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Kid’s Hope Ethiopia Triathlon

I just got back from my trip to Calgary and the Kid’s Hope Ethiopia Triathlon.

I didn’t swim nearly as fast as I had hoped but I’ll choose to blame it on the fact that I couldn’t get very good rotation on my arms while wearing my wet-suit. Every stroke meant pulling against the elastic fabric of the neoprene and I’m sure the lack of training never had anything to do with my inability to keep my time under 10 minutes.

Bryce Meldrum running in the Kid's Hope Ethiopia Triathlon

JULY 5, 2008 — OKOTOKS, ALBERTA, CANADA — Triathlon competitor Bryce Meldrum, of Calgary, Alberta, makes a crowd pleasing mad dash sprint to the end of the Foothills Charity Triathlon for Kid’s Hope Ethiopia. — PHOTO BY JEFF MILNER.

Nevertheless our team did very well—especially against the other teams—not so much against the individual tri-athletes many who amazingly swam, biked, and ran faster than the three of us working together.

The race was put on by Kids’ Hope Ethiopia, the same charity organization that Bryce happens to work as a Project Coordinator.

So against other teams, we came in 8th out of 21 and my individual swim ranked me 4th. I think the highlight for me was seeing my team-mate Bryce making his crazy sprint to the finish line and then paying the price after the race. It’s not hard to love a competitive team-mate.

I can almost see myself getting into doing the whole thing myself, but then again, it’s a lot easier said than done, especially from the comfort of my office chair.


Kid’s Hope Ethiopia

I’m away today taking part swimming in a team triathlon held in Okotoks (is it safe to call Okotoks a suburb of Calgary yet?) for the annual Foothills Charity Triathlon for Kid’s Hope Ethiopia.

I’m happy enough to just have one section of the triathlon, because I want to go all out, but I have to keep in mind that I’ve spent exactly no time at all training for this event.

I’m just shooting to break seven and a half minutes which looks to be a fairly competitive time (and a winning time depending on which year’s results you are looking at).


Kayakers Going Over Waterfalls

After running Lundbreck Falls in my kayak last month, the sport of running big waterfalls has been on my mind. I’m not too interested in doing anything bigger or scarier just yet, but the photos in this news story are even more awesome after having experienced my own little 30 foot drop over some falls.

Kayakers going over waterfalls

Just to be clear, that’s not me in the photo, nor anyone I know. See more here.


Extreme Base Jumping

When these adventurous adrenaline junkies first started using the flying squirrel suits in base jumping, it was to see how far away from the cliff they could get. But then things got “boring” and now the idea is to get as close to the edges without actually touching.

[Flying Suit – Extreme Base Jumping – YouTube]


Foothills Charity Triathlon for Kid’s Hope Ethiopia

The other day a friend asked if I would take part in the Foothills Charity Triathlon for Kid’s Hope Ethiopia. It’s actually a “mixed” triathlon in that, the three segments of the race are done by different people, so I’ll only be doing the 500m swimming section in Crystal Shores Lake (Okotoks, Alberta).

I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve never been much a distance swimmer, and though 500m isn’t exactly FAR (by most swimmers’ standards), it’s slightly out of reach for me to sprint the whole way though it wouldn’t surprise my former swim teammates if I tried.

Wish me luck, and if you’re in the Calgary/Okotoks area, come and cheer for my team! The race happens Saturday, July 5th, 2008 starting at Crystal Shores Lake at 8:00am.

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Crowsnest River Kayak Trip

Here’s some video footage of me going over Lundbreck Falls on my last kayaking trip taken by my friend Janson.

Also, check out Janson’s enthusiastic report on the trip.

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Running Lundbreck Falls

Yesterday I went kayaking down the Crowsnest River with a bunch of friends. It was a stretch of the river that none of us had gone down before, and frankly it was a bit boring with very little white water. At the halfway point we came upon Lundbreck Falls. The plan was to portage around it, but after taking some time to study it, I decided to go for it!

The adrenaline rush totally made my day.

Jeff Milner Running Lundbreck Falls
Jeff Milner going over Lundbreck Falls.

Photo by Tom Buchanan (used on the web with permission). Here’s my Lundbreck Falls Run set on Flickr.

Update: You can see me going over in this Lundbreck Falls Drop video on Youtube, compliments of my friend Janson.

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Reinventing Invention

Last month the New Yorker held it’s annual conference: Stories from the Near Future. They’ve setup a videocast for the talks. Below is the video of Malcolm Gladwell speaking about innovation, genius, and the mismatch problem in his talk, Reinventing Invention.

See Reinventing Invention in pristine MP4 format.

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Molly Sullivan Reports on NCAA Swimming

Molly Sullivan reports on the decision elite Canadian athletes swimming in the States have to make every four years when it comes time for Olympic trials. My friend and Olympian for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Richard Hortness, is featured in this piece that aired March 26.

[Molly Sullivan Reports on NCAA Swimming – YouTube]


All Your Bases Are Belong to Us

The following video from ESPN is a testament to why we play sports and that there is hope for humanity. I’m not much of a baseball fan myself, but rest assured, if your heart is beating then you will enjoy this:

Hit play or watch at ESPN.

Here is the video on YouTube. It just goes to show, you can’t trust ESPN to keep their content online.