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Monday, August 31st, 2009

Yesterday I ran 40-minutes. Yep, I’m working my way up! It’s a slow progress but it’s progress. Two steps forward, one step back. I’ve been mountain biking some as well and absolutely love it! It’s a great x-training tool for easy rides and bike handling.

The other day I was at the recycling centre and couldn’t believe what can be recycled. You name it, you can recycle it! They had shoe bins, plastics, metal, mixed metal, lights, bathroom fixtures, housewares, appliances, E-waste, paper products, newspaper, cardboard…the list is long. Basically, if one were to take the time to recycle what they put in their garbage bins, it would basically be everything (except chip bags, VHS and the like). It got me thinking….we waste a lot in this society!

If you were to go down there today, you could literally find enough scraps of metal, wood, and old appliances to build yourself a lofty home! It makes me think of how much ‘things’ I throw away that could easily be used by someone else. When I was there I saw about a dozen items that I could easily have used as well. But, trying to down-grade to literally a bike and bike box, I had to refrain myself from picking them up. At least, now I know how I can down-grade!

An old mine…

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Old Mine

Here is a picture of an old mine I came across while on a hike the other day. It was a hot day but the closer you got to the old mine, the colder it became. The mine itself goes on for miles. Looking inside, there sat some old minig equipment. Here I am thinking how tough days are today for some…imagine working in the mines all day…

Tour Of Utah

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009

Main Street

The sun was shining, the clouds were hiding, and the day was HOT! … And that’s not the only thing that was HOT!

Today I was one of the lucky spectators to watch the start of the 4th Stage in the Tour of Utah, professional cycling stage race. The cyclists began the race by riding in downtown Park City along old Main Street. The riders did 3 ceremonial laps before heading towards the mountains.

I was at the race sight 20 minutes before the gun went off. What is a girl to do when she knows over eighty-five fit, hot men are going to be in a 200-metre radius of her?! Get there early and get the camera ready! :) I made sure I had my hair at least, brushed,

Dave Zabriskie

It was awesome to be in the presence of Eric Heiden (honorary starter) and seeing Dave Zabriske in his element. He was wearing an interesting red old-school jersey. Unfortunately there was no real action because of the neutral start. I didn’t mind too much. Seeing all these men in cycling shorts didn’t make the day unfavorable!

Eric Heiden

My ride the other day…

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Cows on road.
I had a great ride the other day on some lone roads. However, the cows frothing mouth’s and crap on the road was a sad state of affairs to witness. I had to maneuver my way through cow ‘seepage’ for 5 miles. Off to the slaughter house… Even with this image/scene, I still eat red meat… Sorry Bean. Doc orders!

Pieces of the PIE

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

A lot of things have happened in the last few weeks/days. The weather has changed to COLD, the days are getting shorter and the rain is starting to fall again! I’m not sure what happened with Mother Nature, but she has gotten mighty upset.

I’ve had to take a little side-track off training to help ‘heal a heel’, and my mind! If you have more time on your hands, thinking about injuries, more injuries come – mentally and physically. The year is looking to be a “learning’ year for me. Racing is on the side-lines until I’m fully recovered from this past year’s injuries and health issues. I’m staying postive and taking each day as it presents itself.

I’m keeping up with some training and working on the little things: mental game, nutrition, recovery and coaching others. I’ve found great joy in this so far and hope to continue helping those coming into the sport achieve their goals. It’s been an exciting year in that, as i’ve learned a lot by being part of Team TBB and working with the Doc himself, I can bestow a little of the Team TBB secrets to others! :) … it really does come down to hard work, consistent training and staying healthy.

For me, the biggest lesson I’ve learned this year is that there is a lot of pieces to a whole. To be your best in the sport, each slice of pie has to be eaten! …and yummy enough to enjoy daily. My pie chart this past year has been construed into more of a 1/8 inch ‘mental worry’ piece that I continue to eat and leave the rest of the pie to spoil. I’m sick of eating it now and have realized, with the rest of the pieces spoiled, I need to start anew.

So here is the new pieces in my pie:

1. Training
2. Recovery
3. Head Space
4. Nutrition
5. Housekeeping (in the literal sense and overall pie)
6. My coaching and giving back to the community/supporters/sponsors

In upcoming blogs I’ll delve further into each of these areas.

Cervelo, Avia and the great outdoors.

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

I had these pictures from a few rides I’ve done. Avia and Cervelo look awesome!

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