• 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

It is about 11am on a Saturday and I sit at the computer typing rather than being out on the second last scheduled club ride. It was somewhat strange to not get up at 6:45am to prepare for the ride, but after this week, I feel complete. I have completed the goals which I set for myself this fall. The goals changed significantly after my crash in June, but I set out in the hospital some goals that I thought were achievable:

1) Get out and ride with the club in October and keep up with them. October, I thought would be the soonest I would be able to ride.

2) Ride to the office and back (58km one way).

 

Nissan has put together a web site feature four "Masters" in their sports. They are Chris Carmicheal, master cyclist and coach to Lance Armstrong, Tara Stiles, master Yoga instructor, Ryan Hall master marathon runner, and Eddie George a top American football player. Each of these masters presents a series of videos for free on working out and excelling in their sport. It's worthwhile to checkout because most of the videos of this type are only available if you pay for them. Nissan makes them available for free.

While all are good, I found the videos from Chris Carmicheal and Tara Stiles of the most interest to me as a cyclist.

Check out MasterTheShipt.com

 

This is one of those stories that is incredibly inspirational. Matt Hoover was a contested on second two of The Biggest Loser. He won the contest by losing some 157lbs. Last weekend, he completed the Ironman Kona in 17:03:35 - less than four minutes short of being able to say he is an Ironman. Considering the guy is still 250lbs and could not swim across the pool when he started, this is one hell of an achievement.

This rings true to me as someone that dropped 70lbs and became on of the faster cyclists in the D'Ornellas Racing Team club. My first group ride with the club in March 2009 saw me get dropped some 15kms into a 120km ride. When we did the century to Niagara Falls, I was third on the climb up the Hamilton mountain and managed to keep up with the fastest in the club. During the Learn to Race course I participated in a June 2009, I managed to place in the top three in almost all races they ran. A year prior I was 265lbs and had a hard time getting up the 5% hill that runs near out house. Even through I was unfortunate enough to crash out in June, I will be back in the coming year looking to improve on my performance and to complete the year crash-free.

I hope Matt is successful in his endeavours to become an Ironman. Read more about Matt's store HERE and check out the audio interview HERE.

 

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