• Bloomer Park, Rochester Hills, MI

  • Racing the Provincial's Crit 2014

  • Forest City Velodrome - London, ON

  • Larkenville Challenge, Buffalo, NY

  • Winning the Sprint at the ForestCity Velodrome

  • Track Nationals 2014: Keirin

  • Track Nationals 2014: Points Race

  • OCUP #1: Feb 2015

Cycling

With track nationals almost upon us, I'm getting ask what events in which I will be participating, nevermind constantly being told to FOCUS. I gather people are looking to me for some good results considering I won a race against none other than Steve Bauer on the Forest City Velodrome a few weekends ago.

So, for those interested, tickets for the "show" at the Milton Velodrome are free. You can get them at this link: Tickets to Nationals.

The tech. guide for the event is available here (which contains the details of the times): Tech Guide

The events run from Jan. 3 through to Jan 6. I will be competing in the following events:

Dr. Jim Taylor is a leading high performance Sports Psychologist. He was recently interviewed by Achieve Training and Coaching for their blog. I have been hearly alot lately how it is the "off-season". Somehow, this means, the training regiment is stopped, and just riding around begins or worse: nothing. We all need a short break, but if we wait too long, fitness drops. This has been my experience the last two winters. I stopped any real training in the fall when I went to York University to take courses, and by the time January came along, I was back to build again...only to discover a general lack of race readiness until about June in the summer - you know, when race season is about over.

From the arcticle, I love this statement:

"ED: As a sports psychologist, how do you approach the off-season with your athletes?

JT: I am a firm believer that next season starts now. After a few weeks recovery its time to get back in the game. But it’s more than just going out a riding a whole bunch."

This is the same mentality put forth by Ed Veal and the Real Deal Performance team. There isn't really an off-season. I took a 2.5 week recovery break in September, but I intend to be ready to race for Track Nationals in January and for racing on the road in Florida in March and Georgia in April. Too long of a break, and your fitness will drop.

Check out the article HERE.

I don't know how to say it: commuting by bike in North America is taking your life in your own hands. The car culture is the problem and regardless of how many bike lanes are installed in the downtown core of cities, the problem is not going to get any better.

I read an article recently that blamed the culture shift on the auto companies back in the early days of the car when people/bikes/horses rules the roads and cars were the new thing. Back then (1920's), any auto crash was assumed to be the fault of the driver. Now, you can almost commit murder with a car and get away with it. Back then, auto companies saw this bad press as bad for business and setup marketing to change the blame to the pedistrian/cyclist/etc.. It worked all to well. Stories are abound with car/cyclist crashes where the driver kills or injuries a cyclist (or pedistrian), and gets away with it. It was the auto companies, apparently, that framed car crashes as accidents. They are crashes. Nothing is accidental about it.

That said, commuting to work can be fun...most of the time. One just has to understand a few "rules". Most of these items are common sense but it is worth repeating.

 

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