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Archive for November, 2006

I’m not obsessive-compulsive!

Saturday, November 25th, 2006

Contrary to my own long held popular belief – apparently I don’t have obsessive-compulsive disorder.  For a long time, I traced the explanation of my one-dimensional need to train to the notion that I must have the mental problem.

This diagnosis can now be dismissed as Allison who is now studying psychiatry as part of a medical clerkship elective, told me that obsessive-compulsion must also accompany negative connotations yielding a negative impact on one’s life in order to be thought as such.

therefore….I am normal.  however,…if you’re reading this, you may not be.

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My story…

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

My friend Norm recently asked me if he could write “The Scott Curry story”,….an account of my life and how I pursued my triathlon interests. He is a professor at Laurentian University — I don’t quite understand exactly why he wants to do this, however, I was flattered that he asked, while I replied with a certain, “of course, sure”.

Amongst the bits that I’ve started to write out,….here is the start of what I came up with so far:

In 1993 I was finishing highschool. Up to this point I hadn’t had much life experience,..I was somewhat sheltered in my hometown of Waterloo, Ontario from real life and naïve in my understanding of ‘the big picture’. My long-term life goals weren’t terribly clear outside sport – all I had was a strong desire to reach an elite level in cross-country skiing or triathlon. The thought of someday competing in the Olympic Games was not necessarily what drove me to wanting to excel, it was simply a desire to become the best. In part, I loved the sport itself, and in part I was fascinated by the elite athletes representing the sport. For reasons I cannot explain, I would idolize the best cross-country skiers, and triathletes,…I had such respect for these people that I naturally wanted to share in what I perceived to be absolute happiness. I imagined myself reaching their level, and obtaining the love and respect of the world. I had an absolute vision, albeit distorted vision of what success would be like.
As far as other life goals were concerned, I knew that I needed to go to University. I was far too green in life experience to survive in the working world just yet, and despite this, I felt that I needed a University education in order to have a meaningful job in the end. In line with this, I was always a forward thinker,…I was the type to save my Halloween candy for months later,…I felt a need to save my money,…and I was one to always think ahead into the future. Although I would have loved to skip university and train for cross-country skiing or triathlon full-time, I didn’t consider this to be a viable option. Besides, at this point I wasn’t showing obvious talent, and would have found it difficult to receive support from family and friends. I was just a better-than-average athlete among those in the same age group. My only secret weapon was something that I felt deep inside — an infinite passion for wanting to become the best. I knew that it was only me who could make me reach my full potential in sport, and given that nothing in the world mattered more — I’d be damned if I was going to let anything stop me from accomplishing that. That being said, I was in no rush, and I knew the road was long. I had patience and foresight. I knew that my goals weren’t going to be realized anytime soon.

Stay tuned for the continuation of my story. Rivetted???!! I know, of course you are. Can’t wait to read more???!!! Again, I know, of course you are. You’ll just have to wait. ha!

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freezing bunnies

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

I biked to the UofC pool this morning, and nearly froze to death,….a simple 5min trip was almost unbareable. On the campus I saw a giant rabbit hanging out by the bike racks — I got a thinkin’,….”how on earth can you survive in this cold, little fella???!!” Saturday’s forcast is calling for a high of minus 20°C.

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