A reset button for joy and confidence

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Two weeks of cycling around Tuscany has come to an end and I’m on my way home. I’m so grateful for the amazing team of Olympic athletes and musicians that I got to ‘work’ with on this unique trip.

After three years of hosting, the cycling team has become a well-oiled macchina. This group consists of Curt Harnett (Olympic Silver and 2x Bronze cyclist), Chandra Crawford (Olympic Gold Nordic Skier), myself, Barney Bentall (musician) and his wife Kath (who together make a powerful pair of cyclists who have explored every hill, town, restaurant and gelato stop in the area!) and Dennis Colborne .

Each week over 80 Canadians joined us for a unique holiday of cycling, food and music. With the help of 4 or 5 Italian guides we explored every up and down of the Chianti Classico region. It’s not really a vacation for us – but then again – how could it not be? The location is spectacular and the people we meet are all so interesting.

As the guests left on the last morning (most likely a little hungover from all the chianti at the closing night Jim Cuddy and Barney Bentall concert!), they were all beaming. This unique vacation had re-connected many of them to the childlike joy and freedom of cycling and because cycling in this area is physically hard, many also found a confidence in themselves too-long forgotten. It was so amazing to watch their transformation. Continue reading

2010 is gone. 2011 is now

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(Version française suit.)

Recently, speaking with an athlete who had competed at the 2010 Olympics she said that when February was done, on March 1st 2010, she was surprised to realize the “2010” that she had been anticipating and training for was over and yet there was still a whole year left.  She realized it wasn’t the year that was important: It had been a single day, Feb 18th 2010, that had been her goal. Now it’s 2011: “2010 is gone. It’s so weird”.

2010 is done and there is no question that the Vancouver Olympics were incredibly inspiring – a whole nation jumped up and SANG!!! Keeping the Nation fired up is not your role, but it is up to you how you manage the legacy of that inspiration – in you.  Will you treat it like a sugar high- a moment of crazy energy, hope and drive only to fizzle out like the Flame did on Feb. 28th 2010? Or will you, like your winter teammates who wear the same Leaf you do, carry the mantra “I Believe” into your every day; into your training, your nutrition, and into the balance in your life?

There is no reason why “I Believe” shouldn’t be part of your goal setting too.  Continue reading