Thursday, May 18, 2006


Since this week has been my recovery week, training wise, I kept it very low.

I finally had got some decent sleep. Last night I slept 12 hours. It felt great. I think i need another one before I feel 100%. I went out for a short run yesterday. I was thinking, 'Ok for the past few weeks u think about all the negative remarks from others. Now let's flip it the other way around. How about the people who support you?' There are 22 people I know in my life that supports me one way or the other. This is not including to the blog community :). By the end of the run, the sun was just coming out of the clouds. I am sure it wasn't an unusual weather. For that brief momment, I couldn't stop admiring the scenery. God sure is a great artist.

I rethink about this speed matter. I want to go much faster (who doesn't?). However, I am training for Ironman. Speed session become less relevant. Base building is the key. As much as I want to pound all out during my training. I have to understand that the focus is to build a solid aerobic base. It seems like I am going back full circle. At least I know I am sailing in the right direction.

This is after:
- re-reading Going Long
- Mike has emailed me about training nice and slow and build that volume up
- the article, Ironman Keys in
- Gordo's archives

I am still very excited about this season. There is something magical about spending months and months training for the uncertain and then in one day put everything on the table. Maybe I will DNF. Maybe I won't. Maybe I won't even make it out of the water. Both exciting and scary times ;)

Here is what I have plan and have been doing:

- booked a Bike Fit with Endurosport for this Fri. I will post my pre bike position and post bike position this weekend (for sure now).
- I asked my friend today does he know why I train. He has no clue. This is the problem. I didn't communicate to my friends why I am training. Wrote an email already and will polish it up and send it off. I should have explained it back in Nov when I started to train... my bad
- re-doing my weekly training schedule. At the same time be realistic and flexible about my training schedule.
- really solidify my schedule and stick with it. Post the schedule on the fridge so my family knows when and where I am.
- Might do the Toronto triathlon so I can invite some friends to see me race.

I read another article at This one is about a person who did an IM in 13 something. The second one he DNF. The third one he finished it in 11 something!! Incredible. He even surprised his coach.

..I have find this poem. I read it a few years back and it really got to me....enjoy.

Our Deepest Fear

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond
measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most
frightens us.

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world. There is
nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people
won't feel insecure about you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to manifest
the glory of God that is within us.

It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.

And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give
other people permission to do the same. As we are
liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically
liberates others.


Rachel said...

Great post! Definitely enjoy yourself this week. You sound like you need some rest. I know what you mean about negative comments. They make you feel lousy, even when you know you should ignore them. Focusing on the people who make you feel good about yourself is the only way to go.

William said...

I hope you run your own race Cliff.

TriZilla said...

Love that poem.

So glad that you got sleep! :)
I'm going for my second drug-induced coma tonight.

I swear had there been a fire last night, I just would have had to accept being WARM. I couldn't move!

Take Care!

Hilda said...

And such an original artist, there are no similar sunrises, for example.

Can I go to the Thri? :)

Spandex King said...

Go for it Cliff. Sometimes ya have to keep Cliff happy too. I know that sounds selfish. But look at all of the other rotten things you could be doing with your life. Triathlon is a pretty good hobby when you look at some of the others. Go get em Cliff and may God bless you.

Donald said...

Who wrote the poem? I've heard a very similar quote attributed to Nelson Mandela, but I don't know if it's from this piece.

Regardless, it's great.

Redpiper said...

Great post, thanks for sharing! My race is in 3 days! Tonight I'm going to sleep for a long time and tomorrow too! I hope I don't get a DNF!!

Habeela said...

What a great poem! And don't worry about speed. You'll get faster the more you train.

qcmier said...

If I may offer another opinnion on getting more speed, since you are looking at a long range goal, get to know the weight room. Just make sure you adapt your lifting every several weeks.

When's the Toronto Tri? Would love to spectate or even race with you.

Keep up the awesome work!!!

Anonymous said...

12 hours of sleep and a run? You have the day off from work?

I've been tempted to get a bike fitting myself but I don't trust any of the shops around here to do one for me. At the moment the only person I trust is myself, I try to listen to my body the best I can and change things on my bike as it seems necessary. Experimentation...

Thomas said...

Good job - on the sleep. A decent amount of sleep is much more important than most athletes imagine - though maybe I shouldn't talk. I'm pretty bad at sleeping enough myself. The fact that you slept for 12 hours shows much much you needed it.

Dawn - Pink Chick Tris said...

Good stuff as always and thanks for sharing the poem. I love poetry.

Lucky number 7 said...

Love the poem!! It sounds like you have your priorities back in line!!

Comm's said...

I have mentioned before that one of the key tenants to reaching a successful goal is to announce it to the world. God does not want you to keep your dreams to yourself, He wants you to shout them to the heavens, ask for them in prayer and tell others the good news.

Your closest friends, if they truely are will make your goals their goals and vice versa.

Accountability. I have many people each day that I have brainwashed into my Ironman success. They ask me every time we see each other how the training is going, how much longer. YOu need to do the same.

Rae said...

12 hours of sleep!!! I am SO jealous!!!

Have a great weekend!

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