New Year, New Webpage, Same Hard Work

It’s 2013, a new year, and some time hanging out with the family over the holidays has been good reminder of the depth of our commitments in life.  Trevor and I are party poopers. We don’t really drink, 10:30 pm is extremely late, and if we’re in between two hard training sessions, good luck getting us to make chit chat. We love what we do, but we are often grumpy – especially when hungry (and we are often hungry). Things that seem like pretty trivial activities, waiting on the phone to talk to BC MSP, for example, take a huge amount of energy when you've just been shattering yourself staying physically and mentally engaged hitting watts/pace times for the previous 2 hrs, so they tend to get put off.

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Our Old Wordpress Blog Is Still Online

We've changed over to this website with an integrated blog, so had to say goodbye to Wordpress.  There is a way to import all those blog posts, and maybe I'll do that one day.  But for now, if you're looking for old race reports (2012 and earlier) you can find them over there.

I did import some blogs individually, but you'll find a good 8 years worth of material on the wordpress site.

TTTT #16 (reposted from old blog)

Another week has gone by at our training camp in San Diego, and it has been a good one. Each day goes something like this:

Sleep, eat quietly, train, words from coach, eat with more conversation, joke around on the way to session #2, train, joke around less because some of us are “hangry”, the kitchen dance with 5 calorie-deprived people trying to make something to eat, chill, visit, critique each other’s swim videos, nap, drag our asses to session #3, train, roll out our legs, eat, sit around the living room, all trying to do stuff on 5 separate computers, annoyed the router cuts out every 5 min, sleep.

squad at pool

The Squad at the lovely Poway Community Pool

This may sound like the life, but the days are full, we’re working hard, and I am ready to hit the sack at 8 pm. For which I get teased, but it’s all about performance boys!! Anyhoo, roomates are definitely good for new TTTT material, even if our schedule is bad for remembering which day of the week it is. So without further ado, here are this weeks Ten Terrific Things:

1) Hill repeats at lake Poway. This workout has been a staple of our Sand Diego Camp: 15 min WU, 5-7 x steep hill repeats on 2 min, 15 min hard run – keeping hill sprint form, 5-7 x steep hill repeats on 2 min, 15 min run. It’s a great session, we have a perfect hill at the lake, and dog walkers to either cheer or get annoyed at us for being all scary and running fast.

jesus light

Ahhhhh (opera voice) – nice light on the way to heaven a.k.a hill repeats


You can see the trail in line with the right buoy, but it continues further up – that’s the repeat section.

lake poway 2

View from the bench where the repeats end


Plenty of trail options

2) David McColm. I was going to write David McColm Photography (, but in addition to being an incredibly talented photographer, he is pretty terrific in his own right. We were lucky enough to hang out with this Whistler-based wonder at Volcanoes National Park, and our new webpage (to be revealed soon!) features some of the amazing shots he took. Here is the man himself, and a few of his photos…





3) Business Time. Most people seem to have seen this video, but it’s worth watching again. Two minutes in heaven is better than one minute in heaven… We’ve also been enjoying random singing of “Team Building Exercise Night Tonight!!” on van trips to training venues.

4) This Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) image of a the larva of a bluebottle fly (Protophormia sp.), also known as a maggot. Clearly the creators of Star Wars has access to scanning electron microscopes, because the Sand People look a lot like this. :) Anyway, maggots, though totally gross are kinda cool. As you can see, they have tiny teeth like fangs extending from their mouths and sterilized versions of these bad boys are used to clean wounds. They feed on the dead tissue, leaving healthy living tissue untouched, and their saliva contain anti-bacterial chemicals. Yes a maggot science primer, just what you always wanted!

Maggot magnified

Maggot – very magnified

sand people

Sand Person. Cross with Jabba the Hutt and bingo!!

5) Skiing. I love skiing (telemark is my thing, though I’ve downhill skied since I was 5) and it is one thing that I really miss as a triathlete. I know that they are not mutually exclusive, but I’d hate to have a season ruined by some stupid injury from a ski crash (because, of course, it’s no fun to just do weeny blue runs!). Anyway, this video satisfies my ski-lust, and the picture below it makes me laugh because I was always worried about that as a kid. My worst t-bar experience was when I was spring skiing in Fernie BC, and I just had farmer john snow-pants on over a turtleneck. I was goofing around, got the bar hooked on my snow-pant strap and got dragged up the hill on my face.

t bar

6) Earth as art. It’s definitely worth checking out this PDF, and the interesting descriptions of the amazing formations seen from NASA satellites: ( Here are some examples:


Carnegie Lake – Australia


Von Karman vortices – South Pacific Ocean


Grand Bahama Bank – Atlantic Ocean

7) Gravity light. Uses the energy generated by resisting the fall of a heavy bag to generate light. This is a very cool idea as a way to replace kerosene lamps in much of the developing world. Check out the website here:

gravity light

8) This “cat friend vs. dog friend video”. Captures the pretty steriotypical versions of both (especially the aloof, mean-ish cat) but I got a good laugh out of it!

9) My Click Elite shoulder bag. I love this bag (see above photo with David). It is perfect for day-tripping, travelling, or just wearing around like a purse (but purse is a horrible word, so it’s awesome that it’s a BAG). Lots of good pockets, a padded zippered area for camera gear or a small lap top. Check the website out here:



10) My Triathlon Squad mates and coach Paulo. Great to have a solid group of people to train, obsess over swim technique, and occasionally go out to dinner with. Camp 1 of 2013 has been terrific. One more week to go…

triathlon squad

Ten Terrific Things Thursday – TTTT #15

At long last another TTTT! ”Hurrah” scream all my fans!

(thanks you two)

I got to post #14 (140 terrific things – that’s a lot of awesomeness!) but then totally ceased with my weekly posts. Those Thursdays seemed to come around more and more quickly, and I found it hard to get interesting photos, think of clever things to say and feel motivated to write while building for worlds and at the end of the race season.

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Ten Terrific Things Thursday – TTTT #8

Grump. Feed before approaching.

Post Ironman Kona Interview At Volcano National Park

Big thanks to David McColm, a great Canadian photographer and all around fun guy to hang out with, for this awesome video in Volcanoes National Park.  We talk a bit about our 2012 races in Kona.  Liquid hot magma included.

Mourning Manah


A big part of our life for the past 10 years has been our awesome cat Manah. We got her as a kitten while studying in Victoria, she came to Norway when I was doing PhD work there, and she has been all over North American when we committed to our lives as nomadic RV dwellers.

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