My coach, Sean Clarke, is competing in Ironman Florida tomorrow.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I know these are trying times.... but when I read this blog post it made me think "Wow, it could be worse!"
The fall seems full of opportunities that fit into that description. Here are a few of the COOL events that my friends are doing in the next few months (or over the next year) that I would love to file under "completed":
I am not trying to say there is no way to do any of these things now - just that I have wanted to do them all and for one reason or another they conflict with my current goal.
There was a time (not long ago, in fact) when I would have tried to do it all (or more anyway) at the expense of doing any of it *well*. And, you know what? ...that isn't wrong. It's just a different approach. It is awesome to experience as many cool events as you can.
Lately my focus has been more on performance (i.e. try to do one or two things well) and less on experiences (i.e. just do great stuff all over the world and enjoy it.)
When my 2010 goal concludes (hopefully by racing in the Callaghan Valley at the Paralympics) you can expect me to switch gears for a while.... There are going to be some cool events and great experiences.
Not that I won't try to do well at them... just that I will accept slightly less performance at MORE things. Maybe....
Or maybe I'll try Rowing and shoot for London in 2012 (which would be 2 more years of 100% performance)...... Who can say....
One way or the other I know the grass might *always* look greener on the other side so I can't chase green grass. I have to find the sport equivalent of C-I-L Golfgreen and make the grass on my side as green as possible.
Monday, October 27, 2008
This weekend I headed up to Whistler to attend a good friend's wedding. Keith (the groom) trained Sacha and I at Innovative Fitness for many months before moving on about a year ago.
Sacha was invited as well but Mattias and Viggo both got quite ill on Friday and it lasted through the weekend so she didn't make it. I had a good time with the few people I knew but weddings always seem better when you are with your wife. Nevertheless, Daniel (another ex-Innovative Fitness coach) and I perservered and enjoyed ourselves and the evening enough to have to retrieve the car on foot the next morning.
Keith and his new bride Naomi are heading to Machu Picchu with packs on their backs for an adventurous honeymoon in the Andes. Pretty cool. Congratulations and thank you's to Mr. and Mrs. Sharman - enjoy Peru!
Anyway...... back to this weekend..... Prior to the ceremony Daniel and I did a great 2 hour (or so) hike on the mountainside above Green Lake in Whistler. The trail we were following (sort of) was called Shit Happens - which, under the circumstances was quite appropriate since we kept getting lost. I have included a map below - you can see my approximation of where we lost our way...
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
October has been all about building fitness and preparing for snow in November, and races in December.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
I'm not sure what it is about a soccer player riding a pony but it's all wrong. Just looks... wrong...
You can see it in his face, "Should I laugh, cry or tell my dad to put away the camera."
Mocha the pony did not seem too concerned by Mattias' cleats (or the un-equestrian-ness of his riding attire)... I suppose she was focused on the job at hand (hoof) which was to walk back and forth 1000 times with a different kid on board each time....
I'll be up early for masters tomorrow and another week will be underway... I hope you all had great weekend!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Continuing from yesterday's post, the e-mail below (CLICK TO ENLARGE) just went to the Boston Athletic Association. I figure I can't go 0-2, somebody, in Kona or Boston will reply... I can feel it.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Wow... I have so much to write about.
Long post warning... I'm not going to edit much of this weekend because I think it shows exactly the things I am thankful for in my life. No need to grab a kleenex... it's not going to get emotional, but I am not leaving anything out either... Here are many of the things I am most thankful for in life... I hope you had a good Thanksgiving too!