My Garmin was on the fritz recently and before I could fix it I was thinking, ‘Weren’t we all better off without this technology? Simple Cavemen didn’t run with iPods or Fitbits.’
Well Cavemen were stupid and we weren’t better off without all this technology. At least not as far as I’m concerned. I love all the stupid little details that my Garmin tells me: the map of where I’ve run or swam to strokes per minute and how many times my feet hit the ground. Some of the stuff, like my foot cadence, have no reference for me. I have no idea if my foot cadence is Olympic quality or back of the pack. For me at least, the tech has improved my performance by keeping me honest. Cold hard GPS facts tell me what my pace is instead of me just feeling fast.
I grew up in a small town north of Toronto. I started running on country roads and fell in love with long distance running when I was twelve years old. I loved (and still do) getting up just before the sun and going for a run in the country. Running in Canada you get everything from 30+°C heat in the summer and minus 20°C cold in the winter. I started challenging myself when I was 13 and would just run for hours on the weekends not really knowing the distances or pace but just seeing if I could run to the next town and back and then set a new challenge. I first heard about an Ironman when I read an article about it in Sports Illustrated when I was about 13 years old. At the time, an Ironman was a disorganized, crazy endurance challenge and I set my sights on doing one. Finally did my first Ironman more than ten years later in Canada out in British Columbia after completing several marathons and several smaller triathlons. I finished. I still remembered how exhausting that first one was. Although I’m not fast, I love the endurance aspect of sports. This led me to the world of ulra-marathons where I’ve done a 50 mile, 100KM and 100 mile race. A few years ago, my wife told me about these swimrun races in Scandanavia. Easily the toughest endurance event I’ve done because you need to not only have endurance but you have to be quick. Then there’s the challenge of nature, the cold and trails. The best thing about it is being a team with my wife and sharing the highs and the lows that a demanding endurance sport brings. One moment you’re telling each other to fuck off and the next you’re kissing at the finish line.something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.
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