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Waiting for spring

March 4, 2013 Leave a comment
A cheery picture for a Monday, courtesy - as always - from Google images

A cheery picture for a Monday, courtesy – as always – from Google images

I’m finding this winter particularly difficult.  Maybe it’s because last winter was especially mild?  Or maybe it’s because this winter I’m training more (and trying to run outside)?  But it just feels so cold, and so dark, for so long.

I can’t wait for spring.

I can’t wait to step outside and not be instantly uncomfortably cold.

I can’t wait for the sun to rise before I leave for work.

I can’t wait for the ice to melt on the sidewalks.

I can’t wait to stop wearing long johns when I run.

I can’t wait for the sun to break through the everyday grey sky.

I can’t wait for spring!

This weekend’s long run didn’t go well.  It ended a lot earlier than it should have (and not nearly as early as I wanted it to).  I just couldn’t get my muscles to warm up; my legs felt like those concrete drums you drop to the bottom of the lake, weighing me down with every step.  In the end I only did about 10k (and really only 5k of that at any semblance of training effort).  I just couldn’t get warm.

Tonight I got to cheer myself up by firing up the BBQ.  I’m a big believer in year round BBQ.  The snow and cold can’t keep me away.  I feel like it’s my way of bringing warmth, and light, and fire to a cold winter night.  Plus, who can say no to a good rack of ribs?!

Tomorrow evening I’ll take another shot at a long run.  I need to get a few more in before The Bay.  Then, next morning I’m getting on a plane for a ski vacation in Whistler B.C.  I’m looking forward to seeing the extended family and getting away for a few days.  It may be cold, but it won’t be the same cold as home.  It won’t be 5:30am alarms, going to work in the dark, in the cold.  It’ll be adventure and activity.  It’ll be family and friends.  It’ll be the warm I need right now.

And when I get home, it had better be spring.  I can’t wait…

– DO’G



Schedule Jenga

January 31, 2013 2 comments
Great game, with a strange name!

Great game, with a strange name!

I’m tired.

The past week has conspired against me, or more specifically, against my training plan.

Triathlon training schedules are kinda crazy – you have 3 different sports you’re trying to train in at the same time, plus getting in time for strength training… and of course always leave time to stretch at each session.  My gym sessions are averaging about 90-120 minutes at this point (let alone my long runs which, obviously, take longer).  Try to fit this in around work, and family, and socializing, and house chores… and… and… and…

…all it takes is one piece slightly out of place, and the whole tower starts to topple.

I missed my long run this past weekend due to a bad case of the hangovers (terrible ailment – I don’t wish it upon anybody).  Seriously, who was I kidding planning to do a 20k run the day after a night of Southern BBQ and plentiful tasty beers?!  Some how that didn’t seem like a problem I had to worry about at the time – that was a problem for Future Me…

Well Future Me is a bit grumpy at Past Me right now.  I managed to get medium length runs of 10k and 6.5k in on Monday and Tuesday after work, which meant I got no chores done around the house.  Wednesday turned into a 17 hour day (had an A M A Z I N G dinner out with my cousin – more great food, more great beer, more great company… more not keeping on top of my house chores.  There’s always a trade off).  This morning’s workout had to be scrapped in favour of week’s worth of dishes that needed washing.

I had a solid training plan, but I keep taking pieces out of their spot and trying to add them on top.  My schedule Jenga… it’s all about to crash down.

So here I am, Thursday evening, still not having done last weekend’s long run yet.  Normally I wouldn’t stress about that, except Saturday morning I get to jump on a plane and jet off to Florida for a week cruising around the Caribbean Sea.  Not like I’m going to get a lot of long runs in next week.  I can’t go two weeks in a row without a long run.

2 more sleeps...

Only 2 more sleeps…

So when do I get my long run in?  I owe myself a 20k run (side note: holy shit that’s long!).  I promised my wife I’d spend tonight with her, so that’s out.  We have dinner plans for tomorrow after work, so that’s out.  That leaves tomorrow morning.  I’d have to start my run by 6:00am at the latest to be done in time to start work by 9:00.  Current forecast for tomorrow morning: -8°C, feels like -16°C with the windchill, and a snow squall warning in effect overnight tonight.

Fuck.  This is really gonna suck.

I really have to stop skipping training sessions to go out for beers with friends and family… (as if that’s ever going to happen… guess I’d better get used to crappy cold morning runs instead).

What do you do when you miss a training session?  Do you make it up, or do you skip it and move on?  Do you rearrange your work out schedule when social events pop up?

Blue Monday

January 21, 2013 2 comments
Not a good way to start the day...

Not a good way to start the day…

Happy Blue Monday everybody.  I know it’s completely baseless pseudoscience crap, but why not take any excuse to get out and do something extra fun and uplifting?!

My day started off on the wrong foot, but the ship righted pretty quickly.  I got up this morning at quarter past stupid o’clock and drove 70 kilometers from home in Hamilton to Waterloo to meet my sister for a pre-work swim.  When we arrived at the pool…

Girl at the ticket wicket desk “Are you here to use the pool?”

Us, carrying our bathing suits and towels and swimming goggles “… yes”

Girl at the ticket wicket desk “Oh.  Well the pool is closed today.  There’s a leak in the floor, so we had to drain it.  It’s expected to open again in about two weeks.”

(… and I thought to myself, “if there’s a leak in the floor, won’t it drain itself?”  amiright?)

The reasonable response would have been to turn to my sister and ask if I could go back to her place to use the shower before driving into work.  Instead, I turned to her and said “Wanna go for breakfast?”

Yep, what started out as an empty swimming pool and cancelled swim training session quickly turned into Monday morning breakfast plans and a visit with my sister.  Win!  (And yes, I showered once I got to work – hooray for new office buildings with showers in them).  I’ll make it up to myself in my after work training session.  That was a good start to today!

What have you done (or will you do) today to beat Blue Monday?

Triin’ Ain’t Easy

January 19, 2013 Leave a comment
Think I'm gonna need a bit more...

Think I’m gonna need a bit more…

Today I ran my first 18k long run.  I was happy with it, though I feel like I’ve had the shit kicked out of me physically now.  I seemed to have a headwind against me the whole return leg of my run (which is odd, because my route was sort of crescent shaped).  I addressed the low energy problem a bit by bringing a packet of Gu along with me, though my 24oz water bottle ran dry far earlier than I wanted it to.  I guess that’s the new logistical issue to work out.  Water is good.

Anyway, while I’m sitting here on my couch doing nothing with my legs, I’m reminded last night of a review I was doing of my training schedule and race calendar.

Now that I’ve added the Grimsby Half Marathon to the slate, I’m looking at an 8 race season.  While that’s really exciting and motivating, it’s also kind of expensive.

I’ve signed up and paid up for 3 races so far – the last of which this week, my wife and I paid $73 each for the Half Marathon.  At $75/race, it’s going to be a $600 season.  Yikes.

My big 4 races of the summer have all opened registration at the same time – a June Triathlon in Binbrook, a June Bike Race in Waterloo, a July Triathlon in Cincinnati, and a September Triathlon in Wasaga.  The Binbrook race is going to cost $70, the Waterloo race $70, the Cincinnati race $95, and the Wasaga race $83.  My budget can’t afford to pony up for all of that at once…

… anyone have any suggestions on getting a sponsor?  anyone? Bueller?

My question to anyone with experience signing up for races or events – have you ever missed out on a race you wanted to sign up for because it sold out?  Do you usually sign up early, or wait until the last minute?

Have you ever missed out on an event you wanted because it sold out faster than you expected?

Sick days suck

August 21, 2012 Leave a comment

Google Images makes me laugh sometimes…

Today was a bit of a rough day.  I stayed home from work sick.  It all started when I woke up Sunday morning – I felt a bit rough, but I chalked it up to sleeping on the floor followed by 6 hours in the back of a car.  Monday morning also felt a bit rough – I went to work anyway, but by about 2:30 I had to tap out.  Today simply wasn’t going to happen.

I felt bad missing Sunday night’s run.  I felt really bad missing Monday night’s run (especially since Monday night is my weekly fun-pace run with my wife… I like those).  Today now makes three straight days off from training.  Even if my stomach and head aren’t up for a run, my legs sure are twitching.  All day today I kept getting up off the couch  to do something, wanting to do something, and then quickly sitting right back down.  The mind is ready to go.  The mind is ready for the final few weeks of push before the race.  The body, however, is simply not up for it.  Here’s hoping by tomorrow I’m ready to get back out there or else I’m really at risk to lose all the great progress I made last week.

I did make the most of a bad situation though – it’s been a long time since I’ve had a good Star Wars movie marathon!


Pain in the glutes!

July 25, 2012 Leave a comment

We have a love-hate relationship…

I commute to work each day (thankfully only 3 days per week) – 150km round trip per day, taking over an hour each direction.

I’ve recently noticed that each day when I get out of my car, my legs are sore.  Particularly my hamstrings (or what my non-medical educated self diagnosis perceives to be my hamstrings).  They’re really tired, and often the first few steps away from my car are a bit tentative and wobbly until they loosen up a bit.

I’ve been wondering about the impact this has on my running.  I was trying to do a Google search to find anything about car commuting and hamstring issues – lots about general health impacts of car commuting (note to self: STOP THIS!!!), but nothing specific to hamstrings.  But then I found this site, talking about general sitting impacts to a runner’s health.  Of course, sitting here in my office chair as I read the article – and especially further as I type this post – I’m realizing that my hamstrings and glutes are tight and cranky even now.

I guess that’s the peril of the urban worker.  The human body was not designed for long commutes, office chairs,  and cubicle working.  We were designed to move.  But in today’s world, we don’t do what we were designed to.  We drive cars, sit in hard chairs, in buildings with circulated air.  We eat processed food because it’s convenient, and let’s us get back to our cars and our desk chairs faster.  We jeopardize our bodies – our health – for modern efficiency.

Last night, my wife and I did the escarpment stairs, just like our work out plans called for.  But when we were done, instead of going straight home we both decided impulsively to do a quick 2.5km jog around through the park.  Neither of us had our ipods, or headphones, or GPS devices to track distance or pace.  Neither of us had our usual tools with us.  We just ran as our legs took us.  It was possibly the best run I’ve had in a long time.  It felt amazing!

The body is meant to move.  Not to sit in a car, or an office chair, or a cubicle.  It’s not meant to be shoehorned into modern work schedules, fueled by fast food, or evaluated by hand held devices.  We’re meant to move – to be free – to use our muscles as they need!

… and on that note, I’m getting up from this desk and going for a walk (after this conference call is over, of course)


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