• Bloomer Park, Rochester Hills, MI

  • Racing the Provincial's Crit 2014

  • Forest City Velodrome - London, ON

  • Larkenville Challenge, Buffalo, NY

  • Winning the Sprint at the ForestCity Velodrome

  • Track Nationals 2014: Keirin

  • Track Nationals 2014: Points Race

  • OCUP #1: Feb 2015


Recently, I stumped upon the CBC Marketplace series on Youtube. What has become evident in watching the series is how gullible the average consumer is to marketing tactics of big business.  I recently watched a great piece on sports drinks and energy bars and whether they are required when you ride or train. I think you'd be surprised by the results.

First, a bit of background. I gave up on sports drinks a long time ago. I bought into the marketing hype from Dr. Phil Lim from scratch labs that one should eat our calories rather than drink it. Yea, I bought into the marketing but Lin seemed to make a good case scientifically for his notions. Lastly, I hated attempting clean the mold out of the bottles that eventually builds up when using sugary drinks in the bottles anyways. This last item actually is more why I stopped: just being lazy. So, I don't even bother with Skratch Labs drink mixes anymore. Realistically speaking, a can of coke as less calories than a bottle of sports drink so why not just buy a can a coke on a long ride if you think you need to be consume the candy in drink form anyways?

Sigh of Relief

Last night, I got my bike stuff ready. Helmet, shoes, clean bike's drive train, etc, and went to bed. Ready to get up and drive into the Toronto  to do the Donut Ride. Something I do when I have nothing better to do. At 6am, the alarm went off and then, I heard it outside: rain. Damn. Looking at the weather forecast, there was a 40% chance that the ride would get rained out. I guessed it would dry up by the start of the ride and probably would not rain at all, but didn't desire to even ride on wet roads. I turned over and went back to sleep. At 10am, I rolled out of bed again. I can't remember the last time that happened. Rather that feel guilt for missing the ride, it felt strangely good. Cycling is all about riding in the morning. Some even ride before the sun comes up. I've passed the Morning Glory Cycling club here in Milton riding north on 6th line at 6:20am as I rode into work. The local Milton Bicycling Club starts rides at 7:30am. I always liked the Donut Ride because it probably the only ride left that starts every time at 9am year around.

Looking Back

On a positive note, racing at Track Nationals left me with numerous personal bests, and finishing mass start races against some top contenders - races that normally I would have not completed. I managed to build over that season I don't give up attitude. The race isn't over until it's over. I think racing too much last summer helped with that. I got to do stupid things like attacking off the front of the pack at the start of the race, etc.. I managed, with 10 laps to go, at the Provincial Criterium last year, be in a two man break away and hold the pack off until two laps to go. I managed, in December at the Forest City Velodrome, to twice over win points races, one against the almighty Steve Bauer, and one by lapping the field - something I thought I would never be able to do.

Years ago, when I moved to drop some 80lbs or more, I ended up doing something mostly by accident: reducing my sugar intake. By swearing off processed foods, eating in instead of out more of the time, and following most if not all of Michael Pollin's Food Rules, I ended up eating less sugar. However, most recently I discovered the ill effects of sugar and I have been more actively trying to cut it out of my diet (save the odd ice cream cone or danish in a bike ride).

Last night, I tried out a new recipe for energy bars from the Global Cycling Network. They used banana's instead of dextrose and other non-sugar type sweeters....and it worked. Check out that recipe on the GCN Youtube Channel.


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