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Headphones and (Daniele Hohol (The Polish Hammer))
Racing with music (Paul Nowlan)
Looking for an Around the Bay registration (Michael Hewett)
Headphones Discussion (John Salt)
Mad Trapper needs new "Conservation Award" sponsor (Mike  Caldwell)
Gatineau Loppet Reports (XC Ottawa)
RWR/ Peak Winter Racing Series; Stage 11 (Glen Rendall)
Real 911 Calls from Nashville (Joan Hollywood)
For Sale: Isaac full carbon frameset (Erik Anfossi)
For Sale: Baby running carrier/stroller Chariot (Glenn Robinson)
For sale: Hardtail MTB - Med (17') (Martin Charron)
For Sale: HED Jet 60/90 Carbon wheels (Tim McNaughton)
Rock & Ice Ultra - final report...finally! (Jen Simpson)
Around the Bay (Carolyn Brown)

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 Si Ferguson        Ottawa 


 Daniele Hohol (The Polish Hammer)   (General Comments)
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For most of us who can't afford subscriptions and all that jazz and who have to "work" :D...I bring truth to the masses:

Was able to watch both giro and tdf perfectly last year. I also have an excuse to come into the office on saturdays/sundays after training(and before!) to work on stuff....I take a break by watching the premiership(English Premiership Football...or what you north americans call "Soccer").


I think people nowadays want to rush through things and let me be the first to admit...that by listening to music while training, it gives you that effect. That's what I sometimes seek on dreary days when I'm exhausted and NEED to put in that run out...I will put on the headphones.

For training it's fine...but not for everything. For instance, quality workouts like track workouts, hill workouts, etc etc that's not cool. You should be focusing on your breathing and stride...that's the only way you'll get faster(This is especially targeted at those +4hr marathon runners who refuse to throw away the headphones).

I've done long runs here in my last co-op term in Montreal in the last summer...where I ran 3 +32km runs in prep for a marathon in the fall....of those 3 runs...I simply listened to my breathing and let me tell was euphoric. My long run speed actually increased, I felt strong and it did me alot of good.

Cycling...back when I was on the bike, I would only listen to music on the +4 hour training rides when I was going solo. Man..the feeling I get when I'm riding on the rolling hills of SW Ontario and the sound of Dixie Chicks in the background...heh uneuro i know but it's very liberating.

But you know what REALLY grinds my gears????

People listening to music during races. I remember when I ran my first full marathon...I was so pumped and proud I made it on the starting line after recovering from injury. It was the BEST experience ever. But people all around me were totally in tune to themselves and listening to music. WTF? But that's what motivated me in the end when I totally miscalculated eating....I would sprint and pass by people with headphones because it really ticked me off!

I think the studied that listening to music improves speed/time. BS. I think if you are aware of your breathing and are focused on your balance and stride and are INTO it...that improves time. But people should just man up(Sorry for political incorrectness here).

The Hammer

Daniele Hohol (The Polish Hammer)

 Paul Nowlan   (General Comments)
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To Rick Hellard,

I'm sorry, but I don't buy the safety argument. Anecdotal evidence is useless, so and so "almost" hit a runner who was wearing headphones, how many hundreds of runners wearing headphones did she drive past and not notice? Come up with some numbers to support the safety argument. How many people were hurt in last year's marathons due to headphone use vs total participation? How many were injured due to general stupidity?

Are we in favour of banning anything that might impact sensory awareness? Sunglasses or anything that affects peripheral vision? Live music along the race route?

Or can we set a simple expectation that racers use these things responsibly and obey the "rules of the road".

And again I ask, are deaf runners allowed to enter races? If they are then the safety argument - "you can't listen to music because you can't hear what's going on around you" - about headphones is a non-starter.

All of this having been said, race directors have every right to set rules and conditions for participation in their races,and to be sure, if headphones are banned in races I will still be running, I just wont be racing. I expect that there are many others like me. We'll spend our entry fees on something else. I just hope that the race directors listen to both sides of the argument.
Paul Nowlan

 Michael Hewett   (General Comments)
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Looks like the organizers of this sold out event have made registration transfers legal via their website. If you've registered and can't make it I'll buy it.

Michael Hewett

 Lawrence Conway   (General Comments)
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It's not too late to register!!!

That’s right you can still enter by checking in with us at the Canadian War Museum at 1 Vimy Place in Ottawa. Late entries are accepted on Saturday 12:00 – 6:0p.m., and on Sunday from 6:30 – 8:00a.m. No new entries will be accepted after 8:00 a.m. Check out the event web site for more information –

If you aren't running, then come on out and enjoy the day and cheer on the runners.

Bring the kids, there will be all kinds of fun activities including the Winterlude Ice Hogs, a bouncy house, snow soccer, face painting, search and rescue mascots and a bunch more.

Hope to see you there!!

Lawrence Conway
Race Director - Winterman Marathon
SAR Global 1 Ottawa Gatineau Search and Rescue

 John Salt   (General Comments)
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Pete Quinn, Rick Hellard and others, you get it. The reality from a race director’s perspective is that there are very few people who can police themselves properly when it comes to events of any sort. When planning an event there must be one thought before all others and that is how do I ensure that everyone is safe while they participate in our event. As a few others have said over the past few days there are a lot of well intentioned people but the reality is once and event starts not everyone will be able to self monitor so that safety is maintained for all.

In fact I was guilty of poor self-policing in Calabogie Peaks the first year we put on MultiMan. Our series photographer has a series of pictures that clearly shows me crossing the centre yellow line going into the turn on the bike course. I was told that by the race official I had done this and was adamant that the official was wrong. When I saw the pictures I knew that Linda Kirk would never let me live it down (she was the official in question) and she hasn't. We all have our own perspective but whether it is not allowing headphones or drafting these rules are for the benefit and safety of EVERYONE.

The point is that race directors must do everything to everything possible to make sure you are all safe. That includes you as an individual and your actions as it relates to the safety of others. We have had situations over the years where cars have decided that they were going to ignore the police stationed on our race course to protect our athletes. It is entirely possible that someone riding or running with headphones would be unaware of a car coming at them from the side and the only way they could be warned is verbally. If the headphone volume is high there is a likelihood that you will not win against the car. I can tell you from personal experience you do not want to be the person getting the radio call telling you that an athlete is down or on the way to the hospital.

Please take a minute and think about this issue from the perspective of the people who put on races and try to keep you safe. Of course this does not even touch on the discussion you could have on liability, once that fictitious athlete is hit by that car.

John Salt
MultiSport Canada and The HSBC Triathlon Series

 Carl Sohn   (General Comments)
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Another great site to follow the tour of Cal can be found at the following link, it is interactive and has some cool links. The announcers are brutal the coverage isn't bad

Carl Sohn

 Rudy Says: Thanks Carl

 Mike Caldwell   (General Comments)
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This year the Mad Trapper introduced a new award, the MEC Conservation Award. This award was presented to the participant of each race who demonstrated the greatest commitment to the environment. Past winners have brought their own plates, cups, water bottles, utensils, etc., have carpooled to the race, have biked to the carpool meeting place and have posted on TriRudy offering rides to the race.

And as most of you know, the Ark (the home of the Mad Trapper) is off-the grid and at our races we recycle old race bibs for the Solefit 5k events and re-use Raid the North race jerseys for our Atlas 10k racers. We no longer use disposable utensils at our buffet, and we make every effort to minimize any excess packaging.

So this award is very in line with our values here. But unfortunately I just learned today that we have lost our MEC sponsorship. So we have no Conservation prize to award to this weekend's most environmentally minded.

If you own or work for a business that would be interested in supporting the Mad Trapper and sponsoring this award we'd love to hear from you.

The Mad Trapper is growing every year and with that growth comes increased exposure for our sponsors. This year we have had articles written about the Mad Trapper (and our sponsors) in Canadian Geographic, the Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa Outdoors, Snowshoe Magazine, SkiTrax, Healthwise Ottawa and of course tons of postings on TriRudy and

So not only would you have the gratitude of myself and all the "Mad Trappers" but sponsorship should prove to provide great exposure for any business committed to protecting our environment.

Just send me an email if you would like to get involved with the Mad Trapper. (my email is below, you just need to replace the "(at)" with an actual "@" symbol - I did that to guard myself against spammers).

Mike  Caldwell
819 422-1222

Sponsored by Atlas Snowshoes, "Wetsuits are for Wimps" and definitely supported by: Bushtukah Great Outdoor Gear, all my AR and Tri friends, and my wife Monique

 XC Ottawa   (General Comments)
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How was your Gatineau Loppet?
You end up telling and retelling your race tale to all your competitors and friends so why not share it with the rest of the ski community on Send an email to with your story and even photos and we'll post it for all enjoy.

Here are some loppet reports:
Jason er Anson in search of the golden fleece By: Anson Lake

Lucky #4? By: Steven Paradine

Finally, a first!
By: Sheila Kealey

My Gloppet
By: Gino Ainsley

E Load/E Mend Marathon Race Report:The Gloppet? Yeah, that's what we call it.
By: Karl Saidla

2009 Gatineau Loppet Round-up
By: Team XC Ottawa

Jay Heins Saves My 20th!
By: Dev Paul

XC Ottawa
* - XC Ottawa Cross-County Ski Racing Team *

 Rudy Says: Love those stories

 Glen Rendall   (General Comments)
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Up until now, Mike Nash has worn the crown as the rider to beat in this year’s series. Mike continued his winning ways to take the win (37:34.7), but the bar has come up with the strengthened contenders. Riders in Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal are now getting within breathing distance with several riders just off pace. To prove the point and to fuel East coast/ West coast rivalries, Vancouver’s Tony Zachary (38:46.2) edged out East coast riders Jim Tsilemos (Ottawa) and Rene Blanchard (Montreal) to finish closest to the king.(Tsilemos 38:47.0, Blanchard 38:48.1)

IN the women’s field, Tenille Hoogland (42:08.9) rode her way into the lead and never looked back. Closest challengers were Lyndsay Anderson (44:52.5) and Alison Setton (45:00.4).

To see more detailed results and rider’s stats, visit

Stage 12 will be the first of the long course stages in this year’s series. Not only will it challenge riders in the hills with the KOM classification, sprinters will have their day if they keep something for the end for the Maxxis Sprint competition. All eyes will be on the contenders to see how if they can finally be the spoiler once again. Check start times as heat times might be adjusted for the longer course.

To book your start time, call
• Vancouver, Peak Centre for Human Performance, (604) 299-7959
• Montreal, Peak Centre Mansfield, (514) 390-1230
•Ottawa, Peak Centre, (613) 737-PEAK, or book online from the results page on or at .
See you at the races!

Glen Rendall

 Joan Hollywood   (Jokes)
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Some of these have been around before but we can always use a laugh

Dispatcher : 9-1-1 What is your emergency?
Caller: I heard what sounded like gunshots coming from the brown house
on the corner.
Dispatcher: Do you have an address?
Caller: No, I have on a blouse and slacks, why?

Dispatcher: 9-1-1 What is your emergency?
Caller : Someone broke into my house and took a bite out of my ham and
cheese sandwich .
Dispatcher : Excuse me?
Caller : I made a ham and cheese sandwich and left it on the kitchen
table and when I came back from the bathroom, someone had taken a bite out
of it.
Dispatcher : Was anything else taken?
Caller : No, but this has happened to me before and I'm sick and tired
of it!

Dispatcher: 9-1-1 What is the nature of your emergency?
Caller: I' m trying to reach nine eleven but my phone doesn't have an
eleven on it.
Dispatcher: This is nine eleven.
Caller: I thought you just said it was nine-one-one
Dispatcher: Yes, ma'am nine-one-one and nine-eleven are the same thing.
Caller: Honey, I may be old, but I'm not stupid.

My Personal Favorite!!!
Dispatcher: 9-1-1 What's the nature of your emergency?
Caller: My wife is pregnant and her contractions are only two minutes
Dispatcher: Is this her first child?
Caller: No, you idiot! This is her husband!

And the winner is..........

Dispatcher: 9-1-1
Caller: Yeah, I'm having trouble breathing. I'm all out of breath.
Darn....I think I'm going to pass out.
Dispatcher: Sir, where are you calling from?
Caller: I'm at a pay phone. North and Foster.
Dispatcher: ! Sir, an ambulance is on the way. Are you an asthmatic?
Caller: N o
Dispatcher: What were you doing before you started having trouble
Caller: Running from the Police.

Joan Hollywood

 Erik Anfossi   (For Sale/Rent)
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2006 Isaac Efficiency. 58cm. Full carbon, includes frame, fork, headset, b.b., and seat post. Very aero and fast. Great for triathlon, TT or road.
Beautuiful condition. Retail new $2900.00 approx. Asking $1250.00 Make an offer. (Need slightly smaller frame, open to trade).
Erik Anfossi

 Glenn Robinson   (For Sale/Rent)
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Chariot Cheetah (single). Top of the line. Suspension, cover, storage, fast fast wheels for running/training with yer little one. one year old. New at 900.
Glenn Robinson

 Martin Charron   (For Sale/Rent)
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GIANT XTC TEAM frame - Size 17 (M)
SRAM X.9, Shimano XT and XTC components
Monitou R7 Platinum fork (retails over $800)
Crossmax wheelset (with or without tubes)
Carbon seatpost, stem, crank, handlebars,...
2 sets of tires
22 lbs

Lightly used, selling because I need to upgrade my road bike. Photos on demand.

Martin Charron

 Tim McNaughton   (For Sale/Rent)
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HED Jet 60/90 Clinchers used 1 season mainly for races in perfect condition comes with HED skewers $1200.00
Tim McNaughton
Tim McNaughton
tim (at) packedapps (dot) ca
Team Packed Apps, sponsored by Packed Apps,, RE:FORM Body Clinic, Popeye's and Solefit Orthotics.

 Jen Simpson   (Race Reports)
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Warning...this is long...and overdue.

Some of you may remember back in the fall I posted to tell you I'd be participating in the Rock & Ice Ultra. Shortly after that I had a very simple knee surgery which didn't go as planned. With a scope to repair a torn meniscus comes a 3% chance of post-op bleeding. Unfortunately (or fortunately...depends how you look at it) I was one of the few. A small blood vessel bled into my knee joint until my knee was under excruciating pressure and was big enough that I almost threw up at the first sight of it. While you can sometimes drain such a knee, the blood had already started to coagulate and so there was nothing that could be done but for my body to deal with the blood on it's own.

For the first few weeks I was in more pain than I ever thought I'd be capable of handling. I didn't sleep, I didn't eat and didn't move much. Getting up to go to the bathroom was sometimes a lot to ask. Of course the muscles in the entirety of my right leg shrank quickly, leaving me with no real function.

The mental battle was something that I don't quite know how to describe. Getting moving again was brain medicine even if my first night of dry land (no joke, I showed up on crutches) at Mooney's I "walked" probably about 400m, it took me about 40 min and I spent most of the next day sleeping. My next trip to Mooney's I was walking with poles but you want to talk about being at the back of the pack? I took one step and I was already behind. But Dave and Lise led the group around the park such that I could catch up to them.

Dave and Lise ( were also good brain medicine. I have a lot of people to thank but these 2 have been a life line. Do you know how easy it is to get discouraged when the reality is you go to Walmart and you're literally the SLOWEST person there...forget not keeping up to your friends? I couldn't do hardly anything. But Dave and Lise had a way of helping me re-focus and keep going. "Focus on what you can do Jen. Let your goal be the process itself." I affectionately became known as "The Cripple"...and it became a very happy thing for me. That meant I was out there.

My progress was slow but steady over the months (and continues to be). With a bunch of blood seeping out of my knee came A LOT of scar tissue. One side of my knee was adhered from the skin all the way down and the skin didn't move. With the continued help of Mr. Rock Star Dr. Duane Smith I'm getting there. He's another one that I'll never ever be able to thank enough...never...Westboro Chiropractic Clinic...613-564-8080.

And here we are. 5ish months later and I just skied the Skate 28k Gatineau Loppet in under 2 hours (I love fast snow). Not bad for a cripple who can't YET run to save her life or do all sorts of other normal-ish things (like stomp the snow off my boots before I go in the house), who couldn't walk 5 months ago or who 3 months ago couldn't ski 1k without stopping. Not a day goes by that I don't feel pain but the things I've learned through this will be with me forever.

I battled the "I can't" demon...and I won. I've learned to appreciate the simple things. I've learned to respect the people around me (fast AND slow). Everybody has a story and you don't know what they've overcome to get out there. I've learned that pain is relative. I've learned that you don't need a goal or motivation to keep going...what you need is inspiration. So many things have inspired me...Ugo, Carolyn, Lynne, Jen E, Paul, Margot, Vickie, Karen, Shirley, a dog who broke his neck and didn't stop wagging his tail when he was in pain, Dave, Lise, Stewart and the rest of my ski group, Ray, our troops coming home injured, my whole family, the very old WWII vet I met in the hospital (our wheelchairs were parked next to each other for a few minutes)...and I could go on. I've learned that the sports I competed in were important to me for the wrong reasons. Have the ability all taken away and it changes everything.

Some days are harder than others but you basically get a miserable that life isn't how you planned it to be....or learn what you can, make the best of it, and DON'T give up. Face the worst, don't's not so bad. I thought I'd be going to the NWT to ski after a diamond. Instead I've found so much more.

So maybe one year I'll bring you R&I training reports...until then,

Jenny (the skier formally known as The Cripple)
Jen Simpson
"Ja für sicher"

 Rudy Says: "Down time is always the greatest time to reflect",R... Jen I love your report... '09 is going to be awesome ... after all how could you miss with the greatest ski season in a l-o-n-g time. thanks

 Carolyn Brown   (Wanted to Buy Items)
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I have seen a couple offers to transfer entries to Around the Bay. If anybody is wanting to transfer their entry I am interested in buying it,


Carolyn Brown