Sunday, January 27, 2008

My coach rocks!

Galloping Goose trail. It was colder then a _ _ _ _ _’s _ _ _ when we started at noon and as we rode out towards Sooke it started to snow then hail and then we were riding in an inch of snow after a half hour of riding. We were on a steady grade and I was pushing a nice easy aerobic base pace for me and I thought coach was doing pretty awesome riding right next too me. We had fun cruising along with the snow crunching beneath our tires while keeping a steady warmth going. At an hour out coach decided we wanted to go for 3hr and push on in the snow another half hour (out and back ride). I was quite impressed with the form he was showing but was wondering if we would get halfway back and I would need to fetch the car and come back to get him. However, this was not the case. Coach rocked it like a superstar and even as I turned up the pressure to keep my aerobic pace going home he was right there. It wasn't until 13km to go that I heard him start counting down the km markers and then at 8km to go he took up draft formation. I figured since he was drafting now I could turn the screws a little more and get to my base pace and as I did he stayed right there. My mud flap on the rear fender had torn off the other day so the mud was a flyin but that didn't deter coach from hanging on that wheel and sticking it out all the way to the end of the 2.45-hour ride. It was a fun refreshing ride and I am again impressed with my coach’s fitness with an every other Sunday ride program. Maybe I should try that :)

SMU Visit Photos

I had a great time talking to the grade 6,7 and8's at SMU today about snack nutrition. Although I see that none of them have met my challenge. I had even more fun doing PE with the grade 7's where we played floor hockey, cricket and indoor soccer. Thanks for the good morning kids and staff. I got to hang out in the staff room after PE and take a look at the snack nutrition of the faculty. Hmmmmm! what do the photos indicate?

Thanks everyone.


Friday, January 25, 2008

January 25th Visit to SMU

I get to go and hang out with all the kids at Saint Michaels University School (SMU), participate in their PE classes and talk about Nutrition.

I have challenged them all after my talk to look up the Glycemic Index and post a good meal for me to eat before I go on my 3hr ride tomorrow. Lets see what they put up for me!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Adopt An Athlete

I have been wanting to somehow get involved with kids in school and encouraging health and fitness and didn't know how to go about doing it. In mid 2007 I found out about a COC program called Adopt an Athlete where a local athlete is paired with a school in their area and and they work together to promote sport, healthy living, team building and community through participation and fund raising. I have since been paired with Saint Michaels University Middle school where I get to interact with almost 250 kids in grades 6 through 8. I am really excited about this opportunity to give back and share my experiences as an athlete and hopefully inspire some children. I have attended one Friday morning assembly this past November where I received my honourary SMU pullover jacket. I will be back at SMU on January 25th to talk about nutrition and let them know what I am up to.

I look forward to seeing you guys on the 25th and coming to your PE class after the assembly :)


After much nagging from friends and family about how my website doesn't ever get updated I have done it, I have started a blog. Hopefully I will update more regularly as this is much easier to do then my website. I will still update my website every now and then to keep it as a profile but I will keep my race reports and other uninteresting stuff flowing on here. Thanks for reading.