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4 Reasons Triathletes need a Road Bike

I'm of the belief that you can never have too many bikes.  A quick look around our garage is evidence of that.   If you are familiar with The Rules, then you know the correct number of bikes one should own is always n+1.  If we had more room, I think there's a good chance we'd have more bikes.



When I started in multi-sport back in 2003, I bought a $500 used road bike. It didn't quite fit me but it...

Monday Musings: A Magical Week

Happy Monday!

The dust has settled and the house is quiet once again.  This past week was a big one!  We hosted some elite triathletes for the weekend, I went to Disney for the first time and I celebrated another trip around the sun.

Last December, one of our coaches here, Sarah McClarty, posted in the Clermont Triathletes FB group that another USAT coach was looking for a home stay for 3 athletes...

Monday Musings: Halfway There

Hello!

I'm still here, I'm just not spending a lot of time online. Honestly, it's the last thing on my mind when I've got spectacular weather and great people to hang out with. If I'm not out training, I'm either sitting on the back deck reading or working. Weekends are spent out and about exploring. There is always something going on. It's funny how last year I thought that 2 months was going to...

The Season Finale: Out of the Ice Bath and Into the Freezer: LP 70.3 Bike

The Lake Placid bike course starts with a very steep but short downhill with a sharp turn at the bottom. In previous years, there used to be a big bump half way down the road but that has been fixed. The one year G and I volunteered we were stationed at the bump and had to warn people to slow down. This year there was no worry about launching a bottle or anything else off your bike in the first...

Monday Musings: A new addition

Howdy Folks!

This past weekend was a BIG weekend of racing. There was SeaWheeze in Vancouver, Steelhead 70.3 in Michigan, MSC Bracebridge Race weekend and Iron Girl to name a few. I had a couple of athletes racing (SeaWheeze & the ENDURun Half marathon) and Gary and I also raced (recap to come this week!). Hard to believe that there's only a few weeks left of the summer racing! We've got yet...

Monday Musings: Where is summer going?

Happy Monday! And hello last day of July. What the what??? Yup, it's the first day of August tomorrow. Summer is flying by. I'm pretty sure I say that every year. The funny thing is that we haven't over scheduled ourselves this summer. In previous summers we've raced almost every weekend. Last year that didn't happen at all so I figured we'd have the itch to do that again but not so. I think the...

Monday Musings: Trying to get back on track

Hi ho!

I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! I spent it cheering and celebrating birthdays with family. It was a big triathlon weekend here in Toronto. The 5th annual Toronto Triathlon Festival was held on Sunday. I had two athletes racing and I knew a TON of other people racing as well so I hopped on my bike and went down to do some cheering. They had pretty much perfect conditions other than...

The Comeback: Mont Tremblant 70.3 Race Recap - The Bike

Now that my least favourite part of the race was over, I was on to the bike.  This was going to be a solid test of my cycling fitness and fueling strategy.  Because this was an early season race, G and I both felt that we would probably have some room for improvement in Lake Placid.   I knew this course was hard, well, parts of it were anyway, and that you had better not burn yourself out too...

Monday Musings: Summer is HERE

Hey! It's finally HOT! YEAH! I think everyone has been waiting for this since oh, I don't know, MAY?? We've had multiple days of sunshine and multiple days of heat and, NO RAIN. That's been the big stumbling block this spring. I've missed more Morning Glory rides this year compared to last year due to questionable weather. It's been two weeks since I've done any morning rides with them. I had high...

MGCC Ladies Take on the Adirondacks

I had this post almost all ready to last week but was waiting on pics from our guide.  Sadly I have only gotten a couple of shots from the 5 days we were there.  So once those come, you can expect a "Wordless Wednesday" post, ha ha.

I've been to two training camps, both led by coaches that were coaching me. They are an excellent way to hone your skills as well as socialize with like minded people....

Monday Musings: T-Minus 3 weeks

Oh hello June!  Here we are half way through 2017.  Time is just whizzing by.  We have THREE weeks left until Tremblant!  THREE.  Holy crapamole.   We've been occasionally checking the water temperature in Lac Tremblant and a couple of weeks ago it was a balmy 6 degrees celsius.  Thankfully it's now gone up to 15.2which means that hopefully in another 3 weeks it's closer to 18 degrees which would...

Monday Musings: Back into the Hills

This past weekend G and I went out to Muskoka to do Spin the Lakes, something that is becoming an annual tradition with our friends.  Last year,I was just getting back on my bike after about 3 weeks off due to my injury. I couldn't run but I could ride, so I was happy to be able to do something. I had signed up for Spin the Lakes well before I got injured and the original plan was to race it. That...