It’s been a long while since I posted anything on this blog, but just last weekend I completed my first ever triathlon, and I figured that was as good a reason as any to start posting again. The race was The Canadian Sprint Triathlon, put on by Somersault here in Ottawa on Sept, 1, [...]
A couple weekends ago, JK, Grant, Dave and myself piled into my old Mazda and drove 1000+ kms (overnight Thursday thanks to an impending storm) to meet up with Trev to participate in Curl for Cancer at the Fredericton Curling Club.
Huge thanks to Dave who agreed to come along this year as our [...]
October 23rd was the date of the first annual 9 Run Run event. The race took place here in Stittsville, so I really had no excuse NOT to run – although I did leave it until a few weeks before the race to actually sign up. They offered a 3km family run and a half [...]
I’m sure the suspense has been killing you, waiting to hear how the Perth Kilt Run went, and more importantly…did I manage to beat Grant? Well wait no longer (5 months is long enough I think). Who am I kidding – I’m sure anyone who actually cares already knows what happened, but I’ll write [...]
It’s been a long time since I posted anything on here, and since I just completed the Ottawa Half Marathon today (for the 3rd time), I figured I’d sum up the results of all the races I’ve participated in, just so I don’t lose them, and for easy comparison.
May 29th, 2005 – Ottawa Half [...]
2 months ago I wrote about being out of commission due to a stomach virus of some sort. Since there, there has been lots going on that I just haven’t bothered to blog about. I’ll attempt to do a quick write up of what I’ve been up to since then. Amy and the kids went back east to visit with her parents and some of my family in early May. She was gone for 2 weeks, leaving on a Sunday afternoon and returning two weeks later, late on a Sunday night. While she was gone, I was tasked with “finishing the deck.” This is kind of funny when you consider I hadn’t even started the deck. Bad weather and a bunch of other excuses prevented me from finishing the deck, but I did get a good start on it. Grant helped me tear down the old deck, and Steve, Dave, Darcy and JK all helped me get the substructure done while Amy and the kids were away. Thanks guys! Since then, I’ve managed to install the deck boards and am in the process of getting the old stairs put back on and installing the railings. JK was a huge help with the decking – thanks dude! You can check out the set on Flickr if you’re interested. Race weekend has come and gone since I last wrote as well. I had hoped to finish the 1/2 marathon in and hour and forty minutes, but sadly that was not to be. In the end, I finished in 1:48:54 and I guess I can’t complain too much. I think the problem was a real lack of a training schedule and general laziness on my part. I was also not feeling great on the days leading up to and including race day, but I’m not sure that actually played a part in what happened. My strategy of not taking anything in during the race was a poor one – next time I’ll consume *something*, if only just water. :) A couple weeks after race weekend, it was time for the Rideau Lakes Cycling Tour, which is a weekend event where 1800+ riders cycle down to Kingston and back. This was my first year participating in the event and I really enjoyed it. I had done a lot of my training rides with Grant and Bonnie, so I was used to riding with them. They took the tandem down, and I pretty much followed them the whole way there and back. There were some brief periods where I was either out in front of them or alone, but generally speaking I stuck to their back wheel a lot of the time. Steve and Jody also participated in the ride, but due to an unfortunate accident, Jody wasn’t really feeling up to making the return ride on Sunday. I was super impressed that she soldiered on after the accident on Saturday and made it all the way to Kingston. The accident happened before the half way point on Saturday, so she rode for a good 90+ kms with her scrapes and bruises! You’re a machine Jody! I was very happy with how the whole weekend went, especially with how I felt after getting to Kingston on Saturday. Up to that point, I was not being very responsible in terms of refueling my body during training rides. I would basically take a gel or two with me and by the time I got back home, I was pretty much completely spent and useless for the rest of the day. This was not the case for this tour – Grant filled me in on what I should be eating and when and when I followed his advice, I felt great! I felt really good on Sunday too, but of course was a bit sore on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the following week. Weather-wise, it was a decent weekend. Saturday was sunny and fairly warm for the whole day, and Sunday was pretty much cloudy the whole time. We got rained on for a very short time (maybe an hour total) but it wasn’t too cold or anything. Nothing like what I experienced during a training ride the weekend before when I swear I was the coldest I have ever been! That’s about it in terms of the big events for me. Trying to get back into the active living after taking the past week off. I think I’m going to start cycling into work on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays – at least until Amy goes back to work. EDIT: Forgot that Darcy was here one day helping with the deck. Sorry Darce! Thanks for coming. :) [...]
Just over two years ago I bought a new road bike and if I had to guess, I’d say I’ve probably put somewhere around 2000 kms on it. In all that time, I’ve never got a flat tire. Well unfortunately that all changed this past Sunday. I was out for a ride, by myself, on the back roads around Stittsville. The plan was to do 60 kms – and I came close to that. I was on my way home from a there and back route, when I noticed that my bike was feeling a bit weird – riding much rougher than it normally does. I immediately suspected a flat and when I slowed down, sure enough that’s what it was. I know exactly when it happened (I remember the bump my back wheel took) but I have no idea what caused it. Was it a large rock that I somehow missed with my front wheel but hit with my back? A pothole perhaps? No idea. I had about 8.5 kms to go when this happened, so luckily I had completed just over 50 kms of the 60 kms I had hoped to do. I didn’t have a lot of options at this point because although I had an extra tube, and the tools to make the change – I didn’t have a pump or any other means to inflate the new tube. D’oh! Walking that distance in cycling shoes would be absolute insanity, so luckily I had brought my cell phone with me. I just called up Amy and asked her to come get me, which happily she did. Lesson learned – if you’re going out alone, make sure you have the means to inflate your tires should the need arise. I’d rather not have to carry a pump so instead I’ll be looking into CO2 cartridges. Steve first told me about them a while ago, and I confirmed with Grant that you can get them at MEC so I’ve added that to my list of things to do/get before my next solo ride. Anyways, like I suggested in my post title, perhaps I was just due for a flat. :) [...]
This past Saturday, JK, Dave and me spent about 4 hours playing disc golf. We started out the day (late morning) with a round at Camp Fortune where we filmed the majority of the holes – well the drives anyways. The bugs were brutal which took away some of the enjoyment of the game, but by the end of the round I had managed a personal best +6 for the course so I was pretty happy. After our round at CF, we headed to Jacques Cartier Parc and played another 18 holes there. Not sure what it is, but I always seem to play better at JCP if I’ve just played at CF. I ended up with another personal best of -1 for that course. All in all a pretty fantastic day of DG for sure! Really looking forward to our DG trip to Syracuse in the middle of June. [...]
I’ve been catching up on my google reader posts today, after having suffered through a couple of very busy days where I didn’t find the time to read as much as I like, and I came across this post on Wired that talks about a group of cyclists calling themselves Crimanimalz who rode a couple of miles on L.A. freeways at rush hour to try to show that in addition to the environmental benefits, riding your bike may actually get you home quicker. I’m not sure I’d be up for anything like this (afterall it only takes one pissed off driver to cause some serious damage) but lately I’ve been thinking about how cool it would be if cyclists had better roads to use. Imagine a Queensway for cyclists! So far this spring I haven’t been out on my bike anywhere near as often as I’d like to be. It would be a real PITA to ride my bike to work on days when Liam is in daycare. That leaves the days that Amy is off for me to ride to and from work, but sadly those days seem to be few and far between these days. :( [...]
Well to be honest, I’m not sure there is any routine, but at least I’ve managed to get out 4 or 5 times for some disc golf in the past couple of weeks. My latest outing was on Saturday afternoon with Steve and Dave. We went to JC Park (or should I say Parc since it’s in Gatineau?) and the weather was perfect! I brought along my camera, but instead of taking any photos, I opted for some short video clips. I think video works quite well, although it’s definitely possible to get some cool photos too. Anyways, since I was the one with the camera, I only made it into a couple of the videos. That’s a shame too, cause I was on fire! ;) I finished the day with a big fat zero, which is a decent score for me. I’m hoping to improve a lot this summer, especially with my new driving technique, so we’ll see how that goes. Anyways, head on over to Flickr to see the rest of the videos.
Oh yeah – we’re heading out again on Sunday (and hopefully Monday since it’s a holiday) if anyone wants to join us. Just shoot me an email and I’ll keep you in the loop.