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Friday, December 1st, 2006

I finally got a photo of my welcome home banner — my fellow co-workers at Balanced Health and Sports Therapy made this up for me.  It was such a nice banner to arrive at work on Tuesday after Ironman Florida.  Not sure who the cyclist is with his arms over his head – but certainly isn’t me.  Thanks all the same!

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Left field view posting on Simon’s blog

Thursday, November 30th, 2006
I found it somewhat sad when someone posted their discontent on Simon Whitfields blog — this coming after Simon mentioned that Peter Reid was now coaching and taking on athletes.  This fella (whos comments have been cut and pasted below) didn’t like the fact that Simon was endorsing coaching from the private sector, indicating it is realistically only accessible to wealthy people, and excludes the poor.

In my opinion, this person is off base,…way off base,…standing somewhere in left field, perhaps even outside the foul line. 

Just a few facts:

1) It costs money to get to reach a competitive level in triathlon,….you need to buy a bike,…pay for swimming lessons,…gym/pool membership,….etc.  

2) Just like in any sport it cost even more money to train with the best (to have quality coaches, trainers, facilities, network of professionals).  Like I said, this is the case with ANY SPORT.

3) We are lucky in Canada.  There are tons of resources, and perfect training conditions in our backyards.  Up and coming triathletes need to know that, a) there are people to ask for help with training advice - if you show dedication, and a true interest, people will help you, b) if you have what it takes to be a true champion, you will find a way to do it anywhere you live.

4) Triathlon Canada doesn’t have a enough money to set up centres all over the country, and fund coaches to develop our up and comers.  The alternative?  Guess you have to pay for coaching – so be it.

5) Public funding in any sector rarely correlates to the best quality.  Often is the case, if you want a quality service, you’re going to have to pay for it.

6) There is a solution to every problem.  You can accomplish anything you set your mind to.

Anonymous said…

I think it continues to be a sad day for Triathlon Canada as coaches and now athletes seem to be moving into the private tier of coaching.
For young amateur triathletes looking to seek top coaching in Canada this is a shame.
Even Joel coached privately before joining the NTTC.
The Olympic Committee complains about now winning medals, perhaps we should tell them that some of our best athletes can’t afford to ‘buy success’.
Friend or not, shame on Simon for endorsing this type of coaching.       


This is when I replied to the anonymous person: 1) asking what the heck are you talking about, please give more info, 2) don’t say ‘shame on someone’ without showing your identity, 3) perhaps try a more diplomatic response        


This is his response (now bringing me into it),…he calls himself: BP       

Scott and Simon you are the ones that feed the beast.
You both claim to be of the grassroots, Simon especially with his story of coming up through the Kids of Steel program.
What are we teaching these kids by the time they become 15 or 16 and are ready to take the next step into a development program? Either move out west to train in Victoria or start begging your parents to shell out the dough to hire Lance, Paul ,Joel ( not any more) to create a training program.
The sport of triathlon shifts from travelling around the province on weekends , racing with friends, to the big ticket price tag of success.
Qualifying for a Commonwealth or Olympic team is not done on home soil but requires athletes to travel abroad to race and qualify. Simon even admitted in his blog from Switzerland that it can take 2 weeks for the body to fully recover from jet lag. The amateur athlete cannot afford this.
Does this travelling to compete prove who is the best to represent Canada ? A strong argument can be made for no.
Instead we depend on corporations to fund the dreams. No professional triathlete , especially Mr. SQW would be anywhere without the handouts he receives.
Triathlon Canada will continue to push for athletes to travel to Victoria to pursue their dreams, sometimes thousands of miles away from their family. They promote a development series which has young athletes travel across Canada during the summer, to acquire points, trying to obtain a place at the NTCC. How many triathletes have transfered universities and are educated part-time so they can compete in this sport of money. Paul T. is the only I can think of that remains at U of A. Colin has transfered through 3 universities already.
If Peter is looking to give back to the sport he should lend his services to the national organization. But to grant his services to the wealthy and exlude the poor hardly seems fair.
Next summer in Quebec, the king will eat his crown. I will assure you of that.


Random thoughts, and reflections

Monday, November 20th, 2006

This is what they call shoulder season huh?  The gap that fills in the space between the conclusion of race season with getting fat or getting the aerobic base built up again — depending on how motivated one may be.  At the moment, I have REALLY important things such as vegetating that require my utmost attention,…ah’hem…or unattention.   

My brother Brent sent me this link to his latest bicycle creation.  You can check it out at:

I was drooling over cycling shoes today,… link ,…I hope to be wearing these shoes next year.  mmmmm.

Last weekend was the World ITU Long Distance Triathlon Championships in Canberra, Australia – one person in particular, Jasper Blake, our lone Elite Canadian representative was competing.  I was sorry to see that he didn’t finish,…I was hoping for great things following his win at IRONMAN CANADA this year, and his previous year’s 9th place finish at the World Champs.  Not sure what happened to him,…I’m sure we’ll be able to read about it soon from his blog:

Funny about the World Long Distance Championships,…I was hoping to go as well — it would have been my first opportunity to represent CANADA in the world championships as an elite.  I probably would have gone too, had the trip not been so bloody expensive.  I recall last year in February sometime, that I received a letter from Triathlon Canada, congratulating me as I was named to Canada’s National Elite Long Distance Triathlon Team.  Given it was my first time ever making the elite team, I was quite excited.   This news gave me an extra mental boost – I was primed to make sure 2006 was my best year racing.  Just a little while later, I was disappointed to learn that Triathlon Canada had decided to cut it’s Elite Long Distance Team in 2007,…all for the purpose of streamlining it’s vision exclusively on Olympic Distance racing.  It’s prime funding partners are based through sporting bodies for Olympic sports, hence the ties with a Long Distance and IRONMAN distance team was confusing (given that Ironman racing is NOT an Olympic sport,…while the Olympic Distance TRIATHLON is) – at least that is what I gathered from the explaination.  Reflecting on the past year, I feel as though Triathlon Canada had already given up association with the Long Distance Team before the season got underway.  I would have loved to have gone and represented in Aus,…alas. 

Sure has been nice the last couple days in Calgary — I love Chinooks.