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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.


Tripped up

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

This morning at 5:30am I was stretching my shoulders with looped rubber tubing while walking to the pool.  Specifically, I was stretching my internal shoulder rotator muscles, keeping my elbows at my sides, while the tubing was held by both my hands and under tension around my backpack.  Unbeknownst to me, I was walking into a trap -someone had laid down an extension cord across the sidewalk which was plugged into their car’s blockheater.  It took a matter of 10 nanoseconds for the tubing to fly off my backpack, flinging my hat into the air, and finding myself face first flat on the ground.  The scenario was quite comical – perhaps you needed to be there.  Funny nonetheless.

Swim workout this morning — GOAL: just getting back to some training.

3x[150m easy on 3:00, 3×100 on 1:25, 1:20, 1:15]



Monday, November 27th, 2006

Allison and I went shopping yesterday — looking for classic x-country ski equipment for her.  Baring bitter cold, in a snowstorm, on roads that don’t get plowed here in Calgary (I know, very odd), we managed to keep our car on the road and get to Lifesport in one piece, where we bought some classic skis, boots and poles.  This is very exciting for both of us — looking forward to trying them out!

Looks like we’ll be contending very cold temperatures for the rest of the week.

CHECK OUT  this version of Ironman training: — had a laugh at that.