Gearing up to travel

Last year was my inaugural trip on the Golden Triangle tour put on by the Elbow Valley Cycle Club. It had some challenging hills, some exciting descents, and bears! Also much beer and food. It was pretty cushy touring even by choosing the frugal option of camping¬†over a hotel bed. They toted our gear from town to town for us and there was never more than 40km between you and food, hot or cold beverages, and washrooms. Further, the daily mileage never exceeded 110km. I would like to point out…

Beating a dead horse

I had an interesting experience the other day. I was stopped at a red light in one of Calgary’s much contested new bike lanes. There were some fellow cyclists across the intersection also patiently waiting, or so I thought. One individual stopped, looked both ways, looked around at his peers, and crossed the intersection, smirking at me as he rode by. He didn’t impede any traffic, however he did perform this maneuver in front of an audience of drivers. I mentioned as he passed that it was a red light.…

Rocket Fuel

Model of a glucose molecule

Supposedly young girls are composed of sugar accompanied by spices and other nice things. My personal experiences showed otherwise, but admittedly, I didn’t have a very large data set to work with. I met with TCRSportLab again this morning. After meticulously documenting my dietary and exercise habits for one full week, I proudly submitted my spreadsheet, knowing I had been disciplined and focused, and waited for my appointment the following day. I am certainly not a paragon of health and good choices, but a corner had definitely been turned that…

With great power comes great responsibility

I love data. I love how graphs look, and I like seeing trends…trending in positive directions. Strava got me hooked on this.¬† Speed & elevation estimates based on my phone GPS was just a taste that opened a whole world to me, and eventually my wallet. I got the Wahoo Bluetooth HR monitor to integrate with my phone. That sold me on the whole system. Last year I sprung for a Garmin 510 with Cadence & Heart Rate. Last year, I raced my first Cat5 race and while grueling and…

Another year, another diet

Last week I embarked upon a training regime. Lose fat and get faster. Get fitter and be faster. With the help of TCRSportLab, Myfitnesspal, and maybe a healthy dose of masochism, I hope to be ready for Cat5 racing this year. With this endeavor consuming what little is left of my free time and thoughts, I am saying “goodbye for now” to a treasured companion. Goodbye beer. We need a break. It’s not you, it’s me. Once my body gets back into shape, we will celebrate, I promise.