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Archive for September, 2007

US TT nationals 2007

Friday, September 14th, 2007

That time of year

Wednesday, September 12th, 2007

One difference between Ontario and Alberta, is that there is a pronounced and distinct 4 change of seasons in Ontario whereas in Alberta there is not. In Calgary, we’re losing our daylight hours fast,…and our warm summer air has been replaced with a chill.

Rather than sporting a jersey and shorts as is my case with summer riding,…I’m now riding with tights, polypropylene long sleeve top, jersey, plus cold weather riding jackets, booties, and gloves for my long rides. I’m really content with my head space right now, as there is an element of magic in the air. There’s something about this very short shoulder season that makes me feel alive when I’m outside running or biking. Last year, while training for IM-Florida I have fond memories of using a sauna regularly for heat acclimatization, and the bow river for my ice baths (as it becomes cold enough to do so). I recall starting my workouts in the AM in pitch darkness, as I watched the sunrise and early morning traffic come alive. I was coming off a high after finishing well at Ironman Canada last year. This year is slightly different, as I feel like I’ve learned a tonne and got very fit over the course of this past year – I’m now training with a mission of proving to myself that this is the case.

Peter and I have been talking a lot about making alterations to my bike position. We’re working on getting me in a more powerful position, that can also facilitate maintaining a higher cadence. There’s a fine balance between aerodynamics and power generating potential. What we’re working towards is finding this optimal balance.


My bro is going to age-group worlds

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

Today was an action packed day of Ironman Wisconsin, and the Owen Sound Age-group World Team qualifier.  I was quite surprised to see Wolfgang Guembel and his wife Nicole Guembel racing IM-Wisconsin, particularly given that they had raced IM-Canada 2 weeks prior.  Good on ya both for finishing 11th and 12th respectively.  Dave Harju finished 12th, and his wife Marie Danais finished an excellent 6th place.

Now onwards to my brother!  He finished first in his age group at the Owen Sound Triathlon – he qualified for worlds next year which are being held in Vancouver!  It ALMOST makes me want to qualify somewhere so that I can join him in the same race.  Very cool.  Kudos to Ontario lads Len Gushe and RJ Ross for finishing 1 and 2 overall as age-groupers, beating the pro-field who had an advantage of drafting!  Love it!