GB Cycling kits

Hello Friends,

This year I created a “Grant Burwash” cycling kit. This kit is being sold to support my racing goals for the upcoming season. All funds raised will go directly towards entry fees, travel, and racing equipment. As good friends and avid cyclists, I am sharing with you my 2014 racing kit. You are welcome to pass this on to any friends or colleagues that may also be interested.

If you are interested in purchasing a kit or any component of it, please send me an email with your sizing. Payment can be made via e-transfer, cash or cheque.

All orders must be place by Friday February 14.

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The pricing options are laid out below.

 

ITEM

SIZES

PRICE

MEN’S

 

 

Performance Pro Jersey (pro cut or elite cut)

XS – XXL

$80

Elite Power Bib

XS – XXL

$110

The Works (Jersey, Bibs, Arm Warmers, Glasses)

$450

 

 

 

WOMEN’S

 

 

Performance Pro Jersey

XS – XL

$80

Elite Power Short

XS – XL

$100

The Works (Jersey, Shorts, Arm Warmers, Glasses)

$440

 

 

 

Arm Warmers

XS -XL

$30

Custom Oakley Radarlock Sunglasses (with 2 lenses, hard case)

$250

Louis Garneau Cycling size Chart 

http://custom.louisgarneau.com/media/pdf/sizingchart/sizingchart_en.pdf

 

All clothing is made by Louis Garneau. The shorts and bibs have been upgraded to a 4-motion chamois for extra comfort. The jersey is very lightweight and breathable with a full zip front.

 

Oakley Sunglasses retail for $325 and come with a black iridium lens for sunny days and g30 lens for low light conditions.

 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Orders are due by Friday February 14.

 

Thank you in advance for the support.

Wishing you a great 2014 season.

 

Grant

grantburwash at gmail.com

Tour of Alberta

I know what you’re thinking….”Everyone is posting pictures and comments on social media from the Tour of Alberta.” Well, that is exactly what I want to talk about. This weekend I was so encouraged to go and watch the Tour of AB’s final stage finish in Calgary. The racing was obviously spectacular to watch, but I was more impressed by what was going on on the other side of the barriers.

For the final stage, I heard rumours of over 100,000 people lining downtown. The streets were closed, the crowds were massive and the noise and atmosphere was crazy. It was inspiring to see so many people out for a sporting event. This reiterates my belief that Calgary is an active city. I’m hoping this event excites people to pursue health and fitness, whether that is biking, hiking, yoga, etc. 

Tour of Alberta…Please come back next year!

Splattered Peacock Ride

This morning I woke up at 6 to observe a beautiful morning in St Croix. The water was gave off a rolling background noise as the island seemed to stand still. The ocean air flowed through my open window as I sat doing work and enjoying the sunny, windless morning in the Caribbean. After it had warmed up a bit and was 28C, I decided to head out for my run. I had a great run and loved the heat beating down on my bare back and face and couldn’t help but smile as I poured sweat onto the pavement.

Then, it was time for the swim. It was waiting to jump into the crystal clear ocean that I got my first glance of Lance Armstrong. As expected, everyone seemed to hover around him, but his body language and posse made it clear he was there to swim and not sign. I found the swim very helpful because I had guessed the currents wrong earlier and had made a mistake on where to swim coming back in. Another chance in the water tomorrow will be welcomed. After that it was time to ride. My legs felt heavy to start, but after a good warm up and some time at race effort, they really started to turn around. I was thoroughly enjoying the ride and the scenery was incredible when I saw Peacock feathers. Then, there were more…and more and then splat, the bird behind the feathers lying flattened on it’s road. I thought it was funny to see the beauty before disaster that lead to them. Not a couple kms later, I got a flat on my tubular. I tried my pitstop, but that didn’t work, so it was a long 13km ride until I met someone who was meeting their wife and gave me a ride home. All I’m going to say is that when you are riding on a carbon rim with no dampening, the roads here in St Croix are ROUGH. So, like the Peacock, my beautiful ride quickly turned to disaster.

The rest of the day was encompassed with driving the rest of the bike course including the 24%grade of the Beast, a pro meet and greet, a local street festival called Jump Up, dinner and rest. What a day. Let’s hope I’m done with all the little disasters of the trip and Sunday goes off without a hitch.

Time to change a tubular tire, so that’s all for today.

Grant

Live!

Today I was horrified to hear that pro cyclist Wouter Weylandt, died on a descent in the Giro d’Italia. This got me thinking about how amazing it is that this is not a more common occurrence.  At the time, the peleton was descending at over 70km/h, which is not even close to the top speeds they reach. What makes the descents so crazy though, are the switchbacks and that you are sometimes descending in groups of 100 guys. If you happen to go down in cycling, there is only spandex covering your body and a high tech piece of foam and plastic to protect your head. The couple times that I have crashed are still very vivid in my mind and hearing a story like Wouter’s only brings the images and emotions back to the surface.

As I was reading articles on him and glancing at pictures I couldn’t help gazing at him and think he had no idea today would be his last day and that he would die riding a bike. Interestingly enough, this morning before I even heard about the death, I started thinking about death on my ride. Don’t ask me why, but I was not feeling that great during the ride and kind of disappointed that I didn’t have time to get outside for my ride. My mind wandered to what else I would rather be doing. I decided that even if today was my last day, I would have gotten up at 5 and would have still put in the training because to me, that would be the perfect way to go. It’s funny how all the dots in life just seem to connect.

I guess today the universe is trying to tell me to live. Don’t just float through life and be satisfied. Find something that you are totally enthralled with and passionate abouth, and the thought of throwing yourself down a mountain at 80km/h on 4 cm² of rubber, taking hairpin turns, doesn’t turn you off because you get to do what you love.

Live today my friends!

G-Force

A splash with Cascade and a sunny afternoon

This morning I started swimming with Dave Johnson and the Cascade swim club. Dave is a former coach of the Canadian Olympic swim team and renowned as being one of the most knowledgeable and up to date coaches around. This mornings practice gave me more insight into why this is. He was able to quickly pick apart my stroke and help me along with things I needed to change. He knows the order things need to be changed in as well as how to explain it so I can understand. I know swimming with Cascade is going to get my swim to the level  I’ve never been able to get it to on my own.

Late this morning I headed out for a 3.5 hour ride. It’s still getting up to double digits in Calgary, which makes fall riding spectacular. I’d like to say that my legs felt spectacular, but I’m not going to lie on the internet. In fact there was a couple times when I thought my rear tire must be rubbing, never a good sign. My legs didn’t feel terrible, I’m just a little tired and the route I chose ended up having a lot of head wind. It doesn’t really matter though, because I was just excited to be out on my bike under clear blue skies.

My big issue at this time of year is dealing with the muscles in my body not firing correctly. I’m really struggling to get everything activated. Once Dave Holmes and I fix this, the workouts become that much better and most of the little pains and injuries go away. Come on body, please get fit again for me.

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Inspiration videos

This past week hasn’t been going that well. My calves have really been acting up since 70.3 and I’m trying to manage everything and figure out my late season race schedule. I’m very excited for tomorrow though because I got worked on by Dave tonight, which usually means my run the next day is good. The other day I found these video’s and thought I would share them with you. I watched them the day before 70.3 and they really got me ready to hurt.

Jens Voigt has been one of my favorite riders in the pro peleton ever since I got interested in cycling. His willingness and ability to hurt is outstanding, and his attitude is so focused and vibrant. I also have great respect for Andy Potts, who has now successfully mastered all distances in triathlon.

Check out this website about Jens Voigt. Just keep hitting refresh

Enjoy,

G-Force

Hawk Attack

As many of you probably realized, I decided not to race at Wasa. I’ve been having IT band problems lately, that have kept me from running consistently. I did  get a fantastic run in the sun yesterday. I was feeling great, but today the leg is sore again. The physio I have been doing is keeping me moving, but I’m having a hard time moving forward.

My parents are out of town and so I was busy in the afternoon mowing their lawn and taking care of things on the farm. I only tell this because it sets up the following story. Because I spent all afternoon checking horses, mowing lawns, weeding etc I was only able to leave for my bike ride at 6:30pm. On my way home I noticed a really big bird shadow. I thought to myself  “that must be a big bird”. Next thing I know, I heard a screetch and a hawk was trying to grab my helmet. I didn’t really know what to do, so I yelled and started sprinting. In the shadows I could still see the hawk above me.  After 2 more dive bombs I finally got out of the danger zone. Good thing I was wearing my Oakley’s otherwise I might have lost a eye! Ah the joys of training.

Safe riding

G-Force

Time trial day

Last Wednesday I woke up to an incredible possibility to test myself….a time trial. At the Talisman Center we use a bike time trial to set training zones and test fitness. The protocol is a 3min TT, 12 mins active recovery and then a 2omin TT. I had never done one of these before and I was a little nervous. A couple weeks ago I had attempted this workout when I was sick and puked 7mins in and decided to call it a day.

The 3min was short enough that the lactic really starts to build up, but I was able to hash out a descent effort. Jon then calculated the approximate wattage I should push for the 2o min TT and away I went. This is all done on a trainer with a powermeter to ensure comparable results. It has been two years since I have hurt that bad. What an opportunity though to push me. My wattage was bouncing around a little for the first couple minutes, but then I was able to settle in. Then, the pain really started to settle in and I was looking at nothing but my mind to get me through the rest of the test. It was incredible the mental battles I had to deal with to get through the test. Having Jon there encouraging me was so helpful and really motivated me. The longer you are away from high end sport, the easier it is to forget the pain you put yourself through. Especially the last 10mins I used all my self talk and visualization to keep the legs turning over.

This was not just a TT for me. This was another step in my comeback, and values I will use to get back on top. This test taught me a couple thing. One, I’m not ready to race yet and two, I didn’t forget how to hurt. The pain threshold has to be reset, but that will only improve as the training continues to progress. As a whole, I was excited with the day and recovered pretty quickly.

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Crash+ticket= One birthday for the history books

Well, Friday was my 24th birthday and what a day it was. It started off with a great coaching session at 6am with Talisman followed by a solid swim set. I was finally feeling a little better in the water. It’d been about 2 weeks since I’d swam decently and Friday was a great step forward. After the swim I came home and had a quick bite to eat and headed out riding with  Jon. The sun was out, the wind was fairly calm and we were looking at a solid ride ahead of us.

Before we got out of the city we got pulled over down in Bowness before climbing the COP hill. A police officer on his motor bike pulled us over for failure to come to a complete stop at a stop sign while turning right on our bikes. He dinged each of us with a $287 ticket! He also reamed each of us out for not having any ID and threatened to arrest us until we could prove who we were. This was bad enough, but the real crime is that this police officer could have actually been fighting crime at this time. We were bumbed for about 15mins and then said “forget it, I’m not letting this ruin my ride”.

On the way home I was descending COP hill and was very tired at this point. On the last corner, which is about 180* there was water flowing over the road and then a fine layer of sand and dust.  Before I knew it, I was on the pavement and sliding around the corner. Thankfully nothing was broken on my body or my bike. I have some road rash and my left hip is very sore. Mostly though it just feels like I got body checked by a brick wall. The rest of the ride home, while trying not to lean on my torn up hands, I couldn’t help but smile. This truly was an epic 5 hours on the bike that I would never forget.

The best part is that I can honestly say there is nothing I would have rather done that afternoon. Yes, I could have done without the ticket and the crash, but I would do it all over again in a heart beat. I love my life!

G-Force