Looking back at this blog, its’ really been just a binge of posts and random comments of ‘I should blog more’. So again, this is another binge, but instead of just saying I should blog more, I’m going to try to use this blog as a way to keep myself accountable to training and as a log to look back on my upward progress. The binges in the past have reminded me of the cool stuff that I’ve done, but definitely not the work that went into it. So, much like Facebook, my blog is totally misrepresenting the journey that it takes to get the goals I’ve accomplished.
Since the last posting I’ve had a few adventures!
In May I headed over to Europe to visit my former research supervisor/professor in the Netherlands and while I was there I ran the Prague Marathon! The trip was pretty fun, got to see and more importantly eat a lot of things. Stayed just outside of Amsterdam for 2 days, made a quick trip out to Brussels before flying to Prague. While in Prague, I stayed just a few blocks away from the HUGE castle complex. Pretty safe area to stay in considering I was 8 doors up the street from the American embassy. Every car was stopped and checked for bombs before driving past the embassy.
Marathon went relatively well – I dropped a gel early in the race, so in the last 8k, I blew up. Still ended up with a 2:56, so I’m pretty confident that I can actually go 2:50 if I manage to stop dropping gels.
Just a few pictures from the trip. My brother was in transit from South Africa back to North America that week, so he made a quick stop in Prague to hang out for a few days before making the trans-atlantic trip back to Vancouver.
This summer was pretty fun! Super busy with coaching summer swimming, racing, and finding time to work full time. Even got to meet Steve King!!
Coaching triathlon was also super fantastic this summer. My athletes accomplished some big things, and I was able to get out and run some open water swim practices. (http://sportmethodconsulting.com/coaching-services/triathlon-coaching/)
Finished up the summer with a surfing trip in Oregon. Got to spend a few days in the surf and camp. Totally reset the internal body clock, came home well rested and ready to take on the next season.
I’m currently in the build up to Ironman Arizona. Juggling full-time work with any semblance of a training schedule is difficult, but I’m hopeful that everything will work itself out. I have to keep everything in perspective though, as life isn’t all about work or training. It’s about enjoying the process and journey. It’s also about enjoying the anticipation that comes before a giant turkey dinner for Thanksgiving. Yes, thanksgiving is coming, and I’m excited.