Friday, October 29, 2010

Sometimes it doesn't get better...

This week has been a shitty one for my friends.  From Erwin's MTB fall to a friend of my best friend who carried her baby to full term only to find it stillborn the day before delivery and finally my dear friend L who after dating a man for months gets an email from his WIFE!!  OMG the bastard.  What is going on in the world people? 

Thursday, October 28, 2010

MTB Injury

My thoughts go out to a fellow speedskater/cyclist and all around great guy Erwin B.  Seems he was involved in a very bad MTB accident this past weekend which ultimately resulted in surgery to his spinal cord.  From word of mouth, the skin around his temple on one side of his face was nearly peeled right off and his neck was severly cut from his helmet.  However that doesn't cover the damage to his back and his vertabrae.  Looks like he was under the knife immediately and had a metal plate inserted.  This was no normal fall it seems. 

Erwin is one of those guys that doesn't sit still.  He makes me look like a lazy slob.  He is always on the go and his dedication to anything he tries is 100%.  He has to dominate everything and isn't afraid to put in the time to accomplish it.  He is to be admired for damn sure.  Which is why this is so sad because I assume that this will be an injury that takes him out of any kind of training for at least several months....if not longer.  This, for him, would be torture.  I can't even imagine. 

So here is hoping for a miracle recovery. 

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Next up...Skates

Next on the list of items to be hung up this season are my skates.  Tonight marks the last night the team is coming together for some outdoor skating.  Hopefully we will have a good turnout.  Much like last year, I have decided not to skate indoors this year.  I just can't seem to get excited about going around in circles on a basketball court with pilons.  If it were a real track, banked...etc.  then maybe. Not to mention I can't see how it improves my skating THAT much from season to season.  Once the spring hits, we all seem to be on the same page anyway.  I'll focus on tennis, gym time and spinning classes and hopefully that will keep me in decent shape. 

I do hate the fact that we are not doing a training camp this winter.  I always look forward to our Mexican get away for a week or so.  Oh well.  Maybe next year.

In the meantime, I get to watch Joey the wonderboy impress the world with his dominance of this sport.  I'd pay money for those legs.  Forget the hard work...just give me implants.  ;)

Guarne 2010 - PS VideoLog 08 - The Joey Mantia Show (500m and 1.000m) from Powerslide TV on Vimeo.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Day 3

So far so good on the eating clean plan. I was able to avoid most temptation yesterday...even at the grocery store.

I find I am hungry a lot and although I am not on a calorie reduced diet, just a sugar one, it is hard to find foods that don't have sugar in them in one form or another.   Did you know that there are over 10 different forms of sugar?  From plain white to brown, cane, beet, corn and glucose.  Not to mention the lab created sugars like sorbitol and aspertame.  You can see how everything has sugar in it.  It is almost impossible to avoid.

For me, it is basically meat and certain veggies for the next 2 weeks. Argh. Try eating chicken breasts and brocolli at 7am for days and days. Not easy.

If I only ate eggs, I wouldn't be having a breakie problem. But damnit they are nasty and make me sick. Thus I will stick to my almonds and meat and veg. Today for breakfast I am having 8 dry meatballs, stir fried veggies and a coffee. Make that 2 coffees. ;)

Got a 120 mins spin class tonight so that should earn me a tablespoon of salad dressing sometime today. lol

Day 3 with no chocolate.  Woo hoo!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Weekend to remember

If I could relive that past weekend a few more times I would be soooo happy.  I was able to get a few spin classes in on Saturday followed by a hard core hitting session with James on Sunday.  It was our first time on hard courts this season and it felt as if we had all this pent up energy at the tips of our fingers that had been hiding in waiting for this exact moment.  It was a 2 hour slug fest or what I like to call "big babe tennis".  We ran each other ragged and had most of the other courts oggling in jealousy.  By the time we were done, we were soaking from head to toe and our 40+ year old bodies were screaming in agony.  Awesome! 

I managed to sell a painting as well and made the delivery to a fellow spinner at the gym.  Thus the 2 classes a few hours apart.  I can't go to the gym to make a delivery and NOT do the class.  Duh. 

And to top it all off, I had a reasonable "food" weekend.  I didn't binge on crap food and was able to keep my choices relatively healthy.  I had Pho for dinner last night and although I don't know the calorie count on it, I figure it is better than McDonalds...which is what I would have had.

All Spin classes are in "new release" mode for the next 4 weeks.  Argh.  The same music back to back for 48 classes.  Kill me now.

*I have my ipod on shuffle and Heart's "Never" came on.  Perfect rockin tune at 7:20 in the morning.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Time to hang up the bike.

I was cycling what we in Ottawa call the "City Tour" the other day with a friend from the US.  It is a 40K loop that circles the metropolis area of the city.  Anyway, it was cold.  Really cold.  Full body tights and gloves..etc. kind of cold.  Not for me, that is for sure. 

While on the ride, we came across about 20 people participating in a cyclocross practice.  Poor guys and gals.  They only had about a one hundred meter loop set out on a hill and were just circling that for what seemed like hours.  How boring.  Well at least to me.  But then again, just over a year ago, I thought cycling in general was the most boring sport on the planet.  But then I bought a good bike, and realized that equipment really makes the difference. 

Anyway, all this to say that I think my bike has seen the last of the fall riding.  Average temps here are about 4 or 6 in the evenings which is just too cold for me.  Would rather be on the tennis courts (indoor) playing the sport that is in my blood.  So looks like spinning is starting on my daily calendar again.  Already did 3 classes yesterday.  If I can fit in 12 a week, that should get me back in shape pretty fast for my Bahamas trip.  Now if I can only get control over my junk food addiction.  argh.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Just things...

1.  I don't understand why local bike races require a minimum donation of 40$ or more to participate.  They are certainly missing out on those who make less but who would show up in numbers. 

2.  I am still surprised by how many people don't understand my avoidance of winter.  I despise cold in all its forms.  The idea of going outside in the winter, even if properly layered, is like volunteering for a prostate exam.  I just don't see it happening.  Just thinking about it makes me chilled. 

3.  I am still unable to avoid sugar.  I have tried to keep away from sugary foods for a week and I can't last more than two days.  It is like a drug.  Thank god I am going to the gym because I would be a heffer otherwise.

4.  People who don't allow comments on public blog posts annoy me. 

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Please don't fart in the elevator.  You are never alone for that long.

To the lady who thanked me very joyfully for ringing my bell before I passed rock! (but those jeans did nothing for your butt)

Dehydrated mangos are the devil's food.  Especially when you are trying to cut down on your sugar intake.

People should not be allowed to take pictures in the gym with their phones.  I will leave it at that and not get into details....

How the hell should I know what a "Coach" bag is? 

Everytime I go up or down a curb on my bike, I hear a crack sound.  Uh oh.

It is difficult to put into words how good I look today.  I'd totally sleep with me.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Bibs or Shorts

Running to spin class last night I noticed I was out of clean bibs so I quickly grabbed a pair of cycling shorts.  It didn't take me long to realize that I love my bib shorts far more than normal shorts.  I was uncomfortable for the whole class.  The waist kept on folding over and they felt like they were made for someone really long in the torso.  Plus, the most important factor, they don't keep your fat nicely tucked away. 

How about you?  Bibs or shorts?

Friday, October 15, 2010


I should have really thought through this move more.  The fact that I am at least 15 minutes away from a gym is starting to create small cracks in my willpower.  I may need to get another membership to a gym on the quebec side so I will have no excuse but to continue to go everyday.  Now that the winter is here, my outdoor adventures have come to an end.  I have a 65km cycle planned for this weekend but after that the equipment gets cleaned and stored.  I basically hibernate in the gym all winter but if it is too far away, I fear I will be hibernating in the pantry.  :(

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Celebrating Success

Thought I would update myself and those of you who read on the successes of people I like to call friends.  All of whom inspire me in one way or the other. 

In no particular order:

Ben Letourneau:  Leave it to Ben to re-enter the world of adventure racing and make it to the World Championships in the same year.  Ben travelled to Spain at the end of September to test his limits against 50 other teams in a 6 day adventure race that spanned over 700 kilometers.  The race included moutain biking, trekking, canoeing, rafting, inline skating, climbing and rappelling. (that was tiring just typing that)  For those of us who know him, we have come to realize that there is basically nothing Ben can't do.  Inspiration is just not the word to describe Ben.  They haven't created a word for him yet.  Congrats on your 16th place finish!

Peter Doucet and Morgane Echardour:  In the world of inline speedskating, Peter and Morgane are names that we are all familiar with....for several reasons really.  One is that they are always on the podium of every race they enter.  Two is that Peter is constantly providing the best coverage to the sport of speedskating via his super popular website.  " in DA HOUSE!!!" Peter is always screaming.  And thirdly, the power couple both won the pro open division of the National Roller Cup standings for 2010.  With their first place finishes at the NYC 100k race, Peter and Morgane solidified their dominance in this sport.  Way to go guys.  I'll wave the next time you are looping me during our next race.  ;)

Chantal A:  Who knuckled down and lost about 20 pounds while on vacation.  Congrats on that!  Can't wait to see ya again.

Kim B:  Who out of nowhere decided to go back to school (somewhat) by taking a Nutrition Course over the next few years.  Wow.

And to the rest of you who no doubt succeed against your daily struggles.  Kudos to you all around.

UPDATE:  And a huge congrats to my brother in Vanc who ran his first half marathon in sub 2hrs.  For a 42 year old, that is pretty good for his first time.  GO BRO.  He is in blue on the right side at the front. 

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


Even though I consider myself a kind, caring person, there are still a whole lot of things that royally piss me off.  Some of these things came into effect this morning on the way to the dark, at 645am, before my coffee.  *just setting the scene*

1.  Don't leave a long traffic lane, speed up to cut in ahead and when no one lets you back in get all honky and cranky.  And of course they find a spot in front of me!  Damnit. 

2.  Don't hold up 5+ cars going down a parking lot ramp because you want to back into your parking spot. 

3.  Don't ask someone to hold the elevator (when your 30 feet away) and then make NO attempt to speed up your walk to the elevator. 

4.  Make no mistake, I will kick you in the ass or purposely bump into you if you are walking in front of me and suddenly stop mid sidewalk to start texting.  It's 645am!!  Seriously, you are not that important. 

5.  If you see someone in a coffee line that is scrambling for more money...that last 5 cents...and you KNOW you are getting change back, just pay for them!!  Ya cheap bastard.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


I find myself a dying breed these days.  What happened to those people who fostered relationships?  Where did the people that wrote letters go?  Seems they are disappearing quickly.  I won't be one of them that goes quietly...

I for one, don't buy this excuse of "we just grew apart".  Friendships, real ones, should conquer time and whatever life throws at them.  I try my hardest to stay in contact with those people who have inspired me or brought something to my life to make it better.  And yet I find that a good percentage of people in general are so caught up with what is right in front of their faces that they have forgotten about the people who have supported them in their journey.  Shame. 

So this week, I will reach out to those people who have aided in paving the path I have walked and ensure that I celebrate them and their achievements as they have celebrated mine. 

Monday, October 4, 2010

Ohh my aching muscles

What a weekend!  Non stop.  Loved it.

Two dinner parties.  One was mine, one was not.  Good food and company at both.  Success!

8 hours of high quality tennis.  Yesterday, James and I were hitting as if we were at the US Open.  It was awesome.  I haven't run that much in a while.  Thankfully my fitness is better and I can stay on top of things longer.  But I am sure he will adjust eventually.

4 hours of spinning.  I  have been having issues with spinning recently.  I can't make it through a full class now without hitting the wall.  Not sure what is going on.  I can usually do 2 classes back to back with energy to spare.  Not lately.  Maybe I am low on vitamins or something. 

Starting week 3 of my 5x5x5x5 program and I am loving it.  Already seeing small gains in my legs, arms and chest.  My body was meant to be muscular and it feels nice just accepting that now and not fighting to have a body that wasn't meant to be. 

Skates are put away for another season.  Bike only has a few more weeks of use before the cold takes control of the city.  Tennis courts are slowly closing up but indoors is starting next week.  Let the training season begin!!  No more summer fun in the sun. 

Friday, October 1, 2010