Death Threat Midnight

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Next Quest:

CalgaryTower Quest 802

  • Climb the Calgary Tower (802 steps): April 16th 2011
  • Days to the event: 13
  • Climbs in 5 hrs (target): 16
  • Climbs in 5 hrs (actual):

Alberta weather: Sun: Part 1: Last Thursday, I headed into Calgary to run with Don and Jeremy. These guys have been huge supporters of Marathon Quest 250 and have been helping me prepare for the Comrades marathon in May. Our route took us pass the "Peace" bridge. Things are coming along swimmingly with this artistic masterpiece. It was originally planned to be completed in the fall of 2010. Then it was delayed to the spring of 2011. The latest is that it will definately be completed in the spring of 2012. Stay tuned. At the end of the 10km session, along the pathways, Jeremy gave me cheques for Right To Play totaling $1,240. So far his "Run Fatboy Run" campaign has raised over $3,000 for the kids. Many thanks. When I got home I realised that I had a sun burn. It was a bit painful but it was great to think that spring had finally  arrived.

Alberta weather: Snow: Part 2: On Saturday morning, Sue and I had planned to travel to High River and run the 25km "Friendship" run. Friday night, huge snow clouds rolled over and by 7.00am on Saturday we were under 8 inches of snow. Road reports stated "Conditions terrible. Stay home". I decided to run 10km with runner Wayne and it was brutal. The snow was wet and sticky and after running an hour in the slop it was time to head home. I did get a good 4 hr workout shoveling the driveway. My average heartrate was 123 beats per minute with a maxium of 159 bpm.

The office is one of my favourite shows and Michael Scott's movie "Death Treat Midnight" was brilliant. The interplay of action, drama, comedy and hockey was priceless. It'll be a sad day when Steve Corell leaves. Rumours have it that possibly Will Farrell or Ricky Gervais will be the new boss. My money's on Jack Black.

Dr Randolph Randolph's book of animal jokes (Bees)

Q: What do you get if you cross a bee with a skunk?
A: An animal that stinks and stings!

Quote of the Day

"Life is a long lesson in humility"

James Matthew Barrie

Jeremy "Run Fatboy Run" Palmer donates anither $1,240 to Right To Play

Jeremy

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Walkabout

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Next Quest:

CalgaryTower Quest 802

  • Climb the Calgary Tower (802 steps): April 16th 2011
  • Days to the event: 6
  • Climbs in 5 hrs (target): 16
  • Climbs in 5 hrs (actual):

On Thursday afternoon, I drove out along the 1A towards Canmore and picked up a very special guest. On the morning of August 18th 2000, his 45th birthday, Jean Beliveau had breakfast. He then went out for a walk. He hasn't stopped walking since. So far he has been through 64 countries and covered 71,000kms. Jean is on the final section of his trip, from Vancouver to Monteal and hopes to arrive in his home city in early October. Jean stayed, with Sue and I, on Thursday night and on Friday morning we went over to Banded Peaks School in Bragg Creek. He chatted to the kids and they had lots of questions. One question was: "Did he meet any famous people?". He said that his 20min chat with Nelson Mandela was one of the highlights.

Saturday morning, Sue and I headed into Calgary for the Coop Health and Fitness Day. Coop have put on an excellent three month program for families to help focus on health and fitness issues. Saturday's event included a 10km, 5km and 2km kids race. I had signed up for the 10km and Chad, the organizer, had asked me to lead the "Toonie 2km" with the kids after the 10km. No problem. I haven't raced for a while so I thought I'd give the 10km a go. The gun went off and I was soon hit my race pace. I crossed the 5km mark at 22min 30sec and felt strong. Then my sciatic nerve started to play up. I managed to finish in 46min 55sec but I was in pain. Chad came over and asked if I was ready for the the kids Tonnie 2km. Absolutely. Fifteen minutes Iater I was finished. Literally.

Dr Randolph Randolph's book of animal jokes (Bees)

Q: What does a queen bee do when she burps?
A: Issues a royal pardon!

Quote of the Day

"Little by little one walks far"

Peruvian Proverb

World Walker Jean Beliveau on the 1A highway from Cochrane to Calgary

Walker

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Stair Master

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Next Quest:

CalgaryTower Quest 802 (DONE!!!!!!!)

  • Climb the Calgary Tower (802 steps): April 16th 2011
  • Days to the event: 0
  • Climbs in 5 hrs (target): 16
  • Climbs in 5 hrs (actual): 23

Over the last two months I've been running up and down stairs. Whether it's the 13 stairs up from my basement or the 84 stairs from the Bow River to Griffin Road, it's been up and down, up and down. So,on Saturday morning I drove through a snow storm to the Calgary Tower. This was the location for the "Climb for the Wilderness", an event that was a fund raiser for Alberta Wilderness Association. The challenge: To run up the 802 steps of the Calgary Tower as many times as possible in 5 hours. Brilliant.

A couple of hundred people were jammed in at the base of the Tower and at 8.30am the gun went off. I dashed to the bottom of the first flight of stairs and started climbing. After 30 steps my run turned into a walk. I didn't run again. The Tower has two parallel sets of stairs. The organizers used one for the racers and the other for anyone who wanted to take their time. During the day I saw families, grand parents, an Imperial Storm Trooper and Darth Vader do the climb. A group even helped a fellow in a wheel chair up the stairs.

I chatted with several of the racers. Garth, from South Africa, had run the Comrades marathon in 7hrs 20mins, a smoking time for the 89km. He gave me a few tips which was great. Climber Jane hadn't done a race for 15 years because of bad knees but she found the stair climbing event were OK. She trained on the elliptical machine, cross-country skiing and water running.

After 5hr 15min I had completed 23 climbs. That's 18,446 steps or 12,535 ft or 43% of the height of Mount Everest. My legs hurt and I was hungry. The two bacon eggers went down well.

Dr Randolph Randolph's book of animal jokes (Bees)

Q: Why do bees hum?
A: Because they've forgotten the words!

Quote of the Day

"Sweat cleanes from the inside. It comes from places a shower will never reach"

George Sheehan

Participants of all shapes and sizes attemped the "Climb the Calgary Tower" event on Saturday.

Bear

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The Net

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Next Quest:

  • Comrades Quest 89

  • The Comrades Marathon (89km)
  • Sunday May 29th 2011
  • Durban to Pietermaritzburg
  • South Africa
  • Days to go: 34
  • Finish Time (target): 11hrs 59 mins 59secs
  • Finish Time (actual):

In 1891, James Naismith, a Canadian physical education instructor, working in Springfield,  Massachusetts, invented Basketball. Naismith's new game quickly spread across the United States. But, when basketball spread to England, an entirely new sport emerged. In 1893, Martina Bergman-Osterberg introduced a version of basketball to her female students, at the Physical Training College in Hamstead, London. The rules of the game were modified over several years: the game moved outdoors and was played on grass; the baskets were replaced by rings that had nets; and in 1897 and 1899, rules from women's basketball in the United States were incorporated. Madame Osterberg's new sport acquired the name "net ball".

The sport is now played by over 20 million people in more than 70 countries and is administered globally by the International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA). Local-level participation is widespread in Commonwealth nations, particularly in schools, and the highest level of international netball includes the Netball World Championships, the Commonwealth Games and the World Netball series. In 1995, netball also became an Olympic-recognised sport.

Last week I played in an exhibition netball game. Julie Arnold from Netball Alberta had contacted me, to see if I was interested in playing and help promote the sport. You bet. Julie had also asked Earle Conner, 100m Para Olympic gold medalist, to play and he had agreed. Julie was promoting it as "The Hare vs the Tortoise". Cheeky. Earle and I joined members of the Women's U18 and U23 squads and played for two, 15 minute periods. This game is tough. There's loads of stop / starts and after the half an hour I was done. I'm now in awe of my wife, Sue, who was captain of her school netball team.

Now, maybe if the game was 6 or 12 hours long, I'd have a chance!

Dr Randolph Randolph's book of animal jokes (Bees)

Q: What kind of bees drop things?
A: A fumble bee!

Quote of the Day

"We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries every day with new experience and character."

Henry David Thoreau.

Earle Connor, 100m Para Olympic gold medalist and Marathon Martin join members of the U18 and U23 Alberta Netball squad for an exhibition game.

Net ball

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