Category Archives: Olympic Training Log

My Olympic Training Blog: Reflections

What did I learn about blogging and memoir writing? What were my rewards? What was difficult? What’s next? Making a commitment to record my training log for over ten months, and to write an associated story or article at least once … Continue reading

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My 10,000m final at the 1988 Olympics

Race day I woke up on the morning of September 30th with a raw sore throat. I had a virus—that explained why I had felt so sluggish for two days. Instantly I was plunged into despair. Had all my hard … Continue reading

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Ben tests positive for stanozolol

The Ben Johnson bomb was dropped on me when I went into the Village dining room for breakfast early in the morning on the day after my semifinal. I forget which Canadian athlete or coach gave me the news, but nobody … Continue reading

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My Olympic 10,000m semifinal: Olympic Training Log Sept 24-Sept 29

The Women’s 10,000m Semifinal September 26, 1988 On day 4 of Athletics competition, my race day finally arrived. In 1988 both men and women had to run a 10,000m semifinal, unlike at London 2012 when the 10,000m was run as a straight … Continue reading

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The Olympic Village in Seoul–Part 2

Daily life in the Athletes’ Village Overview We were treated very well in the Athletes’ Village. It was truly a self-contained town that you didn’t have to leave for anything. Here you could eat, sleep, train, and get news, entertainment, … Continue reading

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Olympic Training Log Sept 17-23: The Olympic Village in Seoul–Part 1

Living in the Athletes’ Village: September 17–October 4 When I look back at my training log and see that I only lived in the Seoul Athletes’ Village for two and a half weeks, I’m surprised. So much happened in that … Continue reading

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Japan, 1988: The stationary bike that didn’t want me to die

After travelling to Japan several times to compete in various Ekiden relays with the Canadian team, I’ve learned a bit about the idiosyncrasies of the Japanese personality. I should start by saying that it’s wonderful to race in Japan, because … Continue reading

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A stopover in Tokyo for Ben Johnson’s fans: Olympic Training Log Sept 10-16

On September 12, 1988, I left Vancouver with the Canadian track & field team, bound for Narita Airport in Tokyo. We were a large group, made up of almost 70 athletes and about 20 staff members. Team spirit was high. … Continue reading

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Balancing on the edge of overtraining: Olympic Training Log Sept 3-Sept 9

Overtraining High-performance athletes (and many highly-motivated recreational athletes, too) walk a fine line between training hard and pushing themselves too hard. Both our bodies and our minds have limits and it’s possible to push over the edge into an exhaustion zone. At … Continue reading

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The friends who got me to the 1988 Olympics + Olympic Training Log Aug 27-Sept 2

As I’ve copied my Training Log here over the past few weeks, I’ve realized again how incomplete memory can be. I had forgotten just how much a few people helped me get ready for the Olympics during that crucial summer … Continue reading

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