Civic Holiday 2013

Civic Long Weekend was quite memorable & filled with lots of outdoor activities. Fri. Aug 2 to Sun. Aug 4 (Québec) My friends and I always plan a nice little vacation every summer.  This year, it was to Blueberry Lake Resort in Labelle, Québec - North of Mont Tremblant.  It was a wet weekend, with... Continue Reading →

Tour de Waterloo 2013

This was my first time at Tour de Waterloo and it won't be my last - well organized, top-notch lunch, and scenic route.  It was a hot and humid day, but at least it stayed dry.  The forecasted thunderstorm never showed. I was decked out in the full GranFondo Niagara Falls kit for the first... Continue Reading →

Centurion Ontario 2013

Centurion Ontario at Horseshoe Valley this year marked my first ever race under nonstop rain.  We arrived the day before on Saturday under sunny skies, hard to believe the next day would become miserable so drastically. SATURDAY (Pre-Race) Saturday was relaxing, arriving at Horseshoe Resort just in time for race packet pickup with 10min to... 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 Achilles 5K

I winged another race, just a mini one.  To date, I've never been able to train for any running events.  I haven't laced up my runners since I mentioned the Achilles St. Patrick's Day 5K last month to recover some shin issues, except for a quickie 3km test run 2 weeks ago to assess my... Continue Reading →

Mood Busters

Another "interesting" work week, which translates to a couple of missed spin classes and not meeting my cardio targets yet again.  It's been a battle lately to find time to focus on personal goals. What kept me sane & motivated over the week? Registering for a Half, a Century, & a Race.  My wallet has... Continue Reading →

Exciting News

Perhaps my 1st exciting news of the year!!  I've been selected as 1 of the featured bloggers for the inaugural GranFondo Niagara Falls!!  A road cycling race that starts & finishes at the majestic Niagara Falls, riding through Niagara-on-the-Lake & its wineries, and up the Niagara Escarpment! (source) With this role comes slight adjustments in... Continue Reading →

Centurion Ontario 2012

Centurion Ontario made its debut at Horseshoe Valley this year.  My C100k race wasn't until Sunday.  But with races throughout the weekend, I arrived no later than 6am on Saturday.  That means waking up at 4am!  After an exhausting week at work, that was the last thing I wanted.  For once, I didn't get any... Continue Reading →

Gran Fondo Gatineau 2012

What an amazing long weekend of Spandex, Sweat, & Self-reflection.  Le Grand Prix Cycliste Gatineau is a 4- day cycling event (Friday May 18-21) with both elite and amateur races.  Beautiful weather the entire time with temperatures at high 20's C, feeling like the 30's.  Just like that, I completed my 1st cycling race at Gran... 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 →

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 →

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