T minus 30 days

I have had quite a brutal month of training and I have almost entered a state of despondency a couple of times. Working towards a goal like completing a big ride offers a lot of challenges along the way, both physically and mentally. Learning to overcome some of the mental challenges is an important part…

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Carving Out Time for Training

Last month I blogged about my plan to make the jump from the Tour de Victoria’s 60 km Christie-Phoenix ride to the Trek 100 km Ride this August. Making the leap from 45 km to 60 km last year was challenging, but by keeping my fitness levels up by riding through the winter, playing basketball…

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Off the back, a first experience group ride

After a few years procrastinating I finally made it out for my first organized group ride and, as I was hoping, it was the motivation I needed to get my ass in gear for this year’s 2019 Tour de Victoria. Actually, it was a kick in the teeth. I love the Tour de Victoria. It…

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Fear is an Illusion

Mike Alexander finishing the 2018 Tour de Victoria

It’s quite probable that I will never forget the day that I sat in my nurse-practitioners office as she told me the bad news. Type 2 Diabetes. Everyones’ suspicions had been confirmed. Since arriving in Victoria, I had promised myself that I would take my health more seriously and with each test completed, I was…

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Building a Team for the 2019 Tour de Victoria

Ryder Hesjedal’s Tour De Victoria 2018 was a blast! Would I do it again? Absolutely! Only next time I’ll train on the road a bit more.  Fast forward ten months: my road bike is back in the garage, blocked in by other sports equipment, tools, and unnecessary junk that should have been thrown out long…

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Here we go again!

Last year I blogged about training for the 60 km Christie-Phoenix ride, up from the 45 km ride I had done for the previous three years. I upped my training regimen and challenged myself to get comfortable with the 60 km distance ahead of the August ride. As I wrote in my first blog on…

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Winter riding made easy: Tales from Oahu’s Tantalus climb

There I was in February just flying up a Hawaiian road that bisected a golf course off Sandy Beach. Okay guilty. I wasn’t flying up the hill because I was in winter shape. That means, I had no shape. If you have already, or want to, cycle on Oahu, then you will like this. My…

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When the Mountains Called for Me

There are hills that we are going to confront in this life. Long winding monsters with knives out that we see waiting from a great distance, others that seem to step out of the treeline and blindside us from out of nowhere, causing us to fight for each foot forward in slow motion. When I…

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What a Ride It Was!

Prelude – The Flat Tire One week before the Tour de Victoria I headed out on my last major training session with the intention of riding one section of the new 60 km route that I didn’t know — the second quarter that runs from Victoria General Hospital up to Elk Lake. I’d heard rumours…

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