Spring 2013 Training/Life Update

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So we’re a little over 4 months into the 2013 season.  Being part of the Kokanee Redbike team was quite a motivator for me.  I remember looking at some pics of our New Years trip to Radium and thinking that I might have indulged a little too much in the fall.  Stepping on the scale after getting back to Calgary confirmed this fact.  I generally start hitting the trainer 3 or 4 times a week for an hour in January or February.  This year I also had to start cutting weight.

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Netflix was definitely my friend

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Please note that I blew the end-caps off.

So after a number of weeks (actually months) of counting calories and hitting the trainer multiple times a week I was down about 20 lbs.  My muffin-top was nearly un-noticeable.

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The pose is really just me goofing around. I think there’s still red wine stains on my jersey from the Banff Grand Fondo.

From there the weather in Calgary started to improve and I was able to get out on the basement a few times and hit the road.  The trainer is alright but it’s not a replacement for real miles.  I do find that you have to be careful with riding 5 or 7 days in a row because it’s easy to keep the intensity high (and grind the crap out of your junk).

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As long as your geared up, this is heaven compared to the basement on the trainer.

In March Mike and I hit up Penticton for a week to get some k’s in and it was pretty sweet. It was early in the season but with working half days, the 3-4 hr rides were about right.  After getting back from the training camp I really wanted to keep the k’s rolling but 2 weeks of crap Calgary weather had something to say about that.  So I was back in the basement riding the trainer.  I don’t know about you but, after hitting the open road, going back to the trainer is pretty difficult.

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Sweet weather in Penticton

Just about the time the weather started getting better I picked up my new mountain bike from the guys at Redbike.  I decided to go with a long-travel 29er and focus on more long-format races as well as Super D’s and hopefully an Enduro.

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Rocky Mountain Instinct 970

Now the weather in Alberta is pretty ideal for road and mountain biking.  I was able to get some solid trail riding on the single speed in last weekend in Edmonton and today I knocked off 137 km’s riding to Longview to get some jerky.

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This is my single speed but the weather is from a month ago.

All in all I’d say that I’m in a good place as far as conditioning is concerned for this early in the season and the challenge is going to be continuing the progression.  With the team involvement I think I can do it. Besides, I finally found someone more obnoxious and inappropriate than me (you can guess who).  Oh, and I just shaved my legs again so I look way faster and need to live up to that.

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So smooth, so pale.

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