A Christmas Wish for You… I Wish You Enough

Recently I overheard a Father and daughter in their last moments together at the airport. They had announced the departure.

Standing near the security gate, they hugged and the Father said, ‘I love you, and I wish you enough.’

The daughter replied, ‘Dad, our life together has been more than enough. Your love is all I ever needed. I wish you enough, too, Dad.’

They kissed and the daughter left. The Father walked over to the window where I was seated. Standing there I could see he wanted and needed to cry. I tried not to intrude on his privacy, but he welcomed me in by asking, ‘Did you ever say good-bye to someone knowing it would be forever?’

‘Yes, I have,’ I replied. ‘Forgive me for asking, but why is this a forever good-bye?’..

‘I am old, and she lives so far away. I have challenges ahead and the reality is – the next trip back will be for my funeral,’ he said.

‘When you were saying good-bye, I heard you say, ‘I wish you enough.’ May I ask what that means?’

He began to smile. ‘That’s a wish that has been handed down from other generations. My parents used to say it to everyone…’ He paused a moment and looked up as if trying to remember it in detail, and he smiled even more. ‘When we said, ‘I wish you enough,’ we were wanting the other person to have a life filled with just enough good things to sustain them.’ Then turning toward me, he shared the following as if he were reciting it from memory.

I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how gray the day may appear.

I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun even more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting.

I wish you enough pain so that even the smallest of joys in life may appear bigger.

I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.

I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.

He then began to cry and walked away.

They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them; but then an entire life to forget them.

Bikes for Kids Gift Baskets

Bikes for Kids is a special Christmas program run by PACEperformance, which raises money to purchase new bikes, helmets and locks each year for children entrusted to Children’s Aid.

This year, three huge gift baskets are on display at Neworld Cycle, tickets can be purchased for the chance to win one of these fully loaded prizes.

There is a Kids basket worth $800, a Sports basket worth $1,335 and a Luxury basket worth $1,335.

Each ticket is only $20, and can be purchased at Neworld Cycle and Runners, 560 Plains Rd.  All the money raised from the ticket sales will go Bikes for Kids.
Click here to see photos and description of the contents of each basket:  BikesForKids2012

You can also click here to make a cash donation to Bikes for Kids.

Many Roads to IronMan, IMAZ Race Report by Christine Walsh

Two years ago at the family Thanksgiving Dinner, I was asked what my next athletic goal was. Under much duress,   I stated that I sort of, kind of maybe, perhaps, wanted to do an Ironman. Once said out loud, it became my goal and my nephew, Michael, joined me for the two year adventure to get there.

Our first year of training culminated in a half ironman in Syracuse and volunteering for Ironman Arizona 2011 to sign up for the race on November 18, 2012.

My  friends Kathleen Robb and Peter Cooke introduced me to the Triathalon Club of Burlington.

Training began with the Tucson camp where I had the privilege of excellent coaching (Greg Pace, Barry Shepley and Miguel Vadillo) and meeting  so many amazing athletes which was followed by a summer of training with TCoB and Runners’ Den athletes. Each time I met an Ironman I asked for her/his one piece of advice:  the most common was “enjoy your day”. I found the suggestion preposterous really—how was I to enjoy the most grueling mentally and physically demanding day in my life?

Then one by one, I watched my friends compete in their Ironman, some in person, some via my computer, often into the wee hours of the morning. Some with amazing times, some scrapping in just under the wire and some not to be.  I was in awe of their achievements and somewhat doubtful if I would be able to succeed.

Finally my turn. I left a snowstorm in Calgary to the warmth of Arizona on the Tuesday before the race.  Michael and I were fortunate to stay with Gord and Ester Pauls, seasoned ironman athletes, friends and mentors.

The year I spent worrying about the temperature of the water was allayed by the practice swim on the Saturday before the race. The temperature, 62F, although cool was similar to many of our swims and easily manageable. The morning of the race came very early. Man there is a lot of things to do to get to the starting line, special needs bags dropped off, bike tires pumped, body marked, wetsuit on, try to find some Vaseline because of course forgot mine, morning bag dropped off.

Greg Pace advised it was the training that got you to the start line that made you an Ironman. My friends Pat and Rose sent me a quote, “you are 10 times more than you thought you could be”.   It was true, I was ready. Unlike any previous race I was peaceful, calm and ready for the day, ready for my race.

Michael and I held hands and jumped into the water about 10 minutes before the gun time. We joined the other 85 athletes from Canada as we swam to the start. Michael fixed my watch (yet again); this would be the first time I would use a watch in a race.  I said “see you on the course” (a triple loop swim and run) before swimming ahead into the first third of the swimmers. Many athletes were clinging to the side of the canal—cold water if you are from California—the most populous state for the race.

The sun was rising, the crowd lined the bridges overhead and the sides of the canal, the American national anthem was played and the gun went off.  The swim was ‘shuffling’ at first, it was so crowded and then it began. I would have to swim to just past the next bridge, turn around and come back. I could do it. The swim was like nothing I had ever experienced before, a shark tank, arms flaying legs kicking, pulling at ankles, missing breaths, swallowing water. I was all good. I was just swimming with almost 3,000 of my closest friends—why did they have to be so close? Just before the bridge, someone actually apologized for a rather nasty blow to the head. “Its ok”, I said—but it wasn’t, my goggles were gone—into the depths of murky Lake Tempe. Well I hadn’t prepared for that one (now I know—put your goggles on before your cap). Hmm plan B, you can swim ‘old school’ sans goggles. After trying that for awhile I gave up and attempted to flag down the kayaker- waving hands, yelling didn’t work (good thing I wasn’t in real trouble) so I elected to breaststroke across the moving crowd—I was on the far side, the kayaker on the inside. He said he didn’t have any goggles, nor did he have any idea where I could get a pair. A passing swimmer overheard and handed me his slightly too big but gloriously purple extra pair of goggles and my race was on again. Again in the fray of it, stopping to clear the goggles and sight frequently I was finished and pulled out of the water at 1:16. Still within the time I had wanted between 1:15 and 1:30…

Thanks random swimmer!

In transition I stopped for a picture with my friends. Changed from swim suit to tri top bike shorts and lube everywhere. On the bike! Three loops of an out and back course. Slight uphill going out, slight downhill on the way back. The watch kept beeping every 10 minutes reminding me to drink/eat. I didn’t pack my own nutrition because after arriving back from the athletes’ dinner Friday night at 9:00 pm in a panic, just realizing I needed to have my bike and run bags and bike ready to go early the next morning, my friends prepared ziplock bags full of stuff. Turns out it was almost exclusively gummy things—argh.  After a couple of hours and I was cursing the insistence of the watch.  When I finally looked at my watch (until I started my third loop it was covered by my arm warmers) I confirmed I was on pace.  Having no idea what I could do on the bike and still have legs for the run, Greg suggested I should try to maintain a 30-32km pace. So I did finishing the bike in 6:02. It wasn’t as bad as I thought and I still love my bike, just not this week.  Also don’t throw away your Eload when you toss your arm warmers.

Back to transition, change to tri shorts and more lube.  And I was off and running, well sort of. They must have missed putting out that first mile marker because it took sooo long to get there.  Now the mental game. I had no real strategy for the run except try to run. I settled into a 25 light standard run followed by a 5 light standard walk with various cheats as needed, which I am sure is usual IronMan protocol.  I met up with Michael on my second loop and his first (I believe he adopted a “mostly walk” strategy). In comparing notes about how we were feeling I said my legs were a bit sore, and he asked if I had taken any pain medication. Although I had stashed pills everywhere (I was battling a persistent cold) of course I had forgotten to take any. His walking companion pulled out a baggy full of pills and asked what I would like. I took two of something and then started running again. Friends Ester, Martine and Beth ran with me a bit on the start of the third loop. I met many great people on the run (including having a chat with Barry Sheply) read lots of good signs, volunteers were fabulous (including the one that opened up the gel for me with her teeth) and I ate just about everything on the course except for the pretzels- yuck. After about 5:09 of that, I was done. I finally heard what I was aiming for for the past two years; Bill O’Reilly told me I was an IronMan at 12:46. I came 6th in my age group.

A few hours later Michael was also and IronMan. Later that night in bed I thought, I never have to do that again! Today, a few days later, I am ready to see what next year brings. My one piece of advice: no one does an IronMan alone.  Surround yourself with people who inspire, encourage, and support you, There are many roads to an IronMan and you will find yours.

A Quilting of Goldfinches. By Stephen Barnes

My cycling distances increased through the summer in preparation for Mont Tremblant, and I felt pretty comfortable with the routes I’d chosen. Mostly oriented northward, they took me off the beaten path often enough that I felt relatively safe for most of the way and at times the seclusion was downright sublime. It was great riding, punctuated only by the occasional anaerobic chipmunk or indecisive squirrel, and that one time a couple of deer sorely misjudged my rate of descent on a steep grade, nearly swapping me my aerobars for antlers.
On a beautiful Sunday morning in July, just past the T intersection on #3 Sideroad at the railway tracks, I turned up 1st Line, destination Fergus. No sooner had I slouched back down into my aero position than a commotion rose up behind me to the right. It was the unmistakeable lilting four-beat contact call of the American goldfinch – what bird watchers have likened to them singing po-ta-to-chip, but this sounded more like a party-sized bag of potato chips; I looked over and saw what seemed like hundreds of them (goldfinches, not potato chips) taking wing from the low bushes in the narrow strip of land beside me. I laughed out loud, thinking first of how unthreatening their quiet chirps were, then of how – aboard my yellow, black and white bicycle – I might have resembled that eccentric inventor in the film, Fly Away Home, trying to get these tiny geese to imprint me as their father by leading them on a flight.
Instinctively riding the crazy roller-coaster hard-wired into their brains, the finches collectively resembled a giant yellow, black, and white quilt that had just been ruffled to spread out across some invisible bed beside me. This brief commingling with nature almost took a turn for the worse when the chirping quilt then abruptly tacked diagonally across my bow, so close that I instinctively clamped my mouth shut.
The finches then kicked it up a notch and promptly dropped me, as so many things do…
I hunched back down to work and got back up to speed. As my heart rate and breathing approached the pointy end of my Lactate Threshold, I recognized that while my smile was morphing into a grimace, my facial expression itself hardly changed – a smile is uncannily close to a grimace!
What has this got to do with triathlon, you may ask?
Just think back to every race photo you have ever been in.
If you look past the flushed skin, the head rolling to the side, the clenched fists and cramping muscles, the foamy lips, the sweat glistening and the tears streaming down, there’s actually a smile there. Clearly, on some level, we must really like what we are doing; there are finches flying beside us. They wear no number bibs, personal bests mean nothing to them, but all of us are celebrating the pure and simple gift that is the joy of moving.

IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP KONA 2012 RACE REPORT – Hélène Desrosiers

As soon as I landed in Kona I knew the 2 weeks ahead of me would be amazing! Hawaii was better than I could have imagined; the beautiful scenery was breathtaking! Each day, there was more and more excitement in the air as the athletes kept arriving. Like myself, most of them arrived a week prior to the race in order to acclimatize and adjust to the time zone. I was inspired just being surrounded by all of them.

After months of preparation and training, the Ironman World Championship was the race I have been gearing up for. 50,000 athletes try to qualify for the Ironman World Championship every year but only 1800 qualify and I felt very privileged to be among them. After competing five weeks prior to this race at the World Championship 70.3 in Las Vegas, I was hoping that my body would remember how it felt to compete in the extreme heat.

The outcome is unknown when it comes to a race as long as this. Competing in Kona for the first time, I wasn’t sure what to expect on race day but I knew the conditions would be very tough with high heat, humidity and strong winds. I didn’t have particular finishing time in mind, I just wanted to enjoy every moment and make sure I could complete the race.

My training was done at this point and I tried to remember the good days to get through this race with a confident and positive mindset. Training through aches and pains was very challenging at times as I was still feeling the effects of my fall at Ironman Arizona. The A.R.T. team was on site prior to the race and seeing them every day leading to the race helped a lot.

 

PRE-RACE:

The morning of the race I woke up at 4am after a good night sleep. At 4h45am I walked to body marking, dropped off my special needs food bag and headed to weigh in. I then walked to the transition area to load my bike with food, add fluid to my water bottles and pump the tires. The restaurant opened at 5h30am, so I had a coffee, oatmeal with half a banana for breakfast. Time was running very quickly, so I entered the transition area just before 6:30am and waited in line with all the other athletes. It was awesome to watch the Pro athletes start!

The theme of this year’s race was Aa No Maka O Na Aa. ”The sparkling eyes of my roots, a meaning that we will never lose our way as long as we remembered where we came from. Success is about respecting our roots, taking value in what we have learned and embracing our journey. Knowing your roots is knowing your way. Our roots represents the path that our ancestors have taken and the choices that have been made that define and illuminate who we are today.” – Kupuna Elisabeth Maluihi Ako Lee.

 

SWIM: 1:24 (finished 46/70 in AG, 394 overall women)

At 6:40am I entered the water and took position right in the middle – finding a good spot at the start is always very important – and I placed myself behind a group of people I was hoping to draft behind as long as I could.

While treading the water for 15 min. before the start, the sun rose above the water. I took the time to visualize the day, walking every portion of the race in my mind. The canon went off and the long day ahead of me had begun. The swim was pretty rough and I struggled to stay behind the group. I eventually found myself without anyone in front of me, my pace didn’t feel very fast. After the turnaround the swim on the way back was tougher. As I came closer to shore I could hear the crowd cheering…it was great!
T1: 4:39 – I came out the water, grabbed my bag and headed to the transition tent. A volunteer helped me apply sunscreen as we weren’t not allowed to apply it before the race. I ran all the way around the Pier until I got to the my bike row. The race started here for me.

 

BIKE: 5:55 (23rd in AG, 249 overall women)

First part of the bike course is an out and back loop around town before climbing Palani Rd up to a left turn on Queen K Hwy.

The bike course then travels north on the Kona Coast through scorching lava fields and then along the Kohala Coast to the small village of Hawi.

— Riding along the Kona Coast through the Lava Fields in Kona.

The first 60kms all the way to Kawaihae went well but the hardest miles were still to come. The strong crosswinds was very challenging while climbing 18 miles from Kawaihae to Hawi and my pace slowed down dramatically. After the turnaround the conditions got worse, it started to rain and the crosswind got much stronger. The crosswind and the rain combined was very challenging. I tried to keep a steady pace in the aero position, so I could stay in control and prevent from falling. Passing anyone during that portion of the bike was extremely frightening and difficult. This was the toughest parts of the bike! The last 40 kms are relatively flat with strong headwinds.

T2: 8:36 – A volunteer helped me re-apply the sunscreen while an other helped with my all my running gear and I went to the bathroom that was conveniently placed inside the tent, before starting my run. Coming off the bike my hamstring was really tight, I really wasn’t sure how my leg would feel on the run!

 

RUN: 4:20 (29th in AG, 291 overall women)

I started running at an easy pace and I kept that same pace throughout.

The sun was brutal on the run and I felt the heat slowing me down. Staying cool and very well hydrated was even more important at this stage. I made sure to drink at every water station.

The run started on Ali’i Drive along the Coast, to a turnaround, and back before climbing Palani up to the Queen K. The run continued along the Queen K until the Energy Lab and then goes through the Energy Lab complex to a turnaround and back up a hill to the Queen K. There were only 10kms left from that corner, and by then I knew that my finish time would be sub-12 hours.

Sprinting the last miles of the marathon felt really good and as I approached the finished line coming down the famous Ali’i Drive the crowd was cheering, there was so much energy in the air, it was unbelievable! I took it all in before crossing the finish line with a huge smile on my face.

CONCLUSION:

I finished in 11:53:58 (12.29 was the average for my AG)  I placed 29th/70 in AG and 291 overall women, 1293 overall

1883 finished this year with an average time of 11.32. 2.9% DNS and 4.9% DNF.

I’m proud to be part of a group of women called the IronDames that raise money for Wellspring Halton-Peel. This year, I raised $2555 for Wellspring through my participation in The Ironman World Championship, surpassing my fundraising goal of $2500.

It has been two week now since the race and I’m still smiling when I think about how great the whole event was and I feel so happy that I had the opportunity to experience it.

Looking back on race day, I feel I could have pushed myself a little more during the run as I still had lots of energy in the bank after crossing the finish line. This race was tough but it was by far the race I enjoyed the most. I really took the time to appreciate the beautiful scenery, the volunteers, the athletes I was competing with and the very supportive crowd. The past 2 weeks were amazing! There are filled with lots and lots of great memories that I’ll never forget.

What’s next…Next year I’ll be running my 6th Boston marathon in April, I’ll be competing at the Ironman Mont-Tremblant 70.3 in June as part of my training and the main focus will be in September where I’ll be representing Canada in London, England at the ITU World Championship.

Thank you to everyone who supported me during this journey: my husband Charles, my son Philippe and my daughter Julie, my family, my friends, my training partners, Pace Performance, The Triathlon Club of Burlington, The Oakville Masters Swim Club, The IronDames, Spinervals, Conner’s runners, Canada Get Fit and Claudia Hutchison for helping me with my nutrition plan.

The Ironman World Championship 2012 will be forecast on NBC on October 27, 2012 and December 3,2012.- Don’t forget to set your DVR!

http://lavamagazine.com/news/kona-nbc-show-to-air-saturday/#axzz2A2tPcx8k

 

 

Running in Kenya

Dear Runner,

Imagine running in Kenya with a local Kenyan runner. Imagine being paced by your Kenyan running guide in an international race. Talk to and learn from local runners about running goals, training programs and lifestyle. Complete your experience with a breathtaking safari to witness some of the most beautiful scenery, and majestic animals in the world.

Standard Chartered Nairobi Marathon/Half Marathon/10k – October 27th *

Why run in Kenya:

  • Improve your running: your running guide will tailor the high altitude sessions to you, and push you to your ability. Runners of all abilities can do this run
  • Vacation experience unlike any other: your trip to Kenya includes a safari in search of the Big 5, a visit to a local Masai village and breathtaking scenery. Non runner spouses and family members are welcome
  • Directly impact the life of a local runner: each runner from Canada will bring with them a pair of running shoes and run clothes to donate to the running guide. Shoes that fit and clothes that look good enhance the self esteem and sense of pride in the runner. A gratuity to your running guide ($50 USD minimum) will enable them to train and enter another race to improve their ranking and financial stability
  • Kenya is a democratic country and our guides keep a close eye on the normally stable political climate and road conditions, thereby ensuring constant feedback on security concerns

 

Our mission is to leave you with an experience of a lifetime, an insight into the culture and diversity of the Kenyan people and provide employment for local Kenyans. Let us spoil you. We will show you OUR Kenya.

Cost for this 10 day, once in a lifetime opportunity, excluding international airfare is $2950 per person based on double occupancy.

Limited spots are available. If you are interested in an information session for you or your running group please email me at travel4u@cogeco.ca

Sincerely

Janette Kirch

Season’s over!!… “Were you overtrained???”, By Kevin Giuledas, Registered Physiotherapist, Movement Solutions Physiotherapy

Overtraining Syndrome

So the season’s over and you’ve had a decent season? A good season? Or maybe a pitiful season!  Is there any chance you were overtrained???  Be HONEST! You are a triathlete after all!!!  Unfortunately, there are no definitive tests to determine when a triathlete has overtraining syndrome.1  Common sense can be utilized in these cases however as they say, “…forest for the trees.”  Stepping back and taking a look at some of the common, definitive signs and symptoms can be helpful.1,2  These signs and symptoms include….

 

  • decreased physical performance
  • pronounced fatigue or malaise
  • insomnia
  • change in appetite
  • mood changes  (anxiety, irritable, depression)
  • loss of body weight
  • insatiable thirst
  • joint aches and pains
  • lack of mental concentration
  • decreased lactate response
  • nausea, GI upset
  • headaches
  • impaired muscle strength
  • increased frequency of upper respiratory illnesses

 

 

These symptoms do overlap with other medical illnesses and ailments and would need to be excluded before a diagnosis of overtraining syndrome was determined.  However, at this time of year as most of you scale back your training, be cognizant if any of the above symptoms show marked improvement.

The timing of this article is deliberate as recovery from overtraining may require several weeks to several months.1,2 Consequently, being aware of the signs and symptoms, as well as the causes are paramount to prevention.

Causes of Overtraining

The main causes of overtraining are high training intensity, high training volume and insufficient recovery.  Fatigue is a predominant feature in overtraining and can be a result of both physical and psychological stressors.1

Overtraining Prevention and Treatment

Prevention is the predominant treatment methodology in avoiding overtraining.  The key strategies to prevention are proper nutrition, hydration and rest.  Appropriate training volume and intensity are also vital to prevention.  Consulting with an experienced coach can help to provide that ‘outside’ objective viewpoint on your training.  (The TCoB’s head coach Greg Pace, of PACEperformance can help in this area.)  Negative mood changes and fatigue often coincide.  Monitoring changes in mood and fatigue may help in reducing the incidence of overtraining.1

Once an athlete develops overtraining syndrome, treatment involves rest, good nutrition and stress reduction.1 Recovery is specific to each individual and is dependent on many factors including the degree and duration of physical and psychological stressors.3

Overuse Injuries

Studies have reported that between 47% and 75% of triathletes can suffer an overuse injury.4  Most injuries occur in the lower limb, affecting the knee, ankle and Achilles tendon.  Running has been the main culprit in development of these injuries.4,5,6 Injury in running is thought to be a combination of errors in biomechanics and overtraining.6 Contusions and abrasions are most common with cycling.  Poor bike fit and overtraining produced the most frequent overuse injuries while cycling.  Swimming demonstrates the least amount of associated injuries in both training and competition.4,6,7 There were inconsistencies in the studies in determining if training or competition resulted in more frequent injuries.4,7

Prevention and Treatment

A combination of adequate warm up, cool-down, gradual increase in training intensity and duration, and flexibility appear to be key factors in preventing overuse injuries.4,5,6  Analysis of running mechanics, shoe wear, proper bike fit, and rest are also important in preventing and treating overuse injuries.  Some overuse injuries can resolve on their own with rest and changes to the training regimen.  Others may require treatment from a health professional.

While the above information may seem fairly self explanatory and common sense, it is amazing how often some of these small details are overlooked in a triathlete’s training program.  Keeping these points a little more in the forefront of your brain can help to limit the chances of a ‘pitiful’ season!!!!

References

  1. Purvis D, Gonsalves S, Deuster P. Physiological and Psychological Fatigue in Extreme Conditions: Overtraining and Elite Athletes.  Pm & R. 2(5):442-50, 2010 May.
  2. Armstrong LE. VanHeest JL.  The unknown mechanisms of the overtraining syndrome.  Clues form depression and psychoneuroimmunology.  Sports Medicine. 32(3):185-209, 2002.
  3. Kellman M.  Preventing overtraining in athletes in high-intensity sports and stress/recovery monitoring. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports. 20 Suppl 2:95-102, 2010 Oct.
  4. Burns J, Keenan AM, Redmond AC.  Factors associated with triathlon-related overuse injuries.  J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2003 Apr;33(4):177-84.
  5. Wilk BR, Fisher KL, Rangelli D. The incidence of musculoskeletal injuries in an amateur triathlete racing club. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. 22(3):108-12, 1995 Sep.
  6. Cipriani DJ, Swartz JD, Hodgson CM. Triathlon and the multisport athlete. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. 27(1):42-50, 1998 Jan.
  7. Egermann, M. Brocai, D. Lill, C A. Schmitt, H. Analysis of injuries in long-distance triathletes.  International Journal of Sports Medicine. 24(4):271-6, 2003 May.

Youth Multi Sport Program

PACEperformance is excited to offer a multi sport training club for children and young adults.

Based out of Neworld Spin Studio and the Burlington YMCA, this program is for youth in grades 4 and up.  Workouts include two swims, two bikes, and two run/dry land training sessions per week.  Cost depends of number of workouts attended each week.  Program starts Monday October 22, 2012

Check out more details in this flyer:  Pace youth club 

TCoB Survey

In order to make the club better for you, we would appreciate knowing what you thought about our 2012 summer programs, and what you think about the upcoming fall and winter training and events.

Please  TAKE THIS SURVEY and let us know how we are doing.

We value your feedback.

Thanks from the TCoB executive.