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 →

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 →

Taking over Collingwood

I embarked on an easy ride at Collingwood over the weekend (ROUTE MAP).  A hilly route with some long climbs but at a manageable gradient & pace.  Perfect for getting my legs ready for another cycling race next weekend.  (Photo credit: Thanks to Hussein & Mustafa for some of the photos below) Over 20 of... Continue Reading →

6th Line Hell

I resumed my hill training at Milton.  Today's target was the hill on 6th Line (ROUTE MAP).  I can't think of any other way to describe it except "Sheer Hell".  It was absolute terror as I turned onto 6th Line.  The hill went on forever!  Too bad photos never give any hill justice ... I... Continue Reading →

I Found Nemo

Thanks to everyone's suggestions last week, I've concluded that "If I want hills, go to Milton".  Milton has 3 featured hills in order of increasing agony: 1) Mount Nemo on Guelph Line; 2) 6th Line North of Campbellville Rd; 3) Appleby Line North of Derry Rd.  Being someone whose keen on living through the weekend, I... Continue Reading →

Hill Training

Gran Fondo Gatineau is coming up in exactly 2 weeks.  A 102km bike race with 6000 ft in elevation gain.  The distance is not a biggie, but the elevation is enough to make my legs quiver in fear.  This calls for some climbing legs & maybe a new set of lungs.  As I ponder why... Continue Reading →

Hit up Belfountain…again

I've been craving a good Latte for the past week.  There's no place that makes THE perfect cup like The Shed in Belfountain (in my opinion!). 🙂  There are other reasons why I MUST bike today: I need to get out of my 'sluggish' mood that I had last week (I didn't even go spinning!)... Continue Reading →

Blue Mountain shows no mercy!

People normally go DOWNhill at Blue Mountains.  I beg to be different, I go UPhill.  For the 1st time in the 2 years I've been cycling, I did not enjoy my ride at all.  The combination of terrifying weather, challenging terrain, & getting lost made yesterday's ride the most traumatic ride yet. In preparation for... Continue Reading →

My thighs are Spent!

My legs feel like bricks!  I signed up for the Introductory 2-week special at CYKL on Monday.  That's 2 weeks of unlimited spinning classes!!  I took full advantage of it & went spinning after work this Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday. Tuesday's class was  such a unique class.  Since it's Tour de France month, CYKL held... Continue Reading →

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