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Training Log Archive: STORM

In the 31 days ending Aug 31, 2012:

activity # timemileskm+m
  racing2 30:33:00
  running2 1:50:00
  mountain biking1 1:20:00
  swimming1 45:00
  Total6 34:28:00

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Friday Aug 31, 2012 #

mountain biking 1:20:00 [3]

Ride in the Don Valley

Wednesday Aug 29, 2012 #

running 55:00 [3]

Easy road run

Monday Aug 27, 2012 #

swimming 45:00 [3]

Boring swimming

Wednesday Aug 22, 2012 #

running 55:00 [3]

Easy road run

Saturday Aug 18, 2012 #

racing (time approx.) 11:00:00 [4]

WT with the Gally's and Rob M. Long paddle start was a bit daunting given that we know it to be our weakest discipline, but we surprised ourselves by coming into the TA within striking distance of the lead pack (despite portaging down a waterfall that we were supposed to go around by following flagging tape - flagging tape that I saw and wilfully ignored while trying to chase down Bent and Ursula in the boat ahead of us).

Quick transition and off onto the trek behind TRL, only to watch them dust us within the first few kilometres. Gally nailed the nav with pinpoint precision as usual, but we just didn't seem to be moving as quick as we normally would. This was confirmed when we learned that we had slipped to 6th spot at CP5, and although there was still lots of race left, things just generally felt off. En route to CP6 we learned that the ankle Rob rolled at STT had been giving him issues, but got much worse after a bad fall once we finally hit trail. By the time we reached the CP, there was no question that his race was over.

Mrs. Gally was very much 'on' for this race and had more energy than the rest of us combined - she would have gladly carried us through to the finish. Gally had smacked up his bad knee during the waterfall fiasco, but was willing to press on (note that Gally once pushed through the better part of a 48-hour race on a broken ankle). I felt relatively good, but just before we swam across the river to the TA, I discovered that I was peeing brown again. Apparenlty this is known as 'exercise-induced myoglobinuria,' which isn't overly uncommon or serious, but given that I had done the same at DR two weeks earlier, I played the pee-card and ended our collective suffering. Probably earned myself a new nickname by doing so...awesome.

Good times as always despite the unfortunate outcome - many thanks to Getawaystix and Bash for another great event. No doubt, Beowulf will be back!

Saturday Aug 4, 2012 #

racing 19:33:00 [5]

Death Race has become an extremely predictable event over the three years I've attempted it, and this year would be no exception. I suck at racing in high temperatures, and true to form, the forecast jumped 5 degrees in the final days from a very promising 22 with sun/cloud to a humidex of 30. Crap...

Long boring storey short is that I can't ever remember suffering so badly through a race. From the first ascent on leg 2 I knew things weren't going to go well, and by mid-way through leg 3 I realized that the aggressive time estimates I had set for myself weren't going to happen. Focus shifted to simply seeing this thing through to score the remaining UTMB points I need to qualify. Was also getting really concerned with the red-brown color of my pee. I've learned since that isn't necessarily a sign of kidney shut-down, but it really freaked me out!

Not the result I was hoping for, but very pleased to have got to the finish even if it meant walking the better part of the last three legs (and subsequently puking after crossing the line - also part of my DR tradition). Much more pleased however that Bash killed the course and her own time estimates on her first attempt despite the heat and muddy conditions. Really would have liked to actually see her cross the finish, but fell asleep in the seat of my rental car with alarm clock in hand (sorry for that Bash!)

Friday Aug 3, 2012 #


Just arrived in Edmonton awaiting transfer to Grande Prairie to meet Bash's friend and continue by car to Grande Cache. Forecast has changed from a perfect 22 degrees to 26 with a humidex of 30. Ugh. Just once can't I do this thing without throwing up?

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