Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Short update

This past week has been very rewarding to say the least.  I've already finished a couple of contracting jobs and have a couple more lined up.  I've always liked working with my hands and building things and that's exactly what I've been doing.  It's been a big change but I couldn't be happier.  Here's a picture of a bathroom I did last week.

On the training side of things I haven't done as much as I would have liked over the past week or so with all the changes but that's to be expected and I'm hoping things will get back to normal on that side of things.  However I am going to North Bay this weekend and will be coaching the kids on Saturday and then racing on Sunday morning.

Also got some great news the other day...Aron who is one of the boys I coach has been selected by Triathlon Ontario to the next stage of qualification for the Canada Summer Games this summer.  Aron started out with just over 20 other guys in Ontario who were trying for one of the 4 spots on the team and that list has now been shortlisted down to only 8.  These are the top 16-19 year olds in the province and Aron is only 16 and just to be named to this list is a huge accomplishment!  Aron will have a huge month ahead of him as he tried to get one of the 4 spots available.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

A few updates

It's been a bit of a stressful week with my last day of work being tomorrow.  The good thing is I have a few carpentry jobs lined up over the next couple weeks so I'm going to go with that for now.  If you need anything built though please let me know!!

This past weekend was a busy one with lots of racing happening all over the place!  Devin was down south, Aron was in Winnipeg, Josh was in North Bay.  Everyone had great races but I'd just like to highlight Aron who was racing the first Jr National race of the season and finished 13th!  He had a great race and coming 13th in the country for 16-19 year olds and only being 16 is amazing.  Unfortunately he was just outside of the cut off of the top 8 to make it to the Canada Summer Games but it's nothing to hang your head about.
Myself and a couple others were racing in a swim meet over the weekend at the long course championships and I managed to win the 1500.  Still not a stellar time but I'll take it!
On Tuesday a bunch of us raced in the first Twilight Track meet of the season and I'm really happy with my race as my run has been the one of the three I've been doing the least of trying not to bring back any old injuries until I can get some more of the weight off but I came 4th in the race and I beat my goal time going in by 22 seconds so I was a happy camper!

I know you can't actually see me in the picture but I haven't found any other pictures yet of the race.  You can see about half my head to the right of the girl in the pink socks and I'm running in 5th place at this point and Jordano is in 2nd.

This weekend a bunch of us are off to Leamington for a triathlon however I'm only coaching this weekend and not racing.  Hudson will be doing his second ever triathlon so that will be exciting!  Here's a picture of Hudson the other night all ready to race and giving his best intimidating face :)

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Espanola Duathlon and Tomorrow is a new day!

This past weekend we took the short drive over to Espanola for their annual duathlon.  Last year at this race it was a combination of rain and snow and it was very cold!  This year they were calling for rain however it held off for the entire race and the temperature was much better.
On the men's side Devin took the overall win and on the women's side Emmah and Lea went 1-2.  Spencer also won his age group which is great as he gears up for his first race in the Ontario Youth series.
This weekend is another busy weekend with Aron racing in Winnipeg in the first race of the Jr National Series that is also the qualifier for the Canada Summer Games.  Devin is in Binbrook, Josh is racing a 10km in North Bay and Jordano, Connor and myself are in a swim meet here at LU. 

Yesterday was a tough day as I went to ask my boss exactly what day my contract is done in mid August and he informed me that the date had been changed and it is now the end of next week.  That was some pretty tough news to take however today is a new day and I look forward to the new opportunities that lay ahead.  I'm very grateful of the good friends I have who have been so positive and have stepped up in helping us get through this bump in the road.

We've started swimming in lake so that's been fun to get out of the rectangle pool we've been confined to all winter!  Lots of fun was had by all :)