What a great weekend for team building! City Sports & Physiotherapy’s Timberly George, Carrie Viola, Kim Yae and myself are gearing up for the corporate challenge at the UBC Grand Prix on July 10th. After completing the UBC Triathlon in March I began to develop a crush on cycling. I tried to play hard to get but the cog got the best of me. A few weeks later I bought my first real road bike and, WHAM! my crush was immediately upgraded to infatuation- I fell in love with my Marinoni.
Saturday morning Timberly, Carrie and I rode up to UBC for a great training session with Steve Bell-Irving who took us corporate challengers through the race course and gave us some tips on sprinting and turning. I definitely felt like the greenest rider of the morning with my slow hill climbs, turtle-paced sprinting and awkward cornering but I learned a tremendous amount and had a great time out in the mud with my teammates.
The most seasoned rider of our team, Timberly, recently directed me to the Velominati Rules. I have been gently but firmly suggested that I follow these closely. Although we definitely followed Rule #9 on Vancouver’s June-uary Saturday morning, I have been known to break a rule or two along the way so far. Can you spot how many rules are broken in the above photo? (I’m taking bets for how long it’ll take Timberly to tweet me the answer).
Stay tuned for more mutterings involving my new love affair for cycling.
As if Saturday wasn’t enough to fill my hankering for corporate bonding, on Sunday morning Gareth Adams, Timberly and I packed our physio tables up to the peak of Grouse Mountain to offer physiotherapy services at Grouse Mountain’s Seek the Peak. This 16km/10mi race starts at Ambleside Beach in North Vancouver and climbs 4,100 vertical feet up the Grouse Grind and finishes only after descending back down from the Grouse peak. In support of Rethink Breast Cancer, Seek the Peak was run by solo runners, relay teams and corporate teams. Overall, it was a successful and inspiring event with no major injuries and hundreds of smiling (and muddy) faces!
Will you be doing the Grouse Grind this summer? Are you also new to cycling and want to sing your love from the rooftops with me?
Happy cycling! Happy grinding!