Rest, eat, train. Swim, bike, run!

Coach Brock running Kona Finish line Ellie at Boston Finishline Coach Brock ready for the swim Ellie Bike fit Coach Brock running Swimmers at Sunnyside beach Coach Brock in the peleton Coach Brock at Ironman swim start Kona wrist band Coach Brock at transition 2 Coach Brock's riding buddies Coach Brock at the start line Coach Brock coaching Coach Brock on his bike Coach Brock


Physical fitness is comprised of two concepts: general fitness (a state of health and well-being) and specific fitness (the ability to perform aspects of sports/occupations). Both are achieved through exercise, good nutrition and adequate rest.


Health is the general condition of a person in all aspects. It is also a level of functional and/or metabolic efficiency of an organism, often implicitly human. "The state of being free from illness or injury".


Wellness includes not only wealth and employment, but also an individual's environment, physical health, mental health, education, recreation/leisure time, and social belonging.

Guelph Lake Triathlon Weekend

Brock heading out of Transition 1
First of all, for clarity sake, a Sprint Triathlon is Swim 750m, Bike 20km, Run 5km. The is only one triathlon that is shorter than a Sprint and it is call Try-a-Tri (Swim 375m, Bike 10km, Run 2.5km). I have done 4 Sprint distance races now but this is the first one in open water and the first one since I started taking triathlon seriously. I have to admit, I had higher hopes for myself.

Body Composition

Brock's Tanita Scale report
I tried one of the Tanita BC 1000 Body Composition Monitors at the Ottawa Race Weekend's Expo. Not bad results, for a 40-year-old dude with a (standing) desk job!

Toronto Goodlife Fitness Half Marathon

Photo proof of Brock running the race

My official finishing time at the Toronto Goodlife Fitness Half Marathon on Sunday May 6, 2012 was 01:34:21.

Yonge Street 10k

Photo of Ellie after the race

Yesterday marked the beginning of two things:

  1. My 2012 race season (technically I did the Goofy in 2012 but that seems so long ago).
  2. The beginning of my partner Ellie's race career!

Ellie has watched me, cheered me, ignored me, put up with me, and consoled me... but now - after her 0:51:34.4 finish - I think she might be hooked. She's already signed up for a half marathon at the end of May in Ottawa and there is talk of an autumn marathon as well... but we'll take it one race at a time.

I'm a swimmer now?

Garmin Forerunner 910xt

For the last few months I have been swimming 3 or 4 times a week. Not huge distances or durations (usually for around an hour and between 2 to 2.5 kilometres) but enough to get a good workout in and, more importantly, often enough to get some consistency.



Ironman 70.3 Syracuse

It's not quite a done deal... yet... but it may as well be (I just haven't paid my entry fee yet). On June 24th I will be competing in Ironman 70.3 Syracuse.

For those of you who aren't "in the know", an Ironman 70.3 is 1.9 km swim / 90 km bike / 21.1 km run or 1.2 mile swim / 56 mile bike / 13.1 mile run (which adds up to 70.3 miles - clever eh?).


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