Weekly Link Roundup – August 24, 2012

It’s been quite a week here on a personal front; I resigned from my job as a casino manager after almost 6 years with my organization. Effective September 11 I join a recruitment firm specializing in Finance & Accounting professionals – something totally different, but tailored to my education and background (I’m a former accountant with an MBA specializing in HR). Plus it’s business hours – no more nights & weekends! Better for our home life, better for training. I’m excited but a little sad too – it’s hard to say goodbye to some awesome people I work with.

The interwebs are full of controversy this week! First, it was anger at the New York marathon organizers for deciding to eliminate the bag drop at the end of the race. I’ve never run a point-to-point course, and I don’t usually use the bag drop at most of my races, but at a November race? I’d want my bag! I can understand why runners are upset.

Follow that with this – it appears Ironman Canada will be no more after next Sunday. Due to some legal issues surrounding the ownership rights to the race, the city of Penticton has instead contracted with Challenge Family, the folks who put on the Challenge series of long triathlons, including Challenge Roth in Germany. What’s really interesting is that WTC (World Triathlon Corporation, owner of the Ironman brand) appears to be fighting to hang on to their race. Stay tuned, this one could get ugly! Good thing I didn’t have my heart set on doing Ironman Canada….

As a follow up to the two above articles, DC Rainmaker chimes in with his thoughts on the Ironman/Challenge issues happening in Canada. Considering he’s done Ironman Canada a few times, he’s sad to see it go, and doesn’t think the Challenge race will generate the same excitement, at least initially (although he does think the Challenge group puts on a great race).

Julie Dibens is a pro triathlete who has won several high profile races and competed at Kona several times. Last year, she was nursing a foot injury and pulled out during the marathon. This year, she had foot and knee surgery in an attempt to repair the problem. She wrote a big piece of her story and posted it on her site.

Jon is not a pro triathlete, but with a time like 11:05:36 at Mont Tremblant last week, he really ought to think about it! His full recap is coming next week, but wow, 11 hours? 11 hours??? That’s crazy fast! Oh, and now I really, really want to do IMMT…

Just when I thought Jon was crazy fast (and he was!) Kevin went cruising by even faster…. 10:49:27. Holy fast race time Batman! I’m going to Quebec. I don;t know when or how, but I’m going!

Oh I had to laugh when I read this post by Swim Bike Mom, simply because I can totally relate. It’s not hip or foot pain for me, it’s tight calves – when I wear heels, my calves hurt so bad! So flats are becoming more and more common. They’re so boring, but what can you do?

I’m always on the lookout for new interesting recipes, and Matt at No Meat Athlete posted an awesome basic veggie burger recipe. You can combine any number of different ingredients to suit your taste. Now I just have to make them and sneak them into the dinner rotation when Bruce isn’t looking…

Goals update: Got a bike ride done. Met with my new company. Wrote blog posts. Didn’t get to my priority wall. Sigh… tomorrow? Maybe?

Weekend goals:

1. Run 9 miles
2. Sprint tri in Pinawa
3. Write 5 blog posts
4. Two post it notes off priority list
5. Bake muffins

I know I have more, but this is a good start…

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4 Responses to Weekly Link Roundup – August 24, 2012

  1. Carina says:

    I was really surprised about NY. I never thought bagdrop was the problem at the finish line, but there is definitely a major problem at the finish line. I ran it in about 2005 and it took hours after I crossed the finish line to walk about a mile out of the park (which you are forced to do, unless you just sleep in the park or something), then about a mile back south outside the park, and across Columbus Circle (my hotel was right on Central Park south). And hours of that headache after hours of running is miserable. But I didn’t have to pick up a bag, and those who did seemed to have no issues. The problem is definitely the funnel out of the park and resulting chaos. I absolutely hated it. But NY remains one of my fave marathons b/c the run itself was incredible.

    • Kris says:

      I was shocked to read about this. I mean, I know NY has 45,000+ runners. It’s a crazy race. But no bag drop? Wow. Lots of very unhappy runners now!

  2. PlumPetals says:

    That’s a lot of stuff going on in the racing world. My only glimpse into that world is through you 🙂 I can’t imagine how much time and prep it takes to organize such huge events. I hope that the issues get resolved for the participants though – after all, they are the ones who have to go through the course.

    • Kris says:

      Race directors have a difficult job, no question. And when a race is well done, it is so much more fun than one where chaos reigns! But some of the decisions being made right now are surprising to say the least.

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