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I didn't get a picture of me racing, but I did get a picture for racing.
Leg 10 of the Cabot Trail Relay. MacKenzie Mountain
Of course, during the race the leg doesn't start until 9:30 PM so it's pitch black and doesn't look as good. It was pretty surreal running up the mountain and hearing the sounds of coyote and moose in the background. Their sounds were drowned out by the sound of my heavy breathing and lung butter snarls.
The time cutoff for each leg is 6:00/km. I came in at 1:26:00 for the 14.7km, or 5:50/km. I was pretty nervous after having a few KM over 7:00 on the steeper parts but managed to get my shit together and get a finishing time.
I have crohns-colitis, actually 1 in 150 canadian's do, and this month is Crohn's and Colitis awareness month. You are all now aware.
I battled with symptoms for a bunch of years but finally found a treatment that lets me do exercise things. Did a few 70.3's and shit. Right now I'm working with Crohn's and Colitis Canada to beef up awareness and junk and I'll be starting to do some peer mentoring.
Childhood rates of IBD have doubled since 1995. After going to a few info session/support meetings it was clear that I had it easy. I was diagnosed at 19 and never had any surgeries. People are living every day in pain after exhausting treatment options and multiple surgeries. Now that I'm relatively healthy I'm looking forward to giving back a little bit.
Fun fact, I completed my first 70.3 while on Prednisone and, no, I didn't get a TUE. Luckily for me they stopped drug tests after 200th place.
Gord was the best and so uniquely canadian that it's hard to put into words. For Americans try and picture a combination of Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan. He was a poet. His art transcended just music and he left a lasting impression on anyone that crossed paths with him.
A friend told me a story the other day about when the Tragically Hip were just starting out in the 80's. They were playing at a university and pulled up with a van full of equipment. They didn't have any sound guys or people to help unload. They just asked people walking by, "hey, can you help us set up". My friend's brother and a few others helped them set up for the show. Afterwards Gord Downie went into the back of the cube van and came out with a bunch of hockey sticks and a net. He asked them all if they wanted to have a quick game of road hockey before they did a sound check. After the game they asked a few guys to stay for sound check and then got them to do the sound tech for the concert.
After I heard that story I wondered just how many games of road hockey Gord Downie played with random people all around Canada. He's probably played road hockey in more cities and towns in Canada than anyone else.