Just a quick update:  I’ve had a great first week in Victoria.  It’s been tough, especially last weekend.  Friday was a hard fought 10x1k run workout, Saturday was some ‘threshold’ (aka: pain) bike ride with Dan ‘I’m-gonna-make-you-hurt’ Smith (Lifesport coach), then Sunday was the Lifesport Shawnigan Lake Half–I was on a relay, so I only did the 1.9k swim and the 21k run–the run was done as a stepping base run but finishing on a pretty high heart rate, so it hurt on tired legs….How do you long course guys do it???!!
Anyway, after shocking my body back into hard training and after a couple crappy sleeps over the weekend, I was toast by the recovery swim/bike on Monday morning.  The rest of Monday and all of Tuesday was spend on the couch or massage table…not much was accomplished over these 2 days, except recovery, sleeping, oh yeah, and some yummy Sushi eating with my Vic roommate Erin! Today I am feeling MUCH better and had a great run–I tested out my new racing flats, so my feet felt fast!  After the ‘T4 Racer disaster’, I always thoroughly test out my new run shoes pre-race!  I’m sure the homeless person in Calgary wearing my beautiful, flashy, lightweight, but bloody T4 Racers is making better use of them than I did….
Now I am into the final push of hard work into Vancouver.  I’m also waiting with my fingers crossed that my new Orbea Orca will get here before Vancouver (so exciting, thanks Brian McCoy with Orbea Canada and Speed Theory for helping me organize this!).  It should be a good week of work!
Oh yeah, for the dog lovers out there, here are my sightings in the last couple days: 4 standard poodles (3 black, 1 white, all within 3min!) and 2 labradoodles (along with their buddy golden retriever who tried to join us on our swim).  I saw these sightings as a good omen–Big J, Bono and Shags are watching out for me!!  Unfortunately, Clarice, only one Sheltie sighting so far!
Hi to everyone reading!!  Good luck to everyone racing this weekend in Oliver and Honu!
LM