Taking back a step, in the winter of 2014 I had originally planned that one of two things would happen come september: A. Race the 10k Toronto Zoo run (paid in part by winning the Nova Scotia running series) or B, attend the IGAC conference in Natal, Brazil. Seemed at the time I wouldn't do both. But things happen you don't expect.
|Email #1, April. Yay!|
|Email #2, August. Yay!|
In the end I got funding to go to IGAC to present my aerosol research. Then, after winning a few races during the summer, I got to run the zoo as part of Team Nova Scotia. A minor miracle of timing, the zoo run was the day before the conference was set to start.
Since I was in the southern hemisphere anyway, my boss decided I may as well visit Buenos Aires, which had just signed the papers to join our global aerosol sampling network. Keep in mind I've never been to any of these places before, so with visas, planning flights and presentations (one oral, one poster), booking hotels, etc the two week period was looking quite full. As I was getting all the details finalized I had the sudden urge to see the legendary Iguazu Falls, which happened midway between Sao Paulo (my layover hub) and Buenos Aires. After scrambling to rebook flights and hotels, off I went.
|Made the first page of results anyway. Technically I was fastest male east of Quebec.|
|Panda! (Well, the race was in T.O. zoo after all)|
|Some of the Young Scientists at IGAC, and me waving like an idiot in background|
|Dune buggy riding. Not exactly a scientific excursion.|
|My poster. Slightly more scientific.|
|Water water everywhere|
|Rainbow! Sadly not a double rainbow.|
|La Boca neighbourhood. And board game, apparently?|
|I had no idea BA architecture was some of the best in the world. |
At the very least it is some the most diverse.
|My and my aerosol sampling machine. |
The real reason why I was in BA in the first place.
I titled this entry with the word "joggling". So how does that fit in? On the first leg of my journey in Toronto, Denise Robson mentioned to me there was another joggler living in Halifax. She said she'd pass along my name to him once I got back to Halifax. His name is Michael-Lucien and he's a very talented joggler. It turns out after just a few months of intense training he's gunning for the half marathon world record. On top of that he's living just a few miles from me.
Last Wednesday we found each other in Point Pleasant Park for a joggling rendez-vous. I haven't been practising nearly as much as he, but kept up running-wise (with a lot more ball-drops). He's also gotten to know Michael Kapral, the current world record holder of many long-distance joggling records. ML and I have made tentative plans to run a race together at some point, and perhaps I'll join them in Ottawa in May for an attempt at the half-marathon record.