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Who wants a cold one?

Who wants a cold one?

This winter seems to be going on forever. It’s been 2 months since I’ve ridden outside and although I hate the cold weather, I just had to get out today.

Yesterday I noticed that the roads were pretty dry and you could feel that the temperature was rising. It seemed like I could get a ride in if I would suck it up and brave the cold. Last week at the Toronto Bike Show I made a couple of purchases that ...

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My First Spin Class

My First Spin Class

Tonight I finally made it out to an indoor spinning session with Speed River Cycling Club. I was a little worried because I don’t have a stationary type bike trainer and I wasn’t sure how it would work out on rollers. I decided not to clip in… which turned out to be a good move since I did slip off the trainer 3 or 4 times. There were a couple of disadvantages to using rollers but I would consider them ...

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2013 Pre-season Progress Report

So it’s February, 2013 already. My weight is still up a kilo from Christmas and the one energy bar to rule them all. But I’m still training.

I’m into week 9 of p90X. To be honest, I didn’t follow week 8 since it was a rest week that included yoga and cardio. I really hate yoga and the p90X cardio is not that challenging, so instead I’ve been spinning and doing Bob Harper’s ultimate cardio workout, ...

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2012 Recap

I purchased my first road bike in July 2011, making 2012 my first full year as a road cyclist. In review, the past 12 months included many firsts and milestones, as well as some motivation for goals in 2013. I hadn’t planned on racing, but attended a few mass participation events that I found challenging and strangely gratifying. By the end of the year I had decided to get my race license and try the Ontario Cup racing circuit in ...

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Biking in the bedroom

Biking in the bedroom

After a mild December, the snow seems to have finally arrived and it’s getting deeper… And it’s getting colder. I had planned on running all winter, but have taken the last 2 days off due to knee pain. The roads and sidewalks around here seem too treacherous and I’m afraid of slipping and pulling something. I also just had an MRI on my right knee for a nagging injury and am awaiting the results, so I thought I’d be responsible ...

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Activity tracking

I love how easy it is to track your progress and analyze your workouts. There are a bunch of free apps for your smartphone that will map your runs or rides and provide statistics like speed, distance etc. I started out using RunKeeper, which works great, but have since switched to Endomondo because it includes live tracking of your activities… My wife likes to know where I am, and if I am still moving ...

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P90X Update 1

So I’ve just completed Week 1 of P90X. It’s been cool to change things up so much after getting into a bit of a rut with my exercise program. Overall, I think P90X is pretty good… except for the yoga.

Day 3
Shoulders and arms – pretty straightforward. First time through, so I was discovering my thresholds and setting some benchmarks for next time. I used weights that challenged me at the 12 to 15 rep level.

Day 4
I’ve always been kinda ...

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On the run again : )

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For the past two months I have been running around 6km almost every day. Sixteen days ago I ran my longest distance yet… just over 9km. I felt fine too. At least until after I got home, then I was noticing some discomfort in my lateral right knee. It got worse overnight and I awoke the next day with enough pain to realize that it was not an injury I could ignore. Prior to ...

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P90X (the challenge is on)

I feel like I needed to change things up a bit. I have been doing Bob Harper’s Pure Burn strength workout for at least year now, mixing it up with a couple of his other workouts. I had heard a lot about P90X and thought I’d give it try.  I’m determined to stick out the 90 days and see what affect it has… I even took my ‘before’ photos : ) First impressions are positive.

Day 1 was pretty tough. I thought I ...

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Workouts

Workouts

Working out can be a chore, but it’s a necessary one in my opinion. It can also be very rewarding and just make you feel pretty darn good about life. And it doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Personally, I don’t bother with gym memberships. I don’t need any extra steps between me and a workout, such as packing a bag, scraping the ice off the truck in winter and driving somewhere. For the cost of one year’s gym ...

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