5 Holiday Gifts for the Female Cyclist

When the holidays roll around, and you have a special female cyclist in your life, it can be hard to decide what to get her. She loves cycling, but you can’t afford to get her a bike! What do you do? Fortunately, there are many other cycling-related gifts you can get that won’t break the bank (if you don’t want it broke)! Here is an assortment of ideas for all budgets and all types of bike-riding women.  1. For the beauty conscious cyclist: Living Proof split end treatment. She likes to bike. So why would she want a hair product? Well, cycling can take…

5 Portraits of My Vision Vs. Reality In Triathlon Training

1. How I feel while running at the gym: …What the gym staff see.  2. What I feel I look like at the finish line: …What the crowds witness.  3. How I think I look in my wetsuit: …What my friends see.  4. How I feel while cycling: …What pedestrians see.  5. How I feel while swimming: …What my swimming coach sees. 

A Corsica Cycling Trip: Travel Diary

Three years ago, while streaming the Tour de France from my laptop computer at home, something caught my full attention. Sweeping aerial views took me by surprise, piquing my curiosity. What is this enchanting, mountainous island with charming villages and plenty of cycling? It was the island of Corsica.  How it all started: Corsica is a beautiful place for cycling. After I had seen The Tour stages on this island in 2013, the images and thoughts of Corsica were impressed on my brain. I had never really forgotten how interesting and intriguing it looked, or the amazing cycling routes with lots…

7 Attributes of the Modern Triathlete

  1. Hates walking for longer than 10 minutes. Loves racing at max speed for 6 hours non-stop.   2. Gets bored easily at social events   Doesn’t get bored swimming 100 laps of the same pool in utter silence and breathlessness, studying tile patterns. 3. Had zero self-discipline as a child. Now has militant devotion to a training schedule. 4. Doesn’t care about fashion at work or social events. Does colour coordinate bathing suit, bike shorts, jersey, and shoes. 5. Preaches clean eating and vegan dieting. And consumes 6 mostly plastic gels filled with 12 times the daily recommended amount…

From Injury to Ironman: The Road Ahead

Every journey has a beginning. I believe every challenging journey provides and opportunity for growth. This is my journey from labral repair surgery to the major lifetime goal of becoming an Ironwoman. Hopefully documenting my recovery and experience, will help other cyclists or athletes going through the same. What is a labral tear? It all started back in March. I was ramping up training for the no longer existent Wildflower triathlon located in California, when it screeched to an abrupt halt during a speed workout at the track. I took off for my first stride, prior to our main workout…

Local Spotlight: Cycling the Coastal Classic Route in California

Itʼs morning. Youʼre early to rise and keen to start the day on a positive note. Workʼs been stressful, and your mind is over-crowded with harrying thoughts. But all of those worries melt away the moment you remember one special cycling route: the Bay Area Coastal Classic. Itʼs a route thatʼs engaging and scenic, one that, at once, tests your stamina and fills you with peace.  Youʼll welcome the challenge that this route offers. On some of the most scenic ascents in the area, you can practice climbing and descending, helping you seriously skill-build while soaking up some of the…