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Month: April 2011

First Long Ride of the Season

First Long Ride of the Season

Couldn’t have asked for nicer day to spend with my steed. Easter marks the first of many long days this year that I’ll be riding 100km or more. One day out of this year’s long weekends is my time to enjoy. This saturday it was the ride from Horseshoe Bay ferry to UBC then cross town, over second narrows, to Deep Cove and back to the Ferry. Whew! 100km plus.

It took me a little over 4 hours and I met some really cool people along the way. One such person was a triathlete that was telling me about her ironman competitions. She was also telling me how Vancouver was busting out with road riding and I believed her as I saw at least 1000 riders enjoying the sport that I loved. On the Sunshine Coast, road cycling is starting to pickup but may have only 15-20 people that ride regularly. The coast is mostly known for its stunning mountain biking riding. Still we are widening the hwy lanes and adding lanes on our rural routes; also don’t forget the rides suggested on this blog. Hopefully more people from Vancouver will come over and spend some time to enjoy the coast and the great road riding we have to offer!

—-WAB1234—-


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My 2011 Bike Upgrades

My 2011 Bike Upgrades

So I have a new grouppo on my bike – SRAM Red and its SWEET!!!!.  Compare to my Ultegra, its lighter and noticeably louder when shifting gear.  “Clack, Clack” would best describe the sounds whereas the Shimano grouppo was a barely audible click.  The black crankarms and shifters really make the bike look great!  The bike weighs in now at 15.5 lbs with pedals and cages.

—-WAB1234—-

The Sun Run was actually…..FUN!

The Sun Run was actually…..FUN!

I didn’t really think that I would have run as good as I did.  I trained the days before…hard and counted on a slow and laboured (to his standards) pace with my son that I thought “hey just go out and have fun” run with him.  I found out the day before that my son bailed and then I started thinking that my legs feel all lactic acidy like when I was climbing up stairs.

I’ve never ran the Sun Run before and was really surprised with all the people.  All 49,000+ runners out there!  The gun went and a stream of people were zipping off to win.  The race starts in waves and it seems that the really slow people somehow put themselves into the 45-50 minute 10km pace category to be able to get ahead of the crowds!!!  As I started the run, I ran a slower than race pace just to see how the crowds was going to slow me. Then I hit the walkers (yes 45min 10km my ass!!!) and it was like a pylon slalom course.  The crowds hit a rhythm and I found myself running fast.  So I switched to race pace and started passing people.  I crossed the finish line at 46:41 and had fun!!!

Need to Really Have Goals

Need to Really Have Goals

It’s obvious that I’m in a funk right now. I think it’s this long winter of constant rain and lack of sun. It’s the first winter that my moods have been affected by the long winter season. After being sick for 3 weeks its like all my training prior to the flu was thrown in the garbage. I tried to train during it to maintain my current level of fitness but I definitely have seen a decline in mental fitness. Feelings of being discourage, disappointment and being overwhelmed of all the training required to get caught up.

But goals are goals and for me it’s important to stick to them only if it’s just to reach it. Completing them always help me analyze the journey on how to improve. Its the Sun Run tomorrow and its a fun goal so that’s what I’ll do!

—WAB1234—-

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Location:Deer Walk,Bowen Island,Canada