Hello faithful snowshoers and outdoor enthusiasts! We have yet to finish our winter season and with that, a friendly reminder of all our remaining snowshoe trips that are still available for your pleasure.
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So how much do we benefit by slogging it out on a treadmill at the gym? and how much do we enjoy it? It is interesting as regardless of the goal it seems the experts are more and more telling us that endless hours of Cardio is not the answer - regardless of the question. Unless your aim is to look like an Iron man triathlete - personally I find that they look older than they are and a little sick then Cardio and more cardio is not what you are looking for.
Check out these Roxy blogs by back country roamers. Beautiful pictures and inspiration to get you into the back country!
This back country skier and photographer Zoya Lynch gives a breath taking look at her work.
This morning this post from James Wilson arrived in my inbox and with Spring on the horizon I thought that I would share some great exercises to help get you ready for the biking season and put a little challenge into your workout. The great thing about bodyweight exercises is that you don't need to go to the gym to do them! This quick bodyweight routine is a great addition to your existing workout or to get you started in the morning at home.
Here's an interesting article that James Wilson sent us. Thought to share with bettygoharders!
Searching for a way to update your pre season work outs? This is a great deal for cardio and strength training you could be using on the mountain or back country! I think mobility training looks great, involving focus on your joints and strengthening high impact areas. Check it out, because there's a sale on it!
We at Bettygohard believe in a healthy environment, for us, our activities, and future generations.
The Dogwood Initiative has a great cause to put an end to the Enbridge Pipeline and its corresponding projects. Attached is a link and a synopsis of their cause.
We have donated for a Christmas Present to all our subscribers and members!
Kiss-Off Cancer Cook-Off
5:00 p.m., Sunday, November 17 – Prestige Inn, Rossland
Rossland’s Biggest and Healthiest Gourmet Pot-luck Dinner!
How do you feel about Endurance vs. Cardio? Let me ask you a question – do you want better “cardio” or “endurance” from your training program? Cardio and Endurance are not the same thing, unfortunately building cardio without balance in the rest of your program you will not reap the full benefits of your hard earned Cardio. James Wilson delves into this subject and gives you the solutions you need to work smarter not harder! Our bodies need balance to function at their best, without this balance you will not get the results you are looking for.
Great surfing from the Women's World Tour in France, Sally Fitzgibbons gets the win, all the girls are shredding!
Last night the Kootenay Mountain Bike Coaching Tuesday night level two Ladies ride set out to ride in the dark. Fully equipped with 8300 odd lumens amoung us courtesy of Lupine Lights and Revolution Cycles in Rossland, we were ready to take on the night. For most of the ladies this was a first time experience and I must say I was a little apprehensive, but super excited. Before dropping in we took a moment to celebrate the first snow of the season on Granite Mountain - Fall is here!
This summer has been a whirlwind of activity! We started with an intense Spring of kids, teens and adult coaching programs. As the weather heated up we switched to summer bike camps in Rossland and Nelson. In the in between I have been out exploring as much as time and energy would allow. From Revelstoke to Nelson, Kaslo to Castlegar, Kettle Falls to Rossland, I have ridden more trails outside Rossland than any summer before.
I love mountain bike exploring! When the adventure is not just about the mountain biking climb or the descent but about getting there and coming out alive and in one piece. The biking is not always epic, however when you are out in the wilderness it is hard to expect that perfect berm or bridge over the giant tree stump! The adventure and the journey are always a blast, whether you reach your destination or not and the difficult parts are there to make you stronger and more resilient! Plus negotiating these backcountry trails leaves my ego challenged and confused, which I think is the best way to keep it! Getting pitched from ones bike is never fun, especially when you are thinking 'I got this'!
The girls are getting amped for the first stop on the European Women Series; Swatch Girls Pro France. Being held in Hossegor, Seignosse France the even will consist of both the ASP 6-Star Women's WQS Event & ASP 2-Star Women's Pro Junior Event. Check out the links below for the live coverage and results.
At this point in the season I start to notice those aches and pains that pop up from too much biking and not enough of anything else. This morning James Wilson pointed out that this may be related to the lack of stretching in my biking! The good news is I'm not alone and I have the tools to help.
Getting tight and losing some mobility is one of those things that doesn't seem like a big deal at first but it catches up with you eventually. While at first you may just feel a little stiff, if left alone that stiffness can start to rob you of power and endurance while also setting you up for an overuse injury.
For us as mountain bikers keeping the hips, shoulders and ankles mobile becomes even harder because we spend so much time in the same basic position on the bike. Standing up to pedal helps with this some since you're in less of a static position compared to seated pedaling but even then you need to do something to avoid letting stiffness turn into something worse.
In this video I show you a simple 5 minute routine that you can do before and/ or after a ride to keep your joints mobile so they can perform and feel their best.