This past weekend was the Delta Tri which saw sun and warmer temperatures. The distances were 700m / 20km / 5km. Myself and Duncan were there racing. I finished with a time of 1:03:34 15th overall and good enough for second in my age. While Duncan finished with 1:01:49 9th overall and 3rd in his age. Normally I don't stick around for the awards and draw prizes but thought seeing as it was nice out a little relaxation in the sun couldn't hurt. Anyways I won the door prize of a Giant OCR3 entry level road bike. After the way I road at the race I might be switching bikes.!delta tri.jpg!
“Under normal circumstances,” said Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, a co-author and a professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, “drinking extra water is unnecessary. I want to relieve people of the burden of schlepping water bottles around all day long.”
FYI. You can upload a photo and make it your Avatar as I've done.
Go to "account" tab in your my active profile, click "Change Avatar" scroll down and "Upload Avatar" to browse your files and select a picture. Last step is make sure you highlight the picture you just uploaded by clicking on it and then "Save Settings".
Congratulations to Simon on a great Sun Run Race !
He was 21st overall in a blistering pace of 31:38.
A record number of athletes -- upwards of 59,000 -- braved chilly temperatures Sunday morning to run, walk or ride in the 24th annual
Vancouver Sun Run.
Prior to the race, participants gathered on Georgia Street, clutching cups of coffee, rubbing their hands together and stretching to stay warm as the temperature hovered around 3 C, one of the chilliest temperatures in Sun Run history.
The winner completed the 10 kilometres in 29 minutes and 26 seconds.
It was a wild weekend for a training camp - exactly the extra little bit of a challenge that a few ironman triathletes embrace!
Of course, the initial objective was simply to get to Osoyoos and as I approached Hope on Friday morning, the snow was falling faster and faster. Perhaps I should have packed some snowshoes.
By the time I made it through the highest passes, where the temperature dropped a few degrees below zero, the sun was shining. I made good time the rest of the way.
Perhaps an ominous sign of the what lie ahead weather wise was the ferocity with which the massive Canadian flag was flapping at the Osoyoos visitors centre. It was impressive
Fortunately we were able to get in a three-hour ride and a half-hour run on Friday. During the ride, I got my introduction to Richter Pass.
On Saturday we awoke to wind-rattled windows, horizontal snow squalls and white caps on the lake, which we were told was a balmy 14 degrees. Forget that. I'd need a drysuit before I'd even approach the beach.
Plan B led to a drive to Pencticton, a pool swim, a 90-minute run and a visit to the Bike Barn. After returning to our base camp, we set out for an hour ride.
On Saturday evening, I gave a short talk about Polar and set up a few novices for the next day.
The Canadian flag was still flying in full force when Sunday morning dawned and the wind chill was negative something. However, there was no snow! And so we set out for a long bike ride. We covered a good part of the Oliver half iron bike course and part of the ironman course too, finishing with another climb of Richter.
It was great to be back on the bike for several consecutive days and training with a few crazed athletes too.
Three athletes in the group are preparing for Ironman Canada - two of whom have yet to complete even a sprint triathlon.
There was another athlete training for ultraman - three days of racing: day one - a 10k swim and a 145km bike; day two - a 274km bike; and day three - two marathons back to back.
It never ceases to amaze me how there is always someone else who is doing something more extreme.
As far as training in the Okanagan Valley, it was a first for me. It won't be the last time.
Charlene and I will be attending a weekend training camp in Osoyoos. We'll be spreading the word about Polar at the same time too. It will be my first time cycling in the area and it's going to be a bit of a wake up call. Hopefully the weather will cooperate. Details and photos to follow next week.
With the successful pilot of the community coaching program now complete, TriBC plans to phase out coaching equivalencies over the next two years, adopting the Community Coaching program as a mandatory minimum level of certification for all clubs seeking insurance, effective with the 2010 Triathlon season. Please plan to enrol your coaches in an upcoming Community coaching program in the not too distant future.
Came across this little snippit on the weekend ..... To some degree it rang true for me.
Whether you like the idea or not, most of us put up psychological barriers that interfere with our performance and enjoyment of our sport or event. Within 18 months of Roger Bannister`s famous breakthrough 16 other athletes had achieved the 4 minute mile. Did these athletes suddenly get faster and train harder? No: the floodgates opened because Bannister had breached the psychological barrier and demonstrated what was possible. Athletes were no longer limited by their beliefs.
It took me, what seemed like forever, to run under 40 mins for a 10K off the bike. Once I believed I could do it, my 10K times dropped significantly
The Subaru West Coast Triathlon Series will be offering limited edition commemorative bike jerseys to all athletes who participate in 3 of the Series races in the Half Iron division, or all 4 races in any discipline (Half, Sprint, or Relay)!
The half marathon was held earlier today. There were about 400 competitors in all and a much more competitive looking field than expected. And far more competitive than my 10k last weekend.
Note: online elevation charts may be less accurate than intended
I started too fast, as I almost always do. I reached the 10k mark faster than I should have. And I paid the price on the uphills between 8.5 miles and 10.5 miles. Oh well. I had a strong finish which leaves me wanting to run that way the entire race. Next time!!
While a bit disappointed with my finish time, I made the podium in my age group - third. That's two podiums in two weeks .. there must be something with this foot pod afterall.
Here's a photo of me with a last gasp effort to get to the line.
I did hear that a good race for a 1/2 marathon PB is the Scotiabank half in June. Here's the race link
Sunday afternoon was the last of the spring race series and finished off with something more my style, a TT. I was really looking forward to trying out my new wheel cover on my race wheel but unfortunately got a flat. Somtimes I wonder if tubular's are worth it. The good thing was I was still at home when I got my flat and was able to use my other wheel.
The course was a 12km flat out and back in Ft Langley. I started off with a tailwind which turned into a cross wind and you guessed it a head wind on the way back. I placed 24th overall and 2nd in my category. Winning time was 14:58 with an avg. speed 48km/hr. I managed 16:38 avg. speed 43km/hr. Fellow polar athlete Daniel was there as well and did quite well considering he was riding just a road bike. Most of the people there were riding full blow TT bikes with disc wheels and aero helmets. I think he placed 4th in the same category as me. He does have some pics from it to post as well.
Outback Events is proud to announce that 2006 World Champion Michellie Jones will be racing in Oliver on June 1, 2008.
The race will again be a qualifier for Subaru Ironman Canada. We will have 30 spots for the 2008 event and allocation for the spots has been posted online.
Outback Events is proud to announce that 2 time World Champion, Lori Bowden, will be joining us as or official "Race Ambassador" for the 5th Anniversary Celebration. Lori will be available for an autograph signing at the expo on race weekend, keep checking back for the official time and schedule.
Temporary swim course markers will be in the lake by April 15, 2008.
If anyone still needs to find accommodation for race weekend, please contact Destination Osoyoos at 1-888-676-9667. The staff will be able to answer any questions you may have.
* Due to athlete demand, we have added the Sprint distance race back to the event.
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