"Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn't have it in the beginning" - Mahatma Gandhi

Thursday, January 28, 2010


I haven't look forward to a Friday as much I am am right now. This week has been pretty hectic between my lack of time management with school, and training hours between Tuesday and today (a little over 11hrs). My body is beat up, legs hurt, buttocks throbbing from doing some heavy weights. But I'm satisfied with training. Today we did a 400 TT in the pool in the AM, and a 3.5km TT running around the hilly Cedar Hill GC loop. The swim was ok, really felt comfortable more than anything else. The first 100 went by in 1:10 (but in my mind I thought at that turn I should have gone faster), then the remaining 300 were about 1:20 splits to total 5:11 for the 400. Running was good and ended up 5 seconds off the last time we did the loop. I'm happy with it considering the increase in training and having started a weight training program.

This weekend I'm off to Vancouver to visit the guys at Speed Theory and see something different on the long ride! I'm keeping an eye on the weather though so that I don't get stranded at the ferries with high winds!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Love what you do, and do what you love

Today was an especially long and non-stop day. Not really much time to put my feet up and just relax. It started at 5:30am when I got a wake-up call, hit the pool for 6am, out and off to class for 8:30, into the gym for 10, a bit of schoolwork and then to chiro for 12:45 (spent an hour there), 50min run at 2, RELAXED for 2 hrs, iced, came home to a roller ride at 6.

I complained to people about how long the day was, how it was a rough training day, etc, etc. But at the end of the day, I enjoyed every minute of it (well, maybe not all the driving back and forth).

I am knackered now and not looking forward to a 5:30am wake-up tomorrow. Unfortunately I am a procrastinator by nature, and the middle of the week is the worst for school as I have LABS = LAB REPORTS.... :S


Monday, January 25, 2010

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Weekly instalment

This one has a good beat and keeps me moving

Recovery week

This week has been a casual training week with some good workouts none-the-less. Today was a spectacular January day in Victoria and perfect riding weather. The 9am OBB ride takes you up from Oak Bay, towards Sidney, around past the ferries and back down into Victoria (basically around the Peninsula counter-clockwise). Nick, Leif, Tyler and Derek were all out for the ride today. Group riding is awesome! I love it! The pace changes and the feel of fluidity when everybody is in sync is amazing.

Here are some pics from the day:

View From Sidney out into the Juan de Fuca

Leif and Tyler posing

I think this speaks for itself

Nick eager to get going

Derek stealing the shot :P

Today I spent about an hour or so in anatomy lab before getting bored and coming home. But I did spend another 2-3 hrs going through the lab. It's a tonne of work so far, feels like studying for a midterm! Not a class/lab I should fall behind on.

www.kamalrae.com is up and running but I have a lot of work to do to it still.

Sunday, January 17, 2010


negativity breeds negativity. Be positive.

I'll try a new weekly thing: song of the week. I'm constantly finding and learning about new music (even if it is decades old). The instalment for this week:

Saturday, January 16, 2010

A week closer

It's almost like a countdown. It's only January but that means there is only 3 months of base, build and race prep before the first race of the season! So, every workout counts.

This week has been an up-and-down week of workouts, with some great sessions, some awful ones and some that are steady. Highlights in the pool include a 8x400 (pull/sw by 400) main set on Thursday morning, which was then knocked down by a terrible noon-hour run the same day. There is definitely something to be said for pushing the body past the limit, past the point where your mind is telling you to stop. But, at the same time you have to know your body. Thursday's run was off from the start and I chose to take it easier than the workout the rest of the team was doing. That day finished off with a good weights session.

The long ride in a group comes around once a week. Today was that day and the weather turned out to be PERFECT! If anybody is thinking of gifts, an outside thermometer would be great as I walked out the door and didn't feel my toes for the next 3 hours. NOTE TO SELF: check the weather/temperature before leaving. It was a good ride in good company. This ride is important not to miss (to me, at least) for a number of reasons, but for one BIG reason (in my opinion) in particular: if you miss it one week, the next time you get the chance is in another 7 days! That means, you would have gone a full 2 weeks without. I guess every workout can and should be approached in that same way.

School is good. I'm one of those students that is ridiculously early to class (partly because I'm already awake and partly because parking at UVic is insane!). Somehow I think midterms are going to come up on me really quickly!

Tomorrow will wrap up at 21-hr week. I definitely felt it.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Summing it up

Well, yesterday wasn't great but a picture is worth a thousand words. Here is mine:

Not relaxed, foot planting didn't feel right (it felt like I was running on tired legs right from the start, even though my legs didn't actually feel tired (to start with anyway :P ))....very strange.

Photos can be found at Tony Austin's site. Lots of people out there and it was cool to see a lot of familiar faces. These are PT Performance guys results.

I failed to mention this before - Noa has a sweet new logo! Check it out on the right of this page - the PT Performance one. It looks AWESOME!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Pioneer 8km

It sucked. Signed up day-of and just felt off, wanting to walk after a couple of km, and stop at 4k, but finished. The PT guys did well out there with placing as high as 28th (this was a STRONG field of runners - BC Champs).

Full results here

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Wake Up

I have to admit that whenever I feel like I am taking things for granted, or even if I need the motivation to get out the door for a workout, I search youtube for something that reminds me of how lucky I am: To have my health, to be able to walk out the door in the morning and do what I love, to have good friends, and to have family (no matter how big or small, whether you get along all the time or not).

Sunday, January 3, 2010

New Years Resolutions

I didn't make any, I forgot. Too late to do it now, right? I had a thought today about where I was last year at this time... I was in Cranbrook getting ready to head out here to Victoria! I still had no idea what was waiting for me out here, but I knew this was the best place to be if I really wanted to make a go of it.

I spent New Years in Kelowna with my younger sister and then came right back to the island on the 1st. This week was the first week of weight training on the legs. Needless to say, the few days after my first session made me feel old being unable to move very much without my ass or legs hurting. All is good this weekend though.

Yesterday involved a 2.5hr bike and an easy 35min run. Today was a little harder on the legs but they are still going strong. Started out at mt doug with Nick and ran for 100mins, followed by a quick stop to grab a coffee, and then hit the gym for a 90min weight session. Came home, ate some leftover Moroccan lamb soup that I made last night, had a rest, then headed out the door for a 90min cross ride. It was fun and I got good and dirty. Back home to an ice bath and some stretching and dinner!

So tomorrow I start school, again... It's been a while since I had regular classes (almost 2 years in fact!) as grad school classes were very informal, very unlike the regular routine. I think having a routine outside of training will be better and create a better overall balance. Pioneer 8k is next week, ALREADY! I can't believe where time goes! Not sure where I will be time-wise, but we'll see closer to the day on how the legs are doing.

That's all for now. I'm waiting for a few things before getting my schedule finalised for racing this year, but I will have it up soooooon! Happy New year!