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Biking Blog: The Off Season with Curtis Winsor

first_imgI had already scarfed three and half by the time I got to the car. My shirt was covered in sticky sugary finger marks. My wife asked me to save her a few, but there were no guarantees the nine remaining Krispey Kreme original glazed donuts would survive even half the trip. Or even out of the parking lot.This is how I have ended my racing season for four years. So when I found myself inside a Krispey Kreme, pressed against the glass, watching as hundreds of unfinished treats inched in slow motion across the rollers and past the “hot light” under a cascading sheet of hot glaze, I knew it must be the off season.Both a joyous and stressful occasion, the beginning of the offseason is for many a conflict of emotions. It’s a time to reflect on the last eight months, but also a time to forget it. While racing and traveling, “normal” life is often placed second. Now, home for the cold months, we get to play catch up and put everything else in front of racing. At least for awhile.Letting GoThe first few days at home I can’t help but look back on the season and ask myself if I’m ready to let the bike collect dust. Did I do enough? Could I have done more? How can I improve? Racing is inherently a long road of peaks and valleys and it’s hard not to forget the great achievements, the friends made and thousands of laughs along the way. It’s even harder to forget the poor performances and mistakes made.Thankfully, my wife loves to bake and has provided many distractions; pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies – sensing a theme? She can tell my mind isn’t entirely home yet. It’s still somewhere on I-81 in the team van. She says the reason bike racers have trouble letting it go is because we are competitive mostly internally and not with the others guys on bikes. We always want the best out of ourselves, even after we’ve gone above our own expectations. Perhaps that reminder every September, along with the baked goods, is the first true step in ending the year.What Next?With no races in sight for months, training comes to halt. A week or two, maybe even three, off the bike are normal and healthy. With extra hours in my day, I’m catching up on projects I’ve neglected over the summer months. I can visit family and friends, go to dinner with my wife, actually attend weddings, run errands, or walk downtown a tad faster than a snails pace. I can hike, run, and mountain bike without worrying about it affecting a race. (And of course by mountain biking I mean crashing frequently and death gripping the brakes. I think my forearms get a better workout than my legs.)During the season I travel a lot and get to see brand new places. But more often than not, when the views are pleasant, my heart rate is too high to think or even notice the lava field to my left. In the hotel room I’m mindlessly watching HGTV and learning how to install a tile backsplash (it looks easy enough). I discover more in my home region than anywhere else. Living in the Blue Ridge is not only fantastic training, but in the offseason I get to enjoy many of the other activities this paradise has to offer.Minutes from my home just outside of Charlottesville, there are many local breweries like Blue Mountain, Wild Wolf, Starr Hill, 3 Brothers, and Devil’s Backbone – I’ll be sampling the seasonal flare. There are extensive hiking and mountain bike trail networks in the Piedmont and Shenandoah Valley. Visiting historic monuments like Monticello, apple picking in the orchards, enjoying live music, browsing famers markets and festivals, and heckling local racers who’ve decided to extend their season into cyclo-cross  – these are all things I have on my to-do list.Sneaking OutEven though I’m taking a few weeks off, I’ll still sneak out for some road rides. Instead of a tightly fixed gaze on my Garmin, I’ll soak in the views as the leaves begin to turn. Up against the Blue Ridge mountains, my roads are abundant, my loops are infinite and the vistas never get old. I just can’t stay away!Though I’m not entirely over the 2013 season, I’m working on it. Please follow me this offseason in my adventures off the bike and preparation for next season.Those donuts never did make it home, by the way…I guess we’ll have to go back.– – – – – –Coaching TipIf you are ending your racing season, some time completely off of the bike is encouraged. Indulge a little bit, treat yourself. But be careful – it’s easy to get stuck and difficult to get back on the horse. Take this time to enjoy yourself and to re-find your love of the sport. If you’re like me and can’t sit still, run, hike, golf, play racquet ball – do something else just for the fun of it!– – – – – – –About Curtis Winsor Living in Crozet, VA, at the base of Afton Mountain, Curtis Winsor is a second year professional cyclist riding for Team Smart Stop. Though he have been racing and training for over 10 years, it wasn’t until Curtis moved to the Shenandoah Valley that he actually learned to love riding. When his best friend introduced him to the beautiful mountain views and hidden fire roads the Blue Ridge had to offer, it was easier to turn a two-hour training ride into a six hour adventure.While working his way up to the professional level, Curtis also graduated from JMU, helped produce and promote an award winning cycling documentary, Chasing Legends, began Winsor Creative – a full service design and identity solution for small businesses and began coaching junior and senior cyclists. Curtis also has a passion for junior development hopes to help grow the Virginia High School MTB League.When not riding, Curtis and his wife Alexa love to cook, hike, play board games (I will crush you in Settlers of Catan) and find eclectic restaurants.curtiswinsor.com | @curtiswinsor | [email protected]last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Win On The Links Over Lady Knights

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs Golf team defeated the South Dearborn Lady Knights @ Dearborn CC by a score of 204 to 230.Scores for Batesville.  Meredith McCreary 41, Kelly Gole 51, Isabella Stange 53, and Kendall Dickman 59.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tom Meyer.last_img

Oakland Athletics out-slug the mighty Houston Astros in win

first_imgOAKLAND — Matt Chapman’s two-home run game in San Francisco on Wednesday was quite the feat, and he knew it. To slice a baseball through the thick marine layers and Bay winds above Oracle Park is a challenge, but not an unfamiliar one for him and the A’s.“I think this is the hardest place to hit in the big leagues,” Chapman said on Wednesday. “And I think Oakland is second. If you’re hitting home runs in the Bay Area, you have to get them.”With rumors awhirl about the cross-bay’s …last_img read more

Outrage at Bredasdorp gang rape

first_img7 February 2013 The South African government has expressed its dismay and outrage at the rape and murder of a 17-year-old girl in Bredasdorp in the Western Cape. According to media reports, the 17-year-old was gang-raped, mutilated and her body dumped at a construction site where she was found by a security guard. She died in Tygerberg Hospital on Saturday evening after reportedly identifying one of her alleged attackers. President Jacob Zuma said the country was outraged at this extreme violation of a young human life. “This act is shocking, cruel and most inhumane,” Zuma said on Thursday. “It has no place in our country. We must never allow ourselves to get used to these acts of base criminality to our women and children.” The President further called on the courts to “impose the harshest sentences on such crimes, as part of a concerted campaign to end this scourge in our society”. Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) Acting CEO Phumla Williams said the frequent occurrence of such brutal acts were unacceptable and would not be tolerated. “It is worrying that rape and abuse seems to have become a norm,” Williams said on Thursday. “This will not be allowed to continue. Society needs to change their mindset about the dignity [of] life and respect for each other.” The identified suspect was arrested and has appeared in court on charges of kidnapping and rape. Three other suspects have also since been arrested. Williams said the criminal justice system would continue its fight against crime, but it was time for all members of society, including NGOs, the business community, and traditional leaders, to come together to rid the nation of what was now a scourge. “This has to stop. We are confident that our law enforcement agencies will ensure that all perpetrators are put behind bars. They must face the full wrath of the law,” Williams said. “Those who molest and abuse children have no place in a democratic South Africa.” Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

a month agoLiverpool boss Klopp happy with form going to Chelsea

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp happy with form going to Chelseaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is happy with their form going to Chelsea on Sunday.Klopp has reiterated he was largely happy with Liverpool’s performance in the 2-0 Champions League loss to Napoli in midweek.“We are working on a response. Performance-wise, the more I think about it, it was not a game we would usually lose,” the Liverpool boss said.“It was a difficult game against Napoli. People expect us to dominate a game like this more, but that is actually not possible. The quality of Napoli is too big for that.”I was happy with a lot of parts of the game. Of course, not with our creating chances and finishing. But, again, they’re a very good side. “It’s not a team you play against and score easily two, three or four goals. We could have had a few better chances with a few better decisions. We are in a good shape and we have to keep going.” last_img read more

Blood pressure medication recall due to potential cancer risk expanded

first_imgTORONTO – Health Canada says a recall on certain medication used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure is being expanded because the drugs may contain a substance that can increase the risk of cancer.The agency says eight additional valsartan medications are being recalled as a precautionary measure.Health Canada says a recall of 28 valsartan medications was announced last month because the drugs contained an impurity known as NDMA, a potential carcinogen that can cause cancer with long-term exposure.It says all of the recalled products use a valsartan ingredient manufactured by a pharmaceutical company in China.The agency says anyone taking affected valsartan medications should contact their health-care provider to discuss treatment options.It also says patients should continue taking their medications unless they have been advised by their health-care provider to stop.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Her brother, John Kidder, is in the N.W.T. capital with his wife, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, who is on the campaign trail for the upcoming federal election. But he had another purpose — fulfilling one of his sister’s final wishes.“In her will, she asked me if I would bring some of her ashes back to Yellowknife,” Kidder said. “She felt so strong and so proud of being a northerner all her life.”Former prime minister Pierre Trudeau arrives at the premiere of the film Louisiana with Margot Kidder in 1984 in Montreal. (Moe Doiron/Canadian Press)He was born in 1947 in Yellowknife, and his sister was born 51 weeks later. They lived in the city until he was about 4½ years old, before moving to Labrador City, where Margot also asked that her ashes be spread.“Because we moved so often, Margie and I were not just like brother and sister, but we were each other’s very best friends all of our lives, because for most of our life we were the only people we knew in any place we arrived,” Kidder said. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook The brother of Superman actress Margot Kidder has returned to Yellowknife to spread some of his sister’s ashes in her “spirit home.”Kidder died in her home in Montana on May 13, 2018, at the age of 69. The actress, who was born in Yellowknife, was well-known for playing Lois Lane in the series of movies opposite Christopher Reeve’s Superman.• Coroner rules actress Margot Kidder’s death a suicidelast_img read more

Flair Airlines moving headquarters from Kelowna BC to Edmonton

first_imgEDMONTON – Flair Airlines Ltd. has found a new place to roost.The low-cost carrier says it is moving its headquarters from Kelowna, British Columbia, to Edmonton.Flair CEO David Tait say the change makes sense because most of the company’s flights already go through Edmonton International Airport.Tait says the move would bring 75 jobs to Edmonton.He says that number is expected to increase to 300 in the coming years.The announcement Tuesday came a day before Calgary-based WestJet’s low-cost carrier Swoop was set to make its maiden flight from Hamilton, Ont., to Abbotsford, B.C.“As one of the fastest growing cities in the country, the community (Edmonton) and the airport are uniquely positioned to support our ongoing growth,” Tait said in a release Tuesday.Flair has been operating since 2005, acting as a charter airline mainly used by energy companies.In 2016, the company began operating flights for NewLeaf. It bought out NewLeaf last year. (CTV Edmonton, Canadian Press)last_img read more

Taylor firefighters battle early morning semitruck fire

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – Motorists were delayed and firefighters were busy in Taylor early Thursday morning after a truck caught fire at the top of the South Taylor Hill.Taylor Fire Chief Edward Albury said that fire crews were called out the vehicle fire on Highway 97 near the 249 Road just before 1:10 a.m. Thursday.Albury said that a semi-truck carrying two trailers loaded with sand had suffered a mechanical issue while travelling southbound up the hill. Taylor fire crews battling a truck fire Thursday morning. Photo by Edward Albury. Taylor fire crews battling a truck fire Thursday morning. Photo by Edward Albury. Taylor fire crews battling a truck fire Thursday morning. Photo by Edward Albury. Taylor fire crews battling a truck fire Thursday morning. Photo by Edward Albury. Motorists lined up while firefighters extinguish a truck fire early Thursday morning. Photo submitted by Rachael Passey. Motorists lined up while firefighters extinguish a truck fire early Thursday morning. Photo submitted by Rachael Passey. The driver of the semi told him that while driving he heard a loud bang and experienced a sudden loss of power.Moments later, the driver said that flames were visible coming from inside the front right wheel well, which was when they pulled the truck over and exited the vehicle.Albury said that upon arrival, the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames. No one was injured in the fire, but despite the efforts of fire crews, the semi-truck was a total loss.last_img read more