Monday, December 29, 2008

inner husky

Thanks for the great winter run / hike Lucy!

Let the inner husky thrive when you run in the snow.

rest well.

Sunday, December 28, 2008


Part of the gift of giving is allowing yourself to receive.

We are all down here as gifts, gifts to and for one and other.

Our life is our own gift, our own light. It is our light to spread, to share, to give.

Our life gift is of perfect, blissful, happiness, our divine light and right.

One of the big lessons we learn is allowing our Self to receive the gifts, both of and from each other.

We learn to accept and receive the gifts from the deepest roots; the gifts from nourishing soil, minerals, conscious water, and connection. We receive gifts from the highest branches; the gift of light from the bright shining sun, clouds, rain, and air.

When we learn to allow and receive these gifts into our life, we magnify the effect.

Just as a prism allows light in, magnifying, refracting, and reflecting; we allow, accept, receive, then reflect a greater, more colorful light, a gift to and of each other.

Thank You.

Winter run with Lucy tomorrow. I'm excited, but will still sleep.

Rest well.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Miracle!

Yes indeed, a miracle.

Both Roman and Lucy showed up today!

First it was Lucy, who's smiling face appeared at the door, shortly after having polished off both double serving bowls of food on the porch.

"Lucy! You're back! Come into the house and make yourself warm! Here, what can I make for you? How about a big hug first. Yes please, definitely a face full of kisses. It's great to see you too. This is now officially the best Christmas of all time."

"How about a few eggs?"

1, 2, 3 cracked and in the bowl.

"Slurp, slurp, all gone."

"A little warm water too?"

"Yes please. mmmmm Thanks you!"

"Ok, we'll wait for you to warm up rest up, & we'll go find Roman."

I'll just go outside and check the run out back.

"Roman? Are you there?"

Crawl into the little house.

"Roman! You made it."

A very shivery, very thankful, very happy to be home Roman was curled up in his hay.

"Definitely room for two in there. Big hug to warm up and thanks for being here. Let's just hang out here for a little while to warm up rest up eat up."

After being out alone for 4 days in a very snowy sub zero Gowland Todd Provincial Park, Roman and Lucy both made it home on Christmas morning!

Definitely a Christmas Miracle!

It's great to have you guys back.

Rest well.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008




one breath and we are why
one breath and we are how

one breath and we go further
one breath and we last longer

one breath and we feel deeper
one breath and we grow higher

one breath and we burn brighter
one breath and we light one another


Now I think I understand a little further what needs to occur for complete rest and recovery to take place within all aspects of our bodies. It's definitely a journal type of thing, so we'll leave it at that.

Being snowed in the last few days has been an absolute gift. The fire, the snow, the silence . . .

I found the guitar. We have been learning each other this evening & last.

Guitar strings are bigger than violin strings.

Rest well.

Monday, December 22, 2008


If you have the chance, please send out some good warm vibes to a pair of pups, one Husky cross & a Rottweiler, who are alone in the snowy forest tonight.

Hope you guys are warm, healthy, happy and make it back soon.

Rest well.

Friday, December 19, 2008

sweet dreams

Sun shines high, Sun shines deep.
She wakes us from, our restful sleep.

A training day, or time for play?
Nature shouts, "The adventure way!"

Trees dance high, Trees dance deep.
Across the clouds, their branches sweep.

Swimming day, or sailing play?
Nature shouts, "The adventure way!"

Waves rise high, waves rise deep.
Upon the sea, they learn to leap.

Sailing day, the adventure way.
Nature shouts, "Go out and play!"

Sweet Laser day, thanks PK.
Adventure always, the best way to play.


Today I realized this is the dream.
This is the perfect place.
The dream grows higher, the dream grows deeper.
This is the perfect time.

This is the adventure;

And the future is today's dream.

Thanks for a great one.

Rest well.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

flush the slush

It was a cold blustery 5am, wind whistling up the roof and through a crack in my bedroom window. I was still half asleep, eyes shut to the outer world, and ears picking up only a few sounds which quickly turn to dreams. I heard a sound coming from the garage.

Was Kitten out there all night?

I jumped out the bedroom door and ran downstairs to check. I tripped as I felt something pounce playfully on my toes.

Ok good. Kitten is inside.

Back to bed for an hour or so, and wake up ready for the day.

The sun comes up, and wet snow continues to fall. It is going to be a slippy, sloppy, slushy day. Absolute sweetness.

There's the sound again. Could Ollie be in the garage?

Wait, Ollie was on the bed all night.

I'll just double check.

I opened the garage door and there was Jalapeno, staring straight at me. Her greenish red eyes caught mine & we were locked together in a world of potential.

Today would be the perfect first day back to cycling. With Jalapeno as my trusted steed, it would be a return in true cyclocross fashion.

One layer, two layers, three layers, plastic bags around the toes, + a few more layers, and we're ready to go.

Sweet ride through the slush. Thanks for a great one.

45 minute scull swim to flush the slush and that's a sweet way to start.

Rest well.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

cooking meditation

Life is your meditation,

and it is a team effort.

Today's meditation was a cooking meditation.

Thanks to the group for coming over on Saturday evening for a NTC Family Dinner. The door is open this evening for some fresh homemade style chicken soup.

Rest well.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

great day on it's way

We are given a racing season. It is our season to apply the previous weeks and months, and manifest what we are into the outer world.

We are given a resting season. We are given a training season. These are our seasons to learn and practice. During this time we prepare for and practice the racing season, planning what will become.

We quietly listen to the perfect musical silence. In this we find our answers.

Our answers guide us through the resting and training season. They lead us to our racing season, our chance to soar with what we have created.

During the racing season, it is deeply important for us to know our own why. This is what carries us.

Upon reflection of our racing season we further understand the why. We also recognize evolation of the why. Our why grows, just as we grow.

A key part of the rest season is planning for the physical plane. How will we make our physical goals a reality?

Next we ask ourselves how to bring our why into fruition. . .

. . . ahhh . . . that's how.

Enjoy the great day on it's way.

Rest well.

Friday, December 12, 2008


R & R time is a good time to fix the flute and figure the fireplace.

The 60 year old Meadow place chimney was a fairly easy fix. I'm still working on the 2008 version here on Edward street.

Keep stoking the fire with seasons Spirit to share.

Thanks for a great day.

Rest well.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Bed time.

The peace has arrived.

The peace of rest.

One of the most important things about rest seems to be being at peace with rest.

But what about the work? I could be putting in the work right now, throwing down foundation stones here and there. I have a pretty good vision of what the house will look like. So let's go at it. Let's build this thing right now.

Why wait until tomorrow? Today is just as good a day to throw down some foundation. Bring the concrete truck over. Start that thing spinning. We have more than enough strong healthy muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones to last.

Wait. This rest is actually a form of work. If you are going to follow all the blueprints, listen to the mechanical, structural, and chemical engineers, architects, planners, electricians, plumbers, skipper, captain, and crew, you need to start at the very beginning.

The very beginning is now. The preparation for August 30th 2009 has already begun. You're in it right now. This rest is part of the prep. If you want the house to look as it does on paper, start here.

In a way, rest is a little like the antagonist muscle. In order to hammer curl the dumbell one must first one must relax the triceps, then activate the biceps.

Rest now is relaxing the triceps.

Bed time.

Rest well.


Thanks to all the older brothers.
Thanks to all the younger brothers.

Rest well.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

green and red and white

You know when you just know? Yeah, you know. It's when you just know.

Sometimes this is how you know. Other times you taste, listen, see, think, consider, then you figure you must know.

Mincemeat tarts for breakfast. Christmas cookies for a snack. Butter tarts for lunch. Christmas oranges for dinner.

The cold smell of clothes when you return back to the warm house. Cold wool has a particularly special smell.

This is how I know it's Christmas time.

Thanks for a restful recovery Saturday morning.
Thanks Mow for a great chat this afternoon.

Rest well.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

concentration practice

Is it the red? Or, is it the line? Or is it the red, and the line?

Who knows, but there's definitely something that I like about them both.

Perhaps this is why I've been riding it for the last 48 hours. How far can you ride the line before she runs out of gas?

Between 8:30 & 9:00 at work this evening I had one thing on my mind. Food. Food was foremost, and when the time came I was out the fitness office door and on my way to food.

Now the dilemma. Do I stop to gas up Jazz's scooter on the way home, therefore prolonging the hunger, or do I risk scooting all the way home, potentially running out of gas, and therefore prolonging the hunger even further.

Clearly a no brainer. . . we ride the red line. As far as I can tell, this is the best & most comfortable place to be.

Fortunately I made it up to the top of the hill where Oak Bay Ave meets Fort Street, that crazy triangular junction. It's mostly down hill from there anyways.

Even with a back pack of wet sailing clothes from today's other adventure, pushing the scooter was much easier than pushing that '84 Dodge Omni from Beacon Hill up and over Foul Bay to the High School shop class.

Sometimes these things happen when you ride the red line, but it's definitely worth it.


Enjoying Day.

It began with the December sun coming through the massage studio windows, in the way only a December sun does. ahhh . . . back again to the big black 5th floor chair next to the big window studying for Fall semester exams.

Out onto the water with 2 x lasers & some concentration practice. Awesome sailing PK. Thanks for a great one. Sailing is perfect concentration practice, but we'll talk about that later.

Quick scoot to OBRec & it's business time. Mid way sauna for a break & the shifts fly by.

We have so many great days training, recovering, and racing.

Today was a great day enjoying, enjoying just being.

Rest well.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008


What is recovery?

Recovery from what?

What changed?

How do I recover?

What works for me? What has worked well in the past? What works well now? Is there a better way to recover?

What about a deeper recovery? What kind of recovery needs to happen at the end of a season? What about after an Ironman? Is it any different?

Physical Recovery . . . Vital Recovery . . . Mental Recovey . . . as always continuing Aspiration.

What is the best way to take care of these faucets of recovery. Something new to train for. Something new to recover from?

Thanks for the continuous inspiration.

Rest well.