Sorry for a long over due post but as I mentioned before, I was/still am extremely busy….
Since my last post I am back into training (Hizah!) and the pain feels so good. First workout was not to bad, 20 min tempo on the Western Invite course with Yorke and Taylor Reid. Needless to say Yorke killed it (16:30 at the 5km mark…. what a beast!), Taylor and I stayed together for the entire tempo (17:00 at the 5km mark). It was an ok first workout back and we got to be rewarded to watch the women kill Guelph and take the number 1 ranking in the country. Yorke and I joked that the tempo was a pre load to the actual workout which was running around watching the race.
This past weekend I wasn’t allowed to go to Chicago due to lack of running experience (apparently triathlon results aren’t good enough…I have my shot to prove myself coming up at Mustang but that will be a later post). So I got to be home this weekend which wasn’t too bad because it was my birthday (Oct 2nd to be exact) and it was a memorable one to say the least.
Friday. Got to celebrate with the man who ran Olympic A standard in last weekends’ Toronto marathon…Reid Coolsaet. Also, my good friend and fellow triathlete Johnny Raz tagged along as well. Coolsaet was kind enough to show me a cult movie which is very popular in Canada….FUBAR. (It’s an acronym but I will not spoil the fun…you have to search for it yourself.) Anyways, I got to watch the first one with Reid’s’ skateboarding crew in a skate shop downtown Hamilton. Then with costumes in tow, we went to the theatre to watch FUBAR 2. When we got there it was an incredible atmosphere! Guys were dressed up in mullets, cut off jeans, ripped plaid shirts, epic moustaches, and one guy had a beer box on his head. During the movie these cult followers were yelling and screaming at the screen which made the movie even a greater experience. Also, these guys were cracking beers in the middle of the movie which kept them well fueled for the entire movie. After, Coolsaet, Johnny and I went to London Taphouse where we met up with some friends. Great night!
Saturday. My actual birthday. Woke up early and I needed to go for a long run. Got in 90 mins but it felt like a death march. Following the run I wanted a big breakfast but no one wanted to come with me :(. Until I got a hold of my good friend from high school Andrew Scanlan. We actually decided to make breakfast and what a breakfast…Scanlan can cook! Then I manged to spend all afternoon with him, drinking his coffee, moving his air conditioner out of his window and watched a movie. Then I had to depart because I was needed at another celebration with my friends on the McMaster swim team. Got to catch with a lot of the guys and get in on some team news. Went to Taphouse again….not my idea but I just ended up there.
Sunday. Hung around my place in the AM. Then I packed my stuff up, drove to my parents place and had a great steak dinner with the people who are the reason I exist….
So I am sitting here, enjoying a birthday beer and reflecting on a great birthday weekend. What a great weekend. However, I must cut celebrations short…I have the Mustang Open nearing and I am hungry to race…I’ll put another post up closer to when I get to the actual race.