Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all! I hope everyone is enjoying their holidays with family and friends. We have luckily gotten enough snow in the Okanagan to start snowshoeing and XC skiing. I've eaten enough sweets to really question my addiction to sugar over the holidays. I always say tomorrow, I WILL eat no sweets, but I end up eating so much I have trouble falling asleep...No regrets right!
Droppin' in with the snowshoes
Finding beautiful viewpoints is the #1 goal of winter 2012/13.
It's all about cinnamon on Christmas morning, and every morning in general.
Spending a few days riding bicycles in Victoria before Christmas. From what I've heard weather this time of year is a lot better than the Okanagan, I've found out, really, it is not. There has been either rain, snow, sleet, hail, wind, rain, cold temperatures or all of the above everyday. I can say my "softie" winter training syndrome is turning into a hardman one. Not insanely big kilometer's are being put in because it's so windy, but a few hours everyday is making me noticeably fitter. It's also great because I can eat more food. Yesterdays ride required not one, but two, kitkat bar purchasing stops. The body is slowly getting more tired, and I am getting more anxious to get home for Christmas! Saturday AM departure is planned for a Guthrie household Christmas party that evening. With huge amounts of snow falling back home, snowshoeing will be in full effect over the holidays, along with eating Christmas baking and skeet shooting.
All for now, heading out for what looks like the first ride without rain, fingers crossed.
All of my rides are being posted on Strava CLICK THIS!.
As the 2013 season approaches it is now time I announce I will no longer be racing with Rocky Mountain Bicycles. I am sad, but very excited for a new opportunity that has come about. First off, thanks to Rocky Mountain for all the support through the highest and lowest points of my racing career. I have had my biggest results while flying the Rocky flag, and I still had the amazing support while I was laid up in 2010 with mononucleosis. I can't thank Rocky enough for supporting me and getting me to where I am today.
The new team had not yet been released, but I can I am very happy and excited this upcoming season. The riders and staff are as good as it can be on a bicycle racing team. Wait for the the announcement!
In other news, I've been putting in some hours in the hiking boots. Trying to explore and soak in the best views the Okanagan has to offer. For anyone who lives in the valley, there will be Sunday-Monday hiking/snowshoes adventures taking place all winter long. Weekly photo updates will be posted, as I try and make every weekend better than the previous one.
I made the smart a** request for more Movember donations, with the return that I would keep my moustache an extra week for every $50 more raised. On the last night I received $150 in donations. Oh boy, yet super pumped as it's a good cause and one of best buddies fought cancer this summer, as well I lost my Grandad to cancer this spring. Some buddies and I that are supporting Movember are putting in for a MoBro photo contest. Photo below.
It is the season of transitioning from bicycling riding and/or the off season to structured cross training. I am very fortunate and live in a place where I can be in the bush while still in my back yard. That allows for unbelievable days of hiking, snowshoeing, hunting, dirtbiking etc. You get the gist that Peachland is just awesome...Here's a few photos of what I do for off season fun training:
My dad killin' it on a spin bike we found hiking, of course it was in the middle of nowhere.
The last couple weeks have also been the most real "off season" time I have ever taken. So pretty much to sum up what I did, I ate good tasting food.
Who says aged cheese and peanut butter cups can't be eaten at the same time..
The countdown is on, you will not be seeing all those good lookin' men with upper hair on Saturday. I know, it's unfortunate. That also means that some last minute donations would be highly appreciated! I have now said that every $50 more I raise I will keep the moustache for another week. Only $30 more is needed to make that first extra week happen.
**Brand New** 56cm 2012 limited edition team only Rocky Mountain Solo carbon cyclo-cross bike. Choice of buying it as frame only($999.00), or frame + Easton Cockpit + Shimano Dura-Ace groupo($2,500.00)
Well, yesterdays Cyclo-cross National Championships was a great way to end the season, well almost. the BC Grand Prix of Cyclo-cross is today, which will finish the season for some. For others it will be the starting point of a long winter of training inside for the 2013 World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky in February.
First off, thanks to anyone and everyone is was supporting the race whether it was over the life feed of the interwebs or standing out on course in the pouring rain and frigid temperatures. It's always a little more motivating when you have great friends and family out heckling you and supporting, your always able to find a little more in your legs. And for those that made fun of my best ever Movember attempt, I respect you and hope you donate to Movember!! The link is here: http://mobro.co/evanguthrie
The father, who is my personal helper for the weekend, and myself made the trip to Surrey on Friday for some practice on course and to stay in our cheap, uncleaned, pee left on the toilet sort of hotel. I came into this race, for probably the first time ever, actually relaxed and not stressing or thinking about race. Which is something that tends to work for me. I had no expectations as I've spent many hours behind my school books this fall, as well logging some of the funnest fall days I've ever had. Running, hiking and some fun MTB rides turned out to be the perfect recipe for a great day on the bike. Pumped on how the race played out, I was riding in the top 3 all day and finished second to the king of U23 cyclo-cross for the past three years, Evan Mcneely. Our Nova Scotian pal, Andrew L'esperance, came in third. Were all good buddies and were pumped for each other. It was very cold and it seemed as though I couldn't feel my fingers for the half the race, which also led to no power for braking..maybe it was fast not being able to brake? The big question now is "Do I go to Cyclo-Cross World Championships?" The fact that it's in February and throughout the winter I do not ride outside makes it a real question mark. And of course the costs are the same as attending a mountain bike world cup in Europe..I would love to attend though.
Spent the evening out with bicycle racer pals eating great Italian food, drinking beer and consuming tasty desserts. Which tends to always make people race faster versus sitting in a hotel room with legs in the air and eating salad. I'm starting to think a greasy burger, big pizza or french fries are the best pre-race meal, along with beer and desserts. Because if you race poorly you can blame it on the "sh**ty food" but if you do well you can say "Hey, I kicked a** and ate fast food last night" Best story ever? maybe..
It's been a busy, exciting few weeks here in awesome town, AKA Peachland. With two cyclo-cross races down, dirt bike rides, a deer shot, blowing up pumpkins, hiking, running and the occasional bicycle ride. Life has been good. I did shoot a deer last week and getting pumped to have a freezer full of fresh meat. Instead of writing some long, most likely boring to most, story I will just put up pictures and videos to explain how awesome things really are. 3,2,1 read!(I'm not actually writing anything..so no need to read)
First, and most importantly, it is Movember time ladies and gentlemen. I have set up a page and if anyone is willing to donate some money to help support prostate and other forms of cancer please do, in return I am growing some child like upper lip hair to look as greasy as possible and raise awareness and get support. I've lost someone very close this past spring to cancer, one of best friends was diagnosed this past spring and has pretty much f--ked the cancer. If everyone was willing to give up one of their daily or weekly coffee's that money would become very useful and go a long way. So please support Movember whether it be through my page or others. I am in my fourth year with Movember donation page, please see past years picture below.