April 23, 2008

Sooke Spring (?) Sprint Tri

It snowed on Friday & Saturday, which was extremely random for the end of April in Victoria... In a pretty big contrast, Sunday was a clear, beutiful but still a really cold day. I almost wish I raced myself so I could stay warm (almost is the key word here...). 6 PT Performance Training athletes raced and all of them did very well. It was an excellant way to get the season started! Well done guys :)

April 15, 2008

The following course description is taken directly from the race website: www.steamboat50.com. "The course is a spectacular 50 mile run through the beautiful mountains and fall colors of the Routt National Forest of northern Colorado. The race starts bright and early at the Steamboat Springs ski area (elevation, 6,900 feet) and proceeds up, up, up to Mount Werner (elevation, 10,568 feet) then goes up and down and up and down some more and then across the Continental Divide to Rabbit Ears Mountain (elevation, 11,000 feet) before heading back and way down to the ski area. The course will have nearly 9,000 feet of climbing. This course will test the endurance and spirit of any runner". Sound like fun, right? Below is the course elevation. Kind of nuts... will be a fun and challenging day for sure!

And the running begins... 5 months to go :)


April 13, 2008

Its ON!!!

Well, I finally did it.

I registered for my first ultramarathon... 50 mile of hills, hills and some more hills. I didn't really need to sign up now, as the race is in mid September... but I figured signing up early will be what I need to fully commit and start training properly!!

I will post more details about the race tomorrow. Its late and I have a busy day tomorrow... I plan on running before coaching in the am and then I have a full day of meetings and writing training programs, mine included!!

Im excited... it will be my first race in 5 years! Can my body handle all that running after my CFS diagnosis in 2003? I think so :)


April 6, 2008

Lessons from Geese

I'm not sure where this was originated; I got it from one of my professors during my first year in university. It's kinda cool and true... and I keep thinking about drafting and group rides when I read it. I am sure people will get different things from it :)

As each goose flaps its wings it creates an 'uplift' for the birds that follow. By flying in a 'V' formation, the whole flock adds 71% extra flying range. Lesson: People who share a sense of community can help each other get where they are going more easily... because they are travelling on the trust of one another.

When a goose falls out of formation it suddenly feels the drag and resistance of flying alone. It quickly moves back to take advantage of the lifting power of the birds in front. Lesson: If we have much sense as geese we stay in formation with those headed where we want to go. We are willing to accept their help and give our help to others.

When the head goose tires, it drops back into the formation and another goose flies to the point position. Lesson: It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks. We should respect and protect each other's unique range of skills, capabilities, talents and resources.

The geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up front to keep up with their speed. Lesson: We need to make sure our honking is encouraging. In groups where there is encouragement, production is much greater. Individual empowerment results from quality honking. When a goose gets sick, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. Lesson: If we have as much sense as geese we will stand by each other in difficult times as well as when we are strong.

April 3, 2008

Way back in the day...

I was looking through some old pictures the other day and thought the ones posted below are pretty funny and need to be shared... They were all taken 13-14 years ago... :)