Sunday, May 28th

html problems

If you're viewing this in firefox then this will make sense... if you're using Internet Explorer than you can ignore this. For some reason Firefox doesn't like some of my html and is ignoring my body text colour... so its black. Hard to read on a black background. Looking to fix that, in the mean time, if you go to click the archive link at the top, then the month the text comes out properly. I'll try to fix this shortly.
Paul on 05.28.06 @ 11:58 PM EST [link]

Back in the Open water...

Well, now that the ice has been out for about a month, its time to get back into the open water. Mike and I went to Nepahwin beach to meet up with Jody for some open water swimming in before the Milton Triathlon next week.

Mike and I surveying the scene before Jody arrives... looks cold.
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Mike looking far too eager to get in the lake and try out his cool new epic camp swim cap. That's Jody's niece laughing at him/us.
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Mike trying to pretend that its not that cold... but admiting that his feet were numb within seconds of jumping in.
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Mike and Jody trying to convince me that their screams weren't a sign of how cold it was...
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Here's me after... we swam across the bay (about 200m) and it started raining. Once we got back we heard some thunder and decided to call it a day. That's why I'm smiling. Hopefully the water isn't as cold in Milton next Sunday.
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Paul on 05.28.06 @ 11:43 PM EST [link]

Monday, May 15th

Victoria's Duathlon '06

Yesterday saw me compete in my first run-bike-run at Victoria's duathlon in Waterloo (although its my 3rd year of Triathlons). It was a quick road trip with Mike Hay, Mike Coughlin and myself coming down from Sudbury Saturday afternoon. We made a longer than planned stop at Bialkowski trysport, and arrived in Milton to have a fantastic meal cooked by Kate at my parent's place.

Sunday morning Kate joined us again, and we drove to Waterloo and did a quick drive of the bike course before warming up for the race. The weather was pretty cold and windy, with the threat of rain. In the end it didn't turn out to be that cold, and the sun actually came out later in the day.

I had a pretty good race, going out too hard on the first run, but settling into a good groove by the end of it. I set out to hammer the bike, and felt like I was making pretty good progress reeling people in throughout. The first half of the bike was great with rolling hills and a nice tail wind. Unfortunatly the hills on the back side were also pretty tough, and the head wind made it hard going. Back onto the second run I was feeling the pain. Luckly it was only 4k, but a couple people I passed on the bike were able to catch and pass me. In the end it was a great day, and a fun experience. Should be a good indicator of how things will go in Milton in 3 weeks.

My splits were:
4k run 15:09 (3:48/km)
T1 0:41
25k bike 43:18 (34.6 km/h)
T2 0:43
4k run 16:59
Total 1:16:49, 72nd overall, 11/24 M25-29
Full results here

Kate was kind enough to take pictures of us during the race, and those can be found here

Five of us from Sudbury were there, with three placing well in their catagories... Mike Hay 3rd (Pro male), Mike Coughlin 3rd (Male 30-35), Melanie Muise 1st (Female 25-29).
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Paul on 05.15.06 @ 11:25 AM EST [link]

Tuesday, May 9th

Saturday's Bike ride

This past Saturday afternoon Mike Coughlin and I went for a bike ride. Seeing as we were both running a half marathon the next day we decided to take it easy... er, actually, no, that's not really true. We drove down to the Killarney exit on hwy 69, and rode into town. The road is great by Sudbury standards, but the chipseal surface could be better. Upon our arrivial we were pleasently surprised to find that Herbert Fisheries was open... for those who don't know, its a world famous fish and chip stand served out of an old school bus. So we decided to share some fish and chips to help fuel the ride back.

Overall, it was about 136 km, and a fairly easy pace averaging 30km/h. That seemed slow at first, but its a hilly ride, and after 4.5 hours my legs were feeling it. It was nice to get off on a road with very little traffic, and we even saw a black bear and red fox along the way.

More pictures from the ride can be found here

Leaving Killarney

Me in front of Herbert Fisheries (World famous Fresh Fish and Chips)
Paul on 05.09.06 @ 12:08 PM EST [link]

Monday, May 8th

Return to the Big Nickel

Last week saw Kate return to Sudbury, and a return to the big nickel. This time Dynamic earth was open, so we took the trip underground and learnt about some of the history of Sudbury. We were able to hit a number of sights in town over the course of the week, and luckly the weather was quite nice during her visit. I was even able to get Kate on a road bike with clipless pedals for a short bike ride.

Wednesday night she was able to round up some of my friends here for a surprise birthday party... kudos for that since she had only met some of them once or twice and was able to pull it off without me knowing.
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Paul on 05.08.06 @ 11:01 AM EST [link]

Tuesday, May 2nd

Masters mini meet

This past Sunday, the Laurentian Masters swim club held another mini-meet. Not one to pass up an oppertunity for suffering, I signed up for a couple events... 800m, 50m and 100m (all freestyle). I didn't set any PR's, and apparently my dive actually slows me down. Good thing I'm not actually a swimmer. (click "more..." below for actual times)

Next Sunday is the Sudbury Rocks Marathon (I'm doing the 1/2), and the week after is Victoria's Duathlon... My race goals for the year have changed and I'm now looking to qualify and race in Ironman Canada in August. Leading up to that I'll be doing Milton, Muskoka long course and the Peterborough 1/2 ironman.

Paul on 05.02.06 @ 10:21 AM EST [more..]

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