This weekend has two races to watch – the Ottawa 10K and Calgary Half Marathon, both of which are national championship races and can be streamed online (links below). Start lists are out and here’s who I’m watching for:
- Eric Gillis (1:03:49 half in March)
- Thomas Toth (2:18:58 marathon in April)
- Tristan Woodfine (1:05:27 half in March)
- Geoff Martinson (29:46 downhill 10K in April)
- Kevin Coffey (14:07 5000m at the end of April)
- Blair Morgan (2:22:14 marathon earlier in May)
- Anthony Larouche (1:07:48 half in April)
- Kevin Tree (30:29 downhill 10K in April)
- Adam Hortian (30:36 downhill 10K earlier in May)
- Maxime Leboeuf (31:40 10K in April, 31:06 10K earlier in May)
- Paul Rochus (1:08:21 half in March)
- Josh Bolton (1:09:03 half in April)
- David Le Porho (DNF’d a half in April – 35:48 at halfway mark)
- Matt Loiselle (25:36 8K in April)
- Eric Bang (1:10:57 half in April)
- Sami Jibril (30:00 10000m earlier in May)
- Kip Kangogo (1:06:08 half earlier in May)
- Terence Attema (2:19:49 marathon last fall)
- John Mason (1:07:40 half in April, 30:16 downhill 10K earlier in May)
- Dylan Wykes (31:21 downhill 10K in April)
This is (I believe) the last weekend for folks to try for a Worlds qualifier and since all the big guns are running the 10K or HM champs (or injured), it seems the pool is set for our men’s marathon team: Eric Gillis, Reid Coolsaet (although he has indicated he won’t run London as he’s just now returning from injury), Rob Watson (although he seems to be missing the national championship race criteria), and Thomas Toth. Looks like we might just have a team of two.
I was hoping to try the Ottawa Marathon again this year after I pulled out of plans to run Toledo eventually gave up hope as my injury worsened. The Ottawa 10K was my backup (backup) plan so you’ll see my name on the start list but I won’t be running. I’m still wearing the boot to let a probable calcaneal stress fracture heal. I’ve avoided impact for almost three weeks now, so another 3-5 in the boot and I’ll try some running again. In the meantime, I’ve been trying to get in as much cycling as I can.
For the most part, weather has been favourable. Although I’d rather be running, I’d rather be injured when I can bike outdoors as there’s not much worse than cycling on a trainer or using an elliptical. I’ve signed up for some weekly group rides which is helping to break up the monotony of my daily routes.
I’ve even stepped up my cycling ‘seriousness’ a step by purchasing some new parts for my freebie bike. I had the bottom bracket replaced as it had been squeaking and wobbling for a while and was starting to sieze up. I also found a 13-28–tooth freewheel cassette to give me a tiny bit more breathing room at top speeds compared to the 14-28 cassette I’ve been using to this point.
Last weekend, I completed my longest ride to date with a 103 km loop through Petrolia, Corunna, and Camlachie. That was a fun challenge and by the end I was feeling like my reserves had been emptied.
My focus has shifted to the long-term as I didn’t want to put pressure on myself to get back to racing too soon. If all goes well, I’d like to make it to the starting line of STWM this fall (5 months away! 😩) and maybe a 10K and/or half marathon as a tune-up before then. More than anything, I just want to get out of this boot and back to running regularly.
Good luck to everyone racing this weekend! Wish I was out there, too!