Current Happenings

Plains & Pastures Bike Tour (2013)

I'm so proud to live here! Fredericton folks are just AMAZING!!!  Thank you one and all!!  My team raised over $2000.  The support was humbling.  What a great place to be!!!

Mind you, the journey isn't about me - it's about people who fight this horrible disease on a daily basis.  If you're reading this now, I hope you'll come back and sponsor me in the ride next time. 


Bike for Breath

Many thanks to everyone and their generosity.  The amazing people in my life supported me to the tune of $377.  Some days it is just great to be here!   (Fall 2012)


Captain obvious came calling......

There's a funny little ditty circulating on facebook and other places right now that goes something like: "If at first you don't succeed, why don't you try what your coach said in the first place?" Now when it's yourself you're coaching, it gets a bit tricky laying blame.....

Yesterday was a commitment milestone: 500 pool sessions since June 2011.  So what did I do to celebrate?  Easy answer: try and break a personal record.

Actually, for a complete story I need to back up to last friday.  It was one of those rare occasions when I had the lane entirely to myself.  Well I'd better "make hay while the sun shines" then!!!  So I decided that I was going to swim as hard as I could possibly swim for a kilometre.  I didn't pace myself very well at the beginning and couldn't keep the hard pace.  In the end I matched my latest benchmark time, but didn't do any better.  This was a little bit disappointing because I had really pushed as hard as I could.  I actually thought I was going to set a new benchmark for myself.  

So today, marking event 500, I decided to try something different.  I swam in the best form that I could manage.  That meant keeping the straightest legs, the best hip rotation, the best arm reach and the best handpulls that I could do on every single stroke.  This also meant no daydreaming: just pure concentration on technique.  End result?  NEW BENCHMARK!  In fact it was over 1 minute better than my last best time.

In some ways this is hilarious.  As a coach, I know that form/technique is critical to efficiency.  However, knowing it and living that knowledge is obviously not the same thing.  Apparently I needed to prove for myself what I already know and coach: the greatest amount of pushing for speed will not achieve as much as proper technique.  Solid technique ALWAYS comes BEFORE speed!!!  LOL.  Captain obvious delivering another lesson eh?

I've been getting some ragging about photo's lately.  Here's one taken recently while I was at a conference in Montreal.

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