Archive for June, 2012

Wrench in the plan

June 28, 2012 Leave a comment

Google Images has a surprising lack of more creative images for use here…

While thinking ahead to my scheduled swim tonight, I had a gut feeling to check the City of Hamilton’s website to look up the pool hours, with school winding down.  Sure enough, beginning July 1st, the pool a few blocks from my house will no longer be hosting evening length swims.


Being a city dweller, the swim can sometimes be the trickiest of tri events to train, purely due to logistics.  Running, you can put your shoes on and step out the door and go.  Biking is only a little trickier, in that you want to find a route with good pavement and minimal interruptions like traffic lights, but if you have a bike, you can train almost anywhere.

Swimming is a whole other matter.  Unless you live on a lake, you need to go to a body of water (be it natural, or chlorinated).  And when that body of water closes, you’re pretty much up shit creek.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got all kinds of options.  They still do a lunch hour swim, which I may try on days I work from home.  But that’s not ideal – work meetings have a funny way of running long and changing my intended lunch time.  Or there’s a dozen other facilities in the city, surely one of them still hosts evening swims.  But again, not as handy as the pool I could walk to in 5 minutes (although maybe one of them will be nicer – my pool is a dump).  And I probably shouldn’t call my City Counselor to complain, as the time slot has been given to Family Open Swim throughout the summer (aka let the kiddies jump in the cold pool at the end of a hot day).

Still… Shit!  The best laid plans…

– DO’G


Boredom eating

June 25, 2012 2 comments

That’s usually what I’m looking for too…

Today’s a slow day at work.  My legs are jumping with energy – I want to run and play and get outside, but I’m stuck in this cubicle.  It’s our slow season – I like quieter periods at work.  But today is really slow.  I find myself wanting for distraction (hence, this post).  But it’s really helped me pick up on a personal trend of mine: When I’m at work, I eat out of habit.  I don’t eat because I’m hungry (well, I’m sure I do some of that too) – I eat for something to do.  When I need a break from what I’m working on, I reach for something to eat.  When I need to stop and think on a task, I reach for something to eat.  And when I’m faced only with the piddly little tasks I’ve been putting off for weeks, and nothing of urgency to do, by gods do I want to eat!

I’ve eaten enough already.  I had a full breakfast, a muffin, a can of pop, a great sandwich, and a granola bar.  That’s more than enough food by 2pm.  I think I’m hungry still, but it’s a funny kinda hungry.  The kind that’s super distracting, but I have a feeling if I actually started doing something that made me think, I would forget about it.  Except I onlythink I would forget about it.  What if I’m actually hungry?  I had a good workout yesterday – maybe I need a few more calories today?  What if I’m actually hungry and trying to force myself to ignore it?


Maybe this is how I’ve managed to stay overweight for the past 15 years?  Maybe I don’t actually know how to listen to my body?

Knowing when to eat is like knowing when to breathe; when to go to the bathroom; when to grab a tissue before a sneeze.  It’s something you learned at a much younger age.  How do you re-train yourself as an adult when you realize you don’t actually know for sure when you’re hungry?  How do you learn to eat to fuel yourself (instead of eating out of boredom)?  How do you learn to listen to your body?

Anyone?  Anyone?  Bueller?

– DO’G

Beach run

June 19, 2012 Leave a comment

Yet another random Google image

My lovely wife and some dear friends of ours have signed us up to do a 10km relay run this weekend – The Burlington Beach X Challenge Course.

So Exciting!

Actually, I think it will be pretty fun.  It’s a 4 x 2.5km relay race up and down the beach with a few small obstacles to complete along the way.  It’s a pretty reasonable challenge for me at this point (I’d like to say that a 2.5km run is easy, but it still isn’t).  I’ve thought about posting goal times, etc.  But this is a fun run.  It’s a relay with friends.  My goal is to go out there, do well, and have fun.  Emphasis on the ‘have fun’ part.  That’s not to say I won’t do a few training runs this week, but I kinda like signing up for a race the weekend before.  With very little time to train, or stress, or over think the race,  I can just go and have fun and not really care if I come in last (and hopefully my team mates don’t really care either).

– DO’G


Belated Happy Father’s Day

June 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Something like that… but bigger… much bigger

My training plans for this weekend kinda went to shit.  I spent a good 6 hours each of two days doing manual labor outside instead of biking or running.  I think I’ll call that cross training and be okay with it.

I spent this past weekend helping my father build a shed in his  back yard.  My father lives on a giant body of water and wants a place to house all of his water toys (sails and stuff like that).  The shed must be roughly 12′ x 20′ in footprint, and has wall heights of 8′ and 12′ on either side.  It’s pretty damn big.  I spent a lot of time hauling floor boarding up onto the roof joists using a system that should have had pulleys (but did not) and a fraying rope.  And then standing on a ladder reaching overhead to hammer them in.  I think we re-wrote the book on how not to properly use a hammer… or a ladder, or safety equipment of any type for that matter… but we actually got it done.

It didn’t even occur to me until the end of the first day that I was up at my father’s place over Father’s Day weekend.  Father’s Day to me has always been a commercial holiday and not one I’ve paid close attention to.  But this was actually kinda special.  I watched him work – he doesn’t know a lot about construction (although he knows more than me), but he makes up for it with a general sense of strength and fitness, and an awareness of how to use his body and muscles to get a job done.  And he just kept going.  I thought over and over this weekend, if I can be in as good of shape at 60 years old as he is, I’ll be damn happy with that.  Not only is he doing all this physical work (in some cases probably more than necessary if he knew what he was doing), but he’s doing it so he can have a place to put all his toys, so he can go out on the water and do more physical activity.  And he’s 60!

By comparison, I struggle to make myself run a few kms every other day.

My dad is a source of inspiration to me – spending time with him motivates me to get in better shape, and to make sure I’m healthy and active at that age for my wife and kids the way he has been for us.  Training for triathlon is about more than striving for a new Personal Best time – it’s about striving for a better lifestyle.  A healthier, more active, and more energetic lifestyle.  If I can have that at the end of the day, the way he does, that’s better than all the PB times put together.

Happy (belated) Father’s Day Dad.  Thank you!


On the road again

June 14, 2012 Leave a comment

Just a random google image of a bicyclist. It’s early. But it’s amazing when you type ‘Bike Ride’ into google images how many pictures of naked cyclists come up. Oh the internet…

Yesterday I got Big Red (my road bike) out for her first spin of the season.  In fact, it was the first time I’d gone for a road ride in almost 10 months.  I know bikes often get put away for the winter, but 10 months?  My how things got in the way of biking this year…

It was a mediocre bike ride.  Not as fast as my race pace at the end of last year (go figure), but actually not horrible.  And much better than my first ride last spring was.  Suggests there’s been some level of improvement over the cold dark winter months.

But I think most of all, it was fun to go fast again.  My love of road cycling circles around one thing: I love going fast.  Find a down hill stretch, put it in a heavy gear, get low in the drop handle bars and see just how fast you can get the wind rushing by you.  I love road cycling.  I love going fast.  Biking season is back.  Huzzah!!!


Damn memory

June 11, 2012 1 comment

We have a love-hate relationship…

Memory is a funny thing.  Too often we forget things that we really wish we could remember.  Sometimes, we remember things we really should have forgotten.  And rarely do we realize either of these things are happening until it’s too late…

Last night my lovely wife and I did resistance training for the first time in… well, a while.  It’s on the training plan, and we’re working on getting back to adhering to a training plan (I have a love-hate relationship with training plans too).

Did I mention, it’s been way too long since I’ve lifted weights?

I hauled out the equipment I needed, looked at them and said to myself “I remember what exercises to do, and how much I was lifting”.  I did – I remember quite accurately how much I was lifting last time I did these exercises, way too long ago.  I jumped right in and did the same resistance.  With a few grunts, I managed to slug through it.

I have a vague memory of my wife making a comment somewhere around my 8th or 9th leg press rep last night.  Something like “Don’t push too hard”…

So today I can hardly walk.  I was ok when I woke up – sore, but ok.  I tightened up a bit in the lengthy drive to work.  Now, sitting in my cubicle, my thighs are SCREAMING at me.  Funny thing that memory – it remembered what I could lift, even if I really should have worked back up to it.  It remembered what to work out, but somehow while stretching afterwards, it completely forgot to stretch my thighs.  I did a full stretch session, and managed to stretch everything except the muscle group I pushed the hardest.

I think going forward, I may try writing down my lift and stretch plans.  No more counting on this memory thing…


Signed Up

June 5, 2012 3 comments

How awesome is that?!?

Sorry for the second post right in a row.  This is actually yesterday’s news, but in the midst of all the “studying” I was doing, I neglected my blogging duties.  Shame.

I’ve signed up for a race!  Cue the trumpets.  I’ll be racing in the Sprint Distance Wasaga Beach Triathlon by Multisport Canada on Saturday September 8th.  750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run.  Bring that shit on!

(ok, now I have some work to do)


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