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.