Travelling without leaving home aka rest days

There’s a special attraction to waking up in an unfamiliar land and spending the day exploring. Sometimes it’s not possible to do this due to family commitments or support requirements. Sometimes it’s been work. Mostly it’s work. For the last 20 years it’s been work. It’s also been the way to pay for my apartment, car, food in the fridge [...]

By | August 4th, 2018|Recovery, Training|0 Comments

Gravel Grinding in Beauceville, Quebec

Like it says on my hotel wall: "le bonheur est un parcours…pas une destination". Couldn't have said it better myself. I've been checking out the area for almost a year, which included 6 months of basically non-rideable winter - think bovine deep snow for most of that time. It's June now, heading towards high summer, and truly it is beautiful [...]

By | June 13th, 2018|Gravel Grinding, Roadtrip, Training|0 Comments

Road Racing is Not Complicated!!!! Peek a boo at Les Mardis cyclistes de Lachine

I learned something important tonight. Road racing is NOT complicated. You roll a few kays to your local crit. You bring your bike. Don't forget your license. Warm up. Then go. That's it! I spend 40 minutes watching all the racers wondering why the heck I wasn't racing myself. I think the short answer is it's easier to psych out [...]

By | June 12th, 2018|Race, Road Riding, Training|0 Comments

Ra Ra Rasputitsa!

Rasputitsa is Russian for the mud season when roads become difficult to traverse. Is that clear? Not to me, so I googled and get the following: Rasputitsa was the name for the severe weather conditions that occur seasonal(ly) (sic) in Eastern European areas, namely the Soviet Union. These conditions are typically characterized by thick mud caused by the recently melted [...]

By | March 26th, 2018|Cyclocross, Roadtrip, Training, Uncategorised|0 Comments

Spit, Spin and Young Yang

Pass the koeksisters – am getting skinny lately. All this training since Xmas and am 15lbs lighter (mostly thanks to the river of sweat at Martin Swiss training).  Even if I can't be as accomplished in March as Tiesj Benoot, I can at least put all my effort into being the best damn recreational racer that I can possibly be. [...]

By | March 13th, 2018|Art Inspiration, Training, Winter Biking|0 Comments

La Niña Colada aka effort vs training aka putting my philosophy degree to dubious cycling use.

“It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.” ―Aristotle Winter is time for thinking - and sadly for you dear reader - training indoors is extra grounds for thinking about pontificatious things – pedaltificating I might call it. Something on my mind as I grind out another predawn training session is: [...]

By | February 27th, 2018|Art Inspiration, Training, Winter Biking|0 Comments

What is the difference between a raven and a crow aka A short quest in January for road racing areo wheels

Not that I don’t love writing about training indoors in January when I’m actually doing it; it’s just that I enjoy looking for the perfect pair of racing wheels instead. I decided around January 11th when I saw my Visa bill after Christmas that there was not really room in this year’s budget for a brand new racing bike. I’ve [...]

By | February 2nd, 2018|Art Inspiration, Training|0 Comments

WattsUpp!

Focusing on the long boring hours of winter training is an exercise in criminal neglect and pathological compartmentalization. Training indoors goes against every grain of my adventure seeking, outdoors loving spirit. As I write these words, I feel fibres twitching, fidgety fingers seeking airfares, escape, hell - even a brisk walk to the corner store. It’s a physical, social and [...]

By | January 27th, 2018|Training, Winter Biking|0 Comments