Tuesday, October 26, 2010

More of the usual

Time to dust off the cobwebs and update this thing! My plan to update the blog once a week has apparently NOT been happening! What have I been up to?

Not much... took nearly an entire week off training/any exercise following the wedding, and after that much needed mini-break, I have been doing some hot yoga (maybe this also counts as heat training for Hawaii?), lots of strength sessions, some running but not much, one bike workout (indoor) and one swim. And some of this:


Ha! It is a forgotten past-time and much harder than it looks! A few weeks ago I couldn't even hula-hoop at all but now I seem to have gotten the hang of it again. I know I used to be able to do it as a child. And it is freakin hard! [The reason I even have a hula-hoop right now is because we made guests at the wedding go up and hula-hoop if they wanted the newlyweds to kiss, instead of the standard 'clink the glass' crap. This made for lots of laughs.] When's the last time you hula'ed??

My previous race schedule plan included racing the Sprint Championship triathlon on Nov. 7 in Arizona, but I decided several weeks ago that wasn't happening. And without any imminent goals I was lacking in the motivation department for training/exercising, so I have decided to start training for a 1/2 marathon in February - in Vancouver! Registration starts on Nov. 4 and usually sells out in a couple hours, so it is not guaranteed I will get in, but that's the goal! Geoff is going to do my training plans, and the first workout started today! It was only an easy 40 mins so we're off to a good start :)

The big goal over the fall/winter is to build strength and power. Operation-get-strong! To that end, I have started working with a trainer at a boutique studio for strength/power sessions and hope to continue these workouts once per week. Christian Gannon at Body Architects in St. Albert has been laying down the hammer and making me work! It is going great so far! I'm getting stronger and stronger and hopefully developing those fast-twitch muscle fibers so I can have some speed next season!

A write up on my experience and results from the UofA research study is definitely still coming, I'm just waiting to receive the final results and video, so stay tuned. I didn't think it would take this long to receive everything back but the vivid memories of the pain and epic-ness of the sessions are still with me!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Married!

The whole weekend was an absolute blast, and I had such an amazing time. I didn't want it to end and I'm sad that it's all over now, but here are a few snapshots of the wedding:


A little drink was needed to calm the nerves
before getting out of the limo:

The bridal party, Greg and Alice:

Time to go! OMG!

My brothers Donald and Mark played the 'wedding song':
Getting all married up:

So happy!
A big hug from BFF Stephen:
Mmm, cake!
The bride danced all night long... the music was so so good!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Curiouser and Curiouser

Meant to post an update last week but things have just been too busy! Headed to Banff on Friday for a little weekend trip with the family (Dad, my Aunt Helen, and brothers - Geoff stayed home to hold down the fort). Banff was just wonderful. There's always something so majestic about being in the mountains and I absolutely can't get enough of the crisp mountain air and the smell of fresh pine. It's so exhilarating.

A few photos to summarize the trip:

We rode the gondola just up the road from the Rimrock and here is the view from the top:
No stilleto's allowed up here...
The turquoise waters of Lake Louise:
Mark and I enjoying our Eden Room experience (10 courses with plenty of wine to go along):

The view at Lake Louise is breath-taking:
On our way out of Banff on Sunday, this little guy was holding up traffic and ended up making his way over to someone's residence:

Regarding triathlon-related stuff, I am pretty much just doing all unstructured training right now (read: do what u feel like, no plan required). I successfully completed each of the 3 parts of the grueling U of Alberta research study on the effects of whole body mechanics during a simulated 10km race. It was freakin' hard, man! I'm sort of 'recovering' from that, as it all took place over the course of only 1 week (V02 max test on Wednesday, 10km time trial on the track on Saturday, and the simulated 10km race on the tready on Wednesday). My calves were actually still a little sore yesterday!

I will do a full write up on my experiences with those sessions and the results shortly. I'm waiting for my computerized video of the treadmill session as well as the rest of the results from the study. The whole thing was extremely challenging and I'm glad I was able to push myself literally to my maximum (each test was pretty much to exhaustion). The track and treadmill sessions were also a test of mental toughness.

But first, I have a busy week ahead: have to drive to Calgary for work first thing tomorrow for 2 days, Beer Mile on Thursday nite, big dinner at Geoff's house on Friday, then on Saturday I'm getting married! OMG!