Monthly Archives: August 2015

free hugs campaign (will you join me?)

Posted on August 18, 2015

Fact #1: First time I watched the original Free Hugs Campaign, I cried. Not that it takes much. 🙂 If you have never seen it, you should watch it now. I’ll wait. Fact #2: I could never understand why adults stop celebrating or making a big deal out of their birthdays as they get older. Hell,

operation 100-mile diet

Posted on August 17, 2015

The 100-mile diet = consuming only foods made with ingredients that come from within 100 miles of where you live. I am notorious for self-experimentation. I love, love, LOVE experiments. I love trying new things. New sports. New activities. Different ways of eating. The latter is especially fun for me, as I work with a

does a costume give you superpowers?

Posted on April 19, 2015

The first weekend of sunshine. People are slightly insane from joy – flipflops and all. Cyclists are back, and their jerseys are as tight as ever. And the start of the triathlon season is weeks away. For all triathletes and triathlete-to-bes out there – the race recap of my first Olympic triathlon that I completed

2014 in review

Posted on December 31, 2014

The 2014 word of the year was LIGHT. Light. Fire. Torch. Energy. As I wrote previously, 2014 was about finding the light within myself, and especially, within others. This year was about helping others to find their light – coaching, teaching, writing = helping. Finding my helper identity, if you will, after focusing on SOLO in the previous


Posted on December 18, 2014

September 20, 2014 was the day I retired from obstacle racing. At least that’s what I told myself, as I made my way through the Vermont Beast yet again. I couldn’t get into that race this year. I couldn’t answer the question why. Why was I there? Again? For the third time toeing the line

[…] participate in obstacle race outside of Canada/US [2015] […]

my first ultramarathon and five stages of grief

Posted on October 15, 2014

SETTING: Run for the Toad 50k, Paris, Ontario. Four 12.5km loops, and my first ultra marathon. Other distances offered: 25k and 50k relay. A female racer catches up with me few kilometres into the second loop, and conspiratorially nods for me to lean in. I turn my ear to her, trying to maintain my pace.

[…] this post? Read about my first ultra marathon and how I’ve never run an easy […]

this is Sparta

Posted on September 29, 2014

Sparta, Ontario, that is. One of my bucket list items is “to visit the towns of Marathon, ON, and Sparta, ON”. Just because. This past weekend, one of my favorite people in the world took me to Sparta as a surprise.   Thank you, C. This was the best present. Perhaps, a road trip to

[…] ultra marathon lean on the Leaning Tower of Pisa eat pizza at the oldest pizzeria in Naples, Italy visit the town of Sparta, ON raise at least $1,000 for charity (NOT how I thought this would go down) try parcour visit a […]

all I want for my birthday

Posted on August 26, 2014

*This post was written on August 25, 2014. Right. It’s my birthday today. To be completely honest, between running Tough Mudder blindfolded, guiding Rhonda on two our of her 20-day epic adventure, training, drinking coffee and simply enjoying summer, I kind of forgot about my own damn birthday. Which is a pity, because yours truly,

Michael at 1:27 pm Aug 27
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Storm the Trent – Race Recap + Another Bucket List Item

Posted on May 16, 2014

This past Sunday, another bucket list item was crossed off the list – “Participate in an adventure race”. Adventure racing (not to be confused with obstacle racing) is a combination of two or more endurance sports, usually paddling, mountain biking, running and orienteering. We have completed the “Hike” 3-5 hour short course of Storm the

[…] completed Mar’14) do one pull-up with 45lb weight (two, actually! completed Apr’14) participate in an adventure race (completed May’14) read at least 12 books in a year (actually read – 22) run an ultra […]


Posted on February 21, 2014

Welcome to the Operation Bucket List. Here are the things I hope to accomplish before I kick the bucket. [Read more about how this list came to be here.] EXPLORE swim in the ocean swim with the dolphins donate blood go to a casino  see a drag show get my belly button pierced [2000] go skinny



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