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Archive for May, 2008

feeling the load

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

I’ve made an executive decision to rest a bit more this week than was scheduled.  It’s always better to anticipate when you need rest and plan for it accordingly, rather than compensate with rest after which you’ve dug yourself a hole.  Seems like this time, the later is the case for me.  The fact of the matter is my body is very very tired, requiring more rest than I had planned.  I’m listening to my body talk (thank you Olivia Newton-John for describing this in lyrics), and sleeping early tonight.

Scott

My sleeping quarters

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

I make my bed a little differently than most people. First, I plop a big pile of plastic on top of where I want to sleep.

Altitude tent

Step 2: Find a hole in the plastic and slide my mattress inside the enclosing.

Altitude tent

Step 3: Put rods and poles through sleeves in the plastic.

Altitude tent

Altitude tent

Step 4: Garnish mattress with soft linen,…bounty fresh.

Altitude tent

Step 5: Enter new dormatory, and enjoy view.

Altitude tent

Step 6: Make sure dial is set on oxygen extractor, for mountain air simulation!

Altitude tent

Step 7: Enjoy a boost in red blood cell production, blood acid tolerance, shift in ventilatory response during exercise etc etc…

While this post is all about photos,…here’s a shot of a few of my favorite wheels.

Altitude tent

This is how the open water rockstars in the swimming world do it

Monday, May 19th, 2008

Here’s a video of the world open water swimming championships 2007. The voice in the clip is cheering on Jarrod Ballem, who happens to be the guy I’ve been swimming with (or at least attempting to) here in Calgary with the Dinos. Often times he has his own workout from the other Dino swimmers. He puts in some serious mileage — something that he swears by,…he said that as soon as he upped his volume he saw a direct improvement with his swimming. In the swimming world, often more of it is a good thing.

He’s the guy in the yellow cap, and finished in 10th place!

Scott