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Finally, The Weekend is Upon Us

Nothing like being able to release the shackles at the end of the day, who am I kidding, lunch time, and head home to hang with the family. Or if you don’t have kids, then you are probably off for dinner with friends and sleeping in. Not that I envy you or anything like that…..

Again, taking inspiration from Dave, if you need a little laugh or inspiration to start the weekend off right then I am at your service.

A buddy of mine has this on the wall in his office; I can’t walk by without having a little chuckle. Probably because it is so true.


I use visualization in my everyday life, I first learnt about it playing baseball as a kid. My coach would have us see the ball hit the bat, rounding third heading for home, or if the ball came to us what we would do. I do the same on the beach before a race and on the way into the office each morning. If I can visualize it, then I can make it happen.


I dig music, and by dig, I mean obsess about it. A good song can give you the energy to finish the end of an interval, make Saturday morning chores fun, and inspire. A bad song can do the opposite. Right now I am junto Sufjan Stevens; specifically his ‘Illinois’ album. It is pretty mellow, but most of the time, that is what I need.


I promised my lane 3 swimming buddies I would make this one. When ever we have an extra 5 minutes after a workout, our coach always has us do sprints. Sometimes it is 4x25m, but it can turn out to be worse. We try our best never to end early.

Eau Claire YMCA Tri Club

I just really thought this was hilarious and fitting for an athlete. Not many days go by that I don’t think about eating an entire pie. We can and we will…..

eyes and stomach

Have a good weekend guys. Train safe and sleep in.


Recap – Week 44

Rampin’ up one week at a time.


Swim – 3:00:00 – 8550m
Bike – 2:01:46 – 71.63km
Run – 1:18:56 – 16.72km
Strength – 1:30:00

Total – 7:50:42

I think I may have found a balance that works pretty good, at the moment at least. I was able to get some decent training in the week along with 2 strength sessions. It wasn’t easy but I am enjoying it nonetheless. Swim club on Wednesday was awesome; it sucked, but it was awesome. Here was the workout:

Warm Up
400m Swim / 200m Kick / 400m Drill
Main Set
200m Right / 200m Left / 200m Back – Kick with fins
200m Right / 200m Left / 200m back – Kick without fins
8x50m (25m kick / 25m swim) on 1:10
Warm Down
200m Swim

Looks easy right? The swimmers in the crowd will tell you “not so much”. After workouts like this I curse my standing desk.

This week was also the first week that both of my bike workouts were on the trainer. It is winter now in Calgary and barring a miracle, on the trainer my bike will stay. There are benefits to riding on the trainer, so I will have to look forward to workouts filled with power numbers and intervals rather than sunshine and fresh air. Sigh.

I think I am going to do that more often, sharing workouts; we have had some doozies in the pool and the bike can be just as brutal. I know I struggled with finding the right workout for a long time, so if I can help you out awesome. If not, no worries mate.

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In the off-season, I struggle with motivation; I don’t think that is a secret. I have however, found one way to stay motivated while keeping the fun in training.

At the beginning of September, I bet a fellow tri-club swimmer $10 that he couldn’t pass me on w 200m pull set. He succeeded in taking my money with about 45m to go. Now the money isn’t my motivation, it is the bragging right that come along with the money. So made a challenge that by the end of this session in December I will get my money back.

It isn’t going to be easy, but who said triathlons are easy? No one that’s who.

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Recap – Week 43

It was hard to shampoo my hair this week.


Swim – 3:00:00 – 7200m
Bike – 1:13:37 – 32.11km
Run – 1:14:15 – 15.47km
Strength – 1:30:00

Total – 6:57:52

I got back into the weight room for the first time in about 6 months. it felt great, until the next day; I was walking backwards down my stairs at home. I started with the ‘Pre-Hab’ routine outlined in ‘The Four Hour Body’ by Tim Ferris to identify any muscle imbalances that may have crept into my body over the summer. Good news, everything checked out great.

The rest of the week was uneventful by my standards, logging lengths in the pool, commuting on the bike, and a couple of quality runs. I had planned a long bike ride for Saturday as the weatherman called for 14 degrees, then snow for Sunday. He was right (how often does that happen) but unfortunately I was not. I wasn’t able to squeeze it in, opting to spend time with the family instead. Balance right?


Fall is a great time in Calgary, even if it only lasts 4 weeks. The weather is awesome allowing for some pretty great walks and hikes after supper. Case in point; we headed out on Monday evening with the dog who wanted to go for a walk, and a 6 year old who didn’t. 45 minutes later we were dragging both of them out of the tall grass to get home for bed time. It was so nice out we had to strip our jackets off and t-shirt it all the way home.

With the snow on Sunday it would appear that winter in going to settle in a little earlier than anticipated, meaning that me and the dog will head solo more often than not. That is okay with me, I enjoy the solo time with a good cup of tea and the fresh air.

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With the 2014 race season a long time away, starting with Escape from Alcatraz on June 1, I am trying to find some motivation for the winter. The couple of half marathons early in the year should keep me on track, but as most of us struggle with, I want to enjoy my training this year and not just log the hours. It is that darn trainer in the basement

Check back as I haven’t really found it yet.

Question: How do you find motivation in the off season?

Peer Pressure

Come on man, everyone is doing it.


Sounds like junior high hey? Well, it does for me.

We were taught, and I continue to teach my daughter, that peer pressure is bad. I don’t think I would have built a ramp then tried to jump my BMX over my firend when I was 10 if it wasn’t for peer pressure. Before you think it, I didn’t end up with any broken bones, although based on my history it was a good assumption.

So when is peer pressure a good thing?

I recently completed a 21 Day Challenge to eliminate sugar from my life; I am sure you saw my numerous posts and twitter updates during the challenge. One of the top reasons that I was able to successfully complete the 21 days was the knowledge that I had people watching me. I announcd my intentions, invited others to join, and encouraged anyone to follow my progress via a blog update each Monday night. With that visibility, how could I just up and quit without some ridicule.

I think that is the point; having someone or a group of people who will make you accountable can be positive. It keeps you focused and honest.

The concept of positive peer pressure reaches futher than just dieting. When I swim with the Tri-Club or join a running collective, I want to gain the positives of training with a group to make me better. Part of that is pushing myself to keep up with or supass the better athletes, and I can’t do that if I stop a set 50m early becasue I am tired.

So embrace the peer pressure. If you want to eliminate sugar, floss your teeth every night, or stop complaining (all three I did in 2012) make sure there is someone who you don’t want to let down and can measure how you are doing.

If you are struggling with just perception on the line, you can sign up at stickK, a website where if you fail your challenge, a donation will be made to a charity of yor choice. The key? You can pick an anti-charity, like ‘The George W Bush Presidential Library and Museum’ or ay other place you would rather not see your money go. Money always talks.

On a side note, I hope you guys wouldn’t have given me too hard of a time if I didn’t make it past day 11…….

Question: How do you motivate yourself to achieve a goal you set?