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Team Sun ready to shine in media triathlon battle

- July 6th, 2011

Paula Findlay, Paul Tichelaar, Bevan Docherty and Hunter Kemper are just some of the big names competing at this Sunday’s 2011 Edmonton ITU Triathlon World Cup.

There’s also (drum roll, please) … Cary Castagna!

Who?!?!

Ummm, well, uh … that’s me.

Yup, although I’ve been a little under the weather in recent days, yours truly is going to suck it up and compete as part of the three-person Edmonton Sun contingent in the sprint category.

For the uninitiated, the sprint consists of a 750-metre swim, 20-km bike and 5-km run.

Me and my big quadriceps will be cycling for Team Sun. I’ll be putting the pedal to the metal, and testing my mettle.

EdmontonSUN_NewLogo0250What I lack in raw athletic ability, I hope to make up for in sheer guts and determination. It was super-sized cojones that got me into this in the first place. It’ll take that testicular fortitude, along with plenty of heart, to see me through the challenging 20K trek in good time.

My road performance will be flanked by the triathlon prowess of co-workers Nicole Bergot and Derek Van Diest.

Bergot, the Sun’s uber-fit city editor, will start us off in the swim, while Van Diest, an athletic sports reporter affectionately known as DVD, will finish the race off for us with the run.

While I’ve actually never even been to a triathlon, both Bergot and DVD have several tris under their respective belts.

I couldn’t ask for two better teammates. And I’m not just saying that to butter them up in the very likely event that they are forced to carry my sorry carcass across the finish line. Oh gawd, I hope it doesn’t come to that.

Go Team Sun, go!

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Team Sun, from left to right: Nicole Bergot, me and Derek Van Diest.

Of course, Team Sun has some stiff competition in the sprint category from two other media outlets.

Introducing the other guys …

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Ryan Jespersen, Carla Turner and Michele McDougall.

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Meg Morrison, Bob Stauffer and Kyle Chase.

Plus, Team 1260 (Will their team be called Team Team 1260?) has one solo entrant. Jason Gregor, of the Jason Gregor Show, is doing the full-meal deal (swimming, cycling and running) on his own. Show off!

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Special thanks to triathlon guru Kevin Clark, of the Edmonton Triathlon Academy, who has been helping to train all of the media entrants over the past six weeks. We’ll soon see how well we’ve followed his training advice.

The action at the 2011 Edmonton ITU Triathlon World Cup gets underway at 8 a.m. July 10, with the media doing battle in the sprint class at 10 a.m.

Click HERE for the schedule.

Come out and cheer us on! Methinks I might need all the help I can get. Sigh.

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Pimp My (Bicycle) Ride

- July 4th, 2011

Check out the bicycle I’ll be riding at this Sunday’s 2011 Edmonton ITU Triathlon World Cup

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Cute and petite. That’s in stark contrast to the beast that will be on it.

Ah, but the colour scheme works well for a member of Team Edmonton Sun — blinding orange with red handle bars (which appear rather pinkish in these photos I snapped moments ago).

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As regular readers of this blog are well aware, I’m cycling for Team Sun (which includes swimmer and city editor Nicole Bergot, and runner and sports scribe Derek Van Diest).

We’re competing against a few other media outlets in the sprint category of the Edmonton triathlon set for July 10 at Hawrelak Park. The last I heard, Team 1260, CTV and Citytv were also putting together teams.

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Anyhoo, my pimped-up bike is on loan to me from a St. Albert athlete with a really cool name — James Dean. I don’t know much else about James right now, other than he’s a really swell guy.

Thanks for letting me borrow your colourful wheels, good sir!

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If at first you don’t succeed, ‘tri’ again

- June 20th, 2011
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Kevin Clark of the Edmonton Triathlon Academy (left) and yours truly in Edmonton's Hawrelak Park after a recent training session.

Emily Murphy hill no longer owns me.

About three weeks ago, the 0.3-miles of Edmonton roadway with an average grade of 8.3% seemingly mocked me after I failed to cycle to its peak.

Back then, as I made a defeated U-turn on my mountain bike below the mid-point of the climb, I felt the unmistakable sensation of lactic acid coursing through my burning quadriceps, and I swear I could hear Emily Murphy hill stifling a guffaw.

The paved hill, just south of Emily Murphy Park and northeast of Hawrelak Park, marks the grueling start of the 20-km cycling leg in the sprint event at next month’s 2011 Edmonton ITU Triathlon World Cup.

As regular readers of this blog know, I’m cycling for Team Sun (which includes swimmer and city editor Nicole Bergot, and runner and sports scribe Derek Van Diest).

So you can understand that I was somewhat pleased with myself this past Friday afternoon when I managed to ascend to the top of Emily Murphy hill during my second training session (a 16-km ride in pouring rain) with coach Kevin Clark of the Edmonton Triathlon Academy.

Sure, my legs were quivering and burning, but I made it — undeniable evidence that I’m stronger and fitter than I was three weeks ago.

Clark was pleased, too, with the progress I’ve made via several solo training sessions since our last meeting. Of course, we both know I’ve still got a ways to go with my training.

I can’t help but get a little panicky when I realize there are only three weeks left until the big race. But managing to scale the formidable Emily Murphy hill is a big step.

Now, if it would just stop raining every single day …

Tomorrow: I plan to pick up my race bike.

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Triathlon training slips into high gear

- June 14th, 2011
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Kevin Clark of the Edmonton Triathlon Academy.

There’s less than a month of training left before the 2011 Edmonton ITU Triathlon World Cup on July 10 at Hawrelak Park.

Gulp.

I’m doing the 20-km bike leg as part of Team Sun in a friendly sprint-distance media competition.

My colleagues, city editor Nicole Bergot and sports reporter Derek Van Diest, are doing the 750-m swim and five-km run, respectively.

Here’s a look at a couple of the exact cycling workouts that triathlon guru Kevin Clark, of the Edmonton Triathlon Academy, has given me through home.trainingpeaks.com:

Your Workouts for Thursday, June 02

Workout #1:  strength endurance
Type: Bike
Planned duration: 1:00
Stationary bike.
10min easy/steady effort towards the end.
5min as 30sec standing climb 30sec recovery
2min easy spinning.
Main set
5x3min hard seated climb (in high resistance gear, cadence should be 60-70 revolutions per minute) rest 2min very easy
cool down 10-15min spinning easy gears.
Stretch whole body
Sports drink within 10min of finishing.
Strength endurance session.
Specific cycling muscle recruitment for climbing Emily Murphy hill.
Muscle tension is high but heart rate should be low.
Pedal in pefect circles using hamstrings to pull up on the pedals.

Your Workouts for Friday, June 03

Workout #1:  Stationary bike?
Type: Bike
Planned duration: 1:00
Planned distance: 12.4 miles
two options
#1 stationary bike
warm up 10min easy gear with high pedal speed (cadence)
speed set.
5min as 30sec hard 30sec easy
Aerobic set.
25min steady effort with every 4th min do 15 sec sprint
10min cool down recovery super easy

#2 outdoors
15-20km steady effort cycle.

That’s just a sample. But you get the idea.

So, is Kevin working me hard enough? What do you think?

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