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Archive for November, 2006

Jazz…

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

Heard back from Jasper over email – it was unfortunate to read that for the first time in his racing career, he had stomach issues in Australia.  I’m looking forward to reading the full race report when he feels like getting to it.  He’s such a good guy, with outstanding character.  I asked him to come out to Calgary for a training camp — I hope he someday takes me up on my offer.

Not much else is new.

Skype rules!

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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: http://www.bikeforest.com/rhoades_car.php

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: http://www.jasperblake.com/blog.htm

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.

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Jarret pounded a white-tailed deer on his bike!

Sunday, November 19th, 2006

Jarret buddy,…what the heck man???!!   I received a phone message from my training partner Jarret who was out training in the mountains…he had just hit a deer on his bike.  If you can believe this story,…here it is:

Today I got hit, hit hard. was riding on hwy93 towards Invermere cranking it in the big-ring staying very-aero into a 20-30kph headwind and was trying to enjoy the scenery as much as possible while staying down in the bars….cruising along and feeling pretty studly holding about 35-40kph into the wind…next thing I know I hit something furry!!! Face and shoulders right into the rear hip of a white-tail deer that had come flying out of the woods.  everything was in total slow motion….the deer stopped me dead in my tracks and I went down hard on my elbow/hip and rolled onto the side of the road catching a glimpse of a deer hopping sideways towards the brush. If you’ve played any amount of contact hockey then you know what it feels like to get absolutely nailed coming across the middle with your head down….it felt like that, except I was cruising at a speed roughly 3 times as fast as anybody can skate. After the hit, I got up immediately holding my elbow jumping around like a little kid trying to make it look like I wasn’t hurt…..after a couple seconds of trying to walk off the pain I realized that I just been hit by a deer and decided that I should lay down. I closed my eyes and laid back….when I opened them there was a crowd of bug-eyed people standing over me. several cars had seen the deer hit me and those drivers/passengers seemed to be in more of a state of shock than I was. Like any sensible cyclist the first thing I asked them was if my bike was ok. they confirmed that it was ok…..then I laughed and blurted out, “I just hit a fk’ing deer!” to which I was quickly corrected, “NO! the deer hit you!”….I guess that means it was obvious that the deer had gotten the better of me, next time bambi. after a little while assessing the physical damage, I got up and put my helmet back on and walked towards my bike with every intention of continuing the ride…..adreniline and testosterone are lethal when mixed……then my brain kicked in and I accepted a ride home from 3 friendly people in a range rover. Nice folks, very concerned about me, and they didn’t mind one bit that I accidently got blood all over the leather seats. Funny thing, upon questioning they told me that they were in the area for a spiritual/shamanism-style conference…..they confirmed my suspicion that the accident was meant to bring me closer to mother earth. They had a friend staying with them who was an MD who stopped by my place an hour or so later, she checked for signs of a concussion -negative- and confirmed that my elbow wasn’t broken. “wisely” decided to take the rest of the day off training….pretty sore this evening in my neck, hip and elbow.

Rest up Jarret,…and get better.

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