Sunday, December 23, 2007

Our First Dance?

Bre and I are inspired...

Monday, December 17, 2007

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

50 Ways to Beat The Reaper

This interesting article was passed on to me by my dad—who is on track to live past 140. Although some points are in fact misleading—it is a worthwhile read and offers both good and humorous advice for leading a healthy lifestyle. Therefore—enjoy reading, but with a grain of salt.

Monday, December 10, 2007

New PTC Blog

OAT's Provincial Triathlon Centre (PTC) is located at the University of Guelph, in Guelph, Ontario. The PTC offers a full time triathlon program for elite and development triathletes, under the guidance of head coach Craig Taylor.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Maverick is famous

Team LPC mascot Maverick proudly appears at the "-6:25" mark of this nice slide show of pics from the 2007 Subaru Triathlon Series.

I know it has been awhile since I have posted. I have been awesomely busy and there is lots to report on. This weekend is the Canadian Cross Country Champs only 3k from my house in Guelph and I still have to talk about two excellent races--stay tuned...

Monday, November 5, 2007

Ladies & Gents...David "Pre" Sharratt

My future brother-in-law proved two weekends ago that he is a giant killer by winning the OCAA Provincial Cross Country Championships. David slayed two Goliaths--in the form of last year's champion, and a 30 minute 10k Kenyan runner, to become the second triathlete (the other being Simon Whitfield) in the history of the OCAA, to stand atop the podium. David has worked incredibly hard on his running in the past year and his return on investment is beginning to come into fruition.

David leaves Thursday with his Conestoga Team for the National Champs in Alberta this weekend. David will be gunning for an individual national championship and will lead his team--who have a chance of standing atop the podium. Let's all rally behind "Pre" and wish him luck in continuing to slay giants every time he toes the start line. This giant killer has become a giant himself.

Friday, November 2, 2007

The Big 3-0

My 30th birthday has come and past in the blink of an eye. These days are so jam packed that I didn't even have time for a mid-life crisis. I have to admit that a few months ago I feared turning the big 3-0. But having now crossed this barrier--I can honestly say that it feels great to be three decades old. My dad said--"you are only 25% of the way through life". I can honestly say that I feel the same as I did when I was 19--and I am still the same eating machine as I was back in high school.

Training has been rolling along. Several solid sessions at the PTC are in the bank--it has been four weeks of good work and I am looking forward to easing off in a few days for my last triathlon of the season in San Fran next Saturday. Tomorrow is a local 5k which will serve as an excellent tune-up for next weekend.

In other news, Team LPC has been roaring! Josh Seifarth and Jeff Bennett smacked out 10 minute pb's at the Detroit Free Press Marathon and Shelley McKee continued to prove that her once upon a time weakness in running is a limiter of the past. In last weekend's WRACE Halloween 5k run, Team LPC went 1-2 overall, with Rob Base Tranter tearing up the pavement. New member John Savoni had his fastest ever 5k, only 3 weeks after finishing this year's scorching Chicago Marathon. Jim Cooke won his age-group at the 10k Canadian Road Running Champs in Ottawa, and races his final triathlon of the season tomorrow in beautiful Cancun, Mexico. Travis Goron and Andrew Flanagan have completed a successful season of cross country running and are now focusing on swimming and an easy transition phase of training after a solid season. Margaret Wojtowicz and Dennis Masse have begun their easy base training for the 2008 ITU World Tri Champs in Vancouver next June. Keithy Henry has healed remarkably from an unfortunate bike accident that broke both collar bones. The awesome team at Loaring Physiotherapy have helped bring him back into action and he is swinging like a caged animal on a mission--I have to hold back his passion for excellence so that he progresses in 'baby steps'. It is so much fun to see my clients continue to improve while having fun, and achieving their own personal Olympic-sized victories.

I came across this quote the other day--it certainly sums up my lifestyle to a T...

"The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he's always doing both."
- James Michener

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


I am overcome with hyperbolic joy that she said YESSSSS!!!!!! What a lucky guy I am! The entire Sharratt family has been so amazing and I look forward to spending the rest of my life with my beautiful fiancee.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The Hard Yards

Training is rolling along at the PTC. It is a great environment and I am really enjoying the training. My final triathlon of the year is on Nov 10th in San Fran--so this a 'hard yard' push phase. Just like my big sis--I also love the fall. It is a pleasure to be running and biking while admiring all of the beautiful trees and leaves that surround me.

Tuesday and Wednesday are solid days of training at the PTC. Tuesday's swim included a main set of 20x50m with paddles in :31 on :55. That definitely wore out the body for the 2nd main set of 6x200m. Coach T wanted me to descend 1-6 starting at 2:20 and working down to 2:15--but I was in big trouble after the first one. I managed to hold 2:21's and was toast at the end. The fitness and strength will hopefully be there in two weeks. Tuesday evening's run including a main set of 3 loops of the 2k Arboretum trail--an awesomely hard undulating trail that I will be banking thousands of 'hard yards' on. I was supposed to descend these loops but I started out aggressive and when Coach T yelled "the contract says descend so you have no choice", then I knew I was going to have to enter the hurt box to improve each loop. I managed it and posted a 19:50 for this challenging 6k. Ok for now--but it needs to dip under 19 by Nov 10. Today was another hard swim and a solid tempo bike in the rolling hills of the Guelph countryside. I am looking forward to heading to the hometown this weekend and cheering on my friends and Team LPC members at the Detroit Free Press Marathon.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

I Love Fall by Charlotte Loaring

Sunday, October 14th
10:30am Run
Ojibway Park, Windsor

Blue-bird sky. 52 degrees. The wind gently tickles my skin. Three sounds: my breathing, birds chirping, and crickets. A rabbit rustles in the bush ahead. I'm running on a soft canopy of freshly fallen leaves. The rays of the sun pierce through the overhang of trees - beams of magic keeping me warm. Leaves of every colour - green, orange, red, yellow - just starting to turn. Do you know what freshly fallen leaves smell like? What about melting frost? My lungs take it all in - right down to the lower lobes. This air. This amazing air that the trees just expired for me. My senses are heightened. I'm making my way through the trails - no map or watch required. Time means nothing. My heart knows the way. And suddenly, EUPHORIA! EUPHORIA! This day. THIS DAY! This BEAUTIFUL day!

I love fall.


Friday, October 12, 2007

Life Moves Pretty Fast

In the immortal words of Ferris Bueller: “Life Moves Pretty Fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Well, let's just say that the past couple weeks--I have not been simply looking around--but rather sprinting around like a headless chicken with complete sensory overload. Run for the cure on Sept 30 finished up a week visit in my hometown that involved catching up with family and friends, adding two new awesomely motivated clients to Team LPC, attending the OTS banquet, participating in the 5k GTTP race, numerous errands, and a little bit of unstructured running meshed in with a great 5x1k fartlek with Rob Base Tranter.

Oct 1st marked the start of a new phase of training--back into the swing of things after a 3 week break from swimming and a few fun MTB rides with Scotty "the Man" Schelter. Day one of the eagerly anticipated PTC (Provincial Training Centre) in Guelph had arrived. Finally, Ontario has implemented a high performance training centre for the sport of triathlon. I am one of 6 athletes currently training at the PTC, located only 3k away from BJ house (our new pad in Southern Guelph) at the University of Guelph. It is a small squad--but a hard core group of triathletes with a common goal: to achieve excellence at the highest level in triathlon. High Performance Coach Craig Taylor is doing an outstanding job and I look forward to working closely with him. I am extremely excited about this new program and new training routine.

My current program is ambitious--on the menu is a weekly routine of 6 swims, 6 runs, and 4 bikes. Today concludes week 2 of the PTC. The weather has cooperated perfectly to allow for a solid two weeks of training. There have been a couple of solid sessions so far. Today were some 400's (short course meters) in the 4:40's. Tuesday's swim called for 9x200m in 2:19's. Tuesday evening was 3x2k hard tempo on the infamous Arboretum loop made famous but the Speed River Track Club and Guelph Varsity Cross Country Team. Saturday was an awesome old school cross country stule long run with Dave "Pre" Sharratt. We busted out a 20k run in pouring rain over many of guelph's finest muddy trails--and went over the 2.5k gun club loop that will be the course for the upcoming Canadian Elite Cross Country Champs on Dec 1st. I have a lot of hard work to do over the next few weeks to get my fitness level up a couple notches.

Steph & Ryan's wedding was on Saturday. Their their wedding was a blast. Breanne was the Maid of Honour and looked absolutely stunning. I caught the garter belt at the end of the night.....hmmmmmm, I gues that means....:-)

Sunday arrived in the blink of an eye and after a glorious feast at the wedding the night before--I was back at it again at the Sharratt's for Thanksgiving dinner. It was a great way to end a perfect weekend.

Enough digressing as I fast forward to SUPER SATURDAY. Tomorrow I will be watching the Toronto Zoo Run whilst doing my long run. Then off to the Toronto International Bike Show, then back to BJ house for a 2h MTB ride. Then a few friends from the area and a couple from Windsor will assemble at BJ House for an evening of feasting and poker. Live coverage of the Hawaii Ironman will be playing in the background. Make sure you tune into It will be a very exciting race.

Life moves by real fast--by for now!

Poetry in Motion: Breanne Sharratt aka Maid of Honour

The battle to claim thy Prize

The lovely Bride and the lucky Victor of thy Prize

Skilled surgeons hard at work

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Tri for the Cure

Today's Run for the Cure was truly amazing. I will have to post pics soon. It was an emotional day on many levels. This day is certainly a good time to announce the date for the 2008 Loaring Triathlon:

The Loaring Triathlon will be held on July 19th, 2008 at The Cottage. So it is written, so it shall be!

The Loaring Tri will once again be a fund-raiser for the Elena Loaring Memorial Fund for Breast Cancer Research through the University of Windsor. The Provincial Government will once again match dollar for dollar all monies received.

The Little Emperor is such a class act--a living Legend

Gebrselassie apologises to Tergat for breaking record

By Erik Kirschbaum

BERLIN, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Less than ten minutes after breaking the world marathon record on Sunday, Ethiopia's Haile Gebrselassie was handed a cell phone -- it was Paul Tergat calling from Kenya to offer his congratulations.
"I'm sorry," Gebrselassie told his great rival and long-time friend after winning the Berlin marathon in two hours four minutes 26 seconds, shattering by 29 seconds Tergat's record set on the same course in 2003.
"I am sorry -- this record belonged to Paul Tergat," Gebrselassie told a news conference when asked about the phone call. "Paul is my friend."
Gebrselassie tried to tell Tergat he thought he had better weather conditions this year compared to 2003, when it was sunnier and warmer, although there was less wind. But Tergat responded that records were meant to be broken.
"I really wanted to do this record but I was a little bit worried about it, worried about attacking my friend's record," said Gebrselassie, 34, who fell 61 seconds short a year ago in Berlin in his first attempt to break Tergat's mark of 2:04.55.
"I think Paul understands that. I talked to him and said 'Hi, Paul, I'm sorry.' I said 'You can come here and try to get it back again next year'."
Gebrselassie, the best distance runner of his era, is one of only three men to win consecutive Olympic 10,000 metres titles, the second at the 2000 Sydney Games providing an indelible image when he just held off the frenzied challenge from Tergat.
Gebrselassie has now held records at distances ranging from 3,000m to the marathon. He set numerous world records and won four successive world titles over 10,000m before turning to road racing.
"Sure, there's no question about that," Gebrselassie said when asked if the elusive marathon world record was the most important. "It's something special. I was dreaming of it for many years. It's my record now. I'm so happy."
On Sunday he confidently attacked the flat, fast course under ideal marathon weather conditions and had split times that were consistently a half minute faster than Tergat for almost the entire race.
Gebrselassie admitted he had been a bit rattled by heavy rain and strong winds in Berlin earlier in the week.
"I lost some confidence when I first arrived -- you know, the weather," he said. "Yesterday, I thought 'what's going on here in Berlin?' But they kept telling me the weather forecast was 'no rain'. How do you believe that?"
The weather forecast turned out to be accurate. The rain stopped before the race, temperatures at the start were around 13 degrees Celsius, there was only a little wind and skies remained overcast until late in the race.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Run for the Cure

This is a reminder for the Run/Walk for the Cure (Breast Cancer Research) this Sunday September 30, at 9:30am at Civic Terrace in Windsor, ON. Event details are included below. We are expecting a team of roughly 40 people, so please come out and join us! The event is very informal and fun, and we will bring Loaring Physio t-shirts for all those who do not already have them, in addition to tons of great pink accessories! The fun doesn't stop at the finish line, because we're then headed for a post-event breakfast brunch at Spicoli's. Family and friends welcome!

1) Pre-register for the event via or by filling out an event form in person at any CIBC. Register as part of Team Loaring Physio. If you've already registered, you are welcome to add yourself to our team on-line by the Sept 28th deadline.
2) RSVP for brunch by Friday September 28th so that we can ensure we have enough food ready for everyone upon arrival.
3) Please wear your Loaring Physio team shirts if you already have one - otherwise, we will bring one for you event morning. You will have to confirm t-shirt sizes with me (M to XL) via return email or tel (519-253-4334). Feel free to wear any of your favorite pink accessories, and we'll supplement with some of ours as well.
4) Everyone is welcome. Please bring your family and friends!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Lighthouse Inn

The Lighthouse Inn is my favourite restaurant in South Western Ontario. It is a hidden gem that offers a beautiful view of Lake St Clair.

I will be at the Lighthouse Inn on Saturday night to attend the Ontario Triathlon Series Awards Banquet. Hopefully my fellow bloggers and friends will come out and join me at this wonderful place that offers "Food, Fun, and Free Sunsets..!"

Place: The Lighthouse Inn, Lighthouse Cove, Ont.

Address for Mapquest users: 19500 Lakeside Dr.,Lighthouse Cove, RR#5, Tilbury,ON, N0P 2L0

Date: Sat.Sept.29/07

Time: Social Hour: 6 PM, Dinner: 7:00 PM, Awards: 8:30PM

Tickets: $25 per person, 5 Course Meal, Price All-Inclusive (All taxes, gratuity)

TO ENSURE SEATING, PLEASE CALL IN ADVANCE: 1-888-544-6699 or 519.682.0600

Monday, September 24, 2007

Happy Birthday Dad!


Sunday, September 23, 2007


What a perfect morning and venue for the Get to the Point 5k & Half-Marathon Race, hosted by the Running Factory. GTTP is held at Point Pelee National Park, the most southern tip in Canada. It could not have been better conditions for this flat, fast, and certified course. My goal was to have a solid 5k effort at my goal 10k triathlon run pace. I wore my Garmin 305 GPS Forerunner watch to record some data and to observe my pacing. I ran fairly well despite not feeling very run fit at this time, and finished 2nd overall. Team LPC members Travis Goron and Josh Seifarth went 1-2 in the junior age-group (3rd and 5th overall). It is awesome to coach these two guys and observe their improvement. Team LPC's Jim Cooke ran a very solid half which will serve as an excellent tune-up for the Detroit Free Press Marathon in 4 weeks.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Boys With Toys

I received my Computer Lab today. It was time for an upgrade. My old one is 15 years old and still works great but is not compatible with the cutting edge software features that the newer models posess. It will certainly be a great toy to play with over the winter of riding indoors. The CompuTrainer is simply the ultimate bike experience for riding indoors. I will use it for active metabolic v02 max and lactic threshold testing, spin scan analysis, and rider and aero drag positioning. It will also be great to design workouts based on wattage instead of HR and I look forward to downloading lots of hilly course profiles from many infamous courses around the world. Yes indeed, I am a tri-geek :-)

Thursday, September 13, 2007

2008 Loaring Triathlon

The Loaring Tri will be back in the summer of 2008. Finalizing the exact date has not been an easy chore--but hopefully there will be an official announcement at in the coming weeks.

Once again, this great event will serve as a fund-raiser for the Elena Loaring Memorial Fund for Breast Cancer Research through the University of Windsor. The last two events raised over $85 000 for this great cause.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

This is for the coffee lovers.

I used to only drink coffee before my exams in university. Over the past couple years--I gave in and have followed a routine of drinking coffee before races and key interval sessions. I have always loved my coca-cola and must have one every day. I also love my Espresso Hammergel during the bike portion of races. Below is a link to a great article that offers advice on how the timing and consumption of caffeine can help your performance. It certainly aids you in getting to those early morning swim practices. But does it actually lead to faster times? This article provides the answer to this million dollar question...

Monday, September 10, 2007

Provincial Tri Champs

Sunday was the Owen Sound Triathlon which served as the Ontario Elite Tri Champs. It was a banner day for C3 athletes. The men went 1-2-3-4 with C3 alumni Paul Bregin taking 5th. Bechtel was very strong taking the win. Yorke, Sharratt, and myself helped domestique Andrew "Shagadelica" Woegerer so that he would qualify for Quest for Gold Funding.

The headquarters for the weekend took place at the Bechtel Cottage. What a beautiful area. The roads for cycling are simply incredible.

Congrats to Rachel, Coombs and Hall for awesome great performances in the Elite Women's field. Tyler Lord smashed out a 2nd place overall in the Saturday Sprint Duathlon.

Team LPC members Travis Goron (2nd Junior) and Dennis Masse (7th in 50-54) both finished off their triathlon season with very solid efforts.