Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Day 2

Day 2 of running and it didn't go too bad.  Running outside is much harder than on the treadmill for sure.  So that was an interesting lesson.  Knees weren't bugging me all that much but as the run was ending, my right quad was getting a bit tight.  I will watch that.

I ran with what I would call a run sponsor and although I thought he would be a better runner than I, it ended up not being the case.  My pace was slower and my stride had to be cut in half to allow him to keep up.  I still managed a 35 minute run but it was not the distance I wanted to go.  However I will stay positive and keep on going.  There is no doubt I will have days like these.  Just have to push through.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Fun Pics From Vanc.

I came across these in Vancouver.  They make me hungry for apples....which I am not always a fan of....  But seriously, Gummy Bears?  Yum.  But not for 12$. 

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Learning to Run

So my nephews are doing a 10k run in the fall and asked me to do it with them.  I used to run half marathons in my younger days but haven't ran in over 10 years.  Tennis knees have finally caught up to me.  Plus, as a stocky guy, running has never been easy for me. 

However, today will mark the first day where I will begin my training to run the 10k.  It is back to basics and the 3:1 ratio for me.  At least for the first week.  Then bit by bit I will increase the run ratio until there is little to no recovery.  A bit nervous about all this.  Not sure how the body will hold up considering I am barely healed from my back and hernia injuries.  There is always something so I can't let that stop me. 

Anyone have tips/tricks?

Friday, June 24, 2011


It's funny how a simple trip can do so much.  My first trip out to Vancouver was one of these trips. 

It was the first time I really got to travel with my mom so that was nice.  She is a pretty cool lady.  Especially when she points out (in public) when I am being flirted with.  LOL  What a strange experience that was.  And to be able to hang out in a new city with my best friend is pretty damn cool as well.  I have no idea how he walks 15kms a day in sandles but more power to him.  At least he got to fufill his Sushi quota for the year.  Blech...

One of the best moments happened when I was able to re-connect with a friend I haven't seen in over 12 years.  We had met in Calgary while I was working at the G8 summit and lost touch after that.   I will be sure to keep this line of communication open to ensure that there is not another 12 year gap in our friendship. 

The overall best thing about my trip however was being able to re-connect with my bro and his bf.  They were the perfect hosts who went over and above the call of duty.  We had a great time hanging out together and I hope we get to do it again in the coming months when I plan on returning.  Congrats on your achievements R.  I am a proud bro.

And finally...  Things happen for a reason.  People come into our lives to share experiences and to teach us lessons all the time.  Fate and coincedence doesn't care about timing, distance or anything like that.  The challenge is set before you and the test of character is how you choose to work through it....if you decide to take the challenge at all. 

Challenge Accepted!

*My bro and my mom.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Bike Lane?

This is awesome. 



How on earth have grown men and women made it through life eating with their mouths open.  It is such a nasty habit.  The sound of your lips smacking and the view of crumbs of your food falling out of your mouth is enough to make me want to vomit on you. 

Cmon parents, instill some manners!!!  And you adults....shut your trap. 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


This kind of shit drives me crazy. 

Coming out of a show early in the afternoon, I was shocked to see how the ONLY other driver in the theatre parked...considering the enormous size of the parking lot.  Seriously.  No...seriously? 

Monday, June 6, 2011

Ottawa Race Weekend.

With speeds in excess of 40kph and with more falls than I can remember, the 2011 Ottawa Inline Festival came to a close last night with a spectacular finish. 

Ottawa's own Sergio A. peeled from the lead pack early and commanded a 500m lead that couldn't be touched by the chase pack.  With an 38 second lead, he crossed the finish line with a marathon time of 1:11.  So fast.  Even with a fall that led to the chase pack passing him, he was able to get up, attack again and regain the lead that eventually took him across the finish line bloodied but vindicated. 

A strong showing from our Toronto and Montreal skaters kept the action in the lead pack pretty exciting.  There were a few faces I saw in the top 15 that I was pleasantly surprised by.  I won't get into names but lets just say that I was impressed by several people who have seriously up'ed their game.  Congrats to everyone.  Your efforts, attitudes and overall positivity was and remains inspiring. 

The lead pack.

More photos can be found here:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/30813780@N00/sets/72157626894407892/with/5801868725/

Thank you.

A very special thank you to Sonya, her sister, Peter and Morgane and Chris for all purchasing my last few paintings from my art sale.  Thank you so much for supporting a local artist.  It is greatly appreciated. 

Keep an eye out for upcoming new pieces.  With your purchases, I have some $$ to buy some art supplies so the creative juices are flowing again. 

I hope you enjoy your pieces as much as I enjoyed painting them.

Don't forget to visit the Gallery at:  http://www.cor1000.com/

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A new home for my painting.

Sold my large piece last week.  Here is a pic of it in its new home with its new owner.  I miss it on my walls already.