Monthly Archives: May 2013

Toronto Spring Tough Mudder 2013 – Race Recap

Posted on May 21, 2013

*This race review has been written for Obstacle Racing Magazine USA. You can view the original post at http://www.obstacleracingmagazine.com  Beep. Beep. Beep. Alarm rings. “Ugh. Just die already”, I think to myself. My bed is so warm, and from keeping the patio door open overnight, I feel the chill in the air. I bury my head

Solo at 7:23 am May 24
Awww - thank you, Tess. I'm incredibly flattered.

Around the Bay 30k Road Race 2013 – Race Recap

Posted on March 26, 2013

I wake up in a panic and glance at the clock. It’s 5am. I just had a nightmare about missing the race. Not the first time I had one of those dreams the morning of the event. Ha! Missing a 30K run = my idea of nightmare? Breakfast = egg sandwich, hunk of bread with

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S.E.R.E. Urban Challenge – New York City weekend – part 3

Posted on March 16, 2013

After the Brooklyn bridge crawl, we arrive to the Brooklyn War Memorial early in the morning. It’s getting light, but I can’t feel the sun yet. Another couple of hours. Rucks are off. I inquire about pee facilities, and am sent in the direction of the closest bushes. I am no stranger to bushes, but given

tormuse at 12:31 am Mar 20
Sorry, but I find this post kind of disturbing. (I hope you don't mind if I rant a bit in your comments box) :P Solo, first, let me say that I think it's awesome that you participate in this kind of event. (And I mean extreme fitness events in general here) It's not necessarily my thing, but I'm continually impressed by your commitment to physical fitness and pushing yourself to your limits and the same of the commitments of all the other athletes that participate with you. It looks like a lot of fun, even in such events when you're crawling through mud or under barbed wire, because in those events, you can laugh it off, wash it off, and carry on... But this... The instructors suggested people submerge themselves in icy water when they were already in sub-zero temperatures? I mean sure, like your link helpfully points out, it takes at least 30 minutes for life-threatening conditions to occur, but you had all already been outside in sub-zero conditions for 10 hours! And yes, I'm sure you were all standing by, ready to assist people if something went wrong, so no one was going to die here, but there are still all kinds of bad things besides death that could have happened. What if Leyla (or anyone else, really) had lost consciousness out there? What if she hadn't been able to draw attention to what sounds like her visibly severely hypothermic feet? What if she had lost some toes or a foot to frostbite? And even if the damage isn't severe enough to warrant amputation, there's still potential for permanent arterial damage. Why would the organizers of the event encourage this? And yeah, I get that it was an optional exercise that was strictly volunteer, but I'm sure the instructors are well aware that they are dealing with *very* competitive people who may not necessarily know where their limits are. And yeah, they did pull people out before long, but I still can't believe they suggested it in the first place. How can they, in good conscience, encourage and even reward people for hurting themselves, or possibly crippling themselves? I don't know how the scoring system works, but are two points really worth risking permanent disability? I don't know how people will react to my long-winded comment here; maybe I'm out of line. Maybe I just "don't get it" and it's not my place, as an outsider, to question the rules of the event. I just think that, generally speaking, exercise is something that doesn't have to hurt for you to get benefit from it and the goal is supposed to be to strengthen yourself, and really, it should be fun. In this case, it sounds like the goal was to cause pain, without any potential to build strength, and in fact, could potentially weaken people and wasn't fun at all. To me, this is the exact opposite of what the event is supposed to be about. You said you felt angry about what was happening. That's an understatement of my reaction. And now, to offset any tension that may have been generated by my rant, here's an animal that actually does belong in the cold. :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRb7B9fPhfA

S.E.R.E. Urban Challenge – New York City weekend – part 2

Posted on March 13, 2013

The weather on Friday turned out to be bad enough for a number of participants to drop from the event at the last minute, because the drive was simply not realistic. Many flights were delayed, or even cancelled. After crushing CrossFit Open 13.1 workout, Mike and I were en route to the airport to pick up

[...] the Brooklyn bridge crawl, we arrive to the Brooklyn War Memorial early in the morning. It’s getting light, but I [...]

Chilly Half Marathon 2013 – race recap

Posted on March 3, 2013

Crisp and chilly morning = perfect recipe for a winter race. We arrived with lots of time to spare, and found Burlington overrun with… well, runners. 🙂 I have been to this town a number of times for races, but never for this particular event, and it was definitely the biggest one yet. Free parking

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Virtual Half Marathon & Treadmill Challenge 5K Winter Blast by runningnerds racing series – Race Recap

Posted on January 21, 2013

Over the winter holidays, I participated in the Virtual Half Marathon and the Treadmill Challenge 5K by the runningnerds racing series. A virtual race allows you to register online, receive an actual physical race kit with your bib, finisher medal, race shirt and other cool swag, map out your own course and then compare your

2012 Santa 5K Run, Burlington, ON – race recap

Posted on January 17, 2013

This is the second time I ran this race – my first time being in December 2010, few short weeks before taking off for India. 🙂 This year’s race has been mild, and rainy! Rain during a Santa run is just… wrong. Regardless of the weather, over 3,000 runners showed up and “suited up” –

Spartan Race Time Trial @ Fenway Park, Boston – Race Recap

Posted on November 19, 2012

This past weekend, Spartan Race has joined the celebrations of Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary. To celebrate in style, the ballpark has been converted into an obstacle racing venue for the Spartan Sprint Time Trial, the shortest distance race in the series. We could not have asked for a nicer day. I have to do a

Tough Mudder New Jersey 2012 – Race Recap

Posted on October 29, 2012

I ran Tough Mudder New Jersey on October 20, 2012 with Mike, my teammate and amazing buddy. Initially, I planned this TM as a World’s Toughest Mudder qualifier, as I knew that Toronto Tough Mudder will not be my fastest time, running with a team. However, I ended up running the Toronto course twice, and

Matt Cave at 12:30 pm Nov 16
What's the qualification standard for Worlds Toughest Mudder? The event isn't timed so how do they determine who qualifies?

BADASS Dash 2012, Kitchener, ON – Race Recap

Posted on October 22, 2012

BADASS Dash is a new player on the obstacle racing circuit, so of course, I had to show up and experience it for myself! According to the website, While the Kitchener event seems to be the only one in the series for 2012 season, there are already at least 11 events scheduled for 2013, most

[…] the course (mostly due to awesome company), I would not pay over $100 for this race. Races such as BadAss Dash and Prison Break provide a much better value for the […]

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