Posts Tagged ‘tour de victoria’

August Already?!?

Wow, I can’t believe it is August already! That means the Tour de Victoria is almost here. Of course, I am very excited about doing the ride, but at the same time the summer seems to be just flying by — and I am not sure if I have been training enough since I am…

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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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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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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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It’s a ride, not a race!

“It’s a ride, not a race”.  We took that approach this year and had a great day along with the rest of the Silver Wheels team, including many who took part in a pre-race photo-op: and warm-up ride on Friday: On ride day, though, the adrenalin was in evidence and everyone was pretty keen as…

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Why the Tour de Victoria really is a ride for everyone!

Lets just say procrastination might be human nature, but it is definitely my nature.  The intention to train a little or even to ride a little before the Tour de Victoria went out the window when lake season arrived. I pulled my bike out of the garage at 9:00 am on August 18. Two very…

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