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Miguel Vadillo
Guelph
Malva 44, friend, father, designer, swimmer, pentathlete.
Interests: Open Water Swimming, Triathlon, my athletes, my community. ... ohh yes, also graphic design, editorial design, typography,
Recent Activity
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19 months ago was the last time I wrote something here. There are innumerable things that can happen in such time and yet there are things that do not change and will not change. Amongst the many things that happened over this period of time have been very defining moments... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2014 at Swimming long
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Apart from another great weel of training and coaching, driving the bikes back to Ontario on my own has given me a unique opportunity to be really with myself for a long time. Some times it is refreshing not to talk to anyone for long periods of time (always knowing... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2013 at Swimming long
I am a graphic designer with 20 years of experience. I was born and raised in Mexico City where I received my secondary and post secondary education. In 2004 I came to Canada as the Ontario Modern Pentathlon coach. Until 2013 I worked as a senior designer for the Toronto... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2013 at MV Editorial Designer
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Que chinga compa! My long time friend Ricardo wrote on facebook. Sort of "freakin painful pal" And yes, driving back non stop to Arizona from Guelph was long and at times hard, yet I got to see things that are beautiful, enchanting, funny, surprising or just plain nice. Two days... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2013 at Swimming long
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Yes. Once more I have started. ...Something The thing is I have this idea, you might have heard already: (many have) I want to swim lake Ontario from the pier of the lift bridge in Burlington to a place to be determined in Kingston Ontario. Never has been done, No... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2012 at Swimming long
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Well now that the Olympic games are over and many will have this withdrawl symptoms including panic of what would they watch or read... Here I'm back! Ha!... Joke apart, the 10Km. marathon swim nationals on Saturday were the best way to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the swim across... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2012 at Swimming long
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Many things had happened since last time I wrote. And now that I am sitting with just a few minutes to write, I realized that has been over a month! I feel that somehow I got into a treadmill and I had been running non stop for a long time... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2012 at Swimming long
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On June 14, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. the Guelph Marlins Aquatic Club was a host of a special swim lesson at Centennial Pool as part of The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to help prevent drowning and to help... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2012 at Swimming long
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Hello there. Some how with the great work that Kendra (my coach for the lake crossing) is doing we got to be part of this great event: The World's Largest Swimming Lesson. On Thursday June 14 at 11:00 a.m. local time many swimming organizations around the globe will be participating... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2012 at Swimming long
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Many are paying quite a bit of money to see them in London. I was lucky enough to be invited to watch them running a few blocks from my house at Exhibition park in Guelph: Canada's best marathon runner Reid Coolsaet, Canada's best junior triathlete Andrew Yorke and two times... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2012 at Swimming long
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Santiago Vadillo paddles beside Miguel Vadillo on the shores of Lake Ontario on August 9, 2010. Photo: Jim Rankin Last Saturday, June 2, 2012 I went down to Welland, Ontario where an Open Water seminar for the 2012 great lakes swim crossings aspirants took place. A great job of Christine... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2012 at Swimming long
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Getting up at 5:00a.m. going to coach the Guelph Marlins Masters swimming program on Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays, trying to swim the other days of the week, picking up Santiago (my son) cooking breakfast, driving him to school, doing some regular life /people house chores, maybe a little free lance... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2012 at Swimming long
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The Arizona training camp that former olympic coach Barrie Shepley invited me to help with the swimming portion of triathlon and a week of training for myself took place about a month ago. It is really easy to get caught on the rutine of things to do putting aside the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2012 at Swimming long
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Last week at the talk I gave at the University of Guelph, the organizer and director of the Better U program Annie Eleveld, read an article that the Guelph Mercury published with a quote from John Marsden. Since then I felt that I had to share it because it is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2012 at Swimming long
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The better U program at the University of Guelph started a few years ago and I was lucky enough to be invited to coach this group of determined employees of the university with a common goal of exercise, eat well and get better overall in our daily life. Participants learn... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2012 at Swimming long
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A few weeks ago former Olympic coach Barrie Shepley invited to a weight loss contest. I was petrified as many people are when comfronted with this kind of voluntary health challenges. After all if there is something I enjoy is to eat and to eat what I consider good food.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2012 at Swimming long
Miguel Vadillo is now following Nanette
Jan 26, 2012
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A few days ago I had an interesting conversation with a co-commuter on our way back home. Was about those not so rare people with a lot of talent. Then the next morning while swimming, I was really trying hard to do the right things on each repetition of the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2011 at Swimming long
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A week ago was the Guelph Marlins Aquatic Club annual banquet. I have been part of the club for 7 years now and it was my first banquet. Somehow I manage to miss them every year until this last one and I regret that. What a wonderful party! Why? you... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2011 at Swimming long
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Keeping it going. I started training last Saturday October 22. I ran for an hour and almost did 10 Km. pretty slow but was a good start in a beautiful fall morning. The best part is that I felt good and even when the rest of the day I felt... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2011 at Swimming long
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This is not necesarily how do I look now but it certaily represents how heavy I feel. It has been a long lasting feeling for over a year. When I decided to swim across Lake Ontario and learned what was needed, my biggest fear was the cold water. In December... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2011 at Swimming long
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What is next? This is one of the questions that many people often has asked me. Without exception I must have this blank staring face while in my head the process is something like: ¿? What? think, ... think! and then answer something that somehow sounds sort of intelligent... meanwhile... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2011 at Swimming long
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A bit more than a year ago, I was on my knees in a hotel room in NOTL scared, praying, breathing deeply and asking to God, ... to the universe and the lake to help me and to be gentle. Barely containing tears. After all by fullfillig a very selfish... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2011 at Swimming long
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Once in a while, my training gets boring. Mindless meters. Or short sprints to train speed. But last weekend after a 2 hour workout at 5:30 and after a 2 hour drive to Hamilton. I had fun. Arriving at the Mcmaster university's athletic center I met Andrew Cole. Mcmaster's swimming... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2011 at Santiago's swim across Erie
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Sharks in lakes? you think to yourself; No way! Well, let me correct you... YES WAY! According to my history teacher I can be swimming along Lake Erie and BOOM, a Bull Shark bites my arm off. Bull Sharks can live up to 2 years in fresh water. So that... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2011 at Santiago's swim across Erie