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Blog Entry: August 2013
2nd Team Asthma Running Clinic

Blog Entry: July 2013
2013 - Team Asthma Rocks!!

Blog Entry: June 2012
Get Ready to Rumble!!

Blog Entry: July 2011
My Interview on CBC Metro Morning

Blog Entry: May 2011
2011 - Another (New) Beginning

Blog Entry: October 2010
Lion or Gazelle: Who Are You?

Blog Entry: August 2010
Those rare "perfect" runs - so fleeting, yet so memorable...

Blog Entry: July 2010
"Do, or do not. There is no try"
My sister, an aspiring runner, asked me recently how I continue to motivate myself; how do I get out there, every day, rain, snow, sun - whatever - and train?.

Blog Entry: June 2010
Much like the classic novel by Chinua Acebe, Things Fall Apart, I had a couple of races this spring where things did not go as I had planned.
Blog Entry: April 2010
One of my favourite things to do is head into the mountains to run for hours...
Blog Entries: 2009
     
2013 Blog Entry: August 2013

2nd TEAM ASTHMA RUNNING CLINIC

"Hey Team Asthma - less than a month until we start the 2nd Team Asthma Running Clinic - and we are stoked! The summer is drawing to a close - but, I hope that you have begun your training in earnest and are ready to roll SEPTEMBER 16!! Here is a brief piece to get you excited to race!


Heading out onto the bike.
(photo credit: Mike Cheliak)

It’s not who’s put up the fastest time in the world that year, or who’s put up the fastest time in the previous four years, but who can get their hand on the wall first today.” - Nathan Adrian, 100m Freestyle Gold Medalist at the 2012 Olympics

The favorites always get the lion’s share of attention – and television coverage - at events like the Olympics. And they typically say the most predictable things when asked about their performances. For me, the most interesting – and probably the most genuine – comments come from the athletes who weren’t expected to win. 

I was recently watching some events from the 2012 Olympics, including the track - MO FARAH!! - the Men's Tri [damn you Simon Whitfeild!] and a lot of the swimming.

I also watched a great interview with Nathan Adrian, a great American swimmer. He’s won three world championships since the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. And in Beijing he was part of the 4x100m relay team that won the gold medal (although he didn’t swim in the final race). But coming into the 100m freestyle final in London last year, he was up against a stacked field and the favorite for gold was Australia’s James Magnussen in the lane next to him. In the rows nearby were Cesar Cielo – the current world record holder from Brazil, and Yannick Agnell – the swimmer who chased down Ryan Lochte in the final leg of the 4x100m relay to win gold for France. By his own admission he was hoping to make it on the podium. Any step of the podium.

47.52 seconds later, Adrian punched the wall to stop the clock. Just 1/100th of a second later, Magnussen touched to win the silver medal. The quote up top came from his poolside interview immediately after the race, and it’s a sentiment all competitors should take to heart.


John taking the Nat'l Title at the Toronto Triathlon.

“Previous results are not a guarantee of future performance.” 
That quote actually came from the fine print on a TV ad (for a local personal injury lawyer - ugh) that was on tv the other night. Take that quote out of the context of litigation and apply it to competition, and it is a sentiment all competitors - new and seasoned - should take to heart.

Every time you step to a start line of a race - any race - the scenario boils down to what Nathan Adrian described. It’s all about who can get to the finish line first on this day, right now. The competitors around you may have more experience, more wins notched on their belt, or better equipment, but they have to rise to the same challenge you do. On this day, right now, they have to get to the finish line first. What they’ve done in the past doesn’t guarantee they can do it today. And what you haven’t yet accomplished doesn’t limit what you can achieve today.

When we stand on a start line the only thing that matters is what we are capable of doing at that moment. And the truth is, you don’t know "exactly" what the competitors near you are capable of. You don’t know if they’re having the best day of their lives or are feeling sluggish. Don’t give them the benefit of the doubt just because they’ve beaten you in the past.

There are whole lot more underdogs than there are favorites, and it’s fair to say that almost every time you go to the start line there will be at least one person there who is faster, more powerful, or more accomplished than you are. But no one is unbeatable, and favorites cannot be granted an easier path to victory based on their previous results. Push them to their limits and make them prove they deserved their status as a pre-race favorite. If they still manage to win you will at least know they earned it. And if you step up to the line as that "favorite" - don't rest on what you have done, but exceed what you can do.

Because all that matters is who can put his hand on the wall first. That can be you. And only you can make it happen.

see ya on the road
Mellow Johnny

2013 Blog Entry: July 2013

2013 - TEAM ASTHMA ROCKS!!



Hey Team Asthma!

Welcome back to the TEAM ASTHMA blog page!! It is 2013 and we have a brand new season to have fun and get fit - all while staying healthy!

I have been busy training and trying to stay fast this year (not too successfully, unfortunately!) AND I am happy to report I am back with Team Asthma again this year!!

I have several races under my belt so far this year - including the Boston Marathon (ya, "that" Boston), and several "MultiSport Milk Series" triathlons (race reports to follow soon!!). I also raced at the Canadian Triathlon Championships and had a great race!

And, just as cool - we at the ASC and Team Asthma have some awesome news and developments to report:

First, we are again continuing with TEAM ASTHMA, with the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon -5km/Half and Marathon - in October, 2013 as our fund-raising/race goal!!

To that end, you will soon receive the ASC/NAPA email setting out the plans we have - raising both funds, awareness and the fun quotient is a perfect way to get you off the couch! And to help you do just that, I am pleased to be able to help by (once again) leading TEAM ASTHMA in a newly revised 5 week training Training Program.

Whether you are a complete beginner, a novice or intermediate runner or walker, or even an advanced endurance athlete, train with us this year to take part in the Scotiabank race of your choosing - you pick your event [5km/Half Marathon (or go BIG!!) the full Marathon]!! And what will be in it for you?

*Prove that people with asthma can train, compete and be physically active
*Inspire others who are working to control their asthma
*Reunite with friends, and make new friends through your asthma connection
*Raise money and support the work of the Asthma Society of Canada

Seriously, what is not to love - you get fit, raise money, and get to run wild and fast; win/win for everyone! As Julius Caesar proclaimed: "Let the games begin!!"

The TEAM ASTHMA Training Program last year was an OVERWHELMING SUCCESS - meeting and training as a team every week, under the coaching eye of yours truly (me!), every team member not only enjoyed themselves wayyy too much, they all raced to PB's!! And the best part - they are now hooked not only only on running, but on a healthy lifestyle: a win-win for all!

So that is all for now - stay tuned for more dets on the TEAM ASTHMA training program and remember: just get out the door and run. Why? Because we are runners!!

see ya on the roads
Coach Johnny

2012 Blog Entry: June 2012

2012 - Get Ready to Rumble!!



Hey Team Asthma!

Welcome back to my Blog and all that goes with it! I have been busy training and trying to stay healthy this year (not too successfully, unfortunately!)- and while my old, aging, run-down [pun intended!] body continues to struggle to keep fit and fast, I am happy to report I am back with Team Asthma again this year!!
I have several races under my belt so far this year - including my first triathlon in 2 years, the "MultiSport Milk Series" Binbrook Sprint (race report to follow soon!!).

And, just as cool - we at the ASC and Team Asthma have some awesome news and developments to report:

First, we are again continuing with TEAM ASTHMA, with the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon -5km/Half and Marathon - in October, 2012 as our fund-raising/race goal!!

To that end, you will soon receive the ASC/NAPA email setting out the plans we have - raising both funds, awareness and the fun quotient is a perfect way to get you off the couch! And to help you do just that, I am pleased to be able to help by leading TEAM ASTHMA in a newly revised 5 week training Training Program.

Whether you are a complete beginner, a novice or intermediate runner or walker, or even an advanced endurance athlete, train with us this year to take part in the Scotiabank race - you pick your event [5km/Half Marathon (or go BIG!!) the full Marathon]!! And what will be in it for you?

Prove that people with asthma can train, compete and be physically active
Inspire others who are working to control their asthma
Reunite with friends, and make new friends through your asthma connection
Raise money and support the work of the Asthma Society of Canada 

Seriously, what is not to love - you get fit, raise money, and get to run wild and fast; win/win for everyone! As Julius Caesar proclaimed: "Let the games begin!!"

And the Training Program last year was an OVERWHELMING SUCCESS - all participants not only enjoyed themselves wayyy too much, they all raced to PB's!!
Well done and bravo!

So that is all for now - stay tuned for more dets on the TEAM ASTHMA training program and remember: just get out the door and run. Why -

"...I just felt like running".




Run Fast,
John


     
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