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Rain Gear for the Ride – Check!

Yesterday I popped into MEC after work  to do some rain-gear shopping ahead of my EPIC Ride to Conquer Cancer 2012 event.

As mentioned in an earlier post – I have been keeping a close eye on the weather and I am sad to say dreadful June-uary has struck again. It will be raining on both days! NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

But seriously…. it always rains a lot in June. It’s to be expected. I’d HIGHLY reccomend the RTCC organizers to consider moving the BC ride to July in upcoming years.  

So this is what I bought!

Castelli Leggera Jacket $69

From all the water resistant (NOT 100% proof!) jackets I tried on – this one was the clear winner. The material felt the best. It has a little pouch to stuff the jacket into – so  it folds down into nothing.

I like the super shiny interior that leads me to believe it is the most resistant to penetrating water from the jackets I tried. I also like the Italian- tailoring. Molto bello!  

What I wasn’t super keen on was that it is BLACK – and kinda reminded me of a garbage bag. Having said that – when I was trying it on my pink tutu later that evening, I have to say they looked pretty good together!! The black & pink colour combo always works well on me…. am a girly rocker-chick at heart.

MEC Cycling Shoe Covers $22

These are some decidedly unsexy shoe covers but they are CHEAP and that makes me happy because I doubt I will use them very often. In the future, if it is raining hard enough for me to need them I likely will do a rain check on outdoor cycling for the day!

Since the flap that comes down under the toe is partially hiding my cleat I will need to snip a U shaped hole in them so that I can clip in and out of my pedals with ease. All in all though – I am happy to have found these AND in my size. There were hordes of ppl looking at shoe covers at MEC when I was there – buying them for the RTCC 2012 no doubt!!

MEC Mont Royal Pants $65

So originally I wasn’t thinking of getting pants as well….

BUT when I peeled off my Castelli Cycling Pants on Monday evening after a good soaking from Dragon Boating practise,  I realised how water absorbent those pants really are, and decided some waterproof bottoms are a non-negotiable for me!

These pants are AWESOME. I put them on and decided I wanted them within 2 seconds. Great buy!

2 x MEC Mountain Logo Scotchlite Leg Bands $3.75 each

I bought two of these to firmly hold down my water resistant pants so that they do not snag on the chain (as has happened in the past with another pair of pants I own). I like their funky late 80s/ early 90s lightening bolt design.

SWAG Water Bottle $3

Sadly I destroyed my VanFondo bottle in the dishwasher…. so I bought a cheap and cheerful bright blue one to go with my super-blue bike. Perfect match!

So that is my shopping haul from MEC ahead of the big weekend. If you are doing the ride and do not have any rain-gear… YOU”RE A FOOL!!!

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Growing Up in the 80s

Ah! To be a kids in the 80s again…

When we rip up the neighbourhood on our bikes, chase each other with water guns, scale and jump off of 8 foot fences without missing a step, crawl through the garbage escape routes into alleys when cornered (gross I know), jump on trampolines with wild abandon, swing as hard as we could before we kick off our shoes as far as we could and then jump off mid-swing, play for hours with the sprinkler barely caring about the odd thistle …

So much energy – those were the days!

Eating Tarmac… and Steveston’s shellfish!

So yesterday was a GORGEOUS sunny day in Vancouver and 3 friends of mine and I went for a super long ride to Steveston, BC and back.

Steveston is a cute fishing village just south of Richmond – so as you can imagine it was a very LONG ride to and fro. BUT we made it. All four of us! 🙂

In total I clocked around 50km so… that means I have achieved my distance goal for this month (50km by end of March)!! I am so delighted with this! It is incredible how you can PUSH your body and achieve amazing results. Your body (and mind) are really stronger than you’ll ever imagine!!

Below please find some nice photos and fun video clips of our training/ journey.

N.B. In them I ALSO speak about my first serious injury with my bike. THAT was not fun!! But it happens…

Crossing the train tracks in South Vancouver JUST before crossing the bike bridge into Richmond.

We made it into Richmond! When I saw that map I figured "Great! We'll be in Steveston in 10 mins flat!" Err... wrong! Totally underestimated how big Richmond is.

We made it to Steveston! Now time for some seafood! Yummy!!

Locking up our bikes as we grab a seat on the patio.

A jug of beer to celebrate!!

We made it back to our starting point - Cypress & 14th Ave.

I was so hot on the way back - cycled the rest of the way in my t-shirt.

Great people to cycle with! Entire journey was lots of fun!!

 

INSANITY Day 4 – Cardio Recovery

Here’s my recap of Day 4 – INSANITY. 🙂

Silly me – I thought I had made a mistake when the workout was so relaxed… BUT it was all good!!

The Man WHo Lived on his Bike

The Man WHo Lived on his Bike

A colleague of mine who is doing the Ride to Conquer Cancer sent me this link today…

Pretty cool video – and shot in Canada! ❤

January 25 2012 Stats

A quick (starter) update on where I am:

Days Until Ride to Conquer Cancer – 143 days

My Personal Page

Amount Raised so far – $450 (Goal $2,500)

Days Until Vancouver Sun Run 2012 – 80 days

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