On the good side of recent events I was able to take my family on a workcation ( some work for me, some vacation for them) to Toronto for a few days last week. We decided to drive from the Nish to Toronto and back, 'why in the name of baby jesus would you do that?' some of you may ask. As a kid I went on this trip many many times every second summer from Ontario to NS and I didnt want to deprive my children of the same opportunity. To be honest, I loved it. It was a great chance for us to spend some time together without internet, play some traditional travel games, have a lot of laughs and enjoy each others company. It was great to see them experience some of what Canada looks like outside of Nova Scotia, from the amazing agriculture rich NB and Quebec, to the large cities of Montreal and Toronto.
Knowing that I was again going into conference mode and that there was not a pool in sight at any of our hotels the week before i did a swim heavy week:
Monday: 5km run
Tuesday: 2500km swim + 12mile bike
Wednesday: 2x750m swims
Thursday: 3000km swim
Friday: 5km run + 20min bike
I was focusing on these longer distances because this Sunday is the 5km swim. So this coming week will be another strong swimming weeks leading up to that swim.
So that week earned a #cigarSunday - knowing that I was going to be on the road I planned to have that cigar in Milton ON.
This week, well I put in a good effort but sadly no #cigarSunday this week. Not even for fathers day? Nope, rules is rules.
This past week went something like this:
Monday: 6km run + 13mile bike
Tuesday: 13km bike
Wednesday: 6km run
Thursday: 5-6km walk while pushing a wheel chair around Canada's Wonderland ( I sweat a ton, it was a workout)
Sunday: 5.5km run
I have been slowly moving my pace up on the treadmill feeling comfortable at 4.6 and 4.7 to doing some of my run at 5.0. While that might not be as lightning fast as some of youse, I am pretty pumped. I really need to get some outside workouts in so hopefully the weather will cooperate the next couple weeks as July 12th is getting reeeeeaaaalllly close.
At the conference we were lucky enough to have a session with Joanne McLeod and Hal Johnston from Body Break. The room went crazy when they came in and they were awesome. Yes we totally started with a body break led by Joanne!! So cool!! They talked alot about how bodybreak came to be, how they prepared for the Amazing Race Canada and the trials and tribulations of being in an intense competition like that was for them. As well they talked a little about nutrition. One line that really stuck with me was ' you cannot out run your food'. While this is so simple and makes so much sense I think it sums up how i have been looking at nutrition.
I have caught myself so many times going well I can eat these chips, or second helping of mashed potatoes or pasta, or sugary treat because I am going to workout tomorrow or I worked out twice today. They explained that so many people fall under the delusion that if they work out they can eat whatever they want.
It was so simple but something that I will be carrying with me over the next little while to try and help me make better choices.
I started this post talking about the recent loss of a friend. But on this fathers day I also wanted to mention another loss, that of my father.
I miss my dad everyday, and days that remind me he is gone are the worst. Christmas, Birthdays, Fathers Day, Superbowl and countless other days. While we didnt always see eye to eye on things he was a tremendous influence in my life and it sucks to not have him around still for my kids and my brothers kids.
He is always in the back of my head when I challenge myself with these races and nevermore so then the ones that are coming up over the next month. To all the dads out there, and those that have to step in for dads no longer with us, i hope you have a fantastic fathers day today.
Until next week
Sean "BigBoyRunning" Ryan