Thursday, April 30, 2009
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Kevin and I once tried to swim in the ocean in March... that time I wore dish gloves to try to keep my hands warm. We lasted about 60 seconds.
9°c is 48.2°f.... that's pretty freakin' cold. They cancelled the swim at World Championships last year because the temp was 12°c and people were getting hypothermia.
These socks are awesome.... and I can wear them both on one foot making them even warmer.... who ever said there was no silver-lining to being an amputee?
Where the hell is Kevin? I hope nobody sees me taking pictures of myself...
Kevin donning his new socks....
Home for breakfast. Finally stopped shivering.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
HUGE thanks to everyone for your comments, phone calls, emails in response to the "can of worms" I opened up in the last post. I hope you enjoyed putting on your thinking caps...
"I'm sorry your [equipment/idea/situation] is not something that the rules of triathlon can accommodate right now. Perhaps you could consider a relay where you will not [use the illegal equipment/do anything illegal]."Coincidentally, more often than not these athletes were looking to be categorized as an AWAD (athlete with a disability), when usually they were not (by the official definitions.) Regardless, their equipment or proposal always lay outside of the rules.
- Each case will be studied individually, no single case sets a precedent.- Equipment and athlete proposals will be inspected by appropriate officials, race directors and/or race sanctioning committees long in advance of competition to ensure safety- At a local level these special cases will receive consideration - beyond that, at Championship levels, they will not.
Monday, April 20, 2009
I'd like your opinion on something.... It has to do with triathlon but you don't need to be a triathlete to have an opinion on it.
If you have a moment (and since you're here I know you do...) please comment after reading this post. (You have to click through to my page HERE if you received this in a Feedburner e-mail.)Please feel free to use the 'anonymous' option on the comment form if you would rather not have your name associated with your comment. I am interested in honest opinions.Send your friends or readers here... I want as many opinions as possible!
-First. Don't focus just on the Hoyt's. You are now considering future cases that may bear no resemblance to their story. The people are not famous, nobody has dubbed them "inspirational" yet, and they may never. It might be a middle aged gentleman with a bad back who wants to ride a recumbent bicycle because he cannot ride an upright one, it might be a father who wants to assist his disabled daughter on the swim, but not the bike and run etc. etc.
- The rules are designed to ensure fairness and safety. As soon as you start waiving certain rules you are likely to be compromising in one of these areas.- If, as a governing body, an organization chooses to overlook one rule (or two or three) where does it draw the line? And how does it justify it's position to those it does not allow to race?- If a governing body keeps a strict stance and observes rules as they are written, the sport would be devoid of some of its most inspirational stories - like the Hoyts.- One of triathlon's greatest strengths (and unique aspects) is the attraction that it holds for those who have faced great adversity in life. This does not always mean that a rule needs to be changed to participate - but sometimes it does.- For the record, the rules the Hoyt's are "breaking " are (in layman's terms): 1. Triathlon is an individual sport. 2. No boats allowed in the swim. 3. Athletes must propel themselves around the course without assistance. 4. Bicycle equipment must be of a standard form. And perhaps many others...- The safety of all competitors and volunteers needs to be considered. Imagine if you were dealing with the request of someone you didn't know, with a strange idea to do something "different" that sounded a bit dangerous - like towing a disabled person, unable to swim, in an inflatable boat around an open water course. Or racing a bike with a person essentially perched in a seat on the front.- Simple Rule Primer: Private corporations (like the one that owns Ironman) can make their own rules and allow anyone to race in any manner they deem acceptable (i.e. they answer to nobody.) Races that are sanctioned by a National or Provincial Governing Body operate under rules created by the ITU - the world governing body. This is similar to FINA in swimming, UCI in cycling, or IAAF in track and field. (These events are expected to follow the standard rules.)
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Training this last week has been a little tentative...
This was taken in the gym at Rockridge High School at about 1am... During Cyclebetes people were spinning for 24 hours straight and $100,000+ was raised for JDRF - pretty awesome!
When your a$$ is sore and you are spinning for 4 hours it is smart to 'practice' descending technique ;)
I decided to stop in the middle of the Lion's Gate Bridge for some shots... It's a cool spot to see the city from even though the photos don't really do it justice.