So its already nearing the end of January, kinda scary and exciting. Haven't been too good about updating the blog so going to cheat again and do a photo essay of sorts. We kicked off the holiday season with Gord Fraser's Christmas sweater party complete with DJ and Caryn's jello shots!! Good times where held by all, such a good time that I had to skip my bike intervals the next morning and simply concentrate on making my afternoon flight home to the Great White North ;)
|Sam, PT, Noreen, Marilyn, myself and Justin|
I was finally able to rally mid-day on the 24th in time to get out for a short ride on my hometown trails before heading into Toronto for our family Christmas dinner. Always fun to ride the trails where it all started for me on the mountain bike. Sadly my sister was still feeling horrible and had to miss dinner. A funny article floated around the social media sites about the truths of health clubs and one item said the only way to lose 10 lbs in 24hrs is food poisoning. Well, it took me for about 6lbs and Karen for 14lbs. First Christmas holidays in a while that I have lost weight
|Guelph Lake MTB trails|
Arrived back into Tucson Wednesday and jumped right back into the training. Fellow Xterra triathlete and good friend Branden Rakita is spending a couple of months here training this winter and the weather has been nothing short of spectacular. New Year's Eve Leanda Cave and I celebrated by getting in the first long ride of the season (at least for me it was!!) I had never done the Madera Canyon climb, so the two of us enjoyed a nice leisurely 10am start and a good 5hrs + in the saddle. The climb was a "little" steeper than I had anticipated and the legs were definitely feeling it, but it was well worth it for the view at the top. Leanda managed to do the climb one handed and taking pictures, I however needed both hand firmly gripping the bars ;))
|Riding up Madera Canyon|
After a quick clean-up and power nap on the couch it was out for a great dinner with Leanda and Bill before heading over to the west side New Year's Eve party. Wasn't sure if I was going to make it all the way to midnight but the dance floor got going and soon enough it was well into 2012. Once again the Sunday bike intervals got a pass ;)) I think it should be a rule not to have hard workouts on Sunday during the holiday season. No matter, it's a long season and plenty of time to get in all that good training!!
Jumping ahead, it was time to get some testing done to set up the training plans and see if all the extra miles on the bike during November and December had paid off. Lucky for me Brian Grasky is here in Tucson with a great set-up and indulged me in helping me inflict 30mins of pain on myself. Good news is my bike is doing awesome, like better than last year in late March awesome.
|Lactate testing at Grasky Endurance Center|
|Racing at McDowell Mountain Park MBAA #1|
|Tucson Mountain Park - my backyard MTB playground|
|More Tucson Mountain Park!!|
|Therapy!!! thanks Jess :)|