Toronto Police Pipe Band in Kincardine (2010)

A beautiful hot day in Kincardine. The pipes held their tone well in the heat and we played well in the circle. We placed third in the March/Strathspey/Reel. ... Read the full post »

[6 Jul 2010 | One Comment | ]

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12710-874-12098270.jpg Wow! I did it. I finished my first duathlon - no heart attacks, no long term injuries. The table below shows my times for each segment and for amusement I included the times for the second place finisher (top in my age group). All in all I thought I did awesome. My runs were slow, but I'm not a long distance runner and I really didn't have the stamina to go much faster. My cycling segment was much better (I even moved up 14 places), but I was on a hybrid touring bike not a road bike, which slowed me down compared to the other racers. In spite of that, I still managed to set a 30 km/h pace on my bike. Not bad, I thought. ... Read the full post »

[28 Jun 2010 | Comments Off on Completed my first duathlon | ]

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Shaking response map June 23, 2010We just felt an earthquake in Toronto. I happened to be against a doorframe at the time and it pushed me! I was on the ground floor at the time. Co-workers on the sixth floor say the shelves shake and stuff nearly fell off, while the window blinds rattled madly. In about 10 minutes, the info was available on the internet. The epicentre was near Ottawa at a magnitude 5.5 at 01:41:41 PM. We felt it a few minutes later. The US Geological Survey has more info and an article on the Ottawa Quake http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iOu4xYTxm4L6g3NH5qp44IhQsCtAD9GH5D800. I'm not one for Twitter, but I saw a funny tweet regarding the event: "The earthquake triggered a tsunami in the #G20 fake lake."

[23 Jun 2010 | One Comment | ]

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Oil covered crab with American flag Photo was taken in the Gulf near the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. It seems almost like the discarded flag was staged, but wow, what a powerful message! Photo credits to Press-Register/Ben Raines.

[21 Jun 2010 | Comments Off on You’re a Grand Oily Flag | ]


Countdown to First Duathlon

I'm running my first duathlon ever next weekend in Welland. Olivia will be doing a triathlon. We've been training for months now. We just did a practice "brick" which is the bike/run portion on Friday night. It went pretty well, but we both moved a little slow on Saturday. Just a few more training days left. The race is a full length duathlon, but not a long as an Olympic or iron man race. My duathlon is 5 km run, 30 km bike and 5 km run. Olivia's triathlon is 750 m swim, 30 km bike and 7.5 km run.

[20 Jun 2010 | Comments Off on Countdown to First Duathlon | ]