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Brain VS guts


I get up this morning and all I can see is fog. Big thick fog. I know it’s usually followed by blue sky but I can’t see any blue just yet. I’ve completed day 3 off the bike. 3 long days. Feels like an eternity. Like when you first fall in love with someone and you don’t see your new love for 1 full day… Yep, an eternity. The only good thing about it is that by staying off the bike, I’ve got less laundry to do!

Repeating the key word in my mind: temporary.

The last few days have been pretty rough on me.  My sacro-iliac joint decided, again, that she’s had enough pedaling for the summer and has called for a break. I say again because she does that little trick of hers every 2 months or so. She had the decency to give me a few signs before quitting, but like any passionate cyclist, I pretended not to understand her words. You know what a good dose of endorphins do to you, right? Makes your brain dizzy. Makes the pain in your quads disappear. Makes you happy. And makes you crave for more!

So lately, I’ve added a few extra intervals on the big chain ring, preparing for my 24hour coming up in September. Well, it was one too many I guess. I was just having fun with my heart. I could hear my gluteus and back screaming but the fun I was having with my heart made me ignore the rest. And since my muscles, because of some other serious issue, can never fully recover, I’m now paying for that lack of self control.

My daily drill has been pretty boring: ice, rest, avoid walking, lay on back, no sitting at the computer for more than 30 minutes at a time, no lifting, and of course no biking. Repeat for 2 to 15 days (!!). That recommendation would make a couch potato joyful but makes me more on down side. Imagine:  no bike, no computer time. Makes any sane girl go nuts!

Now, after day 3, it’s time for me to get back on the bike and slowly turn the legs. No big chain ring. No resistance training. No intervals. No big fun. Just turn those legs. Easy spin. Gotta play smart if I want to come back strong. Pedaling with my brain, not with my guts. 30 to 45 minute spin, not more than that. Self control, for once.

Gotta stick by those rules for a couple of days. And in the best case scenario, at the end of this week, I’ll get to change those rather boring rules and have some fun again!



Pearl Plush this winter at Columbia stores

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I had such a blast today at Columbia store in Tremblant!

A large Americano in one hand, my camera in the other, I was in a happy place, surrounded by so many bright colours!

Micheline was so nice, taking pictures of me trying out lots of different outfits.Columbia 2009-2010 022

And, as you can imagine, I fell in love with a few items;

The Pear Plush Fleece is my personal favourite. So soft, it’s the “absolute queen of comfort”, like they say. For 84$, you may steal her heart for ever! Columbia 2009-2010 024

The Plush collection is also getting famous: Last week, at the Lauch of the 9th edition of the 24h of Tremblant, Mélanie Turgeon and Anne-Marie Withenshaw were proudly posing wearing it!

Here are 5 “must get” for your Christmas stockings:

1-     34.99$: Glacial fleece Half Zip. A soft microfleece, smooth, with an anti-pill finish that will last years.

2-     Pear Plush Fleece hats (20$), scarves (25$) and gloves (25$). Again, treat your loved ones with a little luxury!

3-     59.99$: Fast Track Fleece Jacket: It’s the perfect all-around jacket. There’s even a tiny pocket for you mp3 player.

4-     210$: Lafayette Street Jacket: With the Omni-Tech waterproof, breathable technology, it’s a lovely bomber jacket with an active fit. Gotta love the faux fur on the hood!

5-     149.99$: Helsinky Pants: Omni-Tech waterproof, breathable technology, insulated, articulated knees that gives you both comfort and mobility.

Pink, white and baby blue are definitely in this season. Sweet!

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Merci Micheline!




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