Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
i celebrated by writing him and challenged him to take up running and consider a marathon! for a 60 yr old pro wrestler to run a marathon would be a great way to validate to the world that wrestlers really are great athletes! this would also be in line with his latest professional role of being an 'ambassador' to the sport. i hope he decides to give this some consideration!
i also got the paper work today for my Guiness World Record application. these folks want a 20 page contract signed, so i am going to have to read and think carefully if this is really something i want to do.
no running and no swimming today.. this may be the first of several days off, as my knees desperate need a break.
emotionally exhausted as well. lots of matters in my personal and professional lives that are stressful as of late.
the meeting with the NLAA went well. they have indicated their intention to create a policy and/or position paper that will be forwarded to race directors across the province. the recommendation will be that i race without assignment to a sex category; that i not directly compete against males or females; and if this is not possible for whatever reasons, that i be assigned to the female category but be disentitled from winning sex-specific awards. so overall, a good discussion that will hopefully act as a benchmark for other provincial athletic associations and sanctioning bodies.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
the beach was lovely, although somewhat sad as it's not quite the same when it's cold and empty. i certainly hope i am still here in newfoundland come summer 2009 so i can have many more visits up there, and have many more swims in the ocean.
the run home was into a strong wind so i was slowed down a bit, but finished strong. and after a break, was out for another 5k to the ponds to feed the duckies.... what a great day! time for a nice bubble bath now!
Saturday, February 21, 2009
overall, a strange week for me. 3 long runs and 4 really short ones..
89.2k on the week; 662.2k on the year
just for fun, let's recap the year so far:
jan 1-3: 18.6
week 1: 71.8
week 2: 57.5
week 3: 135.1
week 4: 89.8
week 5: 98.2
week 6: 82.0
week 7: 89.2
weekly average: 89.14
on pace for: 4648.13
annual goal: 5000.00
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
another storm scheduled friday so i am hoping to have a big day thursday and another restful day friday.
i have officially booked my travel for copenhagen, so it's official, i will run the marathon and swim the 1500m freestyle in the world out games. i also took advantage of air canada seat sales and booked myself two more spring marathons: Mississauga and Halifax, bringing me a net of 5 marathons in a 30 day period, a nice little milestone to add to my running resume!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
could be a rest day tomorrow if this snow is as bad as they predict, and i know i certainly could use the rest!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
32 fairly slow km for me this afternoon with lots of short breaks in between. had a duckie start biting my leg today to try to get my attention.. not sure that's the best way to get me to cooperate and share the bread crumbs.. lol
going to plan a few rest days this week and a few rather long run days.. this running 10k every day doesn't seem to be getting me where i want to go with my fitness.. also going to carefully plan my swims so i enter the pool in good shape.
my mood still seems to be a problem. feeling frustrated about my work situation seems to be ruining most of my days lately.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
got in 8 lethargic k of running today and then gave up after just 1.2k of very slow swimming. guess i wore myself out yesterday. now, let's see if i can even make it down the street and around the corner to have tea with the neighbours tonight!
tomorrow will probably be a low ley restful day so i can give it all i got for another maniacal weekend endurance challenge..
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
a very rare day off for me today. no running and no swimming. partially because today was a very upsetting and depressing day for me. (amazing how a negative emotional state can affect ones physical ability, energy levels, and motivation). i just wanted to remove myself from society today.. skipped out on some friends tonight too. seem to be feeling this way far too often. might have to look into some antidepressants.. just what i need, more chemicals to add to the mix. :(
hoping tomorrow will be better.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
totally exhausted, i took a break to chat with some friends for a few hours, and then hit the pool for what turned out to be a pretty good 2.1k swim.
this 'base-building' exercise sure is tough. might take a day or two off this week to recover. the knees and calf muscles are quite sore, a clear evidence of over training..
sunday will likely be more of a rest day, at least by weekend standards.. lol
Friday, February 6, 2009
haven't swam in a few days. gonna try to get over to the pool more often. gotta get my swimming stroke up a notch now that i have a major swim meet to prepare for (World OutGames).
Thursday, February 5, 2009
the media is starting to buzz about my 3rd gender category at the World Out Games. i am going to be interviewed by NTV today for a news story that will likely air on the 6 pm news in the near future. it will be an exciting chance to tell yet another positive story about a transsexual.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
had a rather miserable and depressing day today.. seem to be having many of those lately. guess it's a natural part of transitioning and the meds. but i also think it's a reflection on how some things in life aren't going as well as others. i try to use running and swimming to motivate myself and keep me pointed in the right direction so i can feel progress. i certainly hope all will go well with my big races this year.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
it is to my understanding that this 3rd category will be deemed a
'participation' and not a competitive category. all marathonners will depart
the starting line at the same time..
the first three males to cross the finish will get medals; the first three
females to cross will get medals. there won't be medals handed out to 3rd
gender participants as it is not fair for me to directly compete against another
transperson who could be further or less further along into transition.
if i do happen to finish the marathon with the best time, or within the top 6
overall finishers, i still won't get any award, and from that stand point, it
but i'm entering this event knowing darn well that i won't likely even finish in
the top 20, so the award issue is a non issue..
if i thought there was a reasonable chance that i could finish in the top 3
overall, and if i really wanted to win one a medal, i could have certainly
registered as a male.. but for me, this is more of a moral issue than anything
else. i just don't feel right running under the 'male' label anymore.. nor do i
feel i should have to sit out 2 years until i meet the IOC's criteria to be
accepted as female.
overall, in the record books, if there is in fact one, my name and finishing
time will appear along side everyone else. i notice marathonguide.com has the
2006 world out games marathon results listed, so i would assume that my name and
time would find its place in their archives in 2009 as well.
for the swimming, same thing. it's 'participation' with no direct competition
against males, females, or other 3rd genders.. and no opportunities to
win medals. if i happen to be the only 3rd gendered person swimming, rather
than have me swim all by myself, they will apparently schedule me to swim along
side other people.
i totally agree that being labeled 3rd gender is not ideal. but i think this is
a chance to let people know that the first 2 years of transition are probably
the most socially challenging, and any opportunity to reduce the burden of the
'male' label will prove emotionally helpful for the athlete. better to have at
least some recognition than none at all.
anyway, it is not ideal, but it is a step in the right direction, and it will hopefully get people talking about the issue. just getting it on the radar and on the agenda is what we need...
anyway, massive snow storm early this morning made it difficult to run. i managed 7.3k today as well as a very exhausting 4k swim. the swim started strong but i really faded toward the end. after 3k, i was just about out of gas.. i really struggled to get the last k in there, but wanted to keep going until i was on the brink of collapsing. hard to believe that i used to be able to do over 6k in one shot. i'm gonna keep working on my fitness and see if i can get back to that level, even if i have to go slower.