TOEST & TOETT Annual Awards
Most Improved Swimmer – Andres
Its a long list of Personal Bests (PBs) so you may want to sit down for this…
Starting with the Masters Swimming Ontario (MSO) swim meet season, Andres achieved the following:
- At the Alderwood Teddy Bares Short Course Yards (SCY) meet Andres took 5secs off his 100BR, 7secs off his 50BR, 4secs off his 50FR, and took a whooping 23secs of his 100FR (SCY) from 2years ago (from 1:49 to a time of 1:26.5) and on top of that he swam two events he never swam before: the 500FR and the 200BR to round out the swim meet;
- At the Stephen Forsey Swim Meet (SCM = short course meters), Andres took 4secs of his 100FR and swam for the first time the 400FR in a time of 8:05
Following up with the open water swim (OWS) season, Andres achieved the following:
- At the Canaqua Welland OWS meet Andres set a 4 min 36 sec PB swimming 1000m (wetsuit) in a time of 22:41
- At the Canaqua Team Challenge, Andres swam his first ever 2.5km open water event in a time of 1:02.21 (wetsuit) which is holding a pace of 2:30/100m
What a year! Congratulations Andres… looks like all those kick sets paid off huge… so, you know what that means… plenty more kick sets to come! Amazing work and amazing results!
TOEST & TOETT Annual Awards
The Olympian Experience Spirit Award – Gladys
Two years ago when Gladys started dryland not a session went by – ok maybe a session went by – where Gladys didn’t identify something sore or something that didn’t work quite right (e.g. an arthritic joint). After encouraging Gladys repeatedly to do what she could in the range that she could, when this pattern continued I knew there was only one thing to do… walk away.
This year a new Gladys appeared at dryland: instead of focusing on what was wrong, Gladys focused on what was right, and how she could improve what did work… to build herself stronger, to increase the range available in her joints. When dryland changed to one where she had to put her body weight on her wrists, Gladys searched for solutions how her arthritic hands could do the exercise — modifying it to meet her at her needs. This year Gladys trained virtually step for step with the group, achieving what was easily unimagineable last year by doing 100 back squats (1/2 ROM) straight thru!
The result… Gladys didn’t realize that her training to focus on what she could do would soon be tested. On her way into the Stephen Forsey Swim Meet, Gladys slipped and banged her knee on the sidewalk. She shared with me the incident and shared that she would warm up and see how her knee felt and then decide whether she would swim. She did, the knee was acceptable, and with a focus on what was right Gladys went on to swim her three events: the 50m BK, the 50m FR and she swam the lead off leg (50m BK) in the 200m Medley Relay which took 1st place in its age category giving the team the points to finish the meet in 5th (click to link to TOEST 2019-2020 results) out of 35 teams. Fantastic work Gladys!
TOETT Kelso mini-MTB Race Series
Results will be organized according to the category the athlete competed in during the 2019 Kelso MTB series.
Athletes new to MTB racing will be organized in a Beginner category.
Race Route #1 (7.0 km & 45 m elev) – Kelso MTB Winter Loop (click for map)
This race starts at the summit parking lot entrance, please start/stop your bike computers where you turn onto Bell School Line. This is a great loop that will provide a warm up to riding off road as there arent too many technical sections, and the climb up the ski hill is not included. The interactive race route shows the finish at the end of Darryls Alley, but our finish line will be at the end of Bell School Line just before the summit parking lot. This route is 7+ km long, if your bike computer comes up short.. you probably missed the section on Bruce Trail Connector.
Another note… if you notice that your time/speed in the results differs from your upload to TP, that’s because I have modified times to reflect a race distance of 7.1km (the data varies from 6.7 to 7.3km so to make it fair I adjusted the time/speed to reflect a race route of 7.1km).
Race Route #1 is still open and I will update results for anyone that wants to continue to do this loop (and not climb the ski hill).
A Bruce Trail Adventure – by Gabe
Results don’t always have to be race results… Carolina’s two sons – Gabe & Manuel Jr – returned earlier this week from a two week adventure of cycling the Bruce Trail from Niagara in the south to Tobermory in the north. Gabe has shared some pictures and thoughts about his journey. Enjoy!
We finished our trip to the Bruce Peninsula and I’m extremely happy that we went ahead and did it. Would I do it again? Probably not. Am I happy we did it? 100%. It was our chance to do something completely absurd and it was an amazing experience, but also an amazing challenge. I wasn’t used to being on the saddle for 3 or more hours, let alone while carrying 27lbs of gear, but the training I have done over the last 3 years is the reason I was able to adjust and complete the trip without feeling sore or in pain. However, one aspect I wasn’t totally prepared for was the mental challenge. I knew that it would be physically challenging and I was prepared for that, but I didn’t account for a mental component. It’s hard to keep biking for multiple hours, day after day for a week. You get tired, physically as well as mentally and when you know that at any moment, your one call away from being home, it’s hard to keep going, especially when the terrain gets difficult, water is low, your not entirely sure where you will spend the night, and you’re no where near the finish line. There was a point in which I considered going home. It was the day we made it to Kelso from Dundas valley. We had reached a point in which we were far past the excitement of first starting the trip, but so far away from the end goal that rather than it being motivating, it seemed impossible to reach. The route that day was full of hills and it was extremely hot outside. We were tired and dreading every uphill. The forecast called for thunderstorms meaning we would have to spend the night at home. Knowing that we were going to have to go home because of the weather, I was constantly considering staying home and calling off the trip. It would be quick, easy, and I could spend my time in an air conditioned house doing whatever I felt like doing, it seemed like an obvious and logical choice to make, besides, if we finished, there would be no medal, or crowds cheering, no one would yell our names through a megaphone and there would be no podium. If we finished it was only going to be us at this monument. The only way we could claim this journey to be successful is if we were happy at the end as there would be no race luxuries that could do that for us, we could only be happy if we truly enjoyed the journey and felt satisfied with the work we put in to reach the northern terminus. Despite everything telling me to stay, we went back out, I knew if I didn’t I would live full of regret, and I’m so grateful that we did, because I felt so accomplished when we reached Tobermory. When I reached the northern terminus I felt amazing, I had been there before, seen the monument and read the plaque, but knowing that this time we had started in Niagara and biked the entire way, I felt so accomplished, even now, days after we finished, I still have difficulties articulating what it felt like to finish.
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