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Ladies. BettyGoHard and Off Road Divas together with Phoenix Health and Fitness have created a weekend mountain biking and trail running camp jam packed full of skills, information, confidence and fun for those of you wanting to get more skills and confidence off the pavement.

Over the past few years triathlons have become an incredibly popular sporting event for people of all ages and abilities. The nature of a triathlon requiring participants to have the skills to do three different sports all in one event that can be anywhere from an hour to 12 hours long not only gives people something to strive for but is also incredibly rewarding when you get to the end. As the popularity of these sports has increased so have the level of the athletes involved, once you get good at triathlons short of running the iron man every year where do you go for more challenge with similar rewards? It seems that an answer to that question is off road. Just a few years ago no one really knew what an Xterra event was, however as triathlon’s started to increase in popularity so too did their off road counterparts. Triathletes looking for more challenge and off road junkies looking for a fix are flocking to this new sport and loving it.

What about the adventure races? The first time I heard about adventure racing I thought that it was insane – four days of slogging through forests, rafting rivers, climbing mountains, running and biking. However, these too are becoming increasingly popular the shear will power that it takes to train and then compete in these races is incredible and such a measure of our strength in so many different ways.

In saying all of this how does the average person who loves to swim, bike and run get off the pavement to join this off road, adventure racing group of athletes? It can be a little intimidating to say the least and let’s be honest even more intimidating if you are looking to get into adventure racing where your shortest race is at least 48 hours of intense activity.

Spokes and Laces is a ladies only mountain biking and trail running camp for women who want to get the skills and confidence they need to leave the pavement behind. We will be focusing on increasing your mountain biking skills and talking about racing techniques for those that are interested in participating in any off road events. Additionally, we will be breaking down trail running; the biomechanics, tips and techniques to not only make you more effective on the trail but stay injury free and have lots of fun.

Finally, it is recognized that taking on these challenges puts a lot of stress on the body; when starting a new training program not only do you need the skills to do the sport safely, you need to train properly, eat appropriately and do the exercises to ensure you acquire the fitness that you need to participate at your best otherwise there can be a lot of frustration, pain and burn out. With this in mind we have designed a personal training workshop that will enable you to identify specific needs to develop a training and nutritional programs that will help you reach YOUR goals.

Spokes & Laces Mountain Bike and Trail Running Camp
May 13, 14 & 15th, 2011
Kelowna, BC
Cost $189 plus tax

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giantlogoClinics/Camps:

·         Rossland

o   May 8th – Mothers Day Ride Clinic

o   May 27-29 - Cindy Devine Skills Camp

o   June 4th –Ladies Introduction to Off-Road Riding

o   June 5th – Ladies Park Clinic

·         Trail

o   June 4th – Ladies Introduction to Off-Road Riding

·         Nelson – Working with Gerricks Cycle to create clinics for Nelson

·         Kelowna

o   May 13–15 - Ladies Off-road Tri Clinic –focus on running and biking

o   June 11th - Ladies Intro to off road riding Clinic

·         Vernon

o   June 12th - Ladies Intro to off road riding Clinic

Weekend Retreats

·         Silver Star

o   July 15,16&17 – Fourth Annual BettyGoHard Loeka Silver Star Biking Weekend

Local Summer Camps

·         Rossland

o   July 5,6&7 – Rossland beg/int – 8-13yrs Girls

o   July 11,12&13 – Rossland int – 10-15yrs Girls

·         Trail

o   July 18,19&20 – Trail beg/int – 8-13yrs Girls

o   July 21&22 – Trail beg/int – 8-13yrs Boys

·         Castlegar

o   August 15&16 – Castlegar beg/int – 8-13 Girls

o   August 22&23 – Castlegar beg/int – 8-13 Boys

·         Working with Grand Forks Recreation & Gerricks Nelson to develop camps for Grand Forks and Nelson

Local Ride Series

·         Trail

o   April 6th – 27th  – Four Week XC Biking and Chocolate – strengthening and conditioning

o   May 11th – June 1st – Four Week XC Biking and Chocolate

·         Rossland

o   May 23rd - 13th – Four Week XC Biking and Chocolate

o   May 24th – 14th – Four Week Beginner Downhill Biking and Chocolate

o   May 26th – 16th - Four Week Intermediate Downhill Biking and Chocolate

Local Hiking Series

·         Trail

o   April 21st – 12th – Four Week Hiking Series

·         Rossland

o   April 19th – 10th – Four Week Hiking Series

·         Renata

o   August 13th & 14th – Camping retreat: Hike to the Natural Arch and Dogwood Falls on the Arrow Lake just North of Castlegar

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As humans we expect a lot of ourselves.  Regardless of what you do, striving to be the best you can be has its highs and lows.  I find it humbling to be put in a position where I do not perform to the level I expect of myself.  Regardless of the situation I have high expectations of my abilities and when I don’t meet those expectations I get discouraged.  A fun ride with friends can quickly turn into a competition of me against the world; it’s not that I am comparing myself to my friends so much as comparing myself to my unreasonable expectations.  Quickly that little voice in my head starts to berate me on not being good enough, fit enough, fast enough, ballsy enough whatever fits the particular situation.  Instead of giving up I have started to embrace these feelings of discomfort and use them to propel me to the next level.  It is also great to know how it feels to be left behind, without these experiences where is the motivation to keep getting better?

I don’t think it matters what level you are at, this happens to the best of us and as a beginner don’t forget that everyone starts somewhere, and for most there is always someone better.  It is important not to hold yourself back by thinking you are not good enough; honestly how are you going to get better?  If someone wants to get out and have fun with you that is what they want to do.  I have found time and time again that people will decline an invitation to get out stating that they are not good enough and they don’t want to hold me up.  That is not a good enough excuse.  So take on the challenge, embrace the discomfort and use it to your advantage.  One of the things I love about the BettyGoHard participants is the way they feed off of each other; all of them turn up thinking they will be the weakest member of the group.  Pushing those boundaries and challenging those assumptions is as easy as seeing another at the same level as you do something you never thought you would do.  That same competitive spark flares up and the rules of the game change.  Suddenly, things not imagined become possible and new doors open.  I dare you to feel uncomfortable and love it!    

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It’s the end of the season and many of us are heading off for our summer jobs, spring vacations or new adventures.  I find at this time of the year I am always amazed at how fast the season fly’s by.  One day I am saying hi to old friends in Ferraros the next I am saying goodbyes.  Some will come back and others won’t, such are the hazards of living in a town like Rossland.  In the past few years Ian and I have headed off to the USA Snowboard Association nationals, however due to Ian’s recent injury while competing at the X Games we are staying put this spring and I am reminiscing over last year’s trip.  It was one of the best trips I have ever had; my girlfriend and I headed down to Moab, Utah in her Westfalia Camper for some biking.  I spent my days riding with old friends and making new ones, enjoying every moment of girl energy on and off the trails.  Moab is a beautiful place to bike, hike and be outside.  It was three weeks of biking, with a couple of days of snowboarding in the middle to mix it up, all my favorite things in one trip.  It was a great way to kick start my biking season.   I learnt that’s what I need; puts me in shape, and gets my head in the game as well as my body and gets me so amped I have to go every day for the rest of summer!

Now the bike season is here it is time to step it up a notch and I have started to see the pleasure and benefits in a good spin class.  Nothing can beat the real thing though, even if I can’t get out on the trails just being on a real bike outside is invaluable.  For the past few years BettyGoHard has been offering a strengthening and conditioning ride series, we are doing the same again this year so check out the schedule online or get in touch with us to find out more.   

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