From Injury to Ironman: 5 1/2 Months Post-Op Road Block

 I decided to write a post about my recovery before the 6 month mark, because the last 3 weeks have been particularly trying. The progress is fun to document, but the setbacks are not always so fun. After many emotional ups and downs on the past weeks, I finally feel clear headed enough to write this post.  In my last post about my hip arthroscopy recovery at 5 months post-op, I was very optimistic and excited to making such great progress. Unfortunately, that all changed 3 weeks ago. I went on an 8km run where I picked up the pace a…

Machines for Freedom Horizons Jersey: Product Review

Machines for Freedom is a sweet new, all women’s cycling apparel company with a fine eye for detail. Did you say all women’s cycling? Did you say fashionable jerseys? This has been a long time coming. Machines for Freedom Machines for Freedom (MFF) is a Los Angeles based women’s cycling apparel company founded by Jen Hannon. It is company that specifically caters to women’s needs for cycling attire, AND has very good looking kits. What a breath of fresh air. To top it off this is a pretty cool name for a cycling apparel brand. I like how the name is abstract and…

From Injury to Ironman: 5 Months Post-Op

  It has now been 5 solid months since I had my hip labral repair surgery in November, and things are much better than they were a couple months ago. I have definitely turned the corner so to speak, and have been almost pain free for the last 2 weeks!   It felt like I would never get to this point, but here I am, and now it just all feels like surreal dream. The holding back, patience and diligence paid off and I am finally riding outside again and feeling stronger than ever. I was even able to complete…

My First Zwift Ride: A Review

So my focus this spring is to get stronger on the bike, in the hopes of training for an Ironman. I have heard some pretty good things about Zwift, the virtual reality training app. I decided to give it a go and see if would help me with the motivation and focus I need to get stronger. I am unable to bike outside at the moment because of my hip surgery recovery, which you can read more about here. So this was an additional source of motivation to try out Zwift. I hooked up my new Stages power meter, downloaded…

7 Tricks to Stay Healthy as a Vegetarian Cyclist

More and more athletes are opting to go vegetarian, due to the great health and environmental benefits. However, it can be tough to stay on top of your nutrition, and maintaining strength while training might feel like more of a hassle. In the past, I’ve struggled with staying in top shape when putting in long hours on the bike. Luckily, I made some changes to keep on top of it.   When you’re highly active, your body needs more protein and more care. Believe it or not, getting your daily requirement of protein is actually quite simple. But, you need to…

Overcoming Fear During Injury

For me, it was a fear of the elliptical. Yes, it sounds terribly silly. Why would I be afraid of a bunch of plastic that plays TV shows, and makes me feel like I’m walking in space? This fear, however, is symbolic of the mental struggle we have with “doing less” when injured.  The fear: Sometimes when you find yourself injured, the toughest part is swallowing your pride. It’s hard to return to square one, and exercising caution can be a challenge. You see your friends at the next group ride or run, and everyone announces how far or how…

The Stress-Free Way to Change a Flat Tire

Changing a flat can seem daunting, difficult and intimidating. Here is the simplest way to change a flat on your road bike if you’re stuck in the middle of a ride. Note: this may not be the cheapest way, but it is fast, helps to ensure you will not flat again, and allows you to get back on the bike and keep riding. All you have to do is 1) have the tools on hand and 2) learn the steps. What you will need: 1. A tube (top left). This goes inside your tire and fills with air. It needs to…

Product Review: Specialized Power Expert Saddle

Specialized offers a wide variety of road bike saddles. Actually they have so many, you may even feel a bit lost deciding which one is right for you. Finding a great saddle is one of the most important things you can do to customize and tailor your bike fit to your body. It becomes even more important if you will be riding long distances, and increasing training efforts. Not only your behind, but your whole body will thank you. After realizing that the width of my saddle may be too small, it came time to try and find something right….

5 Simple Rules of Cycling Attire

You have been standing in your closet for five whole minutes, rummaging through drawers, and tossing things around in frustration. You’re going on a ride and your favourite shorts AND jersey are in the wash. You only have 3 other pairs of shorts and five other jerseys… Why is this SO upsetting? Maybe you’ve been here before, or maybe not. But the reason this all-too-familiar scenario occurs, is because what we wear cycling makes a huge difference in terms of comfort on our rides. The reason we have favourites is because we have found something functional and comfortable, so we…

Triathlon Bike vs. Road Bike: What’s the Difference?

Buying a new bike is an investment: you’ll spend years riding it, repairing it, and relishing it. So an important first step is to select the right kind of bike. A recurring question asked by cyclists, and especially cyclists interested in triathlon, is this: Do I buy a road bike or a triathlon bike (Time Trial bike)?  So let’s break it down. Here are the primary differences spelled out:   ROAD BIKE: 1. The angle of the seat tube relative to the bottom bracket is smaller on a road bike ie. the seat is tilted further back, placing you in a more relaxed…