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Cristian Orellana showing off on his rollers

Here is some more video  of the Monster.ca guys training in the basement and doing what ever they can to keep from geting bored.

Ile Bizard 10k run

David May Ile Bizard fun runA few days ago I wrote a blog post about how  all of Monster.ca team members used running, skiing, snow shoeing even climbing stairs to get off the indoor trainer and some fresh air while still training. David May took part in a run that took place last weekend on ile Bizard with Martin Goineau from the Cabosse d’Or team. I’m not a runner since every time I go for a run some random part of my body hurts and it sometimes keep me off the bike for a few days and that’s something that can’t happen at this time of the year. From what I’m told by Michel Brazeau who takes part in duathlons during the summer, in fact I believe Michel has been provincial and national duathlon champion in the past. Michel says that Dave put in a good time of 42 min, his time was good enough that Michel is trying to talk him into doing a duathlon this summer. Great job Dave, let’s hope spring comes early so you don’t have to run much longer ;-)

Winter Training!

Most of us ride indoors at this time of year, we all seem to have some kind of trainer wether it’s a Tacx or a computrainer,Winter Training! we all do some kind of indoor training. Most of us ride in our basements or garages as not to disturb the kids while they sleep late in the evening. Some, like myself are lucky enough to have a friends bassement and a gym space where I can ride with friends, keeping me from quitting early or just not doing a workout for fear of spending one more minute in the bowels of their homes. That being said I know that some of our racers like Alex Odulinski have setup a training area in the gym provided by their work place to help them keep motivated in this the darkest season for cyclists.

But when we just can’t spend another minute sitting on a fixed bike which feels lifeless in it’s trainer prison, most of us go for a run or cross country skiing, for a little cross training. I think cross training is not only for physical benefits but the phycological relief that sun and fresh air bring to the weary cyclist.effects of training in the basement I like to go cross country skiing 2hrs spent on the trails feels like a mid-summer ride, Martin Goineau form the Cabosse d’Or team likes to go for a run daily he runs 13 km no matter what the weather is. David May from our team on the other hand breaks out the old bike and goes for a ride whenever, even if it’s cold and snowy. Ok maybe he doesn’t ride his road bike but 35-40 km riding around Mont Rigau, on a mountain bike is an awesome workout and a great way to keep from going crazy in your basement. If you have an old mountain bike don’t be afraid to break it out, dress warm and go for a ride in the middle of February, you’ll find that the benefits the farther then just the fitness gains you might experience, GO OUTSIDE it’s good for you, in more ways then you think.

Greatest Training tool ever!

Training PeaksAs most of my friends and teammates know I train with the best cycling coach in Montreal. Last january Scott stopped sending me my program via email on excel spreadsheet and moved us onto a web-based training tool called Training Peaks, for the better par tof a year all I did was login to see my workout, without using any of the advanced features available. This week I not only started uploading workout files from my Polar and Computrainer to help keep track of my progression, I also started using the meal diary function. This function allows you to keep track of what you eat and how many calories you take in on any given day. Training Peaks also has an extensive data base of foods available so you can get started right away.Training Log

Training peaks also offers ready to use turnkey programs for various sports such as running, cycling and swimming, these plans are put together by todays leading authorities in endurance sports and are affordably priced. Another way of getting a workout schedule together with little or no investment, would be to have a freetrainingplan.com create you workout schedule for you and keep track of it with training peaks.

I find the only way to keep on top of my training when it get super busy at work is to have a schedule I can follow, if I know I have a work out planned tonight and I get a reminder via email from training peaks at 5:00 PM I’m more likely to get on the bike and do my work out. I don’t know about you but I need every minute on the bike that I can get, it’s my escape from the outside world.

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