Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Biking & Swimming

Up early this morning for a spin on the bikes at my new gym. Not a bad setup, all carido machines have individual TV screens with cable! Just did 60 mins at aerobic effort building through the hour.

Spent the rest of the day running errands and visiting our house-to-be...again.

I hit the gym again this evening for a pool workout. The new pool is MUCH better then Cardel Place. First of all, way more lanes, the lanes are much larger, no crossing traffic through the lanes to get to the deep end, and the water temperature is normal not the warm 30+ degrees that Cardel Place oftens gets up to.

Just a short 1700m swim: 350 w/u, 300 drill, 7x100m on 5 sec rest, 350m cool down.

Tomorrow morning is another swim at 6:00am with a run later in the evening.

Two more sleeps until our possession date.

later...

Monday, January 29, 2007

Coming along

We spent the day making calls and running a few errands in preparation of taking poessession of our house on Thursday...only 3 more sleeps! I spoke with the mover today and our stuff is currently sitting in Fredericton and everything appears to be a go for the Friday delivery date (knock on wood).

Headed out to the house to take another look and ran into one of the builders Allan. Did another quick tour and just chatted. Really good fellow.

I had an appointment with at the Sackville Sports Stadium regarding membership. It was a good meeting and I got to tour the facility...nice place. I got hooked up with 2 guest pasts for the week for Mel and I plus 3 free swim passes to try it out before I commit to a membership. Their lane swim times are not ideal but I'll work with what I have.

Today was an off day but I did a 35 minute run on the treadmill here at the Motel followed by a 20 minute spin on their cycle machine. Tomorrow I'm going to get up early and hit the gym for a bike workout with a swim workout during their evening lane swim time. This week is actually a recovery week according to my schedule. I guess thats a good thing as it gives me a chance to ease back into the full swing of things.

I spent some time yesterday editing my schedule and incorporating some run speed work into the last 12 weeks of my schedule. I'm going to focus on running 4:45 - 5:00 minute km's building in distance over the course of the last 12 weeks. I don't expect to run that fast off the bike in CDA, but I figure if I train at that pace I should be able to hold a 5:30 - 5:45/km pace which is a 3:51:00 to 4:00:00hr marathon and good enough for me at CDA.

laters

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Change

As I sit here at 12:27am on Monday morning, waiting on our laundry to dry, I'm pondering what to write about. I feel like there is so much to write about but are not really sure how to get it all out of my head onto this website.

Mel, I, and the dogs are still in our Motel room here in Bedford until Thursday when we are slated to take possession of our new home. We went out to visit the house on Saturday and met with the two builders, both of whom are great guys. The work they have done and the extras thrown in for free has completely blown us away. We can't wait to move in!

Most of our time has been spent visiting Mel's brothers and parents. Its good to know we have family nearby and I can already see a change in my wife (for the better) as a result of this.

I've been running, whenever I could, during the trip and have started back to my Ironman schedule on that front. Cycling will have to wait until next weekend when our stuff is suppose to arrive from the movers. I am meeting with a fitness consultant at the Sackville Sports Stadium on Monday afternoon to tour the facility and determine which type of membership I want. My immediate need is a pool pass and to find out their lane swim schedule. I hope to be back in the water on Tuesday morning.

Been in contact with the Halifax Triathlon Club president and have signed up to their newsletters. They have lots going on and I hope to join in on their bike training. They do both indoor trainer rides and outdoor mountain biking rides. I plan on swapping my old pedals onto my moutain bike and start riding at least once weekly outside. The weather here, for the most part, is pretty mild with little to no snow. There are a couple of trails I can take the mountain bike out on near our house which is exciting. The only thing I haven't quite figure out yet is where to ride my tri bike when spring rolls around. I hear the main road into our community can become quite busy so cycling on that may be a little tough.

I know the next 2-4 weeks is going to be bit of a gong show as I try to workout a new routine...I have my Ironman schedule completed but will need to juggle the workouts to fit around "our" new life here in Nova Scota. I just really hope it all falls into place relatively quickly and I can get into a routine. (Who says I'm not a creature of habit!!!)

On another front, I'm pretty excited, yet a little nervous to be starting my new job on Feb 5. Its still in the web development area but specializes in the area of web standards. Just recently, I picked up a book entitled "designing with web standards" by Jeffrey Zeldman. I'm not even a quarter into the book and already it has re-kindled my passion on web standards. One of the best books I've read in awhile and it has me pumped heading into my new job. It has also opened my eyes to the short-comings of my own website and needless to say, I'll be re-skinning and recoding the front-end of the site over the next several months.

Today I did my LSD run (1hr20mins) along the Bedford Highway which runs along the Bedford Basin into Halifax. I notice there are a lot of runners in this area, running at sea level kicks ass, and there are more then enough hills to get hill training in. I told Mel there is a different feeling to being here compared to Calgary...but that it just comes down to what you are use to. While it doesn't feel like home yet, I'm sure over time it will.

Take care,
Shannon

Friday, January 26, 2007

Day 7: We are HERE!!!

We slept in this morning and took our time getting up and driving the remainder of the way into Halifax area. Once we reached Sackville we turned off the highway and went straight to Beaver Bank to have a look at our home. It was 8:00pm, dark, and we couldn't get in but we HAD to see the area and especially our new home. I'll take some pics tomorrow...what a fantastic area with loads of immenities near by and trails throughout the woods in our backyard.

Right now we are Bedford staying at a motel until next week when we take posession of our house. Just going to spend the time with Mel's parents/family, getting use to the area and setting up utilities.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Day 6: Edmundston, New Brunswick

Well, its been a looong haul across our country...tomorrow we should arrive in Halifax provided the weather cooperates. As much as we have enjoyed seeing this country of ours, we will be glad when the drive is over.

After leaving Thunder Bay we drove to Sault Ste Marie and what a drive that was through the mountains. The roads were scary in a few places with lots of slush, transport trucks, and ice. When we arrived in Sault Ste Marie we decided to call it a night because it was beginning to get stormy out.

We left early the next day and drove through Sudbury, North Bay, Ottawa, and Montreal. LOL, we hit Ottawa during rush hour...if you thought the Deerfoot was bad, the TransCanada in Ottawa during rush is twice as bad. It was a zoo with cars dodging in and out of the lanes at speeds well over 110km/h with very little space.

In Montreal we got lost near the downtown core...Montreal is NOT well marked for the TransCanada and some people are reluctant to help. In the end, we drove about 40km outside of Montreal to St Hyacinthe before calling it night. We drove for over 12 hours that day.

We slept in this morning before getting up on the go. Stopped in Quebec City for an hour to look around the Old Ville before continuing our journey. And now we are in Edmundston, NB for the night with one more day of driving...YAAAH!

I can't wait to get into our house, get settled, start work, and of course resume my Ironman training...we are both tired of eating take-out!
Few pics of journey...

On our way to Moosejaw, Sask

Somewhere in Ontario...


Too lazy to put my contacts in so I threw on the shades over my regular glasses...my wife thinks I'm a nerd...I think its cool.


Old Quebec City




Monday, January 22, 2007

Hello from Thunder Bay, Ont

Yesterday we made it to Kenora, Ont before retiring for the night. Slept in, in the morning before getting up at 9:00am and it was about 11:00am before we hit the road. We figure it would be a light day of travel and just drive as far as Thunder Bay. Tomorrow is a big 9hr drive around the Great Lakes to Ste Sault Marie.

Just had Subway for dinner and are debating about whether or not to run outside or find a gym to hit the treadmill...as tired as I am from driving I need to get some training in...I think I have a problem with training...and my wife agrees with me LOL

Shannon

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Moosejaw, Sask

Hi from Moosejaw, Sask.

Its Sunday morning, just did a short 33 minute run this morning with some 20 second accels thrown in. Currently eating some breakfast at the Comfort Inn while checking email on their highspeed internet in the dining room.

Sorry Greg B, if I'd known we would land here I would have taken you up on your offer to stay at your parents place. We never made it to Regina as planned yesterday so we decided to crash in Moosejaw.

The drive yesterday was pretty flat and boring...just like everyone described. We hope to make it to Kenora, Ont today...we'll see.

Anyways, just a quick update...time to finish breakfast, pack up, and hit the road again.

take care all,

Shannon

Friday, January 19, 2007

Moving Day

The movers are here today taking our belongings and loading them onto the truck. There seems to be a little bit of confusion and now we may not get our stuff on the original date we requested. Hopefully we can clear this up before we leave.

Had a great workout last night at Speed Theory. Afterwards we headed out to Darren/Sarah's (very nice place by the way) place for some good food, wine, and chatter. The gang gave me a very nice card and beautiful picture of the mountains and lake. I was speechless to say the least and felt the ole water works start to fire up.

These people are simple terrific...they inspire me in so many ways. To say I'll miss them is an under statement...I can't even begin to describe the sense of loss...as silly as that sounds. However, I'll see some of them again in June out in Coeur D'Alene...can't wait. I hope to post a couple of pics here shortly from last night...not sure how this spotty wireless internet connection will fair though.

Its amazing how many people in the neighborhood have an UNSECURED wireless internet connection ;)

Shannon

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Temporary Home





I've set up residence here on Blogger until we get established in Nova Scotia. My domain is pointed here but my actual website will be offline for the next couple of weeks.

It is starting to actually sink in that we are leaving...it was always in the back of my head but now it really has hit home.

About to return the cable modem in a few minutes which means this is my last post for a bit.

Here is a couple of pics...one from cycling class on Tuesday evening and one of my ride with the racing rims I bought last Fall...didn't get a chance to put them on until now.

Take'r easy,

Shannon