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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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Chompin’ at the bit

Chompin’ at the bit

My UCI race license arrived in the mail today and I’m itching for the cycling season to get underway. I’m pretty pumped to participate in my first Ontario Cup race… the Good Friday race on March 29…however, I have mixed emotions. For starters, it’s hard to guage what kind of shape I’m in. The snowy cold weather means no opportunity to ride, but plenty of opportuity to eat! It’s an effort to maintain weight and get good cardio workouts. I also have ongoing knee problems as well ...

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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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The Ultimate Energy Bar

Have you ever bonked on a ride? Are you considering doping in order to keep up with the peloton? Well fear no more… In true Tolkienesque style, here’s one energy bar to ‘rule them all’.

Weighing only 4.5 kg and providing 2000 calories per triangle, just one of these energy bars is capable of fueling up to 1000 km, or 32 hours, of riding…. and it’s totally legal!

It also tastes delicious with your cappucino at the group ride coffee stop. And ...

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Tour de Hans

The Tour de Hans in Kitchener was the last local road race of 2012 and it turned out to be my best race yet. I don’t know if I was just on form that day, or if I had actually improved that much over the year, but I found myself in a position I wasn’t prepared for… sprinting to the finish with the leaders.

I hadn’t actually planned on doing this race, but the weather forecast was looking so good…  sunny and about 12 Celsius, so I ...

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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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10 Clues you might be a hardcore cyclist

Here are some clues that you might be hardcore 🙂

  • You have holes in your bedroom walls from falling off your rollers during winter training
  • When you go jogging with a buddy, you draft them for most of the way, then in the last kilometer, you attack and go for the solo breakaway
  • When on vacation, you drop the tour guide and your entire family as you time-trial through a sight-seeing bike tour
  • Every time you drive up a hill or mountain, you think ...
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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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