Sunday, September 26, 2010

I live the Rules. Above all is Rule 5, but revelled in the post ride glow.


You do know The Rules, right? Good I knew you did. Sorry the all black shorts were in the wash, but note the strict adherence to Rules 22, 56 and 76. I confess to rudely blowing by a pack that was not respecting Rule 5. Never be timid in the traffic cause the Cages smell fear. Nothing better than Fall riding, especially on a day like today. I’m hoping I can get some support for a Century next Saturday. Who’s in?

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Passing the Torch: Western Invitational 2010

Just back from watching the Western Invitational Cross Country meet. Some amazing running from the teams. Great to see Cass and the Brock squad. It looked like just about everybody had a great day despite the tough conditions. Cass really gave 'er, as you can see from his focus before the start:


And trying not to look exhausted with Mom at the finish.


He had a great day; the torch has passed, he is the runner in the family now for sure! I never broke 37 min for a 10 km and he did it on a windy day on a 2 lap course with a tough hill on it.

Congrats to all ya bROCK rebels and Cass here's some video of the race, enjoy!


Looks like a tour stage riding out to Western Inv XC


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Western Mustangs - Western Invitational preview

Check out this website I found at

Go Badgers! Kick some arse Cass!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Lakeside Triathlon Weekend: Some pictures and some (little?) thoughts

Here’s a gallery of random 1 hand shots from the triathlon weekend at Lakeside. Nothing makes you appreciate the support people give you at the races then when you have to go watch instead of play! Thank goodness for a) having my bike to get around and b) having a cowbell. Cause any tri/bike/running/swimming/multisport race needs MORE COWBELL!

Saturday ride was a bit gritty, what with the cold, clouds, some rain and headwind coming back, only warmed by the racers givin’ it on the 5 km run. But today was much nicer with Sun and slightly warmer temperatures. Highlight for me was riding up/down the dirt on 25th line road and helping the cows. Amy and I ran into 2 herds of cows, separated from each other by a gulf of misunderstanding and fear. One group of cows cowered in a forest, next to a group of field cows out on in a field. We lectured them sternly about ending this foolishness and bringing the group together. After going up on the backside of the course and watching the racers at 17 km (where the work on the bike was starting to set in) we headed back down the road.

And the cows were now one, some tree cows in the field and vice versa. A moving experience.

Congrats to the racers, with some big shouts to Jesse (always smilin’), Salsa Nancy (still had energy to run), Cathy (who I now know in person), Mr Ed (check out his chi form in the pictures), the old Mule (who I’m betting rode 5 hrs after getting ready to tear up IMF), Andrew the Kid Can Run!, Amy Sprint P (and I still got my 80 km on Sunday) not to mention Pappa John and the entire Multisport group and the volunteers for putting together a well organized event.  And Jenn, what a clinic she put on in the run coming from way back to take 3rd in a dramatic sprint. 1st 2 woman > 40 take that you kids! And Amy thank’s for helping me "explore the space" with the backup harmony MORE cowbell ringing, as shown in this video of her practicing last night.


PO and don’t fear the reaper,

Amy P & I had a smooth ride up to Lajeside. Men are offs. Go Jesse! #fb


Great race Jease! #fb


Jesses in from bike #fb


On the run. Can he catch Peeks who is 1 min up #fb


Amy P & I had a smooth ride up to Lajeside. Men are offs. Go Jesse! #fb


Jesse at 15km. Go dawg go! #fb


Go Jesse #fb


Amy P & I had a smooth ride up to Lajeside. Men are offs. Go Jesse! #fb


Saturday, September 18, 2010

One more on the run #fb Ps I'm freeZing time to ride back


Amy P 2nd overall first 30-34 #fb


On the run #fb


Amy's back in #fb


Here goes Amy P's wave #fb


TF keeping order in T1 #fb


On the swim (white caps) #fb


On the bike. Hard to snap and shake cowbell #fb

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

ahh… a #KurtVonnegut first day of school

It was great to get up early, swim, come back and see the kids off to their first day of school, and kiss my young wife goodbye…. Until I realized I was so tired I went home to the wrong house. Hopefully I was just time tripping again, hate it when that happens on faux-Mondays (i.e. Tuesdays after a holiday Monday).

Friday, September 3, 2010

Last Laughs of Summer Frazz-fest

I been squirrelling away these Frazz’s for to long. With the rain pouring, school starting and the weather cooling thought I should share these (and get them out of my inbox). And with Muskoka 70.3 in a little over a week, yes, Frazz, my mind is starting to concentrate “wonderfully”.

To the Miles of Smiles this summer,

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Dear Sports Scientists: Will drinking fluids keep me cool?


I've always been a believer in drink to thirst. I remember once getting caught with frozen water on a 2.5 hr run and essentially not drinking anything. I had no cramps or other issues, and my pace was nominal. Though training with 50 lb of water on your waist does have a training effect (like carrying 50 lb of anything), just don't race with it.