Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Beautiful British Columbia

Thursday, November 24, 2011. 2:33pm Eastern Time
Me: "Do you know Clara Langley?!?"
Patrick Smith: "Yee why?"
Me: "She's on my flight! Sooo beautiful."
Patrick Smith: "Slightly/very jealous."

Thursday, November 24, 2011. 12:16pm Pacific Time
Dad: "Can you see the mountains?"
Me: "No I can't see any mountains. It's cloudy and rainy!"

Friday, November 25, 2011. 7:22am Pacific Time
Jay Sneddon: "Do we have to do the 2k loop on the course 4 times?"
Me: "Yep."

Friday, November 25, 2011. 1:25pm Pacific Time
Me: "We're on our way to the course, you meetin us there?"
Tim Huebsch: "Oh snap you're already on your way? Kk I'll head over asap."

Friday, November 25, 2011. 9:05pm Pacific Time
Me: "You sleepin?"
Alex Berhe: "Yee."

Saturday, November 26, 2011 (RACE DAY). 9:06am Pacific Time
Jay Sneddon: "Ready to race? I'm pumped."
Me: "YA LET'S DO IT."

Sunday, November 27, 2011. 2:52pm Eastern Time
Lindsay Kary: "You guys came 3rd!"
Me: "For real?!?"

Quite the weekend; I think our team bonded more than we've ever bonded before. Yves sat us down for a good talking-to on Thrusday, telling us that we had to act as a team and do everything together. We did just that. I don't think anyone saw us without our Ottawa Lions jackets on from that point forward.

The race was tough. The race was muddy. The race was cold. The race was windy. The race was rainy. The race was cross-country.

Our team's individual positions ended up being 2, 41, 48, 53, 61, and 145 out of 167 runners. Not exactly the outcome we were set on though. Considering the fitness we've shown throughout workouts and races this year, I believe our first five guys could've placed among the top 30 with a decent run. But we came out with a bronze medal and the boys couldn't be happier.

These two photos were taken around the same spot the day before, and the day of the race. The weather clearly wasn't very happy on Saturday.

Friday

Saturday
Goodbye cross country, you'll be missed. But track's been waiting for its turn.
Scott Donald

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Cross Nationals

All of the races from the past few months are, without a doubt, the biggest thing going on in my life right now. But the past results and the future predictions are nothing compared to what will become of the running world on Saturday, November 26th, 2011.

Our flight leaves tomorrow morning at 8:45. All the boys will be there, saying goodbye to their loved ones for a few short days; Sikubwabo, the Day brothers, Berhe, and myself. We'll be taking air to Vancouver en route to Nationals. Good luck to everyone competing this weekend.


I should have a crazy super cool awesome recap early next week.
SDonald

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

OTFA and Movember

The wind almost blew me over at OTFAs.

Just kidding.

But it was windy.

I was gonna make a video about the meet and put it in this post but I got too excited about the race and didn't film too much. So I'll just write about it.

The course was flat. Oh so flat. The biggest hill took between 5 and 7 strides to climb. It kind of made for an interesting race. With 3 long, flat, park loops representing our course, the pace didn't slowed down. A pack of about 7 guys took off from the start and never looked back. Luckily, the pack included me. By the halfway mark of the race, our pack had whittled down to 6. Then 5. Then 4. And the rest is history.

I'm happy with a 4th place finish. Mickey and I were two of the youngest guys in the U20 race because Vince wanted us to make a team with Kieran Day and Alex Berhe. Our boys took home gold, along with the youth girls.

Here's the race. If you're more interested about just seeing the finish, you can skip to the 20-minute mark.
In other news, my Movember got DESTROYED due to the necessity of having the perfect grad photo for my mom and dad. It was a painful goodbye, but I'll try again next year.
Peace & Love
Scotty D

Monday, November 7, 2011

OFSAA

I could give a recap on Saturday's race, or I could tell you what impressed me instead.

What impressed me was the number of people who showed up to watch. Maybe I should be used to this by now, but crowds of people scare me. Well, not just crowds of people, but crowds of people screaming. There's something odd about having hundreds of people yell at you at the same time. I never quite know if they're mad at me, if they're happy to see me, or if they're just plain mean people. Heck, maybe I forgot to do the dishes that morning and my mom convinced everyone to scream uncontrollably as I run by them. That'd be the last time I forget about the pots and pans for a while..


What impressed me was Mr. Flanagan's 7230 metre run. Ben lost his left shoe less than 1k into the race and still managed to beat 242 other guys, including me. This kid's in grade 11. The best part is that when I went up to him after the race, he still had a smile on his face, because he set a fast pace, even without a shoelace.


What impressed me was the lineups for the portapotties. Or I guess not-so-much impressed me. Sheesh, you'd think they could send a couple more out to the site next time. I had to wait in line for a good 20 minutes behind a few young girls taking selfies and filming each other at their first ofsaa. I mean, don't get me wrong, your very first ofsaa is super cool, but it's not as cool after I smack you over the head for annoying the crap outa me. No one's patient when they need to pee.

The video below has some of the "highlights" from the senior boys race. All the other races can be found on the left side of that web page. I think the end is pretty cool when the video goes mute; it makes for a dramatic finish. That's just my opinion.


OFSAA Cross Country Championships - Videos - Senior Boys Race Highlights - OFSAA Cross Country Championships 2011

OTFA's this weekend.
S.D.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

NC's and Movember

So the city meet went well. It was a step up from west conference.
Twice as many people. Twice as much media. Twice as much hype.

It was a brisk 7k run along the frost-covered grass. The run was smooth and relaxed; I felt good. Another 3rd place finish kept me satisfied. A few of us were able to shave up to a minute off our times from last week which gives us confidence in running a strong race this Saturday at OFSAA. The competition will be challenging, and the pace will be fast. That's all I'm gonna say.

In other news, welcome to a new month! A month of unity among men, and hair among faces. Hopefully I'll get some pictures up every once in a while so that I can share my mogress*[see below] with you. Kudos to everyone participating this Movember. Now.. an issue that's come up the past few days is DO YOU HAVE TO SHAVE AT THE BEGINNING OF NOVEMBER? Many people say yes, including me. That's the point of "No Shave November" (a trending topic on twitter by the way). You shave at the start of the month, or else you're cheating. I'm not saying that it's a competition, but it kind of is.

Sources say that it is cheating. Who are my sources you ask?
1. My friends. I have had many different people state the rules to me, one of which is that the hair must start growing between October 31st and November 1st.

2. Kiss FM. --> 105.3 FM radio to be precise. They stated the exact same thing, adding the fact that we're all doing this for a good cause. So follow the God damn rules.

My brother Sam. He tweeted the other day that anyone who starts growing their Movember hair early probably has no friends. I think that pretty much sums it up.

*moustache progress [see above]

ttyl
scotty d