Last night I landed in Las Vegas. Not sure if I ever told you how much I don’t like it here?
I had time to think. I never liked it because it was always a nightmare. The bike show every year, walking miles to get to places (as a cyclist walking is meh) and night life that I could careless for.
I came back later to race Cross Vegas I think it was 2014 not sure. I was in great shape got a bunch of mechanicals and didn’t finish the race. If I had only that at that time I would of been bummed but no I had something else: the Rim to Rim to Rim with my best friend Mel.
That took away the bads of vegas…
I took off from Vegas the day after the race, drove to the Grand Canyon, ran it (80km) and came back to the strip. Now I had enough endorphine in my body that nothing bothered me. We hung out at the pool and ordered drinks, we ate at whole food every meal, we drove the strip and we went onto the roller coaster in the NY hotel. That’s it and it was perfect.I left.
Now Im back for an adventure race with the Ace team. 3 guys from Estonia, I don’t know them but they want to go to the Grand Canyon and that I won’t pass on! I’ll get to know them for a couple of days before the event: 4 days of running, kayaking, Mt biking, ropes, emotions and not much sleep.
I was asking online a couple days ago to one of my teammate…I said: “How are you in those long, no sleep event?”
He said: “I dont talk much, I dont like to sleep and Im not good at kayaking.”
Ill let you know how it went…
Onto another adventure!
I present you MayMay but her real name is Monkey May. We rescued her and her brother 6 years ago when Vitesse passed away from lymphoma cancer. She is full of energy, loves rolling in the snow, chasing dear and squirrels and laying on Tim’s lap. She is the softest dog I have ever pet, a perfect little lab mutt.
Her brother, Little Man, that was his name in the first place, Is the opposite of MayMay. His fur is rough, long and dry. He reminds me of a horse. His front legs are longer than the back and he walks like a duck witch makes him look a little weird. His ears are short and his fu-man-shu give him the perfect look of a man. He loves to eat coconut fat and could spend all day in front of the fire. He is just like Tim !
Lately I’ve had a lots of questions about the world of cycling du to a post on Facebook. I obviously couldn’t answer all of them but I figured I could, on this blog once in a while, answer some of them.
Arnaud asked : Mentally, as a high level athlete, how do you keep going when the motivation about training is down ?
My motivation is like a piece of string…It’s long and thin but very strong – because I built it over the years. Sometimes when the time is right, or should I say wrong, the string gets cut…It mostly happens because I get sick or because I’ve been very busy. To even recognize those moments it’s key to get back into it and to allow yourself to take a pause. Sometimes 2 -3 or 5 days or more, of changing your mind and doing some things different is all you need to get your head back into it. Trust me, it’s hard to let go of a training plan or what you’re supposed to do on that day. But you know what? Every time I’m sick, I take 5 days on the couch and I come back stronger and more motivated than ever! Free yourself of the watts, the Strava and the “professional you” and chill. I’m not going to lie and say I used to do that when I was racing full-time, but what I can tell you is now I train almost as hard as before, I’m in the best overall shape of my life and the lesson I learned: It’s called taking a break.
Motivation has it’s limits and you’re the only one who knows when you’re getting close to the end of it. You want to stay in a confortable boundary and not crack before you stop.
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.
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.
For me up next: The Jay Peak and Owl’s Head ski-mo races this weekend!
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
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.