How To Teach An Old Dog New Tricks

June 23, 2015

I have been an athlete my entire life. And throwing all modesty out the window here, in fact, I have been a GOOD athlete at just about most things I did. Soccer, volleyball, field hockey, rowing – you name the sport, I probably played it and was good at it.

In my late 20’s I won a World Championship with the Canadian Womens Ultimate Frisbee team at the World Championhips in Germany. That was the culmination of 4+ years of hard work, strategy and a lot of sport specific training. That was (gulp) 15 years ago. I have NOT run nor thrown myself around on the ground that much since.

World Champions 2000

This picture is so old that I don’t even have a digital copy of it. This is a picture of a picture on the wall in my office LOL.

In my 40’s I fell in love with mountain biking and have thrown myself into it with a passion for sport that I have not had in a long long time. I love the challenge, I love the learning, I love getting my a** kicked. I fall, I get back up and I try try again. I keep getting better. I don’t foresee any World Cup wins in my future but, I love it nonetheless. However,¬† sometimes I do miss working as part of a team……

Enter Mudderella – a 5-7 mile outdoor obstacle course and non competitve race that was made by women for women being held in Whistler BC (and elsewhere around North America) this September 26th and I am beyond stoked to be a part of it.

As awesome sauce as this all sounds, my 40 something year old body (think old injuries and current diastasis rectii) isn’t super keen at the thought of an overly intense running and training regiment (but which YOU can totally do by visiting the Mudderella website and following their awesome training plans) so instead I plan to keep fit by riding my bike a LOT and keeping up with my regular training sessions at the gym (2-3 per week of strength training) so I can help grunt myself and my teammates over whatever the course throws at us.

And how exactly will mountain biking help me get ready for Mudderella you ask? Well I have three good ways how….

And in case you didn’t want to watch my video, i’ll just tell you how:

  1. You get great cardio. In fact, I would reckon to say its great anaerobic training as well. All the steep technical climbs and intense downhill gets the heart rate spiked for sustained periods of time.
  2. You get strong. think holding an isometric squat for 4-5 straight minutes while keeping your core engaged and arms firmly locked in an aggressive push up position. Full body workout indeed.
  3. You get dirty. Whether its rainy season and I am covered head to toe in mud, or its the heat of summer and i’m covered in ‘moon dust’ mountain biking will definitely get you dirty.

Best of all, Mudderella means an amazing weekend away with my amazing teammates, drinking lots of wine and eating nachos, I mean hydrating and eating well and having a super fun time while getting down and dirty.

So I hope you follow along with us on this journey – you can check us all out on Twitter with the hashtag #Mudderella2015, or better yet, grab some friends and join the fun! Because if this old dog can do it, then so can you!

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Mudderella Website:
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Mudderella Event YouTube Video:
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‚ÄúI participated in an Influencer Campaign on behalf of Influence Central for¬†Mudderella. I received complimentary admission to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.‚ÄĚ


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