2014: Year of the JellyFish


The weather has been so warm this Christmas that the Rotters have been joking about doing one final JellyFish for a few a few days. On Boxing Day, Woody and I were talking to JubJub at his famous annual party and taunting each other to go out this weekend. So when I woke up this morning and the sun was shining, it didn’t really matter that the wind was blowing 30-40KPH easterly I was going out for a ride. ONE LAST LOOP! Took the bike off the trainer, put the saddle bag back on and made sure the Garmin was fully charged, this one was definitely going in the books and on Strava.

And let me just say that after the loop was done and I had 55KM done, I was ready to brag. Usually by this time of year, none of the paths would be open, the hard shoulders would all be snow banks and there would be so much sand and salt on the dry roads that the Shimano gear would commit Seppuku. But this year the roads where so nice and despite the wind, the car drivers had also remembered a few manners so when you got pushed into the middle of the road, there was some extra wiggle room.

The odd thing is that I was far from the only one out there, JubJub finally made it out and I even past more than a familiar runners like Etienne, Marc, and a neighbour from up the street. Despite then wind, more than a few braved the Abbott Hills and the l’Anse a L’Orme TT. The one thing that did seem to unite everyone was the clothing. I basically wore XC ski gear, with a nylon biking wind breaker and some boot covers. Last year, my cousin gave a skull-cap that is meant to be work under a helmet… Awesome buy! As were the knee-high compression socks for alpine skiing. The only I would have done differently is some lobster miss instead of running gloves… And that is only because on the wind. Of course most of the gear I own in MEC and it served me well. Right now they are having a huge clearance on cycle gear which always doubles up well and Xc ski gear so head on over and add to cart.

As the title says, this year has mostly been the year of the JellyFish (see above) a modified Rotters loop that usually turns out to be a pretty good 40KM time trial. A few windy bits, a couple of hills but when ridden with the Rotters on your wheel, it’s a few hours well spent at a decent heart rate. No insane distances this year and only one crazy imperial century though southern Maine. In fact only 6,300KM compared to last year’s 8,000KM, but at least 78 commuting days. Sure I have added in 800KM of running and few events this year like my second RTCC (RIP Kat & Greg), my first sprint triathlon with Edno, a sub two-hour half marathon with my sister and a couple of 10k’s under 50 minutes. It’s been a good year, the boys pushed me hard and they rib me about never letting up the front but I think most of them enjoy riding behind the tank. 😉

It’s been another great year Rotters and thanks for all the JellyFish!















So I run now…

So I run now…
Sure it’s too cold for cycling outdoors and I don’t always have time for the spinner in the garage at night. Skiing will be awesome when there is enough snow and time. But at lunch almost everyday I now run. And to be honest, I’m ok with that. I get to have a hot shower afterwards and the day is broken up so beautifully that I can suddenly handle all those silly afternoon meetings.
So here I am smiling after a bloody cold run: -26C with wind chill. 🙂


Workouts: Get Lost in the Data

Whether you have been riding, running or skiing for a while, an essentially part of every workout these days is to make sure you spend most of the post-workout time reviewing/bragging about the workout itself. I have been using the Polar FT4 which has now been replaced with the FT7 that also includes a new EnergyPointer feature that visually indicates when you are in your fat-burning range or aerobic fitness range. It’s been a pretty robust watch, I’ve been wearing it for over 212 workout hours and the zone feature is pretty good at telling you when you have to pick up your pace a little more or slow it down so you don’t pop a gasket

Polar FT7 Men’s Heart Rate Monitor Watch (Black / Silver)

However if want to go a little more Pro and compare your heart rate to your speed, elevation, and power output, then Garmin Forerunner 410 is a pretty good deal right now at only $200 for either Amazon or Costco. (We’d prefer if you went with Amazon of course, link below). And it can sync right up to the Strava web site so you can go crazy studying you power output without spending thousands on a SRM. The nice thing about the Forerunner series over the Edge is that it’s an excellent unit for anyone who does more than just cycle. Being a skier I am really consider picking one up soon. Of course it is my Anniversary and 40th Birthday coming up. Hint Hint.

Garmin Forerunner 410 GPS-Enabled Sports Watch with Heart Rate Monitor