Tuesday, October 9, 2012


It has been a long time since I last posted. Well. It may take a little longer until I post again, but keep checking!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

March: Madness Central

I am less than 90 days away from my "A" race...so yes, it is hard to accept that rest is the basic ingredient for success at this time. Everyone else seems to be so much faster, stronger and fitter. I feel like I am far from being where I should be; it could almost say I feel like the weaker version of myself.

March has been madness for me, mostly due to a very busy professional schedule (the day time profession). It was busy, highly stressful; add allergic reactions to the formula, you got an explosive recipe for disaster.

Thankfully, I am surrounded by a group of people that support me continuously and allow me to see the light at the end of the tunnel, even when it feels like there is a power outage. I want to thank all of you for being there at all times, I greatly appreciate it.

Having said that, rest days will soon come to an end and it will be time to have some fun training hard over the week-end with friends.

Happy training-and don't forget to take a nap if you can!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Breaking the ice: Steveston 8k icebreaker

What can I say. First race of the season. I had not race since October and for some strange reason, it felt like I was new to racing all over again. Well. Next time I should focus and make sure I am in the right head space as I did race like a newbie.

I made 3 mistakes this morning:

Too short of a warm-up-the shorter the race the longer the warm-up. I knew that but yet went too short.

As the gun went off, I realized my left shoe felt loose...well I had to stop and tie it up 1.5k into the race. Yes, I double knotted them. Did I double checked them just before start time-no.

Finally, even though I was lucky enough to have Bjoern and Stephanie on course, I did not push hard enough. An 8k should be heavy breathing the WHOLE race, not parts of it.

For those who have not raced the Steveston Icebreaker,  it's an out and back. We had a somewhat strong headwind going out, and a tail/cross wind coming back.  Which was awesome.

I am glad (within reason) that I made those mistakes this morning. I can now move on and improve upon it. I am also pleased with the last 3k of the race. When I saw my slow 21:00 at 5K, I knew I was far from a PB but I did managed to nail the last bit. I crossed the line at 32:52, 28 sec off my PB, but wanting more.  Usually, after such a race, I would be grumpy, somewhat frustrated and then get grumpier. Sure, I did not have a stellar race this morning, but I know where I can shave seconds and I can't wait to bring it on. For real this time!