Le défi de la mise en forme pour la nouvelle année
Au nom de l’excellence, un appui à nos athlètes de canoë-kayak
Venez encourager nos participants:
- Doug Lahache (Onake)
- Gail Taylor (Onake)
- Kelly Stott (Burloak)
- Kim Crumpton (Toba)
- Janice Dean (Maskwa)
- Paul Dean (Maskwa)
- Heather Corrigan (Banook)
- Wendy Burnham (Ottawa, ON)
- Nancy McKenzie (Waverley, NS)
- Maureen Fehr (Cascades)
- Peter Giles (Président, CKC)
- Lorraine Lafrenière (Directrice Générale, CKC)
- Madeleine Hall (Vice-présidente de dèveloppement national, CKC)
- Julia Rivard (Vice-présidente, Marketing, CKC)
4 juin, 2012
The Bison of Manitoba
Tonight I am barely able to keep my eyes open but the thought of not having posted in some time is keeping them from closing all the way. It won’t be a long one.
On Friday June 1st, I started a journey with several other chosen Canadian leaders as a proud member of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership conference. It was great to see Maxime Boilard, a 2008 Alum of the GGLC and 2000 Olympian using his CANU program to warm up the group at the start of the conference. Max used analogies from sport like teamwork, persistence, direction, focus and hard work to prepare us for the challenge ahead and it was great. (If I weren’t too tired, I would insert an image of Max here…please feel free to Google him and his CANU program).
The past three days have been jammed packed with candid talks from some of the world’s most exceptional leaders asked to contribute their comments on leadership and sustainability. We talked about the demographic shift with David Foot, about Global and community civic engagement with Ingrid Srinath, Systemic dependency with Calvin Helin, Public leadership with Naheed Nenshi, how to rebuild, sustain, grow and lead a failing enterprise with Sergio Marchionne and the perspective of labour with Leo Girard – just to name a few.
We were welcomed into the home of John Risley with the wonderful East Coast hospitality that makes us proud to be Nova Scotian, danced and danced and danced with Annette Verschuren tunes played by Matt Minglewood and finally said goodbye to the greater group this afternoon to head off to Manitoba where we will spend the next 9 days traveling the province to understand more about sustainability and leadership.
There has been very little down time with 700am starts and post midnight ends and this has proven to be the biggest challenge I have faced yet in the 224workout challenge. I am not sure how I am going to do it, but I have shared my commitment to working out every day with my group and a few of them have been interested in joining. I will keep the blog posted with my effort.
So, to conclude, I will share a bit about our group the self names “Bisons”. From the first moments our group met, we seemed to hit it off well. Personalities that meshed (although very different) and perspectives to share with respect. I have no doubt that there will be many challenges over the next couple of weeks but with this group, the likely hood that we will work through them with positivity and focus on solutions is good. Tonight we sleep at a downtown hostel, tomorrow we meet with leaders including Dr. Lloyd Axworthy and Mark Chipman. Later in the week we will meet with norther Aboriginal communities, work on Mennonite farms, and meet with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. At the end of the week we will be bringing back out thoughts (as will all the other study groups in different part of the country) to present to the Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada to help frame a picture of leadership and sustainability in our country from coast to coast to coast.
Similar to the Olympic Games, this event is a chance of a lifetime, and I expect to squeeze every drop out of it!
If you are on facebook, I will be posting pictures of our adventures and there is a blog our team is putting together at: http://leadershipcanada.ca/blogs/category/mb/
23 mai, 2012
Well to say it was a success would be understating the participation at last weekend’s Doctor’s Nova Scotia Kids 4.2km run, an annual warm up to the Halifax Blue Nose Marathon. The youth run had the largest-ever number of runners, with 3,483 kids taking part – three of which were my great kids Oscar, Max and Phoenix. The initiative taken by Doctor’s Nova Scotia to partner on this event and others like the Kids Run Club, are fantastic proactive initiatives that help us have a healthy community – their vision as an organization is commendable.
Oscar has long passed my speed and Max was kind enough to slow down for me until he saw the finish line and darted away in a full out sprint. Phoenix ran with Steve in their first ever road race. The day was beautiful, sunny and full of fun, but best of all was how it set us up to feel great for the long weekend ahead.
In addition to gardening my way through the rest of Saturday, Sunday and Monday, I was taking time to follow the fantastic results of the CanoeKayak athletes who were competing at the first World Cup of the season in Poznan, Poland. This event was used by many countries to help finalize the selection of their Olympic team which means that the best of the best were on hand to compete. The final medal tally showed Canada and Germany on top with 9 medals; Belarus came in second with 6 medals followed by the 2012 Olympic host nation, Great Britain with 6 medals.
Canada’s Mark Oldershaw won gold in the C1 1000m event ahead of Sebastian Brendel (GER). Ben Russell (CAN) followed in third place. This result by Mark earned him a spot n this summer’s Canadian Olympic Canoe Team.
This feels incredible,” said Oldershaw, an Olympic team member in 2008. “The last few months have been such a build-up and to get it done on the day feels so good. The headwind was strong and I tried to not let it get to me. I knew I was as good as all these guys and once I reached the 500 I made sure they weren’t going to get to me.
In another great Canadian performance, Adam Van Koeverden (CAN) finished with a bronze medal with Rene Holten Poulsen (DEN) and Eirik Veraas Larsen (NOR) who came in first and second respectively.
‘’It was good overall but sometimes early in the season I forget the pace a little bit,’’ said Van Koeverden, a three-time Olympic medallist. ‘’I knew Rene was going to be fast in the end so I just tried to stay relaxed and save some energy. I know my last 300 metres will be much, much better come August.’’
For the fist time since the start of my 224workouts challenge, I was able to follow the great results of all of our Canadian Canoe and Kayak athletes and see the results of their daily efforts. In a very small way, it helped me reflect on the effort I have put in since the start of the year and the benefit it has given me.
So today, in closing, is a special day because there are 100 days left of my 224 workouts challenge. I have started tweeting my workouts on a daily basis and plan to do so until the end of the challenge.
For those of you who have not yet joined (Rick Fair), now is the time! Let’s support our great athletes who are giving everything they have to represent us this summer in London…and all it costs is one hour a day of our time (never mind all the benefit we get back!).
To read more on the Doctor’s Nova Scotia run read the Chronicle Herald article: http://thechronicleherald.ca/sports/98107-got-my-nose-blue-youth-runner-exults
For a complete list of the Poznan World Cup results can be found on the event website – http://www.kayakpl.com/2012/WC/index.htm
25 avril, 2012
Kim Crumpton ... Is missing the focus of training camp!
There are so many distractions when you are at home. A never-ending list of spring jobs to be done around the house and a return back to work now compete for my time with the training.
My first week back from Florida was spent in active rest mode but with the clock ticking and only 6 weeks remaining till World Outrigger Team Trials, the pressure is on to kick into high gear again and be on the water every day.
The past week has been challenging. Snow, big wind and cold temperatures here in North Bay have made for some cold, less than enjoyable paddles.
The winter that wasn't, suddenly is making it's appearance in Spring ...what gives?
Go away cold and snow, it's time for paddling!
I'm back to including P90X and chin- ups into the daily routine. Getting started again was harder than expected and somewhat disappointing. My reps are down for both, my muscles so stiff and sore after those initial first workouts that it left me wishing I hadn't taken that break from the P90X routine for the whole of spring camp.
But wishing doesn't get it done, so there's nothing to do but jump right back in with both feet.
Hello Day 1, Week 1, P90X .... Let's try again for 90 workouts in 90 days.
I know what it takes to succeed and I"m confident it won't take long to start feeling good again.
I'm over the moon with the purchase of a brand new C-1. I picked up the boat this past weekend. The combination of an out of town work trip and a snow storm have delayed my much anticipated first paddle but hopefully tomorrow the weather will cooperate and I'll be back on the water in my new boat. So exciting!!
The daily goal for the next 6 weeks (when not out of town for work) will include land workouts of P90X and stretching plus two on water workouts, alternating outrigger with sprint C-1.
Paddling, running, cycling, weight training, I'd really love to include it all ... but how to find the time, and for that matter the energy for everything?
Hopefully with time, patience and determination a routine that ticks all the boxes will fall easily into place. Now if the sun and wind would just do their part and cooperate a little ...
Wondering how everyone else in the challenge is making out with your various fitness goals. Would love to hear some updates from you and from my side, I'd like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very happy, active Spring!
24 avril, 2012
I did think about writing a blog during my week, but the mohitos beaconed and good intentions quickly fell by the wayside. That being said, I am happy to report the daily workouts on the 224 trail were maintained (workout + blog is a whole other level of commitment than workout alone).
Steve and I were at our friends, Bethany and Peter’s, wedding held on the Mayan Riviera at the Dreams Tulum Resort. To get there you fly into Cancun and drive just over one hour down the east coast on a highway dotted with grand entrances to beachfront resorts every 10 kilometres or so. The last major resort you reach is Dreams, located just minutes away from Tulum, a small historic town that boasts one of the sites of the Mayan Ruins. These are not the most spectacular ruins you can find on the peninsula but they were the ones that acted as the fortress to protect the coast from unwelcome visitors arriving by sea…not unlike Citadel Hill in Halifax. One of the benefits of these ruins is that they sit on top of one of the best beached in the Mayan Riviera.
Steve and I cooled off in the ocean after walking for an hour in the sun through the ruins.
Several people have asked me about the safety of Mexico given the assault of a Canadian woman several months ago (which follows several other publicized reports of violence in the past few years). We left the resort four times on 2 guided tours and 2 unguided tours and let completely safe on all. In our experience the Mayan Rivera was not only a beautiful but safe place to visit.
So, the workouts…
I spent one hour of the first two days at the resort gym running the treadmill or using the weights but the anxiety of missing out on being with friends (or just reading on the beach) drove me to find new ways to keep active. Throughout the trip we played beach volleyball, participated in water aerobics, ran on the trails around the resort (oh, so hot!), hiked underwater caves, snorkelled the world’s second largest reef and did yoga on the beach. Making workouts social was the key to success in Mexico.
One of the most memorable experiences was hiking through the underground cenotes (underground rivers). Unique to the Yucatan peninsula are kilometres of underground rivers that have been formed over thousands of years. One of these river systems was only recently discovered and has been carefully regulated as a nature reserve to guarantee its preservation. We were able to visit this cenote in a very small group and following a series of strict rules that assure we were causing as little damage to the environment possible.
One we were showered to remove all chemicals we were fitted with a wetsuit, helmet and headlamp and off we went into an underground world that was fantastic.
Back at the resort we spent most of our time at the pool playing games or just floating around with a drink in the sun.
What a great trip, with great friends! You didn’t want it to end…..except to get home to the kids – who I missed terribly and who decided with me that we should all run the Bluenose marathon newt month. So I have registered an the kids and myself and I look forward to seeing everyone out this year.
Enjoy your week everyone!
13 avril, 2012
Florida Training Camp
Florida Training Camp again was the focus with lots of great paddling to be had!
Fully recovered from illness, I was able to really enjoy these final two weeks of camp. The training schedule was tough by anyone's standards. Two on water workouts before noon and a third paddle in the afternoon left very little time for anything else. Soccer games and runs were also added into the mix and as the only Master age paddler at camp, it was always a challenge to keep up with a workload designed for high energy kids without pushing myself over the edge.
I thoroughly enjoyed training with the kids, it's good to push hard and lots of fun to be a part of their unbridled enthusiasm for sport, competition and life in general.
My winter preparation paid off, I felt strong in the boat, appreciating my improved core strength and flexibility. Alternating workouts between outrigger and sprint canoe provided a welcome change in position that spared the knee and butt from too much early season abuse.
Running on the beach was brutal. I did achieve a personal best time in the weekly scheduled 1200 m. run time controls, but there is no other way to describe it, other than, I totally suck at running in sand!
I weathered the three weeks well with no injuries.
I was religious about doing the P90X stretch routine. The really hard training days would cripple me up, but that one hour of stretching would have me fixed up and ready to do it all over again the next day. I also continued with the weekly P90X Yoga session.
I'm now a confirmed advocate of daily stretching and can't encourage everyone enough, young and old, to include it in your training regime. It really does make a difference!
I arrived back to Canada on Sunday to a nice surprise. Our ice went out on the lake that very morning. Perfect timing!
I'm tired now, so rest and regeneration are on tap for a couple of days. Our docks go in tomorrow, the boats will come out of storage and the next phase of training will begin on beautiful Trout Lake in North Bay, Ontario. ... Happy days!
6 avril, 2012
Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod. If you are Canadian and were able to access television in the 70s, 80s or 90s, I would put money on these two names being forever a part of your psyche.
I thought about Hal and Joanne a bit more this week after having the absolute pleasure of having a conversation with Kelly Murumets, President & CEO of ParticipACTION. Conducting an informal poll in my office among very savvy marketing and communications prowess, there was unanimity the BODYBREAK campaign must be the most successful television marketing campaigns of our personal history.
I give this next video a special shout out because of its highlight of CanoeKayak
It can’t be riveting production or special effects, nor is it award winning copy that pulls at your heartstrings or makes you fall off your chair in hysterics. I don’t think it is the uniqueness of the recipes or the special guest stars (like in the public service announcement below)…no, I figure it must be because of three things:
The lovable Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod
The consistency of their message
And our deep down belief in the importance of physical activity
We all know that physical activity and healthy living should and must be a part of our lives and Hal and Joanne made it so simple in their series of PSAs produced over three decades. They made us see that healthy eating and getting active was easy and fun with no barrier to entry.
Officially the production of the segments shut down on 2001 but we can still find them playing on tv today for a new generation to appreciate.
The more I continue on this challenge, the more I am inspired by my productive state of mind and just feeling overall great that was evangelized in the BODYBREAK, and it has often had me thinking about what is lost when we don’t stay active. Before taking on this challenge on January 1st, I had really fallen off the wagon of being physically healthy. It wasn’t that I was running less or hitting the gym only a couple times a week, but I was going weeks, months even, without so much as a 30 minute walk.
As with everything in life, it is hard to gain perspective until you have moved on from a point in time or circumstance and for me in 2010, I had no grasp on the effect lack of activity was having on my life. Some specific examples that were not all consuming but have since all but disappeared are:
making excuses for why I would prefer watching the games the kids played rather than participating,
not sleeping as well as I had in the past,
losing motivation by the end of the day to do anything productive,
being a bit short tempered at times and feeling frustrated,
inspiring positive thinking and general creativity about problems and opportunities in my life.
This last one is a big one and probably the biggest benefit I have had from being active on a daily basis. My 224workouts have turned into my thinking time and there is something about being physical that makes you feel like you can take on any challenge. When my running shoe hits the pavement, my neurons start connecting and without direction, I seem to start thinking about exciting opportunities and how to tackle them. I have even at times taken an iPod to record my thoughts when I think they are really good fyi…when exercising outdoors, I have chosen to never listen to music and I would suggest it to anyone as the key to this great thinking.
The first person to suggest working out music-free to me was a great man who had a big impact on my early life, Mr. Buck Dawson.
Buck established the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida but for me he was the heart of AKOMAK, the swim camp I attended of 5 wonderful summers as a kid. And since there is no way to do justice to how wonderful of a man Buck was to I have linked the story of his life posted on the Camp Chikopi website (it is better than the one in the New York times).
At camp I wore a silver bathing suit and he liked to call me the silver bullet. I was never short of time to listen to what he had to say and much of his advise sticks with me today. Buck lived sport and physical fitness and right up until the end of his life he would be out at the crack of dawn to hike the trails in the Ontario woods as the swimmers hit the water for their early birds swims.
I remember Buck stopping me one morning as I was out for a run. On his face there was a look of seriousness he would present if he was not at all happy with what he was seeing. I was told to take off my earphones and put my disc-man away because I would never be able to truly appreciate the birds and the trees around me with all that noise. I listened to Buck, and I still listen today and when I see people run past me with their music pumping, I wonder if they can hear through the noise.
When writing this blog I took some time to look back at some old camp pictures and read some pieces on line, all which gave me some smiles. I know there might be some of you reading this who had a chance to know Buck so I thought I would post a tribute video I found online. And for those of you being introduced to Chikopi and it’s sister camp AKOMAK (the greatest sports caps of all time), I have posted a “day in the life” video just to give you a taste.
This Sunday, Steve and I head to Mexico for one week!… I bought a new bathing suit (thank you 224workouts). This trip will be a true test of will as the morning choice will be 1. workout a the resort gym vs. 2. Drinks at the pool. But, I am committed and will update the blog with any interesting workouts worth sharing.
so….Until next time, keep fit and have fun!
Le défi de la mise en forme pour la nouvelle année
Au nom de l’excellence, un appui à nos athlètes de canoë-kayak
En observant nos fantastiques athlètes au sommet de leur forme au Mazda Knockout de cette année, j’ai réalisé combien ma forme physique s’étaitdétériorée depuis mes beaux jours d’athlètes. Ce n’est pas que je doive changer ma garde-robe ou que je préfère un bol de popcorn et un bon film à une promenade dans un parc, mais plutôt que je ne porterai sûrement pas un bikini dans un proche avenir.
Suite à ce constat, j’ai commencé à réfléchir en tant que faisant partie de la structure d’aide qui gravite autour de l’équipe; bien que je n’en fasse plus partie, je me suis senti une responsabilité envers les athlètes qui sont en préparation pour les Olympiques de 2012 : je me devais d’être moi-même au meilleur de ma forme physique. N’importe quel athlète de haut niveau vous dira qu’il a besoin de beaucoup d’aide pour se maintenir au sommet de son art. Que nous soyons athlète retraité, entraîneur, parent, officiel, ou que nous fassions tout simplement partie de la communauté de canotage, nous devons tous être derrière les membres de notre équipe et nous devons leur faire savoir que nous les encourageons.
Une de nos forces de CanoeKayak Canada a toujours été l’excellence et, une grande part de celle-ci est reliée à la meilleure condition physique… il n’y a aucune raison pour que ça ne continue pas pour nos athlètes.
Alors je lance le défi à chacun de vous qui voulez montrer à notre équipe de canoë-kayak que nous sommes présents, prêts à nous lever à 5 h, à braver le froid, à pousser nos muscles jusqu’à ce qu’ils deviennent douloureux, ce qui excellent pour eux.
À compter du 1er janvier 2012, oui le lendemain de la grande fête, je m’engage à m’entraîner chaque jour pendant au moins 1 heure, jusqu’au samedi 17 août 2012, dernier jour de compétition des Jeux. Cela fait 224 jours d’exercices. Je ferai rapport de mes exercices sur mon blog, je vous raconterai mes expériences et mes souffrances journalières et je vous invite à vous joindre à moi sur : www.224workouts.com
Enregistrez-vous pour faire connaître votre engagement à notre équipe. Envoyez vos rapports journaliers, partagez vos douleurs et peut-être même ajoutez-y un mot d’encouragement sur Facebook ou Twitter à l’adresse : #CKCexcellence2012.
C’est une bien courte période dans notre vie et, à titre de supporteurs d’un tel groupe d’athlètes, je crois que nous leur devons au moins ces efforts pour leur faire savoir non seulement qu’ils sont excellents mais que tous ceux qui les entourent se sont levés pour les aider à réussir.
Qu’avons-nous à perdre, à part quelques kilos ? Ça nous aidera à passer une excellente année. Joyeuses fêtes et la meilleure chance dans la réalisation de vos voeux en 2012.
Vice-présidente au marketing, CanoeKayak Canada