Monday, June 30, 2014

Long Weekend Lowdown & Speedy Swims

Posted by CheapRunnerMike

Hi all, hope everyone enjoyed their weekend! Tomorrow is Canada Day so I have an extra long weekend with today off as well. The kids just finished school last week and to celebrate one of Kennedy's friends had a slumber party. That meant that on Friday night it was just Michelle, Jackson and I, so we went out for some appetizers and drinks.

We went somewhere nice and close so we were able to walk over. Not all of us were able to walk back under our own power though...I think maybe J had too many French fries :)

We made it up to the cottage later on Saturday and it has been a weekend full of friends and family, and of course the beach. The weather has been great, nice and hot! We had friends come up on Sunday and it was great getting to spend the day with them. Kennedy was especially excited because one of the couples that came were bringing their baby and she hadn't had a chance to meet her yet...Kennedy loved holding her all afternoon. Jackson spent the afternoon biking, eating cupcakes and working on his selfie skills with Michelle.

Moving back a bit to last week, I had my Splash n Dash on Wednesday evening at Lake Whitakker. I was coming off a pretty successful race at Guelph (despite the cheating incident) and my swimming confidence was really increasing. There are usually a couple of swim packs on Wednesday nights and typically find myself near the front of the second pack...this week I decided to try and swim with the lead pack instead. I was able to stay on the back of the lead group the whole time as I stuck on the feet of one of the girls the whole time...I was out of the water with the lead group in 27 minutes (1600m) and then out onto the 5K run. I stuck with the same girl I drafted in the water and sat on her shoulder most of the time as she's a real fast runner. On one of the final hills I decided to make a bit of a push and was able to pass her and cruise home to finish in second place for the night, along with the fastest run split at 20:45. I even managed to stay on course the whole time, no cheating! My time was almost 3 minutes faster than the previous week, so I am continuing to get better week over week with the Splash n Dashes...they have been awesome training!

Only two more weeks until Musselman 70.3...yikes!

Who's enjoying their long weekend?



  1. working today, but kids are all at camp!

    have a great Canada Day with your fam, mike!

  2. Enjoy your time off and Happy Canada Day!

  3. Amy @ fitnessmeetsfrosting.comJune 30, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Lol I wonder if I could get away with eating too many fries and then having Kyle carry me home? ;)

  4. Does sound like your training is going well!!
    Enjoy your extra day off - happy Canada Day!! I guess we get our time at the end of the week:)

  5. Heidi @ www.idlehide.comJuly 1, 2014 at 5:02 AM

    70.3! You totally got this!
    Fun weekend, enjoy your Canada Day! We're headed over to a bbq at my in laws house and I made some candied bacon chocolate chip cookies for today. They're pretty high in calories lol!

  6. Thanks Patrick, hope you enjoyed your Canada Day! Nice to have the kids off at camp too...mine go to VBS next week but they're only gone for the morning.

  7. Oh I did enjoy it! You'll get your's soon enough!

  8. Hmm, that's a good question...I say give it a shot!

  9. Thanks Kim, I'm feeling pretty good about the training (though I still don't bike near enough).
    Enjoy your long weekend too!

  10. Those I can give you my address if you have any leftovers to share (unlikely I'm sure).
    Hope you had a great Canada Day too!