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Once in a Lifetime

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Photo montage of the day

I survived the triathlon training day with my triathlete hero Simon Whitfield!

Some of you may recall my last post about the said day as I was just a bit nervous.  If you would like your memory refreshed, just go here.  In a nutshell, it was a day for 10 folks (they added one more so it was 11) to hang out with the talented Simon Whitfield and others and a learn a bit about triathlon from the pro’s.

Prior to my departure I was a bit behind schedule, not unusual for me as I work best under pressure.  I needed the clips off my bicycle as they were going to lend me a bike for the big day.  One YouTube video, 2 phone calls to husband, one probable broken clip on my one bike and 45 minutes later I was still clipless.  I tackled my other bike and had no trouble removing the clips.  Why didn’t I just start with that one??

I then scrambled to get the house clean as for some reason I must clean the house before I leave it for a night or two.  Not sure why, but hopefully the cats appreciated my efforts.

Oh yeah, one small incident at the airport on the way.  I guess my bike clips looked suspicious (in my checked bag!!) so the security dude pulled everything out of my suitcase to find them, but wouldn’t tell me what he was looking for.  It’s great that he knows what all my underwear looks like now just like everyone else who happened to be standing around in the waiting area.  This is a small airport so security is quite intense, go figure.

I arrived in Vancouver Friday night to rain.  Saturday morning it was still raining.  Now I’m getting nervous about the bike part as I have ridden a bike in the rain once, by accident, when a storm caught me off guard.

I made my way over to  the north shore and we hung out at Thomas Haas for a bit first.  OMG best hot chocolate and croissant I’ve ever eaten in my life.  If I were to have died that day (say in a bike crash), I could say I had truly lived life just  through that taste experience alone.

Then we piled into the International Triathlon Union  (ITU) office, Simon arrived, and we all got an opportunity to introduce ourselves through our stories.  There were a few folks who had done Ironman (one who qualified for the Worlds – go Diane!), a few just getting into triathlon, and a few who loved the sport and wanted to learn more.

After the stories, folks headed out on the bikes with non other than Allan Prazsky.  Turns out they didn’t find me a bike to borrow.  I was kind of relieved as I was worried I’d either cause a crash or crash myself.  Instead I ate more Thomas Haas chocolates and hung out with Loreen Barnett (first Canadian chic to do Ironman in the early 80’s and just an amazingly awesome lady), Ed Rice (photographer with a cool accent) and Simon Whitfield (!!!!) and his awesome little girls.  I’m not complaining.

Then we headed to the pool for the swim session.  It’s been a while since I’ve been in a high school change room and I can’t say I want to be in one again for a little while.  Why are teenagers so messy and smelly??  Regardless, the pool session was the most amazing session which was great as I quickly overcame my fear of wearing a bathing suit in public.  I honestly learned so much in this session.  I also nearly froze to death, the water was sooooo cold.

After the swim we had the most delicious lunch provided by Nourish Market and then had a super informative talk by Dave Vukets (Prima Bars) on real food nutrition for training and competition.  I took notes on my energy bar wrapper.

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That’s Simon way in the front with the hat on holding the little girl’s hand. His kids ran with us too.

We were pretty far behind schedule by this point and spent about 10 minutes on the run component (outside in the wind and rain).  Simon provided a few key points and then we headed to Level 10 Fitness to learn from Anthony Findlay.  This guy is the head strength and conditioning coach for nearly every Canadian elite athlete and team.  So cool.  He showed us all the moves we need to know to stay strong as triathletes.

Then we had an awesome unwinding yoga session with Christine German and we were done!

Phew!!  There is so much more I could write, but I don’t want to tie up your time anymore than I have.  I’ll just say it was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I’m so glad I went for it.  Everyone was so cool and fun and keen and the ITU did such an amazing job organizing the day.  It was surreal to be hanging out with this caliber of athlete and trainer.

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Here we all are at Level 10 Fitness. I’m on Simon’s right.

 

 

 

 

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Falling off the Exercise Endorphin Bus

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How I was feeling today

Yesterday was an awesome day.  It all started at 5AM (not so awesome) when I got up in order to make it to the 6AM Swim Fit class at the pool.  The instructor, just some former competitive level swimming athlete, holds these classes twice per week.  Needless to say, her workouts are not for the faint of heart, although my heart feels a little faint at the end of each session.

Prior to this workout, I indulge in an instant ice coffee mix made by that famous coffee place that originated in Seattle (at this hour of the morning, everything needs to be instant or it just isn’t going to happen).  I know it’s an ice coffee mix, but I break the rules and add hot water and a bunch of half and half/creamo.  It is the sweetest, dreamiest coffee you can have.  If you like sweet coffee, you might like this, it is so good!  There is nothing like a little (maybe a lot of) sugar and caffeine to get you going first thing in the morning. 

Here’s a formula to summarize things:  sugar + caffeine + swim workout = feeling pretty darn good.  I just love caffeine and exercise induced endorphins (likely released to mask the stress I’ve just put myself through – I’ll have to Google that and see if it’s true). 

The only downside was that I was so hungry after the workout I felt like I could eat my body weight in food and had my entire lunch eaten by 10AM.  Recall my lunches are not small – they take 15 minutes to make.  I scrounged and ate every protein and granola bar I had hidden in my desk and purse.  That got me to 11AM.  I had to buy more food. 

Regardless of the issues with relentless hunger, I was in a completely stellar mood all day.  What could possibly make things even better?  A run of course!  I wasn’t going to run but I just couldn’t waste how good I was feeling or how beautiful the weather had turned and besides, Kobi loves to run too. 

After the run, I was still on an absolute happy high and completed more chores in 1.5 hours than I can usually pull off in an entire day.  To top things off, I even had time to make it to the power flow yoga class.  I like to mix power yoga up with my weight workouts so yoga it was and Rushfit will have to wait another day (sorry GSP – I still love you). 

The yoga class was awesome like always, but hard (I only nearly dislocated my shoulder once).  I haven’t been to yoga in weeks and my inflexible hips (from running) and tight upper back (from swimming) make it more difficult (in my head anyway).  

All in all, yesterday was a pretty amazing day.  Today on the other hand, was not so great.  It was either because I was doing housework related chores all day, or that I was having an exercise endorphin hangover, or I was just completely exhausted.  I honestly think it was a hangover, although housework can suck all the fun out of any day.