Sunday, September 9, 2007

Note to self: bring beanbags nex time


If you're trying to set a world record for joggling, don't forget your balls.

I discovered this the hard way on the ferry ride on the way to the Longboat Toronto Island Race. Dianne and I had successfully packed up the whole family for the day out, including raincoats, sweaters, snacks and drinks. But I forgot three important items: my Sport Juggling Co. Sportball beanbags.

"D'oh!" I said.

"Maybe you could use apples," Dianne suggested.

Sadly, the apples weren't going to cut it for a new 10K joggling world record, so I ended up running it as a normal runner. It was a tough adjustment and I ended up finishing fourth in 35:00, three minutes slower than my PB, but a good effort.

Ed Whitlock was there, but didn't race because of a knee problem. In fact, he's not running the Toronto Waterfront Marathon either. Ed did tell me that his knee issue comes and goes and he is back running again, just not ready to race. I'm sure he'll be back soon enough to set some more 75+ age-group records. I needed a gimmick to set world records, Ed is just pure guts, speed and endurance.

Up next for me: On Tuesday morning, I'll be joggling my final super-mega long run before the marathon.

4 comments:

Steve said...

The fact that you had to explain that you forgot your beanbags during your joggling demo was priceless :)

Were there announcements about the shuttle bus? I left early and could have done without the walk to Ward's Island ferry dock.

Adeel Ahmad said...

How much does juggling slow you down?

The Joggler said...

Steve, I think they did announce that the shuttles were running, but I didn't hear it. We stayed in the Franklin Turtle Park for so long that we were able to hitch a ride with the race trucks after everything was packed up ... and it came with a cooler full of beer! Next year, the race will be on a different weekend than the Virgin Festival.

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