Thursday, May 29, 2008

Another big week

Alright that was a really big week, not as big as some of the weeks in Tucson but the biggest one since the injury. It started off on Saturday with a big training day in Caledon, 100km hilly ride that ended up being pretty fast because we thought it would be fun to sprint for every sign, not just town lines. We followed that up with a solid hour run through the hills of Caledon. It was supposed to be a mod run but leave it to Yorke feeling good and that pace can get pretty fast.
Sunday was the annual Kinetico Kids of Steel, which was a lot of fun, we did the duathlon in the morning, which was my first bit of really fast running in a long time, it hurt but I am now feeling a lot better.
The next couple of days were typical training days, swimming lots with some runs and rides thrown in there as well. But I am getting ready for the Milton Triathlon, a race I have not done since 1999 where I finished a great 21st place, hopefully I do better this time!!! haha, I really want to win this one and I am pretty sure I have a good chance!!!
I will keep posting.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Another week done

Just finished up another big week in the hammer. Things are really starting to get back on track with my training, running is feeling better by the day and I am riding better then I think at any time in my life. Swimming is about where I would expect as well. Although for the first time ever my younger brother Mark beat me in a set for the first time ever. It was not a matter of me not swimming well but of him really swimming well. I know that he has done a lot of work on it over the winter and it is really starting to pay off. The set was 30x100 2 steady 1 fast, 2 steady 2 fast, cont. that until 4 fast then back down and the last one was from a dive, we were going about 1:15 for the steady long course and I was going 1:07 for the fast and Mark was going around 1:05-6. So good on him and I am glad his hard work is paying off, lets hope that he can translate that to a medal at the world age group champs in the 19 and under.
Wednesday we also had the annual C3 golf day in support of the high performance team. I think the day was a good success despite the crappy weather (10 degrees and rain) I think everyone had a good time. I golfed with one of my main Sponsors Philip from Kinetico Canada. ( ) and one of his employees Ed. We golfed pretty well all day long with everyone hitting there share of good shots, but the shot of the day probably by anyone in the tourny was done by none other then Nat Faulkner. On the tenth hole after only playing 4 holes of golf in his life (we stared on the 7th) takes a 5 iron from 150 yards away bounces it in front of the green and it rolls up and green and goes in the hole, score us an eagle on the hole and Nat with pretty well a once in a lifetime shot 4 holes into his golfing career. That night was the dinner where we had an auction and Harold Mah as the keynote speaker. We also got all our 2xu gear with the new race suits. Today while we were getting massaged we hear Brit yelling upstairs we don't know what it is about so she comes down and shows us her new suit. Here is a pic, note the arching letters which is what she was yelling about!!
It is now Friday my rest day and I am again sitting in the Hamilton house waiting for the swim later in the day then I am heading back to Caledon for a big training day tomorrow and then the C3 Kids of Steel race on Sunday.
Thanks for reading!!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Sitting in Hamilton

I guess this is the first time I have actually updated soon after another post. Not much has happened in the last few days I have been able to train hard again which I am really excited about, I am actually feeling better then I thought and had a good couple of workouts in the rain yesterday and today and I am really getting sick of the rain. but I think the next couple of days are going to be better and I should be able to get in some good training.
We had a big day on saturday of training that started early so the night before Dave "pre" Sharrett and Nat thought it would be funny to take pictures in the girls bed while they were away at races. So I got roped into being the photographer. Here is a pic. I don't know how I get into this.
Well tomorrow is another big day, a good long run with some pickups and long tempo and a nice long endurance ride. I hope it is sunny.
Wednesday we are back in Caledon for the C3 golf day so I hope it all goes well, I kind of want to golf but I don't think I will get a chance too.
I know that was pretty boring to read I am sorry about that I am really bord sitting in the house with just Nat again, haha no offence Nat.
Oh yeah, so Nat moved in the house with what seems like most of his life posessions and have not been able to fit a bed in his room so the last few nights he has been sleeping on a mattress in the kitchen. I think he might be able to sleep in his room tonight but I guess if he gets hungery!!!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Long Time

Alright I know it has been a long time and I know that I seem to start every entry with that, I knew when I started it that this would happen and I am sure that everyone that knows me knows that this would happen as well.
A lot has happened over the last few months. In my last post I was talking about the first week training in Florida well it turns out that knee injury ended up being a lot worse then I thought. I tried hard to get it better before the Oceanside half and thought that I would be ok but sure enough about 3km into the run it started to really get tight so I decided to call it a day. After the race we headed back to Florida where I started to train again, doing a lot of water running and elliptical combined with lots of swimming and riding, eventually I got a cycling injury and couldn't even ride my bike. This can be big trouble for me because since I was a swimmer for 10 years before tri's swimming is not my favorite thing to do, and since it was the only thing I could do, I was really started to get depressed and was having a hard time finding motivation. The last 2 weeks in Florida were really tough, all I wanted to do was go home and get better.
When I finally got home, I was able to get regular physio work with the magician Nigel Hudson and after a couple of weeks of work and little training I am starting to feel a lot better and getting back into some good training again.
I have reciently moved into the C3 house in the Hammer (Hamilton) and preparing for the next couple of races. I plan on doing the Milton race and the Muskoka chase. I have not raced Milton since my first year racing, I think my best placing there is 21st so I hope to do better then that!!! and Muskoka will be a pretty big race for me and I hope to be in pretty good shape by then.
Oh yeah, this was my bike for the St. Anthony's race, you can't find a cooler looking faster bike then this!!!!!! Thanks Nat for letting me borrow the wheels.

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