Friday, February 17, 2012
It's that time of year again!!! Or just about. March 11th is the first cross country race of the year, Island Cup #1, out at the Hartland Dump hosted by none other then the fantastic crew at Trek Bikes Victoria .
And look, I'm the poster girl..lol..now you have to do it!!! Sylvia!!! Jenn!!! Trish!!! Victoriaaaaaa!!!
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Armed with the most optimistic weather forecast we could find, 11 of us set out on Saturday for our tour of the Cowichan Valley. Nine sistas, including Trudi, Carol, Sharon, Jenn, Victoria, Jennifer, Julie, Shawn, and me (Linda) and our two honorary brothas, Steve and Brent, caught the 8:40 am ferry from Brentwood Bay. We ended up riding about 72 kilometres, instead of the original 60, because the group rode together like a beautiful machine. In fact, we looked so hot that a couple of times people cheered for us. It could also be that they confused us with the Tour de Rock:)
We had great weather for the ride: no rain, no wind, and a comfortable temperature for riding. It was not a wine tour, it wasn't even a whine tour -- everyone was mel-low! No one even complained when the intrepid leader missed one of the first turns! And we didn't call inclines hills, we called them rises!
We rode mostly on back roads, which as you know have good and bad points. Good, in that there is little traffic, bad in that they tend to be bumpy. We definitely had a few filling-loosening, chamois-bumping experiences.
After zig-zagging back and forth through the valley, we stopped in Cowichan Bay for coffee and snacks. Then, it was the climb up the big hill of the day, which everyone handled beautifully, after a few OHMYGAWDs and various other similar expressions.
We made the 1:50 ferry with time to spare, and spent the return trip nice and cozy in the "lounge" which is a big improvement over the one in the old ferry.
Thanks to everyone for participating -- it was a most enjoyable day.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
...is what they'll say when we blow past them with our elbows out. :) HOLLA! to BILL FRY and JAMIE, RYAN AND ALEX from our TREK PRO CITY MEN'S RACING TEAM for putting on a wicked fun clinic today at the skate park in Vic West. It had everything: great instruction, fun times, and a few ditches and some metal to give it that real " hard core death trap" feeling. Sistas HEART our Brothas. Ryan...let me know when you want to hold hands again. :)
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Because that's what happens when the SISTAS travel to a foreign country...or down the Oregon Coast...either way...THANKS to Linda and Sharon for their updates. Great job ladies!! Sharon...don't be better than me when you get back :) xo Robin
We're in Bandon, a sweet town on the Oregon coast. It's our layover day so riding is optional -- yay!
The training has really paid off. Sharon is amazing! She celebrated her 6--th birthday by riding 144 km! She is passing people on the hills!
On Monday, we were in Cottage Grove, the town where Animal House was filmed. We went crazy and had two beer that night!
We have three more days of riding before finishing up in Sutherlin, our starting point. You would love this ride. 2200 super friendly people, great scenery, challenging rides, and a beer garden and live music every night!
Here's a couple of pictures. Note how the sistas' kit goes so nicely with the blue room, aka porta potties.
The cheering section at the finish line in Cottage Grove.
All the sistas should come next year!!!"
Linda & Sharon
Monday, September 5, 2011
Swim, bike, run.… does that make me a tri geek now?? Hehe. I did my first ever Xterra race this weekend in Whistler, BC !!! Not sure if I already have racers amnesia or what, but I had a great time. Painful yes, but it was a lot of fun, and I only mildly embarrassed myself in the swim.
Okay, ya, the swim......this was basically my second swim in the wetsuit and probably my sixth swim since I decided this is what I was doing.… and my first mass start swim (yuck!!!). First 50m of the swim actually went really good and I was thinking "wow, maybe this won't be that bad". Then someone's foot knocked that idea out of me and replaced it with a throatful of lake water. So in the middle of the swim I come to a complete stop, sputtering and chocking. Didn't take me long to remember i was still in a race so I got moving again, but all that drowning I was doing took a lot out of me. All I could manage to do was a little breast stroke and yes, I did some backstroke in the race. Finally I got my rhythm back, only to realize the group I was swimming with had completely missed the first bouey!!! Doing extra distance was the last thing I needed, but I turned around and swam back…ugggg. I did notice not everyone was silly enough like me to backtrack back on course. Finishing the first 750m we had a short beach run, the most painful 30m ever, then back into the water for a second lap around the lake. My second lap went much smoothly and I was a little surprised when I made it to the bike to find mine the last lone bike of the pro rack, haha.
But I get a head of myself.… no one told me just how hard it would be to walk let alone run out of the lake. Pulling myself out of the water I was thinking "smooth, fast transition onto the bike, no problem"........pulling my arms out through the wetsuit I miss judged the set up from the beach to the grass, yup you guessed it, I tripped!!!! Arms stuck in the wetsuit I fell flat on my face and T-Rexed around on the grass for a couple seconds before I could get myself back up!!! Haha, I really hope someone got that on tape!!!! Transition wasn't so smooth either, buckles on bike shoes are not the easiest thing to do up while you're trying to go fast!!! And my honey stinger sponsor Clay was standing there cheering, and more then likely laughing his ass off at me the whole time…way to impress the sponsor!!!!
The bike was a hundred times better. Once I managed to get my gloves on, which was another difficulty, and get moving I felt pretty strong. And this course is a mountain bikers course without a doubt!! Tight and technical and lots of bridges....yippee!!! I started the bike the 13th woman (last pro) and finished the bike in 3rd place......unfortunately my great transition time is added to the bike time so it really doesn't look ad impressive as it felt.
Heading out on the run I really didn't know what to expect, but I knew Danelle Kabush was hot on my heels. This was a really tough run up and down a lot of great and very hard mountain bike trails. Danelle caught me really fast and passed me like I was crawling so I ran in fourth place for most of the run. Had a couple good tumbles on the run.…tripping and staggering all over the place. An finishing the damn run on a long downhill!!!! Super yuck!! There is an art to running downhill fast and I don't have that yet. With less then a km to go Emma Garrand caught me, please let me note she is a runner, and I lost fourth by 9 seconds!!
So all in all, I finished 5th in my first Xterra and had a blast. More then a little cooked right now, but excited about learning how to swim better. When you start more then 8 minutes down right off the bat it's a long day of catch up. Huge congrats to Mel McQuaid grabbing another Canadian Championship title very handedly! And to fellow mountain biker Brandy Heisterman who had an awesome day in second place. Mountain bikers 2 Xterra Pros 3. Not too bad
Now I'm getting myself in cross shape for Cross Vegas in 9 days, yikes!! But first I'm going to enjoy an ice bath back at Alta Lake in Whistler!
Huge thanks to all my sponsors for helping through the weekend. Pro City Cycle, Lazer Helmets (which are actually very easy to transition with, VellendTech for my Sidi shoes, Genuine Innovations, Oakley and Planet Foods with all the Honey Stinger products that helped me get through the day. Also a big shout out to my mechanic Regan, Pro City Sistas Jen for the awesome wetsuit (though I think I needed the model with the built in propeller ) and my mentor and superstar Mel (thanks for the gentle nudge to give it a try)!!
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Clearly everywhere! Saturday you might have spotted us at the VELODROME cheering on the PRO CITY MEN'S RACING TEAM at the track. Congrats to TOM for picking up a BRONZE MEDAL at the Provincial Championships! Congrats to US for standing around and cheering everyone on. AND....CONGRATS TO OUR RESIDENT PRO - PRO CITY SISTA MICAL DYCK for placing 5th in her first PRO Triathlon this weekend in Whistler. She better be taking me for dinner with this money she won. xo Robin
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Because once we stand near the sign...it's ours. Stamped it no erasing. HOLLA to everyone who came out yesterday and rode down to William Head. Jen rode so hard, she ripped a tiny hole in her new kit. That's what happens when you're hardcore. :)