Musical Monday, The Mummers Dance  

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My wife's latest copy of SHAPE magazine has a spin workout in it, and this is one of the tunes in the playlist.

By the way, does anyone know what a mummer is?

Toughest Part of P90X  

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Here is a sample of the latest post from my NEW BLOG! .

What would you rate as the toughest part of the P90X program? For me it’s not the workouts. I find the Chest and Back session quite challenging. The p90X Yoga is very challenging, even for someone experienced in yoga. The plyometrics is tough, but I actually would rate this as the session I can handle the best, probably due to my endurance background. But I wouldn’t rate any of these as the toughest part of the program.

If you want to find out more, please read about it here?!

Musical Monday, Bicycle by Queen  

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An obvious choice I know, but an awesome song by an awesome band. I am not sure if this is the official video for this song, or an unofficial amateur post, but it's pretty cool just the same.

Check it out and keep this tune in your head on your next long ride.

Friday Funnies, Funny Bike Photos  

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I just found an awesome site, that’s apparently the official site for the cycling team of Valero Energy.

On it were some hilarious photos. It’s a good web site, go check it out.

Thule or Yakima?

I've heard of multi tasking to speed up transitions, but this is extreme!

Really trying hard not to look like this next summer.

We all seen this scene before.

Nutrition Tip, Nutrition Precision  

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Here is the latest post from my NEW BLOG!

So, you have made the decision, the DVD’s just arrived in the mail, you forked out a few clams for some basic workout gear. You are now immersed in the program. During the first week you nailed every workout, and faithfully followed the fat shredder phase of the nutrition program, weighing and measuring every morsel of food that goes into your body. BUT is that level of precision necessary? Want to read more?

Fit Chick Crashes  

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The picture above is:
A. The result of a really tall perv, trying to take a picture of a buff chicks butt
B. What a buff cyclist looks like after a crash.

If you chose A, you are also a perv. If you chose B, you were right. That’s Bicycling Magazine's Fit Chick, Selene Yeager, and that’s road rash all over her back. She wrote quite a detailed account of her recent tumble over the handlebars of her road bike. Check it out here.

If you have ever crashed, what she describes is probably close to what you experienced. If you have never crashed, then it describes what you will experience when you do.

I’ve had a few minor spills, and a few close calls, but nothing like Selene describes, and hopefully I never will.

Musical Monday, THE CLASH  

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Late again, but better late than never.

For today's musical monday, one of my favorite spin workout songs by THE CLASH. I use this song to do spinups. When the tempo speeds up, I spin up to about 120 or 130 cadence.

Of course this is the live version, and the tempo is already a little up there.

If this don't get your leg speed up, nothing will.

Friday Funnies. WTC does a 180, Hilarious  

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No sooner had I published my rant on the ban of compression socks at KONA than the WTC did an about face. A 180 at high speed.

In response to athlete feedback, World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) has retracted its ban on garments that cover the calves at this year's Ford Ironman World Championship.

If you recall from my previous post, the ban was due to the fact that the socks cover the back of the calf and hence the age group marking. So to allow the wearing of the socks without breaking the rule, WTC deleted the rule. Age group designations will no longer be marked on the calf of athletes.

BUT they are still ugly, and I will not wear them if and when I get to KONA.

No Compression Socks at KONA  

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As reported by TriJuice dot com, The World Triathlon Corporation has ruled that compression socks will not be allowed at this year's World Championship in KONA, and it’s about time.

The reasoning is that the socks cover the age group marking on the back of the calf which is in violation of the rules already in existence.

For my part, I just think they are plain ugly and funny looking. They are ugly on overweight 50 year old men on beaches in Florida who continue to wear them with Hawaiian shirts and sandals; they were ugly in 1976 at the Montreal Olympics; and they are ugly on triathletes of all ages, and I refuse to wear them. Notice the cute girl in the bikini in the background of the picture above, NO COMPRESSION SOCKS.

So if and when I ever get to KNOA, I am now on a level playing field with all the other competitors, that is if they even provide an advantage. If they don’t aid in endurance athletic performance, it doesn’t matter anyway.

My prediction is that their demise will be short lived, and that the Compression Socks Companies will come up with a race version that will still provide compression, allow the race number to still be seen on the calf, through the compression material, will last for only one race, and will cost twice what regular compression socks cost.

Even so, they will still be ugly, and I will still not wear them.

Dealing with Adversity  

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Check out the pic above. That is Canadian Olympic Bobsleigher Heather Moyse. The story is that she returned to her home in PEI, and when she showed up at the local gym for her training session, and found it was closed, she quickly came up with an improvised workout which included, PUSHING a CAR.

Read about it yourself on Heathers blog, and while there, check out the rest of her site. It’s pretty good. And wish her luck in Vancouver 2010.

And don’t make excuses if you run into adversity trying to fit in a workout. Think about Heather pushing that car.

Musical Monday, Dedicated to Susan  

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I know, it's Wednesday. I am a little off with the long weekend.

Today's musical clip goes out to Fatty at The FAT Cyclist

If you are not a fan, you should be. This is one of the best cycling blogs on the planet.

Regarding Susan, I'll let you read the story in Fatty's own words, here.

Enjoy "MacPhersons Lament" by Rawlins Cross. The video is a little shaky, but this is a beautiful song.

Friday Funnies are Back  

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Yes today it's all about workouts. I am in my transition phase you know!

Sometimes I feel like that turkey!

Now that's a clever girl.

Nuff Said. Get out and do it!

Former Ontario AG Bryant charged in cyclist's death  

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The man once touted as a future premier of Canada's largest province is now facing charges involving the death of a cyclist on one of Toronto's busiest streets.

"Michael James Bryant, 43 years of age, of Toronto, is now charged with criminal negligence causing death and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death," said Toronto police Sgt. Tim Burrows at an impromptu news conference outside the headquarters of the force's traffic division.

The cyclist has been identified as Darcy Allan Sheppard, 33, of Toronto.

When I first heard about this story, I immediately jumped to my cyclist biased conclusion. Another idiot driver blowing through the streets, probably with a buzz on, or probably with his cell phone glued to his ear, runs down another cyclist.

But now there are a few more details coming out. And I think now I am more pissed off than I was before.

Police are now reviewing surveillance tapes, and interviewing witnesses, and are piecing together a different story. The collision between Sheppard’s bike, and Bryant’s car wasn’t the cause of Sheppard’s death. He died from injuries sustained after Bryant’s car with Sheppard hanging onto it struck a mailbox and a tree, and maybe even ran over Sheppard.

If Bryant is guilty of actions that caused the death of Sheppard, that’s one issue. But if Sheppard crashed into Bryant, in the dark, at about 9:45pm, then confronted him and tried to grab him or the wheel of the car while Bryant tried to drive away, that’s a whole other issue.

Cyclists and motorists have to share the roads, and when actions of one or both groups infringes on the rights and safety of the other, nobody wins. It certainly doesn’t help our case with removing rumble strips from the Trans Canada Highway.

I am sure we will hear more on this in the next couple of days. Stay tuned.


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Tereza Macel led from start to finish to claim her second runaway Ironman win in five weeks

while Jordan Rapp simply outlasted the rest of the men to take his first Ironman title at Subaru Ironman Canada.

As well, there was a slew of finishers from my home turf. It’s always good to see local athletes compete and do well.

On a sad note, 66 year old Walter Wiwchar of Fort Saskatchewan, Alta., died after experiencing health problems during the swim of Sunday‘s race.

Coroner Mike Barrett said an autopsy was performed Monday and revealed Wiwchar drowned after experiencing an “emergency medical condition.” It was not a heart attack, he said, but a problem related to his aorta.

As reported in the Kelowna Daily Courier a review of race procedures is underway by organizers.

This hit a little close to home as a similar incident happened at 2005 Ironman Florida where Barney Rice died in hospital several days after being removed from the swim leg of the race.

This is sure to spark some fierce debate about qualifications and fitness of athletes in future events.