Sunday, March 20, 2011

Japan's Nuclear Crisis

Japan is the hot topic right now; they have just experienced the most destructive natural disaster in their recorded history.

You've probably heard that the earthquake and resulting tsunami damaged emergency power systems used to cool nuclear reactors. The overheating made is necessary to vent a small amount of radioactive steam that decayed to nothing in a few seconds.

In reality, a fairly harmless situation. But of course, there are a few super stupid people who haven't got any clue, purchasing products they don't know how to use, for unnecessary purposes, to treat/diagnose a non-existent problem.

So to all of you, my dear readers. Please educate yourself on the Banana equivalent dose.
Yea, that's right, Banana's are one of the most naturally radioactive foods.

Understand Banana Equivalent Dose, and you'll be more able to accurately comprehend just how much radiation people are being exposed to in this situation.

Monday, March 14, 2011


Holy crap! 100 followers! I don't even know how it happened.

Thank you guys so much for your support. It really means a lot, and is a huge boost to my training.

For all of your generosity, I give you a rare gem. This is a video of My poor damn cat.

His name is Sam. He will be 18 years old this year! Can you believe that! He sheds like crazy, so to help control his hairballs, we comb him regularly and most days remove enough dead hair to make another cat! So here he is, wearing his own fur on his head.

Thanks again, and enjoy!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

I got a sunburn today

So fixated on spring right now. Who else wants to get out on the bike, or laze by the side of a lake and bake in the sun?

I'm watching motorcycle videos and fantasizing. This video is a couple guys foolin' on small bikes.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

AMRA Spring Thaw Endurance Race

Awwwwwwww yea. Spring/Summer is so close I can taste it.

Stupid watermarks, always ruining super cool pictures.
Picture not courtesy of
(I totally stole it)
I've got a team together for this year's Spring Thaw Endurance race, hosted by the Alberta Mini-Roadracing Association. This an endurance motorcycle race held every year. The team to complete the most laps in a 3 hour period is the winner.

I've always been a fan of motorcycle racing, but racing on the "big" track is extremely costly. Thankfully, Miniature road racing (Motorcycles up to 50cc) is just a fraction of the cost, and basically the same experience.

I compete in the Thunderbike Spec. class. (I'm #97 in the picture) They are dirtbikes with street tires on them. It's ridiculous. The super cushy suspension is not designed for a road course, which makes being good easy, but being great is a real challenge.

I'm really looking forward to kicking ass and taking names.

Well that was a cold winter

My dad said something that changed my mood completely.

The temperature outside was forecasted to be above freezing. I was exclaiming how totally stoked I was to be able to go outside without my skin hurting. My dad absentmindedly says, "I don't think you'll be seeing anymore -20 days..." and that's when it hit...


This has been a bitter cold winter, I'm am really glad to see it's coming to an end. I am really looking forward to a long hot summer to make up for this long cold winter.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Forget what you heard!

I got the wrong deal.

Cut through the wind cause I'm aero-dy-nam-ic!
Good day on the range for me. 9/10. The one standing miss was ridiculous and shouldn't have happened. Ah well, I'll work on it.

Alberta Biathlon Championships - March 6th, 2011
10km Sprint
PL Bib Name Club SkiTime P S T Time Diff
1 73 Beau Thompson Canmore Nordic 0:34:31.6 0 1 1 0:34:31.6
2 75 Johnny Forward Canmore Nordic 0:37:38.1 1 1 2 0:37:38.1 +3:06.5
3 74 Elijah MacCulloch Independent 0:44:31.4 0 1 1 0:44:31.4 +9:59.8

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Another Day Another Dollar

Hard to make it in this buck a day world.

I thought you knew.

Race was mercifully shortened from 20km to 17.5km, due to cold and painfully slow snow.

Alberta Biathlon Championships - March 5th, 2011
17.5km Individual

PL Bib Name Club SkiTime P S P S T Time Diff
1 74 Beau Thompson Canmore Nordic 1:01:40.6 1 1 0 4 6 1:07:40.6
2 72 Johnny Forward Canmore Nordic 1:08:43.1 1 2 2 0 5 1:13:43.1 +6:02.5
3 73 Elijah MacCulloch Independent 1:15:41.6 0 2 1 3 6 1:21:41.6 +14:01.0

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Oh wow

Dang. Sincerest apologies for not posting. To be honest, it has been pretty difficult to have any positivity towards racing and training at the moment. Primary reason is lack of competition. Anyone who is really competitive with me is away racing in Europe, and I'm stuck at home.

Exhibit A - Results from this past weekend.

Calforex Cup #5, a "local" race held in Camrose, Alberta. It was Western Canadian Championships, but the Senior Men's field was slim. It was pretty hard to motivate myself for these races. I didn't slack, but I didn't really race. There is an extra 5-10% that you can physically give in a race that moves you from "a comfortable pace" to feeling some hurt. I shied away from the extra hurt. Just didn't seem worth it. Clearly wasn't necessary. I'm Western Canadian Champ now, BTW. Woot.

This weekend is a race in Hinton, Alberta. Provincial Championships. Same level of competition, but I am going to race myself. I need to push it into the hurt zone. It's more mental than anything, and I need the practice.

Saturday Individual

PL Bib Name Club SkiTime P S P S T Time Diff
1 3 Beau Thompson Canmore Nordic 1:07:54.8 3 4 1 2 10 1:17:54.8
2 5 Kai Skinstad Camrose Ski Club/Augustana 1:11:58.0 5 3 2 3 13 1:24:58.0 +7:03.2
3 4 Jon Skinstad Camrose Ski Club/Augustana 1:09:58.8 2 5 3 5 15 1:24:58.8 +7:04.0
4 1 Johnny Forward Canmore Nordic 1:17:39.4 3 4 3 2 12 1:29:39.4 +11:44.6
5 2 Elijah MacCulloch Foothills Nordic 1:29:37.6 2 2 2 4 10 1:39:37.6 +21:42.8

Sunday Sprint

PL Bib Name Club P S T Time Diff
1 110 Beau Thompson Canmore Nordic 3 2 5 0:39:39.0
2 111 Johnny Forward Canmore Nordic 2 3 5 0:44:11.2 +4:32.2
DNS 112 Jon Skinstad CSC/Augustana 0 0 *** ***
DNS 113 Kai Skinstad CSC/Augustana 0 0 *** ***
DNS 114 Elijah MacCulloch Foothills Nordic 0 0 *** ***