Sunday, November 28, 2010

At last! Here she is.....

Rosalee Sara Lien, our newest team member, was welcomed into the world just before midnight on Saturday, November 27. She took her time coming and arrived safely weighing in at 6 pounds 11 ounces. Mom, Dad and baby were all smiles at the finish line and are all doing great! Congratulations Sara and Clint! We can't wait to meet you, Rosalee!!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


presented by:

Start the New Year with us!

Intensive Swim Technique Camp
The Inspiration Series Event #2
Calgary, Alberta
5pm Friday 14th January – 5pm Sunday 16th January, 2011

Tentative Schedule
Friday January 14th
Camp Intro Meeting; Meet the coaches and surprises from Zoot Sports!
1h SWIM and video session

Saturday January 15th
Big day of swimming and learning!
Talks on swim technique and injury prevention
Individual feedback and video analysis
4h of SWIM time to implement changes, learn new skills and swim hard

Sunday January 16th
The Inspiration Series Event #2
The day includes: An inspirational talk with cancer survivor Alyson Woloshyn
Epic Bike Workout with Michelle Milot
Live music, sports nutrition products, draw prizes, lunch and more!

The Leadership Team includes:
Clint Lien: Triathlon Coach
Carrie Meakin: Triathlon Coach
Sara Gross: Professional Triathlete
Michelle Milot: Triathlon Coach
Shawn Skene: Triathlon Coach
Alyson Woloshyn: Inspirational Speaker

The cost of the camp is $350. Part of the proceeds will be donated to charity. For further info or to register go to or email Events will take place at SAIT Polytechnic and Tri-it Multisport.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

A few quotes i like

I was surfing the web for fun things to read when i came across a thread on the Team TBB forum of favorite quotes. There were literally dozens of great quotes posted there, but i stole a few of my faves and thought i might share...

Adolph Rupp, Hall of Fame basketball coach for Kentucky, used to say;
"Coaching is the art of making athletes behave like thoroughbreds. When you call upon a thoroughbred it gives you all its heart and sinew; when you call upon a jackass it kicks."

If you trust in yourself...and believe in your dreams ...and follow your star...
you'll still get beaten by people who spend their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy.

"Go on be my guest, go listen to the take it easy preachers, train smart not hard,
but ill guarantee you this, you will watch the real men, who like the feel of the burn, who like to see what they are made of, who are not fragile in the face of exhaustion,
youll watch them do great things, while you sit there tellin yourself, you didnt have it, and son, you will be right." Percy Currutty

And my personal fave:

"Show me a fighter who's nothing but heart, and i'll show you a man waiting for a beating." Million dollar baby.

Happy Training and don't forget to work hard!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

New Mercury Athletes Rising to the Challenge

Two of our crew's newest athletes, Kari Strutt and Patty Infusino, are already on their way to a great year! Both had solid days at the Last Chance Half in Calgary on the weekend. Congratulations to Patty for finishing 28th out of 257 females the day after surviving one of Michelle Milot's awesome marathon spin sessions, and Kari for hitting a PB by over 12 minutes!! Great first race of the year, ladies!! Some post-race thoughts from Kari can be found here...a great read!

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Just wanted to send a quick shout out to Luke and Meg for competing in the Clearwater 70.3 World Championships! It was a tough day but both of them slugged it out to the finish! Luke finished with a 4:18 and most certainly had some positive aspects to the day! He had an amazing year!!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Silverman and Jingle Bells

Todd Graham met his match at the Silverman Iron Distance Triathlon over the weekend. A momentous occasion - not only did Todd take 15th/45 in his age group, but it was the first time I have heard Todd use the phrase "I am tired." Apparently it takes one of the toughest Iron Distance courses out there, less than 2 months after Ironman Canada, a windy & hot day, killer tarantulas, and a series of flats to finally tire this boy out. He dug deep to get through it and now will be taking a well deserved rest...right, Todd?!

While her husband was battling the desert, Shana Graham raced her way to a PB at the Jingle Bell 10k Run in Regina over the weekend. Congrats, Shana!!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Fast Fall 10k's

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Mercury Riser's James Galbraith and Sarah Miller competed in their very first 10k run races this fall.

Two weeks back James did the Hallow's Eve 10k on Vancouver's North Shore. An incredibly hilly and challenging trail run where runners race in costume (this can be distracting, yet fun). James made it look easy, finishing in an impressive time of 51:17. He was 4th in his age group and 18th overall. Way to go James!

Today Sarah Miller competed in the Angus Glen 10k in Markham, Ontario. Her goal time was 50 minutes and Sarah came in at 50:36. She was thrilled with her time and then had the added bonus of being on her age group podium. 3rd place belongs to Sarah and we're very proud of her hard work.

More speed to come from both James and Sarah. Congrats to you each. We look forward to your future results!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Claire gets the job done at IM Florida

Ottawa resident and Ironman rookie Claire Matheson finished Ironman Florida today in 11h21 and 9th in the competitive 30-34 age group! She got stronger as the day went on with a 1h16 swim, 5h57 bike and sub-4h marathon.

Claire is a long-time friend of mine (Sara) and i have coached her since 2007. She focused on running for 2 years, qualifying and completing 2 Boston marathons before returning to triathlon and deciding to take on the Ironman. Like everyone, Claire has had some challenges in her training and has had to make sacrifices to stay healthy and consistent. I am very pleased to see those sacrifices pay off!

My history with Claire goes back to the first time i returned to Canada after many years abroad. I came to race Ironman Canada in 2004, my second Ironman. Claire was one of the people in Penticton who made me feel very welcome. My first morning in town, Claire and I rode together and she invited me to her Yoga class as well. Claire's kindness truly goes above and beyond. In the years that followed, I stayed in her home for a couple months each year training for Ironman Canada and Hawaii. Needless to say, I am very pleased to see Claire put together such a great race on her first attempt at Ironman! Congratulations Claire!

Claire chilling out before one of her little runs in Boston.