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Monday, June 14, 2010

Apparently now the IRONMAN training begins??

First thing I will do is post a photo of my awesome teammates  from the Ride to Conquer Cancer.  Between us this weekend we rode close to 1000km and contributed +$34000.00 to the Princess Margaret Hospital.  Thank you!  The non cycling folks were our awesome support crew for the weekend.  They picked us up, delivered bikes, made us our meals and made the weekend possible.  Without them the logistics would have been a whole different experience from the 'luxuries' they provided us.  Thank you!
Today was a good start to my temporary new stage in my career.  Thank you to all of you for your wishes, and I know it is all good karma for the great place that this event is bringing me to.
I started day one getting organized and figuring out a bit of a time line for myself to 'play' around.  It is a luxury to have the time to be able to do this, so I want to use it as wisely as I can. I don't have months to burn, but I can likely enjoy some extra training for a few weeks.  Won't hurt at all to push it a bit as I go through what my program is now calling 'IRONMAN specific' training??  What the heck have I been doing so far?  I got all sorts of chores done around the house and seem to have a good list for the rest of the week.  I also got in a great swim this afternoon.
As I have gone through the training it is incredible the changes that take place.  Each time I am out swimming it seems to get more relaxing.  I talked about a girl that I met at the pool last week who was once a competitive swimmer.  I asked her what she thinks about when she is in the water.  She said her number one idea?!  I was swimming downhill as I was told in the book I followed.  Today I focused on looking at about 3-4pm rather than 6pm while I am swimming.  HOLY SMOKES!  It made a difference!  I have been having the toughest time bilateral breathing, but today with my head up slightly is seems a lot easier.  As well it makes sighting an easier chore as well, I don't feel that I am jumping out of the water to see where I am going.  As I swim along it allows me to reach better and feel like I am sliding through the water smoother than earlier.  Thank you Laura(or is it Lisa) , whichever it is, she was a the pool today.  Last week I tried to draft her and she smoked me, No not today, I was able to hold onto her heels almost the entire way!  It was another great breakthrough.(I hope it just isn't a fluke energy burst)
Overall the 3500m was an easy swim, I felt relaxed and calm in the water.  I am going to get out and do an OWS this week prior to a sprint this coming weekend.  I want to make sure that my nerves are calm and that I am comfy in my wetsuit.
 Until then and until tomorrow thank you all for your support and your read!
Life is GOOD and getting better!


  1. What a great cause - and the amount of money you have all raised should be commended.Fantastic effort in your swim as well.

  2. Nice to see when triathletes use their efforts towards greater causes! Nice work!

  3. Awesome cause! And that is awesome about the swimming. Keep up the hard work!

  4. Nice on the bilateral!! gotta love the "on" daays in the pool...

  5. Congrat's on your cycle weekend, Princess Margarit is a great and worth hospital. Just noticed your count down is below 100, you just keep getting stronger and faster, it'll be here in no time!

  6. Thank you for the tip, I'll try 3-4 pm, I always look straight down. I found that I swim better when I force myself to relax after each stroke (sounds weird).

    Sounds like she may have to watch out, you are getting faster!