Friday, 25 November 2011

CA Magazine

Thanks to CA Magazine and author John Shoesmith for including a small feature on triathlon in the November issue of CA (chartered accountant) magazine:

Lynne Fox took the photos for the article - here's a link to her proofs.  Something to remember for the future - probably not best to go for a 30K run right before a photo shoot, looking severely dehydrated in these shots!

Also thanks to Dale Clifford and the Peterborough Examiner for taking an interest in the Ironman World Championships, they ran a feature in the Examiner on November 13. 

Spring-like weather here in Toronto on November 25 - 16 degrees outside and running in shorts and t-shirt!

Monday, 21 November 2011

Forest City Velodrome

On Saturday I saddled up a fixed-gear KHS track bike and took to the Forest City Velodrome in London, Ontario to complete their 'Track 1' cycling program with thirteen other members of the Morning Glory Cycling Club

Track bikes are fixed-gear, meaning they have no freewheel, resulting in the bicycle not being able to coast - when the wheel turns so do the pedals.  The bike has no brakes, as the rider reduces speed by either riding up the track (using gravity to slow the bike) or by slowing down the pedal velocity.  The lack of traditional brakes is to help avoid crashes on the track, where riders are riding in close proximity at high velocity, where someone tapping their brakes could cause a domino-style crash.

Here's a video of what REAL track cycling looks like, the race where Mark Cavendish (recently crowned the 2011 road race world champion) won the 2005 men's Madison track world championship:

Our instructors Lorne, Birgit and Rob took us through various drill to learn how to accelerate, control, and decelerate a fixed-gear bike, then took us up on the track to work on carrying speed through the corners.  Riding the banked turns at 35KM/H was super cool, and the emphasis for the day was on feeling comfortable on the bike.  While rehydrating over a couple pitchers of brew post-ride, there was already talk of making the trip back for 'Track 2' during the winter to take our skills to the next level.

Cyclo-blogger and fellow MGCC rider Mark Buckaway documented the trip here.

Monday, 14 November 2011


According to the marketers at 'The Swoosh', there is no off-season...

Yours truly needs some downtime once the season is over to top up the motivation, and to put on a bit of weight...70kgs on this frame isn't sustainable.  List of bests from this off-season:

Best burger: The Stockyards, 699 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario (
The Double - slightly more than half my meal
This place gets slammed on the weekend - made the mistake of showing up on an empty stomach post-bike ride, ate 3 peanut butter cups and a Snickers bar while waiting for a seat, then downed The Double (pictured above) and the daily special (cheddar and jalapeno sausage on a bun).  Food coma ensued within 20 minutes of completion.  Stomach apparently still thinks we're 'in-season'.

Best wings: Duff's Famous Wings, 558 College Street West, Toronto, Ontario (

What's more amazing than a basket of chicken wings?
These things are the real-deal...they take the guesswork out of how hot their wings are by warning you that 'medium is hot...medium-hot is very is very, very, hot'.  Then, if you need to up the ante to prove your worth, you can keep climbing the chain all the way up to 'Armageddon' and 'Death'.  I can handle the hot, but prefer to take on medium-hot if I'm looking at downing is OK for a single order.

Best brunch: Daisy Dukes Restaurant, 121 Chartres Street, New Orleans, Louisiana (

Mainly because of the very non-Toronto fare on the menu - had a catfish po-boy sandwich and a cup of sausage gumbo, accompanied by six cups of black-as-night coffee.  Delicious!

Best beer: Harpoon IPA, Boston, Massachusetts (  Took down one or two of these while in Beantown for the Tool Man's bachelor party. 

Today marks the official end to the off-season - it's been a super fun ride, but it's time to get the body back into a fitness routine.  When it's 16c outside, it makes it a lot easier to be motivated to run!