Ride for Heart 2013

This year's Ride for Heart (ROUTE MAP) had similar forecast as last year, showers.  The difference this year?  The rain actually came .... in a downpour.  Ride for Heart is an annual charity ride on the DVP and Gardiner Expressway, 2 major highways in Toronto.  This was my 3rd time and I still believe it... Continue Reading →

Tour de Waterloo Pre-Ride

Last weekend was sunny with strong gusty winds, perfect for some fun rides that will blow you away!  To prepare for Tour de Waterloo at the end of June, I pre-rode the route to see what was in store.  This race intrigues me because it takes place near University of Waterloo, my old fiend.  It... Continue Reading →

Gran Fondo Gatineau 2013

For the 2nd year in a row, my Victoria Day long weekend was spent at Le Grand Prix Cycliste Gatineau to kick off my 1st race of the season.  This weekend involved spectating the Women's UCI WE 1.1 Road Race on Saturday, racing the Gran Fondo Gatineau on Sunday, and finally spectating the Women's Chrono... Continue Reading →

GranFondo Niagara Falls Pre-Ride

What's the perfect pairing with wine?  Not cheese, guess again .... cycling!  The GranFondo Niagara Falls Pre-Ride event (ROUTE MAP) pampered all riders with VIP treatment and previewed the upcoming GranFondo Niagara Falls cycling race in September.  It was a day of good cycling, good company, good food, and good wine. The ride started at... Continue Reading →

2013 Mississauga Half Marathon

An "expensive long walk" was my original thought for this year's Mississauga Half Marathon.  I didn't have much training and have never ran over 14.4 km in my life.  Ever since my shin issues a few months ago, I never quite regained my motivation to run, especially with cycling in high season right now.  My... Continue Reading →

For Speed or Survival?

The leg warmers are finally ditched for good!  This past weekend was a blast with the warm weather. SATURDAY - Mock Healing Cycle (25km) A short maxed-out effort ride, mimicking the annual Healing Cycle charity ride.  It was a quick 25km there and back route (ROUTE MAP) with the 1st half being rollers and false... Continue Reading →

Terra Cotta

Terra Cotta, a village in the Town of Caledon, was on my riding list last year that got sidetracked.  It's time to make that visit.  To make it interesting, I checked the route for the annual Tour de Terra Cotta - 3 laps of 8.6km loop.  Let's try it out! TO Terra Cotta (28.9km) I... Continue Reading →

1st MTB Experience

Winter came for a visit again, thanks to whoever invited it.  With riding plans this weekend, my standard dropped to "Just be dry, please!" as I begged on all fours.  Even THAT was too much to ask for!  This morning, I woke up  to a thin layer of snow in my backyard, trees swaying in... Continue Reading →

Milton Tri Bike Course – 6th Line Hill

I'm really enjoying mixing short intense rides with long steady rides this year.  Today was a short all-out-effort ride on the Milton Triathlon bike course (ROUTE MAP) which included my nightmare 6th Line hill.  After last year's experience up this hill, I didn't plan on revisiting the horror until the weather gets hot (not just... Continue Reading →

Endurance Check

For Easter, Mother Nature gift-wrapped 2 sunny days for us.  I wouldn't go so far to say they were warm - still leg warmers & jacket weather for me but at least I finally switched to fingerless gloves! I have a confession though.  I returned to the dark side & rekindled some long hauls.  No... Continue Reading →

Best Spot in the Lot

Who has the best parking spot at the train station?  That would be me!  Last Thursday commemorates my 1st bike commute of 2013.  No battles with drivers.  No line up for parking.  Closest spot to the station. Its once a year cleaning was promised prior to its big day; so new dust can settle on... Continue Reading →

From PJ’s to Spandex

Sluggish morning?  Count me in!  I was still in my pajamas by noon, knowing very well I was due for another short ride today.  Temperature hovered at 3C, still not my ideal long-distance temperature yet.  Finally at 1pm, I got my acts together.  Somehow, somewhere, my legs erupted energy.  I was in the zone and... Continue Reading →

Season Kickoff

Above freezing with sunshine?  Say what?  Spring is here!  Time to reunite with my buddy after 4 months of hibernation.  I kicked out the door Saturday noon (literally, door was stuck!) with my bike to kickoff the season! SATURDAY I wanted an easy short route to regain the feel of my bike & assess its... Continue Reading →

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