Saturday, August 30, 2014

Rough Waters

Smooth sailing ahead?

Tonight I swam open water in the beautiful Northumberland Straight in Northern Nova Scotia.  The water was rough though warm and I must confess I got a bit sea sick.  In total around 40 minutes of freestyle in a heavy sea.  It was fantastic.

I love swimming open water.  I have written about swimming open water before.  I believe I love it so much because it is as close to running as I can get while swimming.  It really is lovely.  I have been lucky to be living beside a lake in Halifax and live close to the ocean in my family home so I get the best of both worlds of open water.  It is also nice to be in warmer ocean water than the Pacific and without the fear of getting hit by a speedboat or eaten by an orca.  These open water days will not last much longer though as I can feel fall coming soon!

Thinking of fall...I start real training in September.  It has been a slow build up over the past few months and I am thinking about races again and looking forward to training hard.  I am getting in the pool with a new club this week which will be interesting.  I have never swam on a straight swim club so it ought to be an adventure!

I have been running and am actually holding myself back from training and starting tempos and intervals.  I am up to seven mile long runs (which blows my mind for many reasons).  What I am enjoying about running is enjoying accomplishing the little goals.  Running seven miles, three years ago, would not have seemed like more than an off day easy run.  Now it is a real accomplishment and feels hard.  I'm excited for when running is easy and fast again and I am craving getting onto a track but I need to be patient and work on my cycling.

My focus for the next two months will continue to be cycling and swimming.  I weirdly can't wait for the swim workout when it will be hard to get out of the pool because of exhaustion.  I think I am ready to go!

Happy Training!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


I have had my first injury!

It is a fine line when training between training enough, too much or too little.  After a few weeks of getting some base under my belt I was hit with right foot pain.  I was unable to walk for a week and feared a stress fracture however with the tell tale sign of tendonitis, crepitus, I was relieved.  After some rest, lots of ice and some good swimming I am pain free and ready to get back on my bike and run.

The weird thing about getting tendonitis in my foot has been that I was a bit excited about it.  It is a sign that I am actually training hard and putting some good work in.  It is hard to tell whether I am training enough as I have lost a great deal of fitness over the last two years.  I have to build slowly and be patient however I also need to take advantage of my time being off work and get fit.  I feel fit enough to start training with a team in the pool however cycling and running are a work in progress.

I am motivated and excited to train.  Now that I have been in Nova Scotia for almost two months I am feeling my spirit and energy returning.  I have lost weight and am getting back to looking like an endurance athlete again (not the goal, I guess a side effect of training).

Happy Training!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Laying the Foundation

Here we go again.

I have made it to Nova Scotia and I am back in training.  I am not working and do not have any job prospects so I might as well spend my time working out.  I am far from fit though I am totally enjoying training.

I am not counting mileage or pace times or effort yet as I am doing what feels good and stopping at that.  I set little goals for myself.  Today I rode for 2 hours and ran for 20 with drills and strides.  Yesterday I swam to the falls and back from the wharf.  Tomorrow I hope to swim but maybe I will run or bike instead.

I have less than a week here in the country and then off to the small city of Halifax.  I'll be back in a 50 metre pool and will have a new set of roads to learn and navigate on my bike.  I'll also have some new trails to explore to get me inspired to run again.  I am excited!

I have a feeling this move will give me fodder for blogger.

Back in the game?  I hope so!

Happy Training!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Cross Country

All good things must come to an end.

I am moving to Nova Scotia!

After months of contemplation and reflection I have decided to move back home.  I have decided to move to Nova Scotia.  Although I am filled with excitement and anticipation I am also nervous to be living in a new city, starting a new job, making new friends and starting a new life.  I am also very sad to be leaving my friends I have made in Vancouver and this beautiful city.

There are many reasons I am moving with the most important being family.  When I moved to Vancouver I had the goal in mind of starting my own family here.  I wanted to work, train and fall in love.  I worked and I trained but the love did not show up.  I miss my family and without a family of my own it is vital for me to have their grounding.

I must also be honest about my experience in Vancouver.  It has not always been positive.  This is a hard city to live in despite being one of the most livable places in the world.  With it's beauty comes a superficial appreciation of what is around you.  It is not how well one does something or their intent behind what they are doing but rather how it looks.  It does not matter what the content is so long as it looks good.  I have encountered this in sport, work and especially in the gay world.  People here are superficially nice or not at all.  I have been yelled at for using a side walk.  I have had people repeatedly close elevator doors on me.  I have had doors slammed in my face. I have been yelled at skiing at Whistler several times.  I have been pushed off my bike.  I have been yelled at for running in Stanley Park.  I have been harassed walking down the street and I could go on.

I will look fondly on my years in Vancouver and I think it is important for me to leave as I start to hate living here.  As this city begins to grind on me and I begin to resent not being able to afford a home or a car it is best that I return to my homeland where life is simpler, more affordable and very friendly. 

I feel a spark lighting within and sport is a great way to make new friends and meet new people.  Who knows, maybe I will have a masters level comeback!

Happy Training!