Post-Race Reflection

One week following the Canmore Xterra, here's a moment to reflect on the race and the six-month season leading up to it. I came woefully short of achieving my goals of 30min swim, 1hour45min bike and 55min run. I didn't even come close to those times! To be fair, barring several extremely fit outliers, very …

By plane and by train. Across the Ocean and Under the River

Along the way, people asked us why we had chosen Scotland for a summer holiday. I can't recall the initial reasons, but journeying by bike across the country brought new reasons into focus – specifically the awesome beauty of the country, the accommodating people, and the infrastructure designed to accommodate bikes. At times, the difficulty …

Training Break

In a thirteen week academic semester, there's a reading break somewhere in the middle. Is it a break to read or a break from reading? Is the intention to catch up on missed assignments or a chance to forget academia and go wild on spring break? Is a two-week bike trip in the middle of …

First Aid Kit: essential gear or unneccesary comfort?

Three days until departure on the next segment of our bikepacking saga. I’m pondering what, if anything, to pack in a first aid kit. Adventure travel necessitates first aid supplies. But bikepacking necessitates a ruthlessly lightweight kit. Every item must be pedalled up 52,000 feet of rugged ascending Scottish terrain.  My packing for the Colorado …