will train my body and mind for the transition... I will not feel 'worried' or negative in any way when my legs feel crappy for a few minutes after the bike - I will push through knowing it is temporary.
- I will ride big hills (in week 1). The Stanley Park course for World's includes the Prospect Point Hill x4. This hill isn't large or particularly challenging, but I will ride larger ones, more times this week so that on race day I will call that hill my B#*@H!
- I will swim in the open water. I believe my competition will be shocked and chilled to the bone by our cold water - not me. I will be used to it and used to my wetsuit. I will visualize swimming fast (maybe with a knife between my teeth like a stone cold killer.)
- I will feed the machine. These two weeks I will concentrate on being exceptionally hydrated and fueled so that on race day I will have supreme confidence in my engine.
- I will rest. I will sleep as much as life will allow. Rest is key - I screwed this up last year and I will not repeat. This may be the biggest challenge. I will arrive well tapered and fresh - ready to empty the tank.
- I will assess my equipment. Any issues will be dealt with, repaired or replaced leaving no excuses on race day. I don't want to think about my equipment even once on June 7th.
- I will maintain balance in life. My family is no. 1 right now (and always). The easiest way to screw everything up (for us all) is to ignore them and create a stressful home.
So, it's that simple. If I go 7 for 7 it will be a VERY good sign for the race on June 7th.
Thanks for reading.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
At about 5:30am Sacha knew that it was not a false alarm. We packed up the van and headed in to the hospital. She was ushered into the delivery room and we got settled. At this point the contractions were about 6 or 7 minutes apart. I will spare you all the rest of the details, other than to say that Sacha was extremely tough... only declaring once or twice: "I can't do this!" (but she did...) and, "Get it out!" (she did that too...) Not a single expletive was uttered (which I find quite impressive.) She was amazing!
Monday, May 19, 2008
Note: There will be a post with pictures as soon as I get a chance to download them and get a few from friends...
Saturday, May 17, 2008
This is a question I get a lot. The "South African guy" is Oscar Pistorius. He is pictured in full flight below.
Friday, May 16, 2008
...that's what he said.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
This Monday (Victoria Day), I will be racing in the North Shore Spring Triathlon. It's a sprint distance tri which should be kind of fun since I haven't done a sprint since my first-ever triathlon 4 years ago.
I seldom suffer from post-race depression. In fact I may have never suffered from it. The City Chase has come perilously close to plunging me into a sad state as I contemplate going 360 days until the next one.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
The City Chase is a unique urban adventure that requires participants to exhibit teamwork, resourcefulness, determination and the ability to make decisions on the fly as they search for ChasePoints scattered in unknown locations throughout the city. ChasePoints are designed to test teams with a variety of physical, mental, and otherwise adventurous challenges.
To conquer this 4-6 hour urban event, 2-person teams will run, walk and use public transit to navigate their way throughout the city, while calling family and friends for help, accessing the Internet, and even employing assistance of total strangers. The first team to complete the required ChasePoints and cross the finish line WINS!
Our camera and sound guy... nice guys. This was hours after the race going back to Queen E. Park for 'pick-ups'.
Friday, May 9, 2008
Well, I burnt through the week with no posts.... but for good reason. It has been extremely busy the last few days.
Monday, May 5, 2008
Topic Number #1
Sunday, May 4, 2008
I am back at the training after two bouts of illness... the bronchitis is mostly gone - just a little coughing now...
Today we hired Smoother Movers to move us back into our house after approx. 18 months of renovations.