Friday, November 12, 2010

Tag I am It?

Times are tough. Reading material is sparse and the overal quality of entertainment is at an all time low. The tri-world has succombed to spreading some kind of questionnaire to help stem the cold-weather blues. I think it's meant to spark new insight into the personal side of each other's blogs, rather than the day-in day-out training regiments that we copy and paste from each other. Someone thought it would be wise to 'tag' me to join in on this personal audit of one another. She must really hate me....  or my wife paid her off. Wait a second here....... ..... !

If you could eat anything without any health repercussions or guilt, what would your meal be?
Lava. I mean, doesn't it look so yummy? It slowly flows over the landscape like it might have a nice goey texture to it. It has a crusty coating that probably has a burnt toast taste to it which I love.  I like spicy hot things, so it probably has a bite to it too! It would probably stick to my teeth though, and I dont like stuff that sticks to my teeth. Luckily, the question states 'no health repercussions'. Phew.

Super Hardk0re Chick!

If you could meet anyone living or dead who would it be and why?

Pffft, that's an easy one - MY WIFE. She's the greatest person to ever walk this earth. The most loving, caring, thoughtful individual you will ever meet. She has a gift that makes her very special - she is instantly loved by anyone that meets her. I love that about her. She see's the good in everyone and brings that good out of them. Plus, she's one sexy peice of hot athletic ass.
Did I mention she puts up with me? Yeh - no easy feat in itself, and I'm lucky to be HER man.

Why did you start blogging and what did you expect when you started?
Training Payne inspired me to start my own blog. I liked seeing him chronicle his journey to Kona and wanted something to look back on for myself. When I WIN Kona, this might be worth money some day right? lol. It also helps keep me honest. I can be held accountable through the eyes of my readers (the both of them!) and that motivates me to get out and train. What did I expect? To be honest, I figured a week or two and I would quit writing posts. It's time consuming, cumbersome and nobody reads my blog so why bother? To my surprise, I got one really great follower that helped me keep at it - Mrs. LoTC! And then by week two I got my first official follower and I haven't quit - yet!

What is the one book you could read over and over again?

Give me any technology white paper any day and I'll be fluent in it in no time flat. I dont do make-believe reading(novels). I like cold hard facts, technical specs, concepts, science. I don't do paper either, give it to me digital. I appreciate that I have an incredible talent for speed reading. More importantly, I remember a great deal of what I read. This makes me a very fast learner, which is why I would enjoy learning something new rather than read a love story or poem. It's likely I have a finite amount of memory so I don't want to go filling it with 'nonsense'. One thing I have learned in all that reading - there is no substitute for experience. Book smart must be backed up by real life experience.

If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?

Travel usually equates to vacation which is probably the real question here. I don't care where I go, just so long as my wife is with me. I do not care for going south to a beach. My idea of a perfect vacation is minimalist backcountry backpacking in near survival mode in the roughest conditions imaginable. I want to come back from any vacation and feel like I just completed an Ironman. Travel, vacation? It's not just a physical destination that you goto - it's a state of mind and body that you can get right here, right now. No need to pack your bags.

If you could have a TV show on the Food Network, what would it be?
I don't watch TV and I especially deteste the TV networks, recording and publishing industry. If I were to have a TV show - it would be called 'Recipe for dismantling the Intellecual Property Monopoly'. Food for the mind - free our culture, freely share our ideas without these artificial restrictions on human nature. Food Network? Nah, I think we'll call it The Pirate Network instead.

What was the best meal you ever had?

The one after a hardcore expedition in Algonquin. The one after a 200Mile road ride. The one after a half-Ironman. Does it matter what is was? No - it was the fact I appreciated every last detail from warm socks on my feet, to having just had a warm shower earlier to right down to having ice cubes in my drink and a beautiful woman to share it with. We take too much for granted.

Who has been the greatest influence on your love for food and learning to cook?
I can't cook. If there is one life skill I have failed at - it is cooking. I don't have the 'cooking' gene, nor do I have the interest. I can prepare an edible meal if I have to, but that is all it is - edible. In the meantime, I order more pizza than you could possibly believe so I won't bother explaining just how much pizza that is. :)  I'll leave the meal making to Mrs. LoTC.  Yes you read that right - she does the cooking. We all have a role to play, and I'm more of a hunter gatherer type. I'll leave the food preparation for someone more skilled lol. The kids thank me for it. :)

I was also tagged for another meme and I think I am supposed to include this pic but I'm not postive

Here are the rules

1) Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their blog...

2) Share 7 things about yourself

3) Pass the award to other bloggers

So here goes the '7 random things' about myself......

1) I dislike the cold very much - I hibernate in the winter. I guess this will have to change...
2) I love a challenge of any kind. I also invite the competition.
3) I am the best at everything I do. I never lose. Ever. There is nothing in this world I can't do with a little time and hard work.
4) I didn't know I was 'polish' until grade 6 when a teacher wouldn't accept the answer 'Canadian' when she asked 'What was I?'. I had to go home and ask my parents because the teacher was so mad at me.
5) I love pizza. I would eat it every day if she let me.
6)  I graduated college with Dean's honours. I wanted to differentiate myself from everyone else that was getting the same peice of paper.
7) I wouldn't be where I am today without the support of my loving wife and awesome kids. We make a great team - I love them very much!

 Pass the award to other bloggers

Uhhh I think the both of my readers have already done it.... so I'll nominate a couple in the odd chance they read this


  1. Like your post. Question: are all those nice words that you wrote about your wife part of your strategy to convince her that she does not really need a new bike? Ha-ha.

    "Thanks" for tagging me. Now I have no choice, but to write into my blog about it. And I do not like writing.

  2. Clearly we have to find a white paper on 'John, buy your wife a bike'.

    PS - I agree with your assessment of Mrs LoTC, she really is great and everyone does love her within minutes of meeting her.

    I'll take the blame, this was a totally fun read. Thanks for being a sport!



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