Saturday, March 29, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Kauai - also known as the Garden Island - is a damn fine place as far as I can tell.
Mattias and Aia - (if not for Mattias I would be the whitest man on the island - but he got his genes from me, so I suppose I am ultimately to blame on both accounts.)
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Let's get the race report out of the way first...
On the podium at the Banquet - Silver Medal in the Sprint Race
Friday, March 21, 2008
Today was a good day. I had a good feeling about this race ever since I saw it on the Race Notice. Nordic Sprints are very cool... if you ever get the chance to watch a high level sprint like the one today you should make the time to check it out.... (there's a pretty good one coming in Feb. 2010...) Today we witnessed several Olympic gold medallists, several World Champions and many stars of the x-c world in the most exciting event of the week.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Aside from the trials and tribulations of racing - we have been having a pretty fun family time here in Whistler.
Well the relative glory of Tuesday's bronze medal was tempered by an unsuccessful outing yesterday...
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Today was a 5km, Interval Start, Classic Race.
That's me on the podium - check out the sweet medal - nicest I've ever seen...
Monday, March 17, 2008
Well the waiting is almost over... tomorrow we race. 9am start.
Many thought these three were a bit... how shall I say it??... Japanese? Well, not very Canadian anyway. It's strange that an imaginary character (the sasquatch) could be deemed Japanese but hey.... Anyway, I learned quickly what the mascot designers were thinking when we passed a gift shop and Mattias and Aia were struck with the Olympic Spirit. Wow - they love these guys! Bingo - half of my Cross Country BC weekly food stipend out the window on stuffed animals. I'm a sucker for the Olympics too....
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Well, the title of the post may seem overly dramatic to some of you but receiving a new piece of race equipment makes me very excited.
This may not look like a high-tech secret weapon to you... and it does need to be assembled, so you are forgiven for not seeing the "beauty" in this equipment. Like many of the messes in my van this stuff is actually very valuable race equipment (thieves do not take note please...)
Well that ended up being a super-fun night... and I think we rasied a lot of money for the TriBC bursary funds.
Sue Ironside (Tri BC President) and Joe Dixon (Race Director for Ironman Canada, Oliver Half Iron, Cultus Lake and others)
Thursday, March 13, 2008
This is a follow-up post to the one a few days ago about some exciting changes in the works for my leg... no, not a tattoo on my right leg....
Actually, I think as long as I channel Angus, I should be pretty cool... (though I intend to wear somewhat longer shorts.)
Monday, March 10, 2008
Check out this interesting training protocol... Tabata Training
Chuckie V - a sample of his humour, his post is awesome... Tweet this!
Well, Monday morning and the year's 10th weekend is behind us....
Friday, March 7, 2008
I just got off the phone - exciting phone call with my prosthetist, Michael, from RGP in San Diego. We have been trying to come up with a plan to solve some technical issues I have been having with skate skiing.
Problem: Setting the inside edge on my left ski is VERY difficult - my prosthetic foot tends to roll out slightly, meaning I have almost no grip on the snow and I end up "spreading the sauce" - which is ultra-lame and extremely irritating. (Note: I find these things extra annoying because there is little I can do about it...) In the early part of the season when snow was plentiful and soft this problem was a lot less noticeable... but now with the hard icy conditions it is a nightmare. I have had days where I honestly thought I was better the FIRST time I skated.
Solution: Call Michael and ask him to come up with a solution. The issue is that my Flex-Foot Modular III is designed for walking, running etc. and it has a split toe to adjust to angled foot strike.... this adjustment is preventing me from setting the edge of the ski firmly.
We have ordered a Mod III WITHOUT the split and Michael is going to bolt it down.... should be LIKE A ROCK. And... hopefully in time for Nationals.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
This Friday I will be taking part in a fundraising event called Cyclebetes it is a 24 Hour Spin-a-thon and I am on Team FRESH for JD (Juvenile Diabetes). Kevin, Nick (a spin instructor we know from a class at Gleneagles Community Centre), myself and a few hundred others will be spinning from 4pm Friday to 4pm Saturday to raise dough for JDRF.... should be a blast. Send me an e-mail if you wish to donate - it would be much appreciated.
Sorry for the long delay... no internet for a few days with our move taking place.
The dust has settled on our big move.... Well, it wasn't any bigger than any other move but seemed big to us. We are now resident at the Maple Leaf Storage located next to Park Royal. I should say our "stuff" resides there - we are currently staying with Sacha's parents in West Vancouver. The situation is actually very comfortable - the kids are happy and we are just a few minutes from their schools, my office and all of our regular haunts. Also, Anne Marie's cooking is super fantastic which makes staying at her place easy to do (though perhaps bad for maintaining my ideal race weight:)
Hopefully our place will be ready for our projected move-in date of April 9th.... we'll see. The home stretch of these renovations always seems to take forever.
Training has been fun these last few days - I'm back at the cycling after ignoring it in favour of skiing all winter.
Sunday was a group ride - Kevin and I started at I.F. in West Van and picked up three others at Park Royal - then rode to I.F. Kits and picked up about 15 others for a blast out to UBC, around the UBC Tri course and then Kevin and I came back along Spanish Banks and through Stanley Park to West Van.... it is hard to beat this for a Sunday ride - beautiful!
It wasn't long and there was actually a lot of stopping BUT when we were going there were some protracted hard efforts with some great riders - Richard, Kevin, Kyle were all moving fast and my ski legs were hurtin' trying to keep the pace especially on the hills. I knew this would be the case after ignoring the bike all winter but ouch! I have some work to do!
This week Rob and I have done some good bike-run mini-bricks in the gym - it is good to get that work in as I have often neglected the bricks too much.
The pool has remained a bright spot this week... I'm loving the swimming these days and feeling pretty good. I have to throw down a 1500 tt soon though as all of this Masters stuff (50, 100, 200, 400) does not a 1500 make. Despite the not quite exact triathlon focus of our Master's class it is still such a perfect fit in other ways - lifestyle, good coach, great people - that I can't stand the thought of going solo for longer sets. It will be different when we can hit Batchelor Bay for the open water - I LOVE that!
**Reading this back has me realizing that my focus needs to be on skiing for another three weeks! Nationals is only two weeks away!