TRC Training: Mountain biking season 1/3 and the Beachburg Spring Chicken Enduro

TRC Training: Mountain biking season 1/3 and the Beachburg Spring Chicken Enduro

My winter training programs worked. When the spring hit I felt pretty strong on a bike, even stronger than expected, and my cardiovascular fitness was good.  So it was time to try some racing and I entered the Beachburg Spring Chicken.

Honouring Our Mentors: Lenerdene Levesque

Honouring Our Mentors: Lenerdene Levesque

Sometimes life deals you a good hand.  I have the great fortune of having Lenerdene Levesque as my professional mentor. Lenerdene continues to selflessly share her knowledge and skillset with the developing young minds that are the future of our profession. Mentoring with Lenerdene is more than practicing techniques, it is a unique educational experience that is difficult to replicate. 

Physiotherapy Treatment: My philosophy

Physiotherapy Treatment: My philosophy

With my physiotherapy treatment philosophy, I identify each person’s unique valued activities, and do everything possible to get them back to doing what they love. 

Strength and Power Training for Endurance Athletes

Strength and Power Training for Endurance Athletes

In this blog I address the most common reasons why endurance athletes avoid strength training, and provide counter arguments for why they should be.

When can I start exercise after an injury?

When can I start exercise after an injury?

There is no set timeline for returning to training or sports after an injury, but some simple guidelines to help get you back to doing what you love.  In this post I cover two points: how to safely return to activity after and injury, and how to know if you have ‘overdone’ it.

Trans Rockies Classic: My partner

Trans Rockies Classic: My partner

My brother Kevin could be a surprising choice to some of my close family and friends as my My Trans Rockies Classis (TRC) riding partner. It’s hard to sum up the complexities of a sibling relationship with one short post. It’s not because of our solid history of companionship that I want Kevin as my TRC partner.  Nor is it because we have a great history of teamwork. 

Trans Rockies Classic (TRC): Start with Why

Trans Rockies Classic (TRC): Start with Why

The ‘Why’ is your purpose, and your drive behind any new goal or undertaking. My father’s final advice to me was ‘Just be you. You be you and that’s all you can be.’ This is why I want to compete in the Trans Rockies Classic.

Shoulder Season Hiking: Franconia Ridge, New Hampshire, USA

Shoulder Season Hiking: Franconia Ridge, New Hampshire, USA

Over the last few years Will and I have ventured into shoulder season hiking, where you have more considerations, more preparations, and more gear to take, which means more can go wrong.  In this post I reviewed our experience on the Franconia Ridge, one of the most beautiful day hikes in North America.

Shoulder Season Hiking: Franconia Ridge, The Gear

Shoulder Season Hiking: Franconia Ridge, The Gear

I have been caught off guard before on unexpectedly cold vacations, so when we arrived in Franconia Notch State Park for a mid November hiking trip and it was unexpectedly cold and snowy, we knew we needed to properly equip ourselves with alpine gear. In this post I review what we used, and what worked for us while hiking in these icy and snowy conditions.

Will Dry Needling Work For My Injury?

Will Dry Needling Work For My Injury?

You are recently injured (or chronically injured), and one of your colleagues mentioned you should try dry needling.  You may be wondering “what is dry needling?” or “will dry needling work on my injury?” This blog post covers which types of injuries dry needling will help.

Trans Rockies Classic: My next BHAG

Trans Rockies Classic: My next BHAG

BHAG stands for Big Hairy Audacious Goal. With 550km and 15 thousand meters elevation from Fernie to Panorama, The Trans Rockies Classic is a …

Rwanda: Culture, landscapes and mountain gorillas

Rwanda: Culture, landscapes and mountain gorillas

....We started climbing to the edge of the jungle up steep, rugged farm land – a far cry from the fertile prairie soils I grew up on. Here there is a constant struggle between preserving the jungle and expanding farm lands.  Even with the current boundaries the gorillas will occasionally leave the jungle to feed on crops – posing a threat to both the farmer’s income and the gorilla’s lives.   Clear cutting more of the jungle and encroaching on the gorilla’s territory only furthers the problem, though the farmers will occasionally ignore the laws and take the land expansion upon themselves. There is a real problem trying to balance the land to meet the needs of both species....

Slips or Falls on Ice and Snow: Should you go to emergency, see a doctor, or consult a physiotherapist?

Slips or Falls on Ice and Snow:  Should you go to emergency, see a doctor, or consult a physiotherapist?

Winter is upon us, and with of all of this ice and snow, inevitably falls happen.  But do you go to the emergency room, see a doctor, or consult a physiotherapist?  This article addresses when to see which health care professional, as well as what you can do to help yourself after a fall.

Exercises for Sciatica

Exercises for Sciatica

Several different body structures or tissues can cause pain to refer down the leg. The problem is they all require different, often opposite, treatment. If you are experiencing leg pain and decide to Google ‘exercises for sciatica’ you can easily end up with exercises for the wrong diagnosis, and make your problem worse.  This is a plug for why you need a physiotherapist to help you with your leg pain.