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Don’t You Hate it When Life Gets in the Way?

Oh, I wish that I was a professional triathlete.


Swim – 2:00:00 – 6300m
Bike – 0:00:00 – 0km
Run – 0:30:07 – 5.63km
Strength – 1:30:00

Total – 4:00:07

I have a pretty delicate balance when it comes to fitting training into my daily life. One missed day can really mess a guy up. Take this week for example; day trip to Edmonton Tuesday killed my bike and run, and leaving Friday for a drilling rig killed the rest of the week and the beginning of this week. Not to mention I spent my birthday away from the girls. Boo.

Looking on the positive side, the workouts I did get in the week were awesome; I don’t think that I have swam that hard for a long time. Our workouts on Monday and Wednesday both featured my favourite training tool, fins. Here is our set from Monday.

Warm Up
400m Swim / 200m Kick / 400m Drill
Main Set
4x100m Swim on 1:45
2x200m Swim on 3:30
4x100m Swim on 2:00
1x400m Swim on 7:00
4x100m Swim on 2:00
2x200m Swim on 3:45
Warm Down
100m Swim – Easy

Needless to say I pretty much ate everything I saw for the next 2 days. Our coach, while we resting between the last 2x200m set told us to focus on a hard kick with a good long reach off the wall. The sentiment from the lane, “we are just trying to stay alive.” Enough said.

I squeezed in a run on the treadmill Wednesday night, making up for Tuesday. Intervals were on the menu as my time was limited due to a late bed time for the little one. No matter, the less time I spend there the better.

The sidewalks, pathways, and roads here in Calgary have turned into pure ice. Not the “oops it is a little slippery” kinda ice, I mean the “holy crap I just surfed for 10 feet” kinda ice. I guess this is what we get for having above zero temperatures in January. I chose the treadmill on Wednesday purely for that reason; I didn’t want to go for a ride.

Running in the winter can be treacherous, especially here in Canada. Cold weather, wind, and dark can make for some scary situations. I have compiled a list of do’s and don’ts for winter running in Canada. Stay tuned for that piece of wisdom…..

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I mentioned that I spent the last 4 days in the field, missing not only my birthday, but spending a lot of time away from the girls. Not something that I want to do on a regular basis, but sometimes it comes with the territory. By territory I mean running my own product line with an international company. Not to make myself sound important or anything.

Being away from the normal day-to-day can be refreshing at times, heading into the middle of nowhere in -20 degree weather is not one of those times. I am glad to be back home safe and sound and ready to spend some quality time with my daughter. Strengthening our connection is going to be my top priority over the next 30 days.

So back to normal for the next couple of weeks. As normal as my family is.

Question: Any tips from you on running in the winter?


3 responses

  1. I completely understand the challenge of winter running, as I live in Syracuse NY, & I refuse to run on a treadmill. 5 years ago I purchased running spikes that fit over my trail shoes, you can climb a tree with them! They are Kahtoola micro spikes traction system. You will be completely stable in any terrain with any weather. I hit well traveled cross country ski trails and a canal path here. I also run on the icy roads with them. If the snow is fresh and finding a packed path is impossible, I put the cross country skis on and head out! I always go out with friends to hold me accountable, and as a reward, we go out for a hot drink post work out!

    February 6, 2014 at 7:51 am

    • I like the idea of some sort of traction. Have you tired them over bare pavement as well? My freight is that not all of the route is covered, just certain spots.

      Oh, and a warm drink post-workout is never a bad thing.

      February 6, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      • Yes, I have used them on bare pavement. I wouldn’t run for a long time on it, but going between spots is fine. You won’t hurt the spikes as they are titanium, but you may find that your knees and or feet may ache afterwards if you do too much distance on dry pavement. It’s worth getting a pair, you will figure out what works best for you. My friends and I have ran in them for years, you will love them! They are worth every penny. I believe they cost around $60 now. I’ve never had any issues with mine and they are still working great 5-6 years now.

        February 6, 2014 at 3:01 pm

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