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Thursday May 19, 11

You can learn more from failure than success…

Monday August 23, 10

You can learn more from failure than success. In failure you’re forced to find out what part did not work. But in success you can believe everything you did was great, when in fact some parts may not have worked at all. Failure forces you to face reality.

Fred Brooks

I was reading an article on about designing and Fred Brooks Monday.  It struck me that design theory for technology industry is true in sport as well.

I’ll be debriefing a number of athletes after this past weekend’s triathlon National Championships. As a coach, I need to acknowledge the failures in order to help athletes improve.  At the same time, I need to recognize and reward success.  Its a delicate balance.

The toughest part in sport is contextual interpretation of results.  Was a poor performance really a poor performance? Or did everyone do poorly that day?  Was it wind, rain, temperature, course changes, etc.?  Similarly, was an excellent truly excellent? Or was everyone faster?

Separating facts from fiction and evidence from distractions is critical in the debrief.

I especially like the following  thoughts;

  • The critical thing about the design process is to identify your scarcest resource.
  • start with a vision not a list of features
  • You build a quick prototype and get it in front of users to see what they do with it.
  • constant incremental iterations

As I plan 2011, I’ll keep these ideas in mind- especially the first two.


slightly late but…

Wednesday September 23, 09

Stephanie Kieffer recently won the Women’s 40-44 category at the ITU Olympic Distance triathlon World Championships in Australia.  She added this to her recent 2nd place overall and win of the women’s 40-44 category at the 2009 Canadian National Championships.

Steph is having an incredible two years beginning with her first ever World Championship win at the 2008 ITU Worlds in Vancouver and a 3rd overall and women’s 40-44 win at Canadian Championships.  These results won her the Triathlon Canada athlete of the year for women 40+ AND a Triathlete Canada magazine triathlete of the year recognition.

Also worth of recognition are Amy Kirkham’s 4th place overall at National Championships and a 2nd in Women 25-29 and Martina Wan’s 10th place finish in the Elite Women’s race.

Way to go girls!

Engineered Athletes in action

Tuesday August 19, 08

Here is a quick update on some of the Engineered Athletes and teams I coach.

IDBF Club Crew Championships (Penang, Malaysia): Dragon Boat

Victoria BC’s Gorging Dragons (training program and performance analyses) earned a Silver medal in the 500 m, and Bronze medals in the 2000 m and the 200 m and 2nd in the 500 m premier division mixed crew races.

full results coming…

IVF Sprint Outrigger World Championships (Sacramento CA): outrigger canoeing

Kathryn Ginther of Penticton BC (training program, technique and performance analyses) came home with three Bronze medals from the V6 1000 m, V6 500 and V12 500 m events.

full results

Canadian Triathlon Championships (Kelowna BC)


Martina Wan (full program, performance analyses and technical coaching support) announced herself in her first elite race as an up and coming force to be reckoned with in women’s triathlon.

On the bike, Martina worked super hard and was the strongest rider in the chase pack as reflected in her 4th fastest bike split! She performed a clinic in T2 skills posting the second fastest bike to run transition and led the chase pack onto the run in 6th places.  Martina pushed harder than she ever had in a race to finish 11th overall and 8th Canadian!

Well done Martina!


2008 World Champion and now 2008 Canadian F4044 Champion; Stephanie Kieffer (full program, performance analyses and technical coaching support) was unstoppable!

Stephanie was also 3rd overall in the women, but only after the the eventual winner and second place finisher had chased her down on the run.

With over 25 participants in the race, LETC (program and technical coaching) was solid across the board with four podium appearance and nine automatic qualifications (q) for the 2009 ITU Olympic Distance Worlds in Australia!

11 8CAN ELITE Martina Wan TP
22:03 1:10:11 0:42:04 2:16:10
10 10 3M40-44 Alan Carlsson q 20:50 1:02:18 0:40:39 2:05:45
41 3 1F40-44 Stephanie Kieffer TP q 21:29 1:06:30 0:44:20 2:14:23
66 61 7M25-29 Doug Giles q 29:41 1:05:47 0:40:57 2:18:29
76 69 8M25-29 Rob Eakin q 27:36 1:07:04 0:43:33 2:20:22
117 17 3F20-24 Justine Clift q 24:51 1:10:57 0:46:52 2:25:04
167 33 4F30-34 Elizabeth Urbach q 29:22 1:11:43 0:46:14 2:29:55
174 140 16M25-29 Brian Roth 27:35 1:09:59 0:50:35 2:30:35
175 35 7F35-39 Lynda McCue q 28:56 1:13:47 0:45:32 2:30:43
196 47 7F25-29 Jody Wright q 26:17 1:12:51 0:50:23 2:32:21
248 72 16F35-39 Heather Caldwell 26:08 1:17:49 0:50:22 2:37:36
265 191 30M30-34 Andrew Harlos 28:35 1:14:04 0:53:47 2:39:23
271 79 18F35-39 Stacy Gorkoff 27:57 1:19:18 0:48:13 2:40:21
289 84 14F25-29 Nicole Warren 29:14 1:19:06 0:50:19 2:41:43
294 208 35M30-34 Michael Ryan* 34:58 1:13:01 0:49:59 2:42:14
297 210 35M35-39 Denis “9½” Peregrym 36:13 1:09:04 0:54:22 2:42:25
316 220 35M45-49 Stan Rogowski* 32:39 1:20:01 0:46:21 2:44:29
326 226 28M50-54 Clayton Reichert 36:02 1:12:57 0:53:45 2:45:42
340 103 19F25-29 Caylee Wasilenko 24:41 1:21:28 0:58:12 2:46:48
342 104 20F25-29 Erin Bigelow 29:53 1:21:27 0:51:57 2:47:10
343 105 20F35-39 Alison Thompson TP 31:11 1:18:56 0:53:52 2:47:28
353 112 11F45-49 Bronwyn Masson 32:35 1:16:34 0:56:19 2:49:09
454 162 2F18-19 Andrea Reichert* 25:27 1:27:42 1:03:00 2:59:39
540 218 45F30-34 Marnie Richter* 35:52 1:28:26 1:11:48 3:19:59
554 229 2F65-69 Mary Battell TP q 41:55 1:32:00 1:08:28 3:28:16

TP Engineered Athlete training program

* LETC Alumni

q qualifier for 2009 Worlds

full results