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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Good bye

Hey team!!!!

After one week of reflexion, I’ve taken my decision and I’ll quite the NTC and the triathlon. I wanted to post something to say good bye to everybody, I've all been friendly with me since the first day and I would like to thank you for that!

Before coming, I said to my parents that I come here to see if I’m able (mentaly and physicaly) to rich, one day, the highest level in triathlon and apparently I’m not.
Mentaly it too hard for me to wake up every morning knowing that the 1st thing I’m gonna do is swimming… I just can’t do it and in the other hand I don’t really want to go through it.

I would also say that I found here a very good team with interesting people and it makes harder to quite. For me, it is one of the (if not the) best place to train in the world. Your 2 coaches are very implicated and careful and I really did appriciate it. This training structure is just perfect from my prospective and if someone ask me for a good place to train I’ll answer without hesitating your center. It is just not for me...

Good bye I’ll certainly see all of you once in a while at the pool !

Etienne Gard

Sunday, November 4, 2007


What a great day to be in this sport and to be Canadian!

Monday, October 29, 2007

cyclo the cross

pictures from the bicycle ride...

here we have Kyla demonstrating mad preload skillz.

notice how the feet are perfectly parallel with the ground.....nice.

then Alex is like, check this out, my waterbottle matches my jacket and helmet. wickedly awesome.

meanwhile JP is airborn with DIABLO

Aaron has mastered the Endo. dope, sic, phat.

brraaattta ttaaattaaaattaaatt

then the best part of all..... hopp'n the barrier

OBB's rider is ready for action next week in Nanaimo.

looks to me like Kyla is too.

and with that kinda smile.... there's no stopping ya.

PK dances a jig when he lands.


PK takes the lead in this week's sprint....


Brebran park!!

Sunday, October 14, 2007

A blast from the past!! It could be Steve Prefontaine or Jeff Phillips!

nice form, good focus, impressive sprint and the will to WIN!!!!!

Stevo w/Papaya!

Stevo the Cyclocross Mudder!!

from Stevo's blog.. cyclocross maniac race report.

I'm going to skip a bit and talk about today's cyclocross race because it fits in here. One of the expert riders was telling me that he finds no matter what group he rides with in a cross race, it feels hard. That is, whether he is riding fast with the leaders, or slower with another group. Basically the moral is your body will rise to the occasion. It will do what you ask of it. Speed, Time... these things are irrelevant.

I found the same thing this morning. Starting out at the back of the pack, "ok this is kinda hard, but I'm going to ride with the group up ahead." Then once you're with that pack it's exactly the same thing, "ok this is kinda hard, but I'm going to ride with the group up ahead." Eventually here you are with the leaders, then you've reached the plateau. Remember rule #1: A plateau is not a limit, it's just a plateau. There are no limits, only plateaus. This is where you need to be conscious of yourSelf, and in this case: ride.

Here's a brief summary of the race:
It was a blast. I raced the intermediate division, came third and was named the most aggressive rider.

We started in a couple lines. I was at the back to begin with because of not having raced before. No biggie. I just got a feel for the race for the 1st two or so laps. After that I started moving up from one group to the next. I think I went from 14th, to 10th, to 6th, to 3rd. I was reeling in 1st and 2nd place and got within 7 or 8 seconds of second. Then the race was over, so I'll settle for 3rd this time.

Technically the race was pretty cool. There were a couple sections where we needed to get off the bike to run up a steep sandy hill and through some gravel. Then a single step which I needed to dismount for, but others were able to easily hop it. A little more practice and I'll have that down. There were also 2 decent sized mud pits we went through on each lap. The bike has officially been broken in.

I almost ate it on one a couple corners and some downhills a couple times, but managed to stay on the bike. You definitely learn pretty quickly to shift the weight around and take corners in the drops!

Now, back to Saturday afternoon where we had a sweet cross ride at Beacon Hill. There are lots of lessons learned these days. Maybe not all new lessons, but definitely more examples of the same thing happening again, and again... or maybe now I am just noticing things more clearly....let's call these "lessons" positive reinforcements.

Just be conscious of these things, and stay in the moment. Stay on YOUR path, Focus and Enjoy.

Posted by stevo 0 ya heard me's

Stevo's initiation to cyclocross racing was GOOD!

Stevo travelled up to Duncan for one of the Island Cup cyclocross races.. Guess he's been bitten by the cyclocross bug. He ripped it up in the mud.. read his blog for a StevofiveO race report. Some of us will head up to Nanaimo for the Island champs on Nov 4th on last years National Champs course.. for some mud, fun and barriers.

Richard, any pics from the Saturday Beacon Hill cyclocross?

Saturday, October 6, 2007

What it takes

This is my first contribution to this blog :)~
The group looks very good starting this year. We have a full squad, with many talented athletes. Talent is not enough however. You must commit to doing what it takes to get to the top of your game. It is a long year so make sure you have what it takes to get through the year in one piece, fit, fast and happy. Make sure you study and know what it takes to win, to train like a champion, to pick your self up after you fall and to never give up.
I look forward to coaching you all this year. Just don't be alarmed if you finnd yourself swimming fast.


Friday, October 5, 2007

XCand training pics

Someone said this XC race was a 5.5 km jog followed by

a 500 m sprint.... this was the sprint!!!

Etienne, Aaron and Matt. Elk Lake high school
XC race.

Matt at Beacon Hill race

Gabby, showing those Oak Bay girls
what it's all about !!!

Matt and Aaron, warming up.

Serious stretching after a run at Elk Lake
Gabby, Lowell and Kyla

Real nutrition (cookies) after the run....

New Start....

Bit of food and fun... Before heavy training starts....

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Scotty in 5 years

This is how i see you finishing top 5 at a world cup scotty

PS. The juniour world champ stole your finishing move!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Monday, August 20, 2007

NTC Junior Elites at 2007 Kelowna Apple Triathlon

Matt, Jeff, & Aaron prior to the race start

Aaron exits the swim

Jeff on terra firma

Matt heading towards T1

Matt just a blur on the bike

Aaron cornering near transition

Jeff on the dismount

and on the run (a good skill if you have many creditors)

followed by Aaron

Matt completes the trio

PK's NTC Triad

Packing the podium

"The Gang of Four"

Kelowna Apple Tri

PK - day before the race instructions.....
practise makes perfect... !!!!
gathering for the bike course tour.
Patrick and Scotty on race morning.... looking way too relaxed...

Matt helping Kerri Ann with her elastics....

Start of the Junior Men.
Matt out of the water

Jeff and Aaron ... even the bike escort can't keep up with these two....

Matt coming into the finish.

The winner, Jeff, coming to the finish chute. I was too busy
yelling, I guess I missed Aaron coming to the finish ....

1st (Phillips) , 2nd (Thomas) , 3rd (Sharpe) .... what a team.

Aaron with the local TV crew....

Matt explaining his race to the reporter....

Junior Women and Men wait for the awards
presentation to begin.

Girls on the podium.. pretty exciting. !!!

Our Victoria Guys on the podium....

Winning coach.... not sure if Jeff is getting ready
to propose, flowers in hand !!!! Matt is getting too tall,
he has to bend over to stay in line with PK.

Happy Coach.... happy guys !!!

But later that night, the knives come out !!!
Something about having to drive with Patrick
back to Victoria the next day !!! check out this for live coverage of the race.