Monday, July 6, 2009

Five Good Things

Things are coming around over here....


1.  My leg seems to be improving.  I don't want to jinx it but it looks and feels marginally better.  All that remains will be to see if it can handle any exertion.  I will be investigating that soon enough...  needs a few more days to be certain I'm not jumping in too soon.

2.  I have a race on the horizon!  It's not a full race (because that would be REALLY stupid just as my leg is healing) - it's a relay.  I will be swimming for a team in the Vancouver 1/2 Iron.  I haven't met my team yet but a friend is hooking me up with a cyclist and a runner.



This is a really good thing for me....  it was a bitter disappointment to have to bail on Road and Track Nationals (cycling) especially after bailing on Escape from Alcatraz to prepare for Road and Track Nationals.  I know that injuries are part of sports but that sequence of events really sucked.

Anyway, back to the race...  it'll be Sunday, and I am going out on a limb and predicting a fast swim out of myself.  I have been swimming more than ever (as I have been reporting ad nauseum here) so it ought to be fun.



3.  The Tour is about to get crazy!  The prologue in Monaco was super cool and today's stage looked boring on paper but ended setting a very interesting stage for tomorrow's Team Time Trial.  Those Astana boys really must be having a blast at team dinners and hanging out on the bus as they basically try to beat the crap out of each other.

(Al)Bert(o) saying "WTF Lance?"


Cancellara said he "took it easy" on the hill in the first half of the prologue (TT), so he'd have legs for the second half....  that seemed like a good plan, as he destroyed everyone else.  

4.  Swimming and "sort of" training has been awesome!  

We are having record turnouts to the B.B. swims since Canada Day.  So much so I got all excited and created a tab on the right hand column that leads to a page I put together with info for people coming out....  you can see that HERE.



Coming up with workouts that don't put any impact or exertion on my leg is a challenge...  but it is definitely one the coaches at IF are up to.  On Friday Justine and Dylan had the kayaks ready to go....  The sun was beating down and it was great to hit the water!
 
That's me.  Photo credit:  Justine before she capsized...

Justine - in the midst of capsizing...

Justine - demonstrating impeccable paddleboarding technique...

Dylan and Justine soaking up the rays...

5.  Last but not least....  The kids and Sacha are all enjoying the summer now that school is out.  Life is good when the sun shines!


Driving his big brother's car...  nice shoulder check....

Tweet this!

11 comments:

Missy said...

Great pix and while a relay might seem disappointing, it is fuuun, big fun if you haven't done one in a while. Back to team sports. Good stuff!

James Greenwood said...

Hey MJ -

We are looking forward to racing with you this Sunday.

I think Alberto C is probably saying a whole bunch more than WTF after he got caught out so badly yesterday!

Glad the leg is on the mend -

Vincent said...

without going into it too much, but I've read that Contador was the one who put the gap in the peleton. At that point there were no GC contenders in the front group other than Lance. And since Astana has no good strong flat riders, and Columbia has only good strong flat riders, there were suspicions of an alliance since that move pretty much guaranteed Cav the win. Who knows.

MJ said...

I do love a conspiracy theory especially one involving the TdF....

I can't see why AC would want to create that gap and let Lance leapfrog him... UNLESS he just knows he can beat LA in the mountains and isn't concerned over a few measly seconds... that, or Cavendish / Columbia owes him big time...

fun to talk about....

runninggunner said...

Glad to hear the leg is feeling better. We'll see you on Sunday. The sprint will be my first race since breaking my collarbone.

jameson said...

stoked to hear you are on the mend and keeping the mind right!

the tour is NUTS so far... going to be a great one.

Jill Costantino said...

That's so good about your leg WOOHOO!!!
Too bad you couldn't get your team to do Osoyoos, the kids and your wife would've had a great time up here. I'll be cheering for you guys from here!
Count me in for a BB swim in August!
Cheers!

Isabelle Julien said...

you're awesome! Those boats are pretty sweet!!!! I have been on them a few times.

good luck on your race!

Isabelle

D said...

I'll be looking for ya at Vancouver - I'll be out in full force spectathleting!

Ryan Denner said...

dude, swimming is never fun :)

ocean kayaking on the other hand - almost makes me want to switch back to adventure racing! get it!

Kona Shelley said...

Wow, i'd sure love to swim where you swim...very nice.