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