Gore-Tex Grand Traverse

I’m in the plane on my way to Aspen with Tim and Jeff. I’m nervous, first of all, because it’s something I’ve never done before, and second, because I dislocated my shoulder again on Sunday in the Mad River Glen SkiMo race.

Elk Mountain Grand Traverse…What the hell? Well, you start in Crested Butte, CO and traverse all the way to the Aspen ski area. 40 miles of peaks and wilderness at night on mountaineering gear. Yes, we start at midnight and hope to finish by noontime the next day.

I will be doing the traverse with my great friend Melanie. Over the last 3 years we’ve done a bunch of cool things together, that if we weren’t friends, it wouldn’t have happened! The Presidential Traverse in New Hampshire, Rim to Rim to Rim deep in the Grand Canyon, all in one day, a bunch of 50mi+ trail runs and races – some ups and downs – but most of all still friendsJ. It might take us a long time, but whatever happens, life will go on.

This past week I got an email from Abi’s dad. Abi is a beautiful little girl that has the strength of 10, but she is fighting everyday against a disease that is living in her lungs. In the fall I help organize an event called Les 100 a B7 which means 100km of Lyne Bessette (Bessette in French is pronounced ‘B-set’ so B7 is me! Sept = seven in Francais, Got it?:) Anyway, it’s going to be my 3rd year on October 4th and Abi is again our little butterfly.

The event logo includes a butterfly that represents a child that needs our help. Reading emails from Abi’s dad made me realize that no matter what challenges might lay ahead of us, Mel and I will traverse these mountains.

Mountains are made to be climbed and diseases to be treated. Like Abi, Mel and I will fight to finish this athletic challenge and will send our thoughts to our little butterfly at home, Abigail.



11th year of Quebec city winter pentathlon!

Its a wrap. Again. What an event! More than 5000 winter fanatics gathered on “Les Plaines D’Abraham” for a competitive, fun or family race. The first couple of years I did it in the solo category and soon enough realized that after spending most of my time on the tandem and in California, my winter sports form wasn’t soooo…great:).

So Saturday I raced in the tandem category (you guys know by now I love tandem;)) and on Sunday I raced on a team of 5. Sharing the pain with friends is the best way to do it.

All lined up in our cycling clothing on a 100m wide start line…then GO!! You run, on snow through the start arch, around the block for 300m, grab your bike and cyclocross style jump on – to try to catch the front group!…Good luck with that one, the front group is packed with national team athletes, cyclocross national champions, mountain bike top-ten finisher at worlds etc.  You’re do 4 laps for 18km total, every lap you ride through 200m of soft snow where you can ride or run depending on your skillzzzzzzz.

I was the first woman crossing the transition line followed by a young and very strong woman, Evelyn Blouin, who was doing it alone! I got to my chair, changed my shoes, Audrey was there cheering me on and off I went right away for a 5.2km run. A good run for me and I passed the chip to Audrey for the 9km cross-country skiing and then 7km speed skating. I ran around to cheer her on – she was in her element, coming from the far north she always skied and skated when she was young. It was a little rough getting back into it but she did awesome. Back to the transition area, my turn again for the last leg: the 5 km snowshoe run. SOOOO HARD! its like running with 5 pounds of butter stuck to bottom of your shoes! I managed to stay focused through the pain – eye of the tiger – a friend of mine posted that to a photo later on that day…into the last 500m, a hamstring cramp came to say hi, never left and stayed with me sprinting against a guy coming from behind! Audrey and I won the women’s tandem.

My friend Audrey is a 6 foot tall, beautiful brunette with a heart of gold. She is a very talented athlete and has now started to pilot a tandem, just like I did, on the Canadian Para-cycling team…A Heart of Gold.

Thanks teammate


For me up next: The Jay Peak and Owl’s Head ski-mo races this weekend!

Burke Rando Ski race

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1h43min of none stop suffering trying to catch the guys ahead and not be caught by my husband Tim….He did end up catching me but I got him on the downhill part! Fiouff! A mix of cross country skiing, running and downhill skiing. Just the right combination to fill your love for hard workout and fun (that’s only the down part) the rest is..well you can just look at my face! Thanks to Jeff Rivet, Dynafit, my long time friends and Burke for the beautiful day!

up next: Pentathlon des neiges

2015 Resolutions


Yes I have some this year. I never make resolutions because I feel like my lifestyle is already pretty good. I’m healthy, I’m fit, I’m happy and I have family.
I decided to take 2 that are kind of stupid and the third one is to help and continue my fight against a struggle with how I look at myself and how I feel about myself.
It’s a topic that I never really talk out loud about, but I do realize that it’s easier to let go and not keep things just for me all the time.

Here we go:

1 – take a selfie everyday of this year.
2 – don’t cut my hair for one year
3 – don’t weigh myself for one year

For the selfie, I want to make a video of all the places I go to in 2015.
For the hair, it’s just because I can never be patient enough to let it grow and for the weight, well I want to learn how to really love my body the way it is and not spend energy on trying to be more slim or more that or more this…
Like the stickers I bought a while ago to give to my lovely friends: “you are beautiful” Now it’s time for me to believe that.


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

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