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

Ken’s Birthday Century

What could be better than waking up before your 4:30am alarm clock rings knowing you have the whole morning to ride bikes fast? Today is Ken's birthday and to celebrate he has a hall pass from his very busy family life to take off until lunch. We're putting the time to good use by meeting at 6am and heading out [...]

By | September 4th, 2017|Road Riding, Training|0 Comments

Martin Swiss Team Training – one of the Group

Success is prepared for with a personal commitment, effort and knowledge. Success is achieved when you have a team which can help each other reach your best potential. Earlier this summer I was fortunate to connect with my local bike store Martin Swiss here in Montreal. They have group rides and an amateur team riding at a high Provincial level. [...]

By | August 29th, 2017|Road Riding, Training|0 Comments

Pushing hard to the start line aka Unicorn Feeding time

One of  my favorite things about racing is that as you get closer to the start date, the excitement starts to build and the focus starts to sharpen and the senses start to peel back in anticipation. Yes, roll your eyes, but if you’ve ever been there you’ll understand what I’m talking about. It’s as if there is a “more” true, “more” raw version of you inside ready to come out and play.These days racing is fun for me. It’s not a stressful experience like it was in the beginning, when it seemed

By | April 28th, 2017|Training|0 Comments

Aptitude and Ability – thoughts on brevets, and ultra-distance riding

The best part about long distance bike riding is discovering a secret world that lies beneath the day to day biking world of well-known races and weekend warriors. It likes to hide from the glare of semi-professional training organizations and adaptive consumer biking technology.I’m not making a case for it being better or worse than any other ways to recreate and have fun on a bike, but it is undeniably a great feeling to find out on the way through your sport that other people share the same

By | April 12th, 2017|Brevet, Training|0 Comments

New bike bits aka Perceived Wallet Strength

The best part about racing is periodically having to completely overhaul your bike and discover bits that are caked in crud, rust and might otherwise destroy your chances of a happy ending if they are not cleaned and lubed and replaced where necessary.The guys at my local bike shop are awesome – they love to discover bearings which are beaten to cubes of crap. They love to reveal inner and outer bearing races which are sagging in the middle and peeling back layers of cheap composite material.I

By | April 7th, 2017|Training|0 Comments

Cautiously filling lungs with fluidy goop

How very slowly can you drown a man so that he doesn’t notice? One fun way is to get back on the bike and train before you are completely healed and listen to the mucus and the fluidy goop fill up on an hourly basis. Cough quietly so as not to trip the wife alarm and pray for the best.This whole exercise would be a lot easier if I was v-logging it, but since I have yet to sponsor myself a decent video camera, and since I’m still riding like a tiny monkey on an even tinier monkey bike it could be

By | April 5th, 2017|Training|0 Comments