WFR

When I went to school, after college, I thought I wanted to become a Math and Physics teacher. I was wrong. I never finished my University degree and started my cycling career at age 21.
But after a long career in cycling, I decided that it was time to try something new. I needed something to get my brain working again, and wanted to learn how to take care of my friends… and MYSELF!

Last week, I finished my WFR (Wilderness First Responder) course, a certification designed to give you the tools to make critical medical and evacuation decisions in remote locations, when the 911 number can’t be reached. Over 100 hours of learning the basics about WHAT TO DO if someone gets hurt; how to prepare yourself for a trip; how to prepare yourself, or the people in your group, against the risks and dangers you can encounter during a excursion; how to assist someone giving birth to their child, etc.
During class, all these questions were answered by one of the best teacher I’ve had the chance to meet in my life. We saw photos of bear attacks, of broken bones, of wide-open wounds. He told us what he did in a series of accident that he had to cover, and shared how he felt during these critical moments. He taught us how to prepare ourselves, even if, in reality, we can’t never really be prepared for such life-threatening events…
We simulated real accident scenes and had to rescue one or sometimes several individuals, right on the spot. Talk about pressure! We could really feel the stress of trying to do our best, and wanting to show that if such a situation were to happen for real, we had the tools to react the right way.

Those scenarios were not real, of course. But now, I believe that if I were to face such critical situations, I wouldn’t just stand there. Instead of feeling helpless, I’d be able to help, I’d have the confidence to jump in and assist someone in difficulty. And I would probably remember all of what I just learned in that course in a fraction of a second, because that’s how our brain works.

Les 100a BOSSES-ette! Presentez par SUAREZ

100b7_mug_logo.jpgC était la deuxième edition cette année! un succès a mon avis, avec plus de 200 cyclistes qui sont venus tester leurs jambes sur un parcours…hhmmmm très accidente!. Sur papier 100 km ca d’ lair de 100km hein? “Ah, je vais être correct” les gens se disent dans leur tete…Jai mis en place un défi,un parcours qui reflète ma personnalité de toujours qui est de me dépasser. Non Pas une randonnée ou au retour si je te demandais comment avait été ta ride et tu me disais: “Boff, c’était facile”.
Je veux qu’ a votre retour vous me dites WOW! C’ était vraiment toff, la trail, les descentes en graviers, le paysage a couple le souffle, je suis cuit ou cuite! C’est ce que je veux entendre et jai été servie!
Mission accomplie!

Merci a tous les participants,les commanditaires, les secourismes et mon bras droit Nicolas Legault.
a L an prochain et n allez pas penser que ce sera plus facile parce que je serai un an plus vielle!!

a bientôt
Lyne

Untamed New England- Adventure Race.

Well were out of the woods…It was an adventure for sure and maybe not so much a race for our team. Sometimes it goes sometimes it doesn’t.

I don’t even know if I can describe you what an adventure race is and how nasty hard they are especially the long ones like Untamed…Its part of a world cup series first of all and if you win you get a spot at worlds champ. Its 4 days…ok 3and 1/2 for the best teams in the world and more like 4 +days for the others. You sleep when you want or when you can, you carry a bag thats about 25 pounds all the time, your feet are wet 2 min after the start and for the whole duration of the event, you push your bike through the woods where there is sometimes NO trail, you bush walk through nasty terrain with your paddles sticking out of your bag, pack raft on rivers , windy lakes, try to run when you can, mt bike 200km or more, walk 140km or more…and add on top of that canoeing, ropes sections, sometimes swimming with your pack in swamp, rafting and Oh more bushwalking!

It was my first one. I’ve done a 3 day stage race event in 2009, a 24h one in 2013 and dislocated my shoulder in the last one I attempt in May. The teams are built like this: 3 men and a woman. You can do it in any other combination but then you are not allowed to compete in the top category.My 3 teammates have done a couple of Untamed and every time there is something  that you forgot or could improve. This year was no difference.

We started on Wednesday morning the 18 at 10;30 am with a short prologue to separate the teams a little before starting a long leg of canoeing and trekking. We started off really well and we got to the end of the prologue right behind one of the best team in the world. We got in the canoes and started to paddle our way 7km to a point where we would stop the boat and start a trek. The lake was very winding and as you know I dont have much tallent for anything boating! We got passed by 8 teams and ended up in 10th. We rushed up the Mt where a rope section of rappel was waiting for us.The bummer part was that we got stopped at least 1h there because it wasn’t very well organized and taking the teams down the steep rock sections was very slow. If you got there in the top 3 you actually got a great advantage…but everybody else got stuck. Then the gap between the teams were already big. Anyway, we made our was back to the canoe and paddle to another PC 4km, another trek and back into the canoe for the last section 26 km of wind , waves and sore arms:)…we got to the T1 just at around 8pm, wet and cold.

The moral was good at that point sitting in 10th.  The next leg was a mt bike leg longue of 130km total. But thats an average. You get lost you end up with 160km! Dan our team leader and navigator was great and always got us to the PC right on. That section was pretty smooth except for our sore bum! Half way through the mountain bike we had a chance to stop and take a nap at a lodge (1h). At that point it was an individual orienteering section where each member go out on their own to get the PC’s, the others nap. Awesome pancakes were waiting for us from the lodge and I got a chance to sneak in a shower! Just before we got back on the bike as a team we had to do a conservative project that consisted in racking 100 pieces of wood. Back on the Bike for another 65-75 k.

T2; leg of trekking and pack rafting. The wind was so strong at that point that inflating the small raft became a question mark. We saw teams get down to the lake and turning around to get to the PC on foot which was WAY longer…We did the same. But after getting to the first one on foot, we bush walk for a while and decided to try the water. Its was possible but terribly hard to move forward unless you had body builders arms! Martin and Dan made it pretty much in a straight line struggling in the head wind. Doum and I had to do a detour to protect ourselves from the wind and cut across. The start of the river that we were looking for was right there but very shallow so even pack rafting was difficult. We walked on slippery rocks trying to make our way to the next lake that we had to cross…its was already getting dark on thursday and our body got really cold. At the lake we decide to go on foot the catch that PC. Crossing the water would of been faster but running in the woods was a better idea to warm us up. The next section was going to be a tough one especially after the water section. Couple more PC’s to get before 3 mt summit where trails only existed for one of the PC…We talked for a minute and decided to finish 2 more  PC’s that were before the Mt summit one’s and take a break of a couple hour in our 2 person tent…3 of us in there in our not warm sleeping bag (its not because it says sleeping bag that its warm..) and our survival blanket. We all slept but the cold made us very uncomfortable and the night not so restful… Back on track around 5am friday toward the start  of the hiking trail that would take us to the first summit. At that point my feet that I had  tried to tape were not responding very well and blisters staring to get really bad. I stopped a couple of times trying to get myself  somewhat confortable but I got no luck. After another 12km of walking I stopped sat down and looked at my feet. Not good. What ever I did didn’t work. Beginner? newbie? didn’t do the right thing? I felt stupid because everything else was ok. Unfortunatly I decided to stop and let the guys go on on their own. That decision was hard but sometimes you have to be smart and for me to be hurt for weeks after I just can’t deal with that anymore. I sat down on the side of the road looking at the guys walking away happy that I had told them it was ok to continu without me. They worked so hard for this. I bundle up in my survival blanket sitting on the gravel waiting for the emergency truck to come and pick me up… I swear I saw some moose eyes right there behind me looking at me, hiding…I was sitting in his track but really I think it was my imagination at that point. My eyes could barely stay open. We are still in LEG 3….The guys entered the forets at about noon on friday and came out at 9pm. Buswalking through tight rough rugged forets with black flies and mosquitos….I had the bug spray in my bag…

I got my ride after waiting 45 min. They took me back to T3 where eventually the guys  swung by that night around 9pm..I found some left over pizza that I put in their bin, some little debbies and granola bars, on top of everything else they had for food. I wish I saw their faces when they found the pizza….they told me they were in heaven!. At that point the longer canoe section more than 30km on moose lake got cancel and every one started the 4th LEG on bikes.

That night I came back to my lodge, wrote online to let everyone know that we were ok and that the guys were still on course but ranked has unofficial.

You think you’re tough? You think you can do hard things? Hard adventures? Try 4 days of adventure racing with no sleep. Thats will make you tough. No matter what happen, no matter how you finish, just to be there in that race is tough. Just to think about doing one is tough. You know why they called this untamed? Because you never learn and all you want to do is try it again because there is no way you can get it right the first time, the second time or the third time. Event the best teams in the world find things to improve after many years of racing. Its an ever ending story and its addictive. After my first experience in 2009 I said that I never wanted to do this anymore…well I guess I forgot quickly!

I met the guys a little after T4 where the rafting section started. They looked like their spirit was high, they had decided to sleep at T3 for the night and made some decisions about the race…well the adventure at that point. I got them off on the raft and met them back at the lodge. They were happy even tho things didn’t go as plan, they  realized a lot of  things could of been done differently and that we, as a team, would attempt more races.

Sometimes it goes sometimes it doesn’t …

Huge Congrats to the team of  Store.CA: Ben Letourneau, Vince Meunier, Ursula Tracz and Ryan Atkins for their 4th Place finish and team Untamed Canada- Clinique du Pieds d Equilibre: Alex provost,Stephanie Lajoie, Jean Yves Dionne et Jonathan Dionne for their 5th place finish. That was impressive .

Till next time

-Lyne

 

 

 

 

Ride on Chicago.

4 years ago my husband Tim decided to ride from Boston to Washington to attend the National Bike Summit. The previous year he attended as guest of his friend and bike advocate, Richard Fries – he was intrigued by what he saw and decided to go back again, but by bike.  At the Summit, the athlete that he was and the full time racer in him, found connections with other cyclists and ideas that  made him believe that things could change. Things like, how to ride better in a group, how to respect others in a ride, how to make cities safer to ride a bike no matter why or where you ride, how to talk about cycling without the word “racing”, how to connect everyone that rides a bicycle. It was certainly an eye opener for him and all the others including me that pedal to Washington early March 2011 at 5 degrees F.

4 years passed and The Ride on Washington grew. Each year more people got onto the ride and helped raise more than $200,000 for Peopleforbikes

This year the ride shifted and we rode from Kansas city  to Chicago, stopping in cities and telling “The Why ” of our journey.

After many years riding my bicycle all over the world for many different reasons, I realize how important the message and what PeopleForBikes are trying to achieve. I am a minority in this cycling world, having touched the racing part of it but now the advocacy is pulling me in and I want to help make sure my friends, my family and all of us can ride safely. Its becoming scary to be on the road as a cyclist but also scary for a driver to encounter cyclists on the road. Working together is what we need to do, so we all fit in no matter what we are driving…

read more here

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Le Defi Des Semelles d’Acton Vale

WOW très bel événement, pour une premiere edition je dirais 10/10. Un parcours quand meme difficile avec des faux plats et une bonne montee a faire 2 x pour le 10 km. Plusieurs jeunes étaient de la partie pour les 1 et 2km. J adore les regarder courir, ils sont si rapides!.

Merci a la Ville d Acton Vale, Jerome Bresson pour l organisation et tous les bénévoles!

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Xtrail Sutton

Long time ago I was a skier, then I became a runner, then a professional cyclist. I am in love with the area I was born and raised: the Eastern Townships. Mt Sutton for me is my playground. Its a mountain that offer great terrain for avid skiers and snowboarders but also a good amount of hiking trails. Those trails are mapped in my brain, I know them all and I love them all. I snowshoed on them, ran , hiked with my lovely brown lab Vitesse ( passed away in 2010), took my mom when she was battling the cancer treatments and more. Its where I love to be.

Today was no difference. I have the chance to be able to race in my backyard. A trail race of 22km, very technical, roots , rocks, sketchy descentes and mud. This morning I took the start like 1000 others to take on  this brutal challenge.

the whole time I knew where I was, I knew what was coming. Under me, my feet were heavy at times but also light in some area that took me back in time…

I finished well, I loved every minute of it. I did race with a brace so my shoulder wouldn’t dislocate ( just had that happen last saturday), I had hiking poles that made a big difference on the ups and downs and I did twist my ankle. But hey, that what happens when you get out of your comfort zone!

Loving my life

Tphoto-131hanks to Mt Sutton and Nicolas Taillefer for the organization

till next time

Lyne

Whats up?

Now 9 weeks after a broken kneecap everything is back to normal like nothing happen.

Thats how I roll. 

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I was on the phone with my good friend Mel talking about what we’re thinking about attempting in 2014.

That would include races and adventures like, trail running stage races in europe, marathons, trail runs, adventure races for me, winter pentathlon, winter triathlon….

For our 40th we started looking at some more complex, long and unknown destinations…our brain is already exploding from our imagination.

But back to now, this weekend Im attempting my first winter triathlon: 5km of snowshoe, 12 km of speed skating (maybe not speed for me) and 8km of cross-country skiing to finish it off. That should be fun. I think I might put a kneecap protector…

Lyne