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2009-08-27 11:25 AM
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blairrob - 2009-08-27 9:11 AM
cpfint - 2009-08-27 12:07 PM  On an individual level, doing sports can give someone a sense of accomplishment, and improve their self-image, and if that makes them a nicer/better person, then good. If winning races turns someone into an egomaniacal jerk, then they are making the world a worse place. What is there beyond that?


Well said. Wallace and I/Sackville tri

I am going to comment on this thread, and, I'm afraid, brag just a bit. I am on the far left in this photo, my brother beside me in the green shirt. We both finished last in our age group at this sprint tri in New Brunswick last weekend. It was very emotional for me that we competed and finished this race as I have heart failure and cardiomyopathy and my brother has lupus, and often is quite ill. We both may die from these diseases. Despite these issues, we both trained hard and, i hope you agree, are both in good shape. He flew out from Vancouver to meet me and our third brother for this race. I have been doing these sprints for 4 years, and I get much slower each year. Before I was diagnosed I could do an Oly in 2:20. Now I do a sprint in 1:35. I know other quick guys must think I'm a wanker, and some FOP's seem to ignore me after they find out my time when I'm chatting with the guys I used to beat who are still friends. Its a funny ol' world. My brother and I are thrilled when we can get out there and race, and we train as much as we can within the limits our health allows. I don 't think we shouldn't be questioning other peoples motivations, and we all deserve equal respect whether we race slow or fast, long or short. The only people who don't deserve our respect our those who don't repect others. If you see me bringing up the rear at Timberman I hope you will still give me a cheer when I finish.     

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2009-08-27 12:22 PM
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And...I'm an a$$. 

Maybe I need to reassess my feeling on all this, I'm sorry with how I'm sure my posts came across, Blair, and while I'm sure you don't care what I think I just wanted to say that what you posted is truly amazing, congratulations and I wish you the best of luck in your battle. 


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SuzanneS - 2009-08-24 8:58 AM I don't agree with this- that it's more of a social activity than a performance challenge. I do agree that more people are participating. Perhaps people who in the past wouldn't have. I think that is driving the times downward. But I would think that even those people are competiting against themselves and want  to do as well as they can. They train. They want to be faster this year than last- but they realize they aren't going to win.

If only the 5 people who had a chance of winning showed up to race then what would you have?



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2009-08-27 1:04 PM
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Brownie28 - 2009-08-27 2:22 PM And...I'm an a$$. 

Maybe I need to reassess my feeling on all this, I'm sorry with how I'm sure my posts came across, Blair, and while I'm sure you don't care what I think I just wanted to say that what you posted is truly amazing, congratulations and I wish you the best of luck in your battle. 


cheers Brownie. The last 3 summers, save this one, I have done a sprint in Maine, and next year am hoping to do Timberman. My other hope is that my brother Wallace will come out east again and we will do it together. Maybe we will see you there! 
2009-08-27 1:24 PM
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blairrob - 2009-08-27 11:11 AM
cpfint - 2009-08-27 12:07 PM  On an individual level, doing sports can give someone a sense of accomplishment, and improve their self-image, and if that makes them a nicer/better person, then good. If winning races turns someone into an egomaniacal jerk, then they are making the world a worse place. What is there beyond that?


Well said. Wallace and I/Sackville tri

I am going to comment on this thread, and, I'm afraid, brag just a bit. I am on the far left in this photo, my brother beside me in the green shirt. We both finished last in our age group at this sprint tri in New Brunswick last weekend. It was very emotional for me that we competed and finished this race as I have heart failure and cardiomyopathy and my brother has lupus, and often is quite ill. We both may die from these diseases. Despite these issues, we both trained hard and, i hope you agree, are both in good shape. He flew out from Vancouver to meet me and our third brother for this race. I have been doing these sprints for 4 years, and I get much slower each year. Before I was diagnosed I could do an Oly in 2:20. Now I do a sprint in 1:35. I know other quick guys must think I'm a wanker, and some FOP's seem to ignore me after they find out my time when I'm chatting with the guys I used to beat who are still friends. Its a funny ol' world. My brother and I are thrilled when we can get out there and race, and we train as much as we can within the limits our health allows. I don't think we should be questioning other peoples motivations, and we all deserve equal respect whether we race slow or fast, long or short. The only people who don't deserve our respect our those who don't respect others. If you see me bringing up the rear at Timberman I hope you will still give me a cheer when I finish.     

Blair          


 

Wow!  You are a winner in my book and I don't think anyone here would debate that!

You and your brother are and inspirtion to all!

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I agree, Blair.  There's no way to know what the personal situation is for each person out there.   See - I would look at you and your very nice physique and wonder why the heck you're going as slow as me!    I'll be keeping that in mind.

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BikerGrrrl - 2009-08-27 3:27 PM
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I'll keep to the right, I promise! And thanks for the compliment Wink.
2009-08-27 1:50 PM
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blairrob - 2009-08-27 1:11 PM

Wallace and I/Sackville tri
Well said.

I am going to comment on this thread, and, I'm afraid, brag just a bit. I am on the far left in this photo, my brother beside me in the green shirt. We both finished last in our age group at this sprint tri in New Brunswick last weekend. It was very emotional for me that we competed and finished this race as I have heart failure and cardiomyopathy and my brother has lupus, and often is quite ill. We both may die from these diseases. Despite these issues, we both trained hard and, i hope you agree, are both in good shape. He flew out from Vancouver to meet me and our third brother for this race. I have been doing these sprints for 4 years, and I get much slower each year. Before I was diagnosed I could do an Oly in 2:20. Now I do a sprint in 1:35. I know other quick guys must think I'm a wanker, and some FOP's seem to ignore me after they find out my time when I'm chatting with the guys I used to beat who are still friends. Its a funny ol' world. My brother and I are thrilled when we can get out there and race, and we train as much as we can within the limits our health allows. I don't think we should be questioning other peoples motivations, and we all deserve equal respect whether we race slow or fast, long or short. The only people who don't deserve our respect our those who don't respect others. If you see me bringing up the rear at Timberman I hope you will still give me a cheer when I finish.


Nice work on the tri and beating the hurricane

Hope I see you around at a race next season!

Shane

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gsmacleod - 2009-08-27 3:50 PM

Nice work on the tri and beating the hurricane

Hope I see you around at a race next season!

Shane


Don't forget Shubie, now! 2 weeks, so hurricane Danny should be gone by then. Maybe.


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