Monday, June 27, 2005

Physiotherapists are useful

Latest Injury Posted by Hello
I have to admit I've never been a big fan of physiotherapists. Wendy Epp is a very good friend of mine, but really, a lot of what she does is give me stretching exercises and tell me to go to pilates. Preventative medicine -what's with that? Of course I'm not going to do it. Yeah, sure I could have nice abs and a core, but that's a lot of work.
I prefer to go to massage therapy and go into the pain locker for an hour. I assume that if that deep tissue massage hurts that much it must be good for me.
Anyway, Massage Therapist Csaba treated my hamstring haematoma and hip flexor tightness, but he couldn't really diagnose the ankle injury and even told me I was OK to run. I sure WAS NOT OK to run! OUCH!
I self diagnosed an achilles tendon problem and I was pretty close.
I decided to let another type of sports therapist have a go at my injury.
So I broke down and went to the Physiotherapy clinic downtown at the YWCA. It took Duane about 25 minutes to pinpoint the problem. The posterial tibial tendon runs through the calf and crosses the ankle to attach to the navicular bone. My problem is that my calf is extra tight for some reason because of the hamstring problem and the posterial tibial tendon has been rubbing against the medial malleolus of the ankle and has become inflamed.
Duane massaged the calf and tendon to release the tension and then he used acupuncture. I'm now a convert to acupuncture because it really releases the muscle tension.
I see Duane tomorrow and hope that I'm able to start running again soon. My weight is up to 208, not that I pay attention to things like that. Maybe Velocity Diet time again if I can't run yet.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Last Rider

Last Woman Standing Posted by Hello
It was the last ride of the year on Saturday and I only had one member of my group show up - Yvonne. She is very enjoyable to ride with and I always enjoy chatting with her and stopping for coffee in Steveston. I am still sick and asked Yvonne to ride with Chris' group while I went home and had a nap.
With David Harrison getting sick and retiring from coaching this January I decided to coach the beginners group myself. David has been coaching this group for years and I was saddened to learn about his illness which caused him to leave the club and give up one of his passions. I have a lot of patience and am not really concerned with my own fitness level so I decided to take on this challenging group. In January I had about 20 people in my group which is a little large for one coach to handle so I asked my friend Joe Lee to help out. Joe has the same compassion for newbies that I do and is an excellent coach for those people starting out. We never drop anybody and are very encouraging to those that show up. We taught the riders the basic skills such as cornering, braking, riding in a pace line, being comfortable with other riders in a pack. I really like the beginners, but they aren't as obsessed with racing and are not as consistent with their practices as many of the other club members are. But I think I have given a lot of my newbie riders a bit of confidence about their abilities and shown them how much fun riding can be. Yvonne showed up for every practice and has become a very strong rider and will have an excellent racing season.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Pacific Spirit Triathlon Club Core Members

The fast guys Posted by Hello
This is the group that rides all winter and maintains the integrity of the club. Tony, Jim, Terry, J.P., my best friend Paul, Dave and Rob.
They've been members of PSTC since I joined the club in 1998 and most of them have qualified for either the Hawaii Ironman, or have been on the Canadian National Triathlon Team.
My Bike Director duties officially end at the end of June so I don't publish anymore practices for the 250 members of our club. I know that we stop the official practices too early in the year, but hey, the coaches and I want to race too and it's very difficult to get coaches out to the Thursday night and Saturday morning practices during the race season.
I put on an informal ride out of Kits Pool parking lot on Thursday nights at 6:30 and there is also the Saturday morning ride at Bagel Street Cafe - 1oth and Sasamat which leaves at 9:00 am sharp. Don't be late! You don't have to be a member of the club to come out to these rides. Anyone is welcome, but it helps if you have a road bike as opposed to a mountain bike. The Saturday morning ride is great because the newer riders get to ride with the fast group for the first hour and gain lots of experience and knowledge hanging out with these guys. If you are intimidated with my group then check out Judy Latoski's Dizzy Chicks ride.
or if you are a total newbie with a mountain bike and baggy shorts you can learn how to ride with Michelle and Miranda at

Friday, June 24, 2005


Shunned at the gym

I’m still kind of sick and was coughing at the Y weightroom today, and my germaphobic friend John Caspar told me to leave! John is such a type A; he's too high achieving to get sick. Well, I guess I really shouldn’t have been there. But I'm getting weaker - must lift weights! But I went over to the mats outside and did some core work.

I’m quite prone to pneumonia and bronchitis, and am worried that I have “weak” lungs. I try to compensate by going overboard with ultrarunning, and long distance cycling but I still end up getting either pneumonia or bronchitis once a year. I came down with a nice case of pneumonia last weekend without any of the flu symptoms – it just went right to my lungs. So I went to the walk-in clinic next to my office on Monday morning and got a course of antibiotics. My General Practitioner, Craig, dislikes giving me antibiotics and he always just tells me to get plenty of rest. Not that I have anything against rest, but I would rather have the antibiotics, thank you. I quickly learned that there is no point going to Craig when I have lung issues and it’s easier to get antibiotics at a walk in clinic. Generally the antibiotics are all that are required to treat my pneumonia.
At the walking clinic Dr. Stein prescribed a five day course of Zithromax, one of these new expensive “superantibiotics”. But it didn’t work! Oh No! Superbug!?!
So I went back to the walk in clinic again today to get another course of more expensive antibiotics. Now I’m on a seven day course of Biaxin (Clarithromycin) and it was $64.00!!
Hope that works because I really want to get back on my training programme.
Yep, I’m at work in case you were wondering. I’ll rest this weekend.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Fitness Warrior's Guide to Daily Life

Fitness Warrior’s Guide to Daily Life

Here are a couple of my favourite quotes from Chris Kostman; you can find other great writing from Chris at his website:


•When in doubt about whether to attempt anything daring, adventurous, or unknown in your life, just do it (except things that are overly life threatening, of course). It's an old line, but it really is better to have tried and failed at something than never to have tried in the first place.

•Know that the ability to achieve excellence is determined far more by mindset (which can be changed) than by genetics (which can't be changed).

• Know that “nothing is too difficult for mortals to accomplish”

•"All things in moderation" as advice on how to live and act is the reason for the pervasive mediocrity in our society today.

•Realize that it's o.k., even praiseworthy, to have an ego. If people are put off by that fact, it's because of their own insecurities. Show by example that good, healthy things come of a good, healthy ego.

•Surround yourself with positive reinforcments of your uniqueness, such as by displaying photos and momentos of important incidents from your life. Photos of powerful people, places, moments, or things actually transmit some of the power or energy that they portray.

•Don't let yourself be pigeon-holed by your peers. Nobody is "just" a jock, a marketing guy, a computer nerd, or a housewife. Surprise your peers and yourself by regularly venturing out into uncharted territories, "terra incognita," in any sense of the phrase. In other words, don't live in a rut! On a related note, never use the word "just" in reference to yourself or anything you are doing. For example, don't say "I'm just an assistant manager" or "I'm just going to the community college." Say those sentences minus the word "just." Show respect for yourself and your life and others will show it, too.

•Accept that there must be no excuses for lack of success, only reasons. Recognize these reasons, learn from them, then regroup and press onward.
•Live by this motto: "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam." (I will either find a way or make one.)

•Watch the sunrise at least once a month. Don't just be up and about while it happens; actually watch it. You'll see why.

•Travel. Expand your horizons by seeing firsthand that there is life beyond your natural home turf. Enjoy and learn from the diversity that you see and experience both across your country and abroad. Get a little perspective on things by taking yourself out of your comfort zone.

•Words to live by: Nothing ventured, nothing gained. If there's nothing to lose when staring at or dreaming of a new venture or possibility, then just go for it!

•Know that when you've gotten by with less, in any forum and for any reason, then you can always get by with more. As people "progress" through life, they become accustomed to more and more conveniences, money, opportunities, social events, etc. Then if something seemingly dramatic and life-changing happens that "takes some of this away," it's possible to feel like it's impossible to go on. But it's at those times when one can reflect on when life was "simpler" and there was "less" going on and see that it's the quality of life and experience, not the quantity, that matters most. Learn to be happy with a little and you'll not only feel that you have more, but you will have more.

•Commit your life to the constant reinvention of yourself!

Lori and Bri

Bri & Lori and some guy that won a couple of Gold Medals at the Olympics, and Kim Posted by Hello
Lori IS pregnant! It wasn't me and it wasn't Derek Porter. ha ha
Lori is so great to come out and volunteer at these races; she is such a nice woman. Her friend Kim, who looks like a child in this photo, is a Naturopathic Doctor in Victoria and was volunteering as well.
Derek was over to cheer on Raffi, a fellow Chiropractor and to get some practice rowing on the lake. Derek is a very succesful rower, and even though he hasn't rowed in years, has been asked to go over to Japan and row in some demonstration event. Lucky guy.
Porter likes to do the shorter triathlon races and is pretty fast. I beat him in a lap at Kitsilano pool once, but he didn't know I was racing him.
It was a perfect day for the New Balance Half Ironman and everyone in the club had a good race. There were about 30 Pacific Spirit Triathlon Club participants and announcer Steven King kept referring to our club as coming out "en masse" . We are the largest club in Western Canada so i hope we have the largest participant rate.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Oliver 1/2 Ironman Posted by Hello

Uwe Gramann took this picture at the Oliver Half Ironman last weekend. He's married to the most beautiful professional triathlete in our sport, Gillian Bakker. I would invest in a good camera too if I were married to Gillian.
Uwe takes the most interesting candid shots.
I had forgotten about the women madly trying to get my wetsuit suit off.
Makes me want to race just for that moment. ha ha

Monday, June 06, 2005

Jasper & AJ

1991 photo of Jasper and AJ Posted by Hello

Tracey and I had bought our house in 1990 and we wanted a dog for protection for Tracey for those occasions when I worked out of town. We attended a dog show in Richmond to check out the various breeds and we quickly decided that Golden Retreivers were the happiest and best behaved dogs. I asked Tracey to go to the Delta SPCA to see if they had a stray Retreiver. I got a phone call at lunch time from Tracey asking me to go out to the SPCA after work and look at the Dalmatian. I didn't know anything about Dalmatians. So I went out and fell in love with AJ just as Tracey had. AJ was the perfect Dalmatian (not saying she was the perfect dog - but as dals go she was as good as they get) and very affectionate.
We brought AJ home and she settled right in. I had to build a 3 foot fence around the yard to keep AJ in because she was a roamer. That's why she was in the SPCA - she had taken off from her owners and probably was 20 km away from them before the owners realized it.
The following weekend we took AJ out to meet Tracey's dad Duncan at his place in Granville Island. I took AJ out for a walk on the grass and let her off the leash for just a second when she took off on me. Uh Oh. I searched for fifteen minutes then went back to get Tracey to help me. After an hour we still couldn't find AJ who did not have any identification on her collar. We went back to Duncan's condo and were surprised to find a note on the building door asking if anyone owned the Dalmatian who was waiting at the door and was now in Carol's apartment #207. Whew! What a relief. We quickly learned that AJ would roam, but she was smart enough to know where she lived (and even where our relatives lived) and would always return home. I used to let her run on Centennial Beach chasing seagulls but after an hour I would get tired and go home. AJ would come back whenever she was ready. Tracey still didn't like this arrangement so AJ and I never told her.
I found Jasper (also known as Jazz) through an ad in the Vancouver Sun. We thought that AJ needed a friend to play with while we were at work and when I saw the ad about Jazz needing a new home I phoned up his owner.
The owner was a musician from Whistler and Jazz just didn't fit his lifestyle. We took Jazz on a week long trial to see if the dogs would get along. I renamed Jazz, Jasper because Tracey and I had just visited the Rockies and had nice memories of Jasper. But Jasper was a dog that needed a lot of attention and couldn't be left at home by himself. He barked and cried all day long until one of us got home. When we were home he was fairly well behaved, but we didn't want to bother our retired neighbours, the Davenports with such a loud dog.
So we sadly returned Jazz to the musician who then placed Jazz in a fantastic farm on Galiano island. I was devastated about losing Jazz since AJ was Tracey's dog, and Jazz and I had formed a bond in the 7 days that we were together. Fortunately I found Plum not long afterwards and Plum has always been my dog.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

At the bike store with Robin Williams

I was in Bicycle Sport Pacific this afternoon looking at new bikes with my friend Michelle. The formula for the optimal number of bikes to own is N+1 where N is the number you currently own. We were looking at the new Giant composite OCR for Michelle because the bike she currently rides is thrashing her on the long rides. And I always am looking for a new bike too. I think the Cannondale 5000 is a pretty fantastic bike and I wouldn't mind buying one unless I go for a Litespeed.
Robin Williams is in town filming a movie called RV which will be like one of those National Lampoon Vacation type movies. He brings his bike with him wherever he is filming because he loves cycling so much. He's got a titanium Merlin with Dura Ace stuff and high end race wheels.
He was having some trouble with the new pedals he just put on it and he came into the store to get them adjusted. Robin's chatting away to the mechanic about some technical bike stuff and they are trying to figure something out and fooling around tightening bolts here and there.
Michelle's bike is right next to Robin and she is standing right next to him and is oblivious to who it is. She spotted some cute socks and came over to me to show me that the socks say Twinkie on them. That's when I told her her that Robin Williams was in the store. I guess Robin Williams was more interesting than the Twinkie socks so she went back over and got engaged in the conversation between Robin and the mechanic. I was very impressed that she pulled it off so easily. I did manage a nod in his direction and he smiled back.
I watched as he cycled away and he has good form and looks pretty strong. Cycling is such a fun sport and you can tell that he loves it. He looked so happy when he hopped back on his bike and took off over the Burrard St. Bridge heading out to U.B.C.
We had already done our 5 hour ride and Michelle's "parts" were pretty sore otherwise we would have tagged along with him. She definitely needs a new bike seat or a new bike.
I'm riding tomorrow and I hope I run into him.