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Always Be Attacking

I am not a professional cyclist.

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Thou I do pretend to be one from time to time….

The Paris-Roubaix this past weekend was a great race. Between the cobbles, attacks, and unpredictable winner I couldn’t turn away. That is what is so great about the single-stage, or classic races; anyone has a chance to win. That is why I ask this question:

If Cancellara really wanted to win, which I am pretty sure he did, why didn’t he attack or at least attempt to catch Terpstra inside 5km?

Appreciating the fact bike racing is like poker at 55km/hr, did Omega-Pharma Quick Step call Fabian’s bluff and attack at the right time? I can understand why he didn’t go with Tom Bonnen. When Bonnen attacked with 78.5km to go, I thought “wow, cool move but way to early”. With the help of the Peloton, he stood a better chance than if he had gone with.

Even after Boonen was gone, Trek Factory Racing left the charge up to BMC in the Peloton. I figured they would have pushed the pace, reeled in the chase group, and cranked up the pressure to deliver him to the line. Instead it seemed like most of the teams were happy to enjoy the view the in the country side finishing with a nice ride in town. Not bad for a Sunday morning hey?

Now I know that Fabian was held up by a teammate after a crash, scary how fast that happens by the way, and it took a lot of energy to make contact with the Peloton. I reckon that it took a lot of energy for Terpstra to make contact with the lead group, then open a 20 second advantage when he crossed the finish line.

Maybe it just wasn’t his day. It is no secret that a little luck, who am I kidding, a lot of luck is needed to win a bike race. If it wasn’t, there would be no need to start the race in the first place. Was it luck? Or did he know holding on for 2nd or 3rd was the only option?

If I was in his shoes, I would have been right on Terpstra’s wheel when he broke, sprinted to the line, or died trying.

Again, maybe why I am not a professional cyclist.

Question: What would you have done in Cancellara’s shoes?

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Volunteering, Brusing, and Dressing Like a Grown-Up

Not too bad considering.

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Swim – 2:00:00 – 6100m
Bike – 2:17:20 – 75.6km
Run – 1:21:51 – 16.1km
Strength – 0:45:00

Total – 6:24:11

Considering I missed the first 2 days of the week; dumb job keeps getting in the way.

I tried to scramble to get everything in after getting home late on Monday night but decided against it Tuesday morning. It is funny what a couple of days with little or no sleep will do to your motivation.

I sound like a broken record a little bit, but swim club this week was awesome again. For how hard we swam on Friday, I would have been justified to take the entire weekend off to recover. Alas, it was ‘Fartlek Friday’ and my run partner was not so easily swayed, even though he swam the exact workout I did earlier that morning. I am going to like this partnership.

We sprinted intervals that each of us made up on the fly; the next pole, over the bridge, to the next turn. You get the idea. We set the pace in the first 25m and then tried to lose each other. It must have made for some interesting watching as we were flying down the pathway chatting about when we would stop.

I volunteered with my little one’s grade one field trip and I was lucky to be able to join. To volunteer you need to have security clearance which takes anywhere from 4-6 weeks for the Calgary Police Service to complete. I procrastinated and left about 4 weeks to get all of the paper work in order. The stars were aligned and I received my clearance Monday afternoon. Awesome.

It was a absolute riot to skate with 80 kids on the ice. Some had never seen a sheet of ice before and others were really good on a pair of skates. I learnt how to skate (actually I knew how to skate, I needed to learn how to stop) last winter to keep up with my daughter. No better motivation I reckon. I am totally gong to take every advantage I can to do that again.

At the end of the day, the teacher called all the kids to center ice, and on my way there, a kid cut in front of me. In my attempt to avoid the collision, I lost and edge and fell on my right side. My hip is a little bruised, along with my ego.

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Over the last 3 months I have been lifting with the ultimate goal of increasing my strength without adding my bulk in the process. Both my squat PR and average wattage have been increasing and my speed on the run is getting better.

You could say things have been going pretty good, but my tailor is the happier of us two. All of my clothes have needed some sort of work since Christmas. Take in the waist on my newly purchased slacks because the only way for my thighs to fit was to buy the size up is the latest escapade. I went into a high end store here in Calgary, and the sales lady who I presume works on commission, took one look at me and told me to try somewhere else.

Are my legs that proportioned to the rest of my body?

Any ways, being an amateur triathlete is wreaking havoc on my wardrobe. Workout attire, contrary to popular belief, is not acceptable everywhere.

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The Real World?

Ran across a blog title. In that title, it stated “Triathlon, and how it relates to the real world.”

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That got me thinking, does Triathlon relate to the real world? I mean most of the things we do, outsiders look on and say things like “how can you get up that early” or “you are crazy for running that far”. Getting up at 0500 on a regular basis to get demolished in the pool or run to the top of a hill, then down, only to turn around and run up it again aren’t things the normal dad does on my block.

Not to say that you can’t compete and have a real life; I do it each day along with countless others; but there are reasons why living a normal life and being a triathlete are completely different.

We compete in three sports simultaneously. It can take years to be efficient in the water swimming 5-6 days a week; throw in cycling and running, it can take that long to just survive. Now eat, drink, and try to keep it in your stomach until the finish line.

We plan our training volumes like a kid plans a trip to the candy store. As much as we can hold, then just a little bit more. To fit in the appropriate training time, we resort to either two-a-day or brick workouts. I haven’t had less than 2 days a week with a brick or two workouts since November 2012.

Our obsession with gear can be unquenchable. When you have to gear up for three sports, it can be expensive. Throw in the newest ‘Super Tri-Bike’ or the “Lightest Shoe” things can add up real fast. The only thing worse than that? We eat it up asking ‘what else can we buy?”

Our thoughts are mostly on training, racing, or nutrition. My wife is the first to point out that I spend a lot of time talking about my training plan or how my nutrition plan is going. We can be annoying to anyone who will listen, and even to those who don’t.

I think we are all crazy.

And I think triathlon does not relate to the real world.

Question: Do you think Triathlon relates to the real world?