Commuting by bike does require me to sacrifice some things. Like wallet-crushing stops at the gas station. Or the chance to get up close and personal with unwashed strangers on rush hour transit.
I’m terrible at refueling and hydrating on the road. Actually, not just on the road. I’m terrible at eating before exercising, period. I’m a morning person, so getting up for a 6am yoga class is preferable to lugging myself to spin after work. The problem with that, though, is I have very little in the tank at 6am.
It’s never too early to get out in the wilderness with kids, and Dan and Alice Clark are proof of that. In 2012, they set out in a canoe with their two young children (aged 3 and 5 years old), and paddled from Jasper, AB to Tuktoyaktuk, NT. The trip took 95 days and covered 3400km. To give you some perspective, that’s the same distance as driving from Calgary to Toronto.
I spent last Sunday as a cycling cheerleader, hitting four different spots along Vancouver’s marathon route to shout inspiring things to my boyfriend as he pounded out 42km in the blazing sun.
One of the most enduring childhood memories can be getting your first bike. Not just because it was a new toy to play with, but because that bike gave you your first taste of independence, the freedom to explore your neighbourhood, and may have helped create friendships that you still have today.
At MEC, we love bikes, so we’re kicking off the start of cycling season with MEC Bikefest, a community celebration of all things bike related.
To help Jess prepare for the 60-km Ride Don’t Hide group bike ride, our cycling experts at MEC have created an 8-week training program geared to get her across the finish line. Over the course of 8 weeks, this plan will increase her fitness, build her endurance, and have her focus on riding technique.
Two years ago I broke my ankle. Once the cast was off, I blissfully launched myself back into cardio swing of things only to (painfully) realize that the ol’ ankle wasn’t what she used to be. Continue reading
Sébastien Lazure, one of MEC’s climbing Envoys, climbed a V13 on his latest outing at Hueco Tanks. I spoke with him about this impressive accomplishment.
A simple yoga strap goes a long way when you’re stretching. We talked to staff at Halfmoon Yoga Products about just how versatile a strap can be for opening up your shoulders, hips, and hamstrings. Today’s post includes four stretches with a strap that are good for kayakers, runners, climbers, or anyone who could use a few extra centimetres of help when they’re stretching.
Leanne Allison is an accomplished adventurer and filmmaker. She’s also a former MEC employee (I was lucky enough to go on a group sea kayak trip with her back in those days). She, her partner Karsten, and their son Zev are all MEC Envoys. At MEC’s Annual General Meeting, Leanne will be showing some of her inspiring pictures as part of her presentation on “Growing Up With MEC.” I caught up with her for a sneak preview.