Vancan Outta The Blue


Proving I Can Still Do This Thing…

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It’s official…

I’m doing the Spartan Sprint September 4th at Heritage Ranch in Red Deer, Alberta.

If you follow my blog and my other social media accounts, you may have in recent months read that I had a huge goal to accomplish. This is it.

I actually didn’t intend to do it until 2017 but my ulcerative colitis (IBD) has gone so far into remission and I’ve been feeling so good that I decided to take the plunge this year. I didn’t actually realize it was still eight months away until I looked for the first time two weeks ago.

I’m feeling so well that I am going to openly lay it all out for you right here and make my vow public to train my ass off for this event. The sprint is the shortest of the three main Spartan races (sprint, super and beast) at 5km and 15-20 obstacles. Despite that, I’m going to have to train hard because I’ll admit I’m a long way off from where I need to be. I get winded running (walking) up the stairs at work. I’m seeing a dietitian, I’ve got a gym pass, and I’m in remission thanks to a wonderful drug named remicade that allows me to not worry so much about my disease.

The thing is as much as I was an athlete for the first 18 years of my life, UC changed that aspect of my life almost instantly. I’ve gone almost nine years now with a level of

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Proof I was a runner! That singlet even has my name on the back. 

conditioning I can only describe as pathetic compared to my heydays as a soccer, hockey and lacrosse playing, cross-country running, 100m, 200m and relay sprinting, javelin, discus and shotput throwing, 1500m racewalking(Surrey Champ x2), tennis ball swatting, gross and sweaty son of a gun. Frankly, you don’t really need to have great conditioning to play the type of golf I do now.

The reason I’m doing this?

To prove to myself that I can still lead an active life and get back to some semblance of what I was nine years ago when I was very nearly bringing up the year at the 2006-07 Provincial Cross-Country championships in Victoria. I was an athlete but I was never an all-star okay (still more of one than John Scott though).

I want to prove that people with inflammatory bowel disease can live an active life and be a beast on the course and in life. I want to prove I can eat healthy because I’d be a liar if I said that colitis hasn’t affected the way I eat in a major, major way.

I want to prove to my daughter and fiancee that I know how to strive for something successfully.

I’m going to be successful, no matter how many burpees I end up having to do. That’s the punishment for failing an obstacle on the Spartan course, 30 to be exact.

With all that said, I want to thank once again anyone reading this and anyone who’s ever encouraged me to stick with it through my battle with colitis. I wouldn’t be at this point without you.

This is also a plea to anyone reading who has colitis and more specifically, anyone with IBD in the Red Deer area. If you’d like to join my team, the GUTSY GLADIATORS, please let me know. You don’t even have to have IBD, you can join my team to show your support for those with IBD.

Contact me by commenting on this post.

I’ll finish with a quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky

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