Finding Your “Sole” Mate
When your entire identity is wrapped up in being a pair, being single can be tough. That’s why in 2010, Jerome Perreault, a former Inventory Team Leader at our Vancouver store, formalized an online singles party, billed as “your shoe’s last best hope at finding its ‘sole’-mate.” Basically the Plenty of Fish of the shoe world.
Fair Labor Association Accredits MEC’s Social Compliance Program
An embroidery room at a hardgoods factory we’ve been working with for almost 20 years. Taken by Nicholas Lagopoulos, our Production Coordinator, on a recent factory visit to Vietnam.
Our goal is to make quality products for the outdoors. And a quality product is made in a way that respects the people who manufacture it.
4 Tips to Avoid Ugly Sweater Season
There’s something about the holidays that can bring out the ugly in sweaters. And this isn’t about the festively abrasive, ornamented-with-bells-and -garland-and-blinking-lights number that wins you a bottle of wine at your holiday office party.
This is about sweater fundamentals. It’s about the bits and pieces that can separate the “best sweater ever!” category from the “are you trying to torture me?” group.
Whistler GranFondo: Humbled, Fitted, Tuned Up, and Ready
What my training has largely taught me is that road cycling is an exercise in humility. One day your legs feel amazing and endless and you find yourself flying up 1500m of elevation. And then the next day, you get passed by a man on a derelict BMX, who’s wearing rubber boots and a backwards helmet.
Whistler GranFondo: I Got MAP’ed
There are some marked differences between my previous goal – a flat, 60km course where the emphasis was on it being a community, not a competitive, ride – and my current goal, the Whistler GranFondo. The GranFondo is a 122km route with 2000m, give or take, of elevation gain. And it’s definitely a race. People can win money, for Pete’s sake.
Whistler GranFondo: Here We Come
I can’t say for certain what caused this.
Maybe it was that the Tour de France started, or that I came away from the Shoppers Drug Mart Ride Don’t Hide 60km fairly unscathed. I’m not sure,
We Came, We Rode, We Conquered
Photo Source: Vancouver Sun
By all accounts, Sunday’s ride was a success.
Ride Don’t Hide – Where Rubber Hits The Road
Two more sleeps until the race.
The miles are logged, the hills have been climbed, and (with complete elation) the speed work is over. So now, with race package in hand, it’s just the waiting game until the start line.
Ride Don’t Hide – The Pack Mentality
June 2–8 was Commuter Challenge week. As one might imagine, this is an event in which MEC staff are creative and willing participants. The group I hooked up with for our epic commute to work met at 7am, and proceeded to ride for 31.5km and gain 348m of elevation*.
Ride Don’t Hide – Go Away Injuries, and Stay Away
Overall, I feel like things are really starting to click with my training schedule. Last weekend, I did my 50km long ride in a pair of chamois shorts, arm warmers, and a jersey, and it was amazing. I felt fast and light and was acknowledged by at least three roadies. Granted, it was three very subtle nods, but I know they were saying “Welcome to the club, friend!”