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Recap – Week 50

It was a ‘tale of two weeks’.

B&W snow

Swim – 3:00:00 – 8200m
Bike – 1:01:32 – 35.4km
Run – 1:22:52 – 16.9km
Strength – 1:30:00

Total – 6:54:24

My week was going great training wise until mid-Friday. I noticed a slight twinge (is that a technical term?) in my inner left thigh and by the end of the night I was having a hard time walking up the stairs. Given I shouldn’t have been piggy-backing my daughter up the stairs, but hey, it is the only way we can get her to go to bed without fussing.

I decided to forego my ride that evening opting for a good roll and stretch. That seemed to do the trick and by Sunday afternoon I was off for a run while the girls were off to the movies. 8 degrees, sun shining, and clear paths made for a great experience. Only in Calgary can you go from a blizzard warning to running in shorts in less than 2 weeks.

I am not complaining; at all.

The path system in Calgary is awesome. There is close to 800km of pathways that connect most of the city together. I typically use the same 20km of it close to downtown as I run at lunch. It is pretty flat along the Bow River, so when I can run from home and rip through ‘blood and guts’ I take advantage. Yeah you read that right, ‘blood and guts’. The famed section tracks along the north section of Bowmont Natural Park with an elevation climb of 99m from the river valley to the top of Silver Springs.


I love climbing that hill; brings back memories of training for Ironman 70.3 Calgary two years ago. I have a feeling that I will be seeing more of it in the coming months.

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I hesitated on registering for the Hypothermic Half marathon in February and now it is sold out. Crap. This is the second year in a row that I have missed out on the race by waiting to register. So without a half marathon to race in February, I am going to turn my attention to cycling for January, adding at least one more workout to the mix.

Registration opens for the Calgary Police Half Marathon on January 1, 2014. Needless to say I will be hitting that one soon after I recover from New Years Eve.

Who am I kidding, I will be in bed by 2200.

Question: Any specific training or race route bring back memories for you?


5 responses

  1. Great post. I lived in Waterloo when I first started running (when I was 40lbs heavier and couldn’t go more than 500m without feeling like I would die). We moved away to Hamilton and Toronto for 2 years as I actually got into triathlon. In September we moved back home to KW, and a few weeks later I went for a run past the old neighborhood – not even thinking about it – ran back along those same 500m I used to tackle 2 years ago. Brought back memories indeed – I could remember the exact driveway I would try to run to, and the exact tree I could never get past. It reminded me just how far I’ve come. Thanks for reminding me of that great memory!!

    December 17, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    • Thanks man. Never forget where you came from.

      December 18, 2013 at 11:06 am

  2. Rest up and I hope all feels better soon.

    December 19, 2013 at 1:49 pm

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