2013 Ride to Conquer Cancer Countdown

The 2013 Ride to Conquer Cancer is coming up this weekend and the excitement is finally settling in! I’m so happy they have a challenge route this year which means I get to bike 200 miles this weekend (with about 700m of elevation per day). Not bad at all. I’m stoked!!

RTCC has a special place in my heart because it was the event that got me hooked on cycling. It all began when my best friend forced to go to an info-session one day where we sat around nervously listening to the guy tell us about the ride and then she forced us all to sign up… nervously. And guess what? It turned out to be an epic life-changing experience! Ever since I discovered the joys of cycling, my life has been so much better!!

Katy @ Ride to Conquer Cancer 2011

Training-wise, I’m just doing exactly what I did for my first RTCC and you can read more about it here. During my first RTCC, I didn’t get on an actual bike until a week or so before the ride! All I did was a lot of weightlifting, plyometrics and cycling on a stationary bike in the gym and it worked. But you have to remember, it’s all in your head too! In 2011, I was nervous because 240km sounded like a huge feat but this year I crave for even more distance… although I have other worries such as my knee (which I will write another entry about). Nevertheless, I know this is going to be amazing weekend and I plan to enjoy every minute of it. And of course, pig out at each of the rest stations since they always have such delicious snacks.

I heard it’s going to be sunny this weekend too. UGH. I would rather it pour like the previous years because my vain-self does not want any tanlines!! But come to think of it, it was pouring when I did it 2 years ago and I still got a tanline. Sigh.

Have you ever done the Ride to Conquer Cancer or a similar charity ride?


    Tips For Biking to Work

    There are so many benefits to biking to work! I was having a hard time getting up this morning but I kept on reminding myself that I NEVER regretted a morning ride so I hopped out of bed and off I went. Biking to work will result in BLISS because you build confidence since you will be fitter, healthier and happier. You will zip by traffic and get to laugh at people sitting in rush hour traffic. You will feel more energized and will be in a better mood at work (I swear by this!).

    And best of all,  you know you can eat more because you are burning extra calories every day. This morning, I burnt over 1000 calories before I even got to work. Why do you guys think I eat so much? If you love food as much as I do, that’s another reason to start biking to work.

    The bicycle is the most efficient machine ever created. Convert

    There’s a lot of reasons why people don’t bike to work other than the fact that they are lazy or they don’t know how to ride a bike— they have nowhere to shower, they’re unconfident about biking on roads, they live too far from work… but if you truly want to live a healthier lifestyle, make it happen.

    • No place to shower? Leaver earlier. Cycle slower. Keep deodorant, baby wipes and a couple changes of clothes at your desk.
    • Ditch the lycra. You don’t need to look like a wannabe professional cyclist while biking to work. There is nothing wrong with wearing your normal clothing. Although if your commute is long, you may want to wear those bike shorts!
    • Live too far from work? Not fit enough to bike the entire distance? There is nothing wrong with driving part way and bike the rest. You’ll also work up your fitness overtime.
    • Some days work is just too tiring and you can’t imaging biking home? Don’t be ashamed of taking the bus home (or like me, call the Boyfriend).
    • Afraid of cycling with traffic? Check for bike lanes in your city. My commute to work mainly consists of small streets and/or dedicated bike paths and there are only 2 blocks where I’m cycling on a busy street (although I have an alternative if I wanted to). Also, don’t be one of those idiots who cycle on some of the busiest streets in the city when there is a bike lane ONE BLOCK OVER. Research your routes!!
      Google Maps Vancouver Bike Lanes

      Go on Google Maps now and find a bike route to your work!

    • Your city isn’t bicycle friendly? If that is the case and you are completely unconfident about cycling, just don’t do it… yet. Go for a couple weekend rides to get comfortable and then gradually build up the days you bike to work.
    • Hate cycling with a ton of weight? Leave a couple changes of clothes at your desk, get your things dropped off earlier or consider panniers and bike bags. Only bring what you need.
    • Be prepared. Have your cellphone, credit card/bus fare (just in case, ya know), always assume drivers can’t see you, be aware of your surroundings, know your hand signals, know the law, be safe!
    • Don’t force it. If the weather sucks or if you are having a bad day, don’t feel bad about taking the bus or driving.
    • Think positive! If you are dreading that ride to work, think about it as a workout! Think about the extra food you can eat from the extra hundreds of calories burnt. Ask yourself, have you ever regretted a workout? Have a blast!

    I’m fortunate to have a gym and shower at work but I always leave a couple sets of clothing and shoes in my gym locker and always bring a full week’s worth of lunches and snacks in the beginning of the week so I cycle with less weight.  I haven’t bought a bus pass for the last 2 months to force myself to bike to work …but I have to admit, I’ve been driving a bit too the last month— harhar. I don’t feel bad though because when I don’t feel like biking, I just don’t. I am a full-time fitness freak but still a part-time commuter. No shame in that!

    Bike to Work

    If I’m feeling extra tired, a cup of coffee does the job. Sometimes I wish my commute was longer so I will create a “long way” and do a couple loops around the park or get some hill-training in. Then I make sure to get to work early enough so I have time to stretch and foam-roll for the perfect recovery.

    What about you? Do you bike to work?


      Maui in Pictures

      This was the first real vacation I took in 2 years and I was seriously not excited about it at all because I didn’t want to leave my wonderful life in Vancouver but Maui was fun, better than I expected and I did almost everything I wanted to do.  I never did get use to the time zone difference though so once it got dark, it felt like midnight and the grandma in me was ready to go to bed even though it was only 7pm. Anyway, here is a photo diary of our trip…

      Somewhere on a rock in West Maui with a Specialized Roubaix

      Of course, a blog post isn’t complete without a poser cyclist picture.