Book Release Weekend!

IMG_1681I had a very exciting weekend. My author signing event at Chapters took place on Saturday and it was a huge success. It all began on Thursday night when my friend Chris arranged a few promo radio spots for me for Friday morning. It was not something I had done before so it was a little daunting, but I got through them. It was great exposure and a very gracious offer on his part. Friends are the best!

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At work on Friday a team led by Deb had a surprise meeting with cake to celebrate the book release. I honestly had no idea that it was going to happen, it was quite shocking. The cake tasted awesome as usual and I got to talk a little bit about my book. I sold a number of copies at work as a result.

IMG_1683Saturday was the big event at Chapters. Jackie helped me get setup at the front door and then 1pm rolled around and it was time to go. I had an excellent turnout. Friends from work, the triathlon team, the Swampers, and plenty of family all showed up. An older lady in a walker heard me on the radio and came in just to meet me and pick up the book, it was humbling. I sold many more to the Christmas shoppers. By the end of the three hours I had my sales pitch perfected. Time for another event maybe? I am going to work with an independent bookstore downtown next. Stay tuned.

My workouts have continued as planned. I had a new found love for yoga! It has helped with my knee pain so right now I am just going with it and not asking any questions. I think it is good to add a different modality to my workout regime, it mixes things up a bit and is easier on the joints.

This past week I travelled 132 kms during my training.

See you at the next finish line……

 

 

2018 Race Calendar

ironman703muskoka_story1My plans for 2018 are starting to solidify. As I mentioned in a previous post my “A” race next year will once again be Ironman Mont Tremblant. I have been searching for a warmup race for a couple of weeks now. I settled on the 70.3 race in Muskoka on July 8th. It will be a new experience as not only have I never raced that event, but I have not even watched anyone else at that particular race. I looked at the course online and attempted to compare it to Mont Tremblant. I was surprised to find that the bike course is almost as hilly as Tremblant. The difference is that Muskoka seems to have smaller, but more frequent hills. I will have to ride the course for practice in the spring.

knee-painMy knee pain is back once again. It is tough to isolate just what is causing the pain. With so many varying types of workouts it could be anything, or a combination of all of them. I will need to make another physiotherapy appointment to get myself fixed up once again. I keep telling myself that age has nothing to do with it.

The release of my book has been exciting. I have been signing a number of books for friends and family. It seems I will have a good number of people at the Chapters event on November 18th. I have a similar signing opportunity at the hospital as well. I am thinking through an event where the proceeds will go back to the hospital. I also have my eye on a boutique bookstore in downtown Kingston.

See you at the next finish line….

Race registration, again….

1408170361 1600Oops I did it again. I am registered for another Ironman event. I signed up for Mont Tremblant once again. I figure this upcoming year I will “race” the course, rather than enjoy the day. This could mean I push so hard that I don’t finish, but I want to see what I am capable of achieving. I am looking forward to the challenge. I am also looking for a spring 1/2 Ironman somewhere. I find a spring race gives me something to aim for during the long winter months of training. The coach has added an extra swim per week into the schedule. I am now in the pool on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. The Saturday swim is in the evening and I find I enjoy that much more than the morning swims.

keep-calm-and-do-indoor-cycling-5I am beginning to think about bringing all of the bikes and equipment into the basement for the year. We have enjoyed some good weather of late but I find myself still using the trainer in the basement. I think I have mentally moved to indoor biking already. Running is another story! I have been running with some co-workers, mostly in the mornings. It has been a good change of pace and is keeping me motivated.

 

 

Author-Signing-Today1I have an author event! I contacted a local bookstore and they accepted my proposal. On November 18th I will be signing my book for those millions of fans that are sure to show up. All kidding aside, it is a little daunting to think I will be at the front door of a major bookstore selling my first novel. I hope that lots of family and friends can drop by so that I don’t get bored!

This past week I travelled 112kms during my training.

See you at the next finish line……

Book Release Announcement!

final-ebookMy book has been officially published! After a few long years I have navigated the publishing waters and have a book for sale. It can be purchased in an eBook format and a paper version by following the links on my author page. Of course, you can also just go to any online Amazon store and search on my name (M.R. McEachern) and you will be directed to the various versions of the book. Over the next few days it will be added to the international Amazon stores as well (Europe, Japan, China, Australia, etc.). It takes a few days for Amazon to list the book in each store.

 

I hope everyone enjoys it and signs up for my mailing list from my website. This is the best way keep current with the next release!

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Post Ironman Blues

accomplishedIt has been about three weeks since I updated my blog. I needed a rest and some downtime after the excitement of the Ironman race. Honestly, I have been in a bit of a post race funk. I was accustomed to the hours of training each week and the anticipation of the race, and most of that is now gone. I have continued to train, just without a goal at this point in time.

decision-making-man2So what should I do next? I certainly want to continue to race, the question is at what distance. My coach Randy has provided me with some options for next year, and I have begun to consider which one is right. I talked a bit with Trevor, another athlete at IronStride and he has almost convinced both me and Randy that I should do another Ironman next year. There is some validity in this option. When I did Mont Tremblant my goal was to finish. Sure, I wanted to do the best I could, but the goal was crossing the line.  I left some energy out there on the course, so I have a burning desire to see what my time would be if I raced. I treated it like an event, not a race. Although I did ok from a time perspective for my first IM. Trevor is looking for a training partner as he is aiming for Mont Tremblant in 2018, and of course so is Chris. I am still thinking, but I am leaning towards doing it all over again.

PURDYS-JPEGI have begun another course at Queens that has consumed much of my time lately. I also did the final edit on my long awaited book! I received proof copies in the mail last week. It was surreal to have my actual book in my hands. I must say, it looks awesome! I am happy with the cover art and then quality of the printing. I found some minor errors and have worked to fix them. Tomorrow I will get another proof copy in the mail. If all looks good I will set a publishing date in the next couple of weeks. I think I should have a release party, sound like a good plan? Exciting stuff! It will be available both in hard copy and also as an eBook on Kindle. Readers of my Ironman blog get a first glimpse at my author website. Remember, the links to purchase are not active, and the final pricing is not set.

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I travelled 148 kilometres during my training this past week. My strength program has begun again and the next swim session starts on Tuesday. My life will be very busy once again (not that it was ever boring).

I usually say “See you at the finish line” to close my blog entries. I need to find a new tagline. Any ideas?

Ironman Mont Tremblant – Race Report

Friday August 18, 2017

IMG_1051I woke up early on Friday morning, ready for my drive to Mont Tremblant. We had decided to take two cars for the trip as space was an issue (and the girls didn’t want to get up so early). As I drove the 3.5 hours I was able to get myself into the right mindset. I kept telling myself that it was just like any other race, yet it wasn’t.

When I arrived at the condo graciously offered up by my friends Chris and Laura McKercher I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to get into the room. It was 9:30am after all. I had no issues though! Everything went very smoothly and I was super impressed by the staff. They even gave me an extra parking pass for the second car that would be arriving later in the day. I left everything in the van and went straight to the registration building. The line-up was already quite long but I was able to get through it all in under an hour. It consisted of ID checks, insurance checks, waiver signings, and of course I had to weigh in. It felt like I was getting ready for a title fight and I had to make weight or something. Fully clothed, with running shoes on I tipped the scales at 168.2 lbs. I had a brief internal smile, I don’t think I was that weight since middle school! I picked up my timing chip and my race bib, as well as all of the loot that was handed to me as I passed each table. I was now registered and there was no turning back.

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I am registered!

I unloaded the van and began to organize my things. I had lots of equipment and food, all in preparation for race day. It was time for a scheduled 30 minute run. I had been very worried about my recent troubles with my achilles. I guess there is always something to worry about, but pain after a short run does not inspire confidence when a 14 hour day of racing is upon you. I enjoyed the 30 minute run, taking it slowly and enjoying the sites as they setup for the race. Mont Tremblant is a beautiful place, if only it wasn’t on the side of a mountain. I mean, there seems like no flat land anywhere to run and I was looking to baby my achilles. In any event, the pain was minimal and I didn’t do any further damage. I visited the merchandise tent and picked up a few t-shirts and a hat. I thought about buying a new triathlon suit but honestly had too much anxiety to warrant the fitting process.

Jackie, Brittany, and Mom arrived mid-afternoon. I met them out front and helped to unload the second vehicle of race supplies. The cooler had arrived! Everything seemed rushed. I went to the athlete’s dinner and safety briefing for the rest of the evening. I tried to get extra tickets so that I would have some company but they were sold out. I sat at a table with three others who were similarly all alone. One guy had flown in from Dallas, one from Japan, the other was from nearby Perth. In conversation with Mr. Perth I found out that he also had used Randy for some coaching services. It’s a small world! The two gentleman from out of town had lots of questions about the race course once they found out I had done the half Ironman a few months earlier. It made me feel a bit better that I was more prepared than some, although it was a small sample size. I didn’t stay for the entire safety briefing as I had seen it before from the ½, nothing had changed. I began weather watching for race day. Saturday would by wet all day but race day on Sunday was looking better. It was time for a night of rest.

Saturday August 19, 2017

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Yellow is not my color.

I woke up in full panic mode. What the hell had I gotten myself into? I seriously thought about going home. Deep breathes. Jackie and Mom went to a local yarn festival. I dragged Brittany down to the swim start so that I could do a practice swim in Lake Tremblant. She was a real trooper to stand in the rain. I, of course was planning on getting wet in the water, but she wasn’t. The practice swim was fine. I used a new pair of googles. They say don’t change your equipment close to race day but what could go wrong with googles right? I also did a short run in the rain. The training plan had a short bike on it as well but I didn’t think it was worth the risk in the pouring rain this close to race day. Britany helped me get my bike ready. There were stickers to be stuck, bags to be packed, etc. I was given five bags when I checked in each for a different purpose. Being a project manager certainly helped as I needed to mentally plan each stage of the race and put my required items in each bag.

Morning clothes bag – Items that I would wear to the swim start, but not take in the water with me. Things like a warm coat and running shoes.

Bike bag – All of my bike gear went into this bag. This included helmet, shoes, bike clothing, sunscreen, nutrition, and socks

Run bag – Running shoes, running hat, more sunscreen, more food, clean clothing for the run, run belt, etc.

Bike Special Needs bag – half way through the bike segment of the race I had the opportunity to stop and get some things out of this bag. I only put one C02 cartridge and one spare tire tube in my bag. I figured if I had used the spares I had on my bike in the first half of the ride, I would stop and pick up more form my special needs bag, if not I wouldn’t stop.

Run Special Needs Bag – This one was all comfort food. I would get access to the contents of this bag at the halfway point in the marathon. It had Pringles, Cliff Bars, Wheat Thins, and a soft dry pair of socks.

After all of the logistical preparation it was time to drop off my bags and bike in the transition area. I wouldn’t see them again until race morning. It was eerie at that point. All of the planning and preparation was completed. All I could do was sit and worry. I had a dinner of pasta and chicken and continued to hydrate. I had been sipping on water for a few days now in an attempt to be as hydrated as possible for the morning. Jackie helped me with putting on my race tattoos. I elected to use that for my race numbers rather than be inked up with a Sharpie. It took some effort, but in the end all went well. I went to bed around 7pm but sleep did not come easy. I had a major case of monkey brain on many fronts. I am not sure what time I fell asleep, but it was later than I would have liked.

Sunday August 20, 2017

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Pre-swim selfie

Race day came early with a 4am alarm. I didn’t feel tired, but I think it was just the adrenaline. I had my typical race day breakfast of toast smothered in almond butter. We all walked down to transition. Once I got there I realized that I had left my special needs bags back in the condo. Britany took off to retrieve them while I tended to my bike. The tires were inflated one last time and I checked for brake rubs. Everything looked good. It was time to head down to the swim start. Gulp.

The 3.8km Swim

After a quick practice swim I stood on the beach lined up beside the 1:20 group. Brittany had found a spot right beside the barricade so I was able to talk to her to keep my mind off the impending task that was just ahead of me. The planes flew over, the anthem was sung, and it was time to go. The line moved much quicker than it did at the 70.3 race. As it turned out they were letting more participants in the water at a time. Maybe they had learned something from the 70.3. I was at the front in no time and into the water I went.

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Can I still change my mind?

So swimming almost 4k is never something to look forward to. Doing it with 2400 others is even worse. I had numerous “altercations” during the swim. There was swearing. It felt like I would never get to the turn-around buoy. I would look up and all I could see was yellow buoys, and I wanted to see the red one that signaled I was halfway completed. Finally it came. Likewise heading back to shore felt very long. I thought I had a good pace going and was excited to see my swim time. When I exited the water it had taken me 1:24:12. I was hoping for a sub 1:20 swim but overall it was a good time for me considering I couldn’t swim the length of a pool not long ago.

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Mom giving high-fives!

My swim to bike transition took a long time. It was 11:02. I guess when you consider I had to run to the change tent, take off the wet clothing, put on dry clothing, bathe in sunscreen, get all my gear on and then stuff all my swim stuff back into the same little bag maybe it wasn’t as long as it looks. I was aiming for comfort at that point. Dry clothing and good bike shorts were more important than a 1-2 minute faster transition.

 

 

 

The 180km Bike

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Tough to get good pictures of a cyclist!

I was never really concerned about the bike portion of the race until about a month ago. Comfort on the bike is important, and even more so when you are going to be sitting on a bike for 6-7 hours. Comfort is a weird thing. I can do a one hour ride and feel like I never want to see a bike seat again, or I can do a four hour ride and not think about comfort. It seems to vary day to day. I was hoping for a good comfort day! My goal was not to push as hard as I did on the half Ironman. I completed that bike (half the distance of the full) in 3 hours. Each time I thought I might be going too hard I backed off a little bit. Each little bit of saved energy would make a difference in a long day. The mountain at the end of the first loop was hard, but I really did pace myself well. I was 3:10 after the first loop and still felt reasonably fresh. My cheering squad was waiting along the bike course right by transition, yay! The fun began at about the 110k mark. I got a drafting penalty. So the theory behind drafting is that if you follow another biker (or a group of bikers) you benefit from being in their draft. In essence you go faster without using as much energy. Ironman frowns upon such a thing and issues penalties if you are caught. The difficult thing is that there are so many bikes out there and it is almost impossible not to be too close to another rider on occasion. So I came up upon a group of slower riders. They were three wide and not making much progress on passing each other. I had nowhere to go as I was not allowed to pass the center line (another offence). A motorbike pulls up beside me and tells me I have been penalized for drafting and that I have to serve time in the next penalty tent. WTF. I argued but it didn’t help. So for the rest of the ride I am upset. Do I really push now to try and make up for the time I will be in the tent? If I do will I kill my energy stores and leave myself with a bad situation on the run? I plodded along. There were a number of us that got the penalty so that made me feel better. At least I wasn’t singled out. John from the IronStride group was also in the penalty tent the same time I was. Coach Randy would be so proud! We should have taken a selfie to send him, lol. As a result of the lost time in the tent I elected to skip my planned stop at the next aid station. The final climb up the mountain at kilometer 160 was brutal. It was all I could take to get myself to the top. I was out of the saddle for most of it and my heart rate was far too high. It was at that point that I lost some confidence in my ability to finish the race. There are dark moments in an Ironman race, this was definitely one of them. It was the first time I thought I couldn’t do this any longer. I just wanted off the bike and never wanted to see it again. I made it to the top and mostly coasted my way back into the village and the transition area. The last part of the bike and all its ups and downs was over, and I couldn’t have been happier. My time on the bike was 6:32:12. If I removed the time in the penalty tent I was reasonably pleased with the effort.

I sat in the transition zone and once again changed my clothing. The other faces around me looked about as excited as I felt to now run a marathon. More than one person asked out loud “Why the fuck do we do this?” We all just nodded, totally understanding the feeling. I reapplied sunscreen and walked out the transition area just happy that my ass and my bike seat played no part in running a marathon. I was in transition for 9:16.

The Marathon (42.2kms)

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Looking better than I felt.

To put this into perspective I have never run a marathon before. I have done a number of half marathons and felt totally depleted after those so I was not looking forward to what lie ahead. My cheering squad of Jackie, Mom, and Brittany were at the exit of the transition tent. I stopped and had a quick chat before beginning run. It lifted my spirits. It is amazing how dark you feel and how quickly it can turn around just seeing familiar faces. My injury to my achilles played on my mind in a major way. With every step I ran in the first few kilometers I was just waiting for the pain to come back. I felt like the longer I could run pain free the closer I would be to the finish line and if I did end up having to walk at some point so be it. I was on borrowed time. I would run between aid stations and walk through them to get drinks and the occasional bit of fruit or sugary cliff shots. When I ran it was at a good pace for me but factoring in the aid station walks had me at an average pace at best. It was hot. I would look at the others running and think “I don’t look that bad do I”? I bet I did. Here is my internal monologue as best I remember it.

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Support Crew Member!

5k – Feeling ok, the hill is done I can settle into a good pace now. Where are the cold fluids at the aid stations, everything is warm as piss.

10k – Almost a quarter of the way there. Still no leg pain. Why does my ass still hurt? Why are the aid station workers so damn cheerful? I bet they are eating solid food they have stashed somewhere behind the tents. Bastards!

15k – Ok, this was a really bad idea. There are big hills ahead. Nothing at the aid stations is palatable any longer. My choices are water, Gatorade, red bull, or cliff shots. They have small chunks of banana but I am not sure that I can keep that down.

FullSizeRender-120k – It is hot out here. Brittany joins me for a bit which helps. I look into my special needs bag handed to me from a volunteer but really can’t imagine being able to eat any of the treats I packed. Jackie and Mom are also cheering me on at the split in the course where you either finish, or begin your second lap of the course. I can see the finish line as I begin my second loop. It is torture.

25k – The same hills again, but it is for the last time so there is some small bit of comfort to be had. I feel like I might puke, but hold back the urge. I try Red Bull for the first and last time in my life.

30k – I feel my achilles begin to act up. This could mean I may have to walk the final 12k. I keep running and hope it straightens itself out. It does and I am relieved.

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Only 21.1k to go…

35k – I run past medics giving CPR to a participant on the side of the run course. Very sobering sight. Maybe I should walk the last 7k. I hope he is ok.

40k – Everything hurts. My hair even hurts and I don’t have much. Brittany finds me with 2k left and walks/runs with me until we approach the finish line. She takes a video, I am not pleased. I can hear Mike Reilly telling others they are an Ironman as they complete the race. I am going to make it.

42.2k – I run through the village and the wall of spectators on each side of the finishing chute high five me as I pass. My support crew is there screaming for me. Mike Reilly tells me I am an Ironman.

I finished the marathon in 4:55:16. Not speedy for a stand-alone marathon time but considering it was after a 3.8k swim and a 180k bike I felt great about it. My overall time for my first Ironman was 13:11:57.

I am sore, I am tired, but I am an Ironman. I did better than I thought I would, and honestly it was easier than I thought it would be. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t easy, it was very difficult in fact, but I was well prepared to face the challenges the day had brought me. It was also made so much easier to have my support crew helping me along the way. I also had great support from afar. Many positive messages on Facebook awaited me when I checked my phone after the race. I had personal messages from many others who had been following me silently for years and decided to congratulate me. Some I had met before and others who I had not. As an example, one of Brittany’s friends, Erica, took a keen interest and followed my day very closely. It is amazing how people draw inspiration from a simple guy like me just following a dream and attempting to achieve it.

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Feeling and looking depleted.

It is now three days after the race and I am already thinking about what is next. Is there another Ironman in my future? I certainly wouldn’t rule it out at this point.

You saw me at the finish line……

 

 

 

 

 

Various Pictures taken by my support crew!!!

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Swim start

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Start of Run

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Post race in condo

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Post race in Condo

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Mont Tremblant atmosphere!

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With Mom prior to race start.

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With Brittany prior to race start.

Final Reflections

the-enterprise-ux-journey-lessons-from-the-voyage-the-opportunity-ahead-catherine-courage-at-enterprise-ux-2015-6-638As I sit here on the eve of my first Ironman race I reflect on how far I have come. I was severely overweight, not very athletic, and had no idea how to swim. I can’t really pinpoint the exact motivation for the change, there was probably many. Throughout the past few years I have slowly gotten myself into shape. The fear I once had for the water is almost totally gone. I do still tremble at the thought of such a long open water swim, but I know I will be alright. I am not going to die like I once thought was a certainty. That was a major hurdle that I had to overcome, and I did. I have discovered a lot about myself in the process. I can do things that I never thought possible. If you would have told me I could swim 3.8k, bike 180k, and then run a marathon I would have pissed myself laughing. Yet here I am, about to attempt just that.

Thank-You-PNGMy incremental victories and setbacks are well documented in my blog. Thank you to everyone that has read the blog, made comments, and provided inspiration along way. This is not a journey that is possible to do alone, and I haven’t done it alone. Family, friends, acquaintances, Swampers, co-workers, training partners, all have had a small part in helping me dip my toes in the water tomorrow morning. This past year Coach Z and the entire IronStride team has given me the final push. I complain constantly about the workouts Coach Z provides, but I wouldn’t be as prepared without his knowledge and friendship. I also wouldn’t be prepared without the help of my PT, Scott Vowles at Progress Physio. He has put me back together a few times recently.

defining-successSo how do I define success for my race tomorrow? I have thought about this plenty over the last few weeks. I could set an overall time goal. I could set individual time goals for each of the three disciplines. I have read a lot that “process” goals are the way to go. As an example, instead of saying I want to finish the swim in an hour and twenty minutes, the process goal could be to concentrate on smooth, long strokes, breathing every three. The benefit of a process goal is that if you do the right process related things, the time will take care of itself. However long it takes is incidental. You can’t be disappointed with the result of a process goal. Back to the definition of success, from my perspective I have already been successful. I have completed the training, done the hard work of getting up early for long workouts, ate properly, and tomorrow I will be on the start line. Tomorrow’s race is just the celebration of what I have already accomplished. Success was getting here and will not be defined by what happens in the morning.

What will happen to my blog? After all it was created for the sole purpose of tracking my training and setbacks. I will have to give this some thought as I stare at my finisher’s medal late tomorrow night.

See you at the finish line, tomorrow…..

Short and Not Sweet.

1k7c27My achilles tendon still hurts when I run. There is seven more sleeps until race day, six if I factor in not sleeping the night before. I am tired. I am grumpy. Stay far, far, away. A swim partner said I am ready as I have that glazed over, anorexic, Ironman look  to me.

Last week I travelled 238 kms during my training. I thought it was a taper week.

See you at the finish line, in a week…..

Physio and the K-Town Race

IMG_0732My week began with a few trips to the Physiotherapist. He worked on my achilles with some ART and then some electrical current. I almost jumped off the table in pain with the ART, but I knew form past experience it would help. I didn’t do any running at all during my training the is week, just swims and bikes. Well, after one of the longer bikes I did a one kilometre brick run just to see how it was feeling. It passed the test.

IMG_0737Sunday was the local K-Town race. It is a larger event as it is part of the Multi Sport Canada series. I figured I would do the swim and bike and then see how my leg felt for the run. If I had to walk I was prepared to do so. I wanted to treat the race a just another training day. I got down to the race location and realized that I had forgotten my race nutrition. Jackie saved me as she brought it down to the start line with her! It rained early in the morning but just as I was entering the water the sun came out. It was difficult to see the swim buoys with the sun directly in my eyes. I had an uneventful swim and hopped on the bike. About 2 kilometres into the bike I went through a group of bees. A few of them stuck to my leg (like a bug on a windshield) and I ended up getting stung. I am sure I looked like a fool as I tried to swat them away. I could see my leg swelling right before my eyes. It seems these are the things that happen to me! After the bike I put my shoes on headed out on the run course. My leg felt good and I had a successful run. I finished the race in 1:53, it was a good day (well except for the bees).

IMG_0762There is now only two weeks remaining until the Ironman. Can I roll back the clock to give myself some more time to consider what I have signed up for? This past week I travelled 240 kilometres during my training.

See you at the Mont Tremblant finish line….

 

 

 

 

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Injured – Not happy

10-Effective-Home-Remedies-To-Treat-Achilles-Tendon-Pain1Three weeks out from the race and things were moving along nicely. I went out for a four-hour ride on Saturday and about an hour in I felt a throbbing pain in my right achilles. I was stupid and decided I could train through it. It came and went, depending on the terrain. At the end of the ride Brittany was waiting for me to do a one-hour run. The first few step told me I shouldn’t run, but time running with my daughter is precious. We didn’t do the full hour, we only went for 8k. After I showered I knew immediately that I would regret completing the workouts. This morning I sent an email off to my Physio Scott. It was more of a pleading for forgiveness for being stupid and hoping he can work miracles and get me to the start line.

1901I received my race number this week as well. If I can get myself healed up I will be athlete number 1901. Is that anyone’s lucky number? All the digits are odd, I am odd, coincidence, I think not.

Newspaper-news-update-clipart-kidAs I mentioned above, Brittany is home for her three week break from grad school. She is spending a few days with us this weekend, and then heading back to Toronto to have some time with Rui. They are going to his cottage in Wasaga Beach for the long weekend. She hopes to return to Kingston and come with us to the Ironman race for her last few days off. She is a busy girl.

Brandon started a new job this week! He has been hunting for something new for a little while so it was good to see him find a new source of income. His goal is to stay in the Ottawa area and live with one of his buddies and this will be a good first step. The first step is always the hardest.

This past week I travelled 269 kilometres during my training.

Hope to see you at the finish line in three weeks…