My 2015 season has officially ended Sunday with the Quebec Championship of cyclo-cross and Monday morning I was already on the road to Waterloo to go find my physical trainer, Yannik Morin of LA Taule, to work on my Season 2016. But before talking about 2016, I'll make you a brief overview on my cyclocross season!
For a first experience, I can tell you that I completely fell in love with this new discipline. For those who do not know what is cyclo-cross, here is a video that will give you a short overview:
I had planned to do some races here and there, but with all the enthusiasm of this extra season, I traveled to Winnipeg, by car, to participate at the National Championships as well as a UCI race (international) the following day. During these races, I learned a lot, both in technical and tactical point of view. Last Sunday, I headed towards Sherbrooke for the Quebec Championships. With the collaboration of the micro-brewery Siboire, they were able to impress the crowd. In addition, for those who do not know, I announce you that Sherbrooke will host the Canadian Championships in 2016 and 2017! If you are free and the CX fascinates you, come cheer, you'll be impressed!
As each fall comes, I returned to work at Agnico Eagle in Preissac as soon as the Canada Cup in Whistler last ended. This race was my first win in Canada Cup.
From my return of Whistler, I had to manage work, training sessions and the cyclo-cross races. This time of year is especially precious to me because it allows me to meet my family, friends and coworkers. I had the chance to work at the new garage, which is at 2.78 kilometers underground. After over 15 years in the mining industry, this is the most beautiful underground garage that I had the opportunity to see. For me, going underground allows me to reconnect with my so-called ''old life''. The smell, the sounds, my teammates, the machines I've operated, the places I've built walls and cement floors. Going down the other day, I met a colleague with whom I had the pleasure to learn a lot when I was a student. While discussing, he tells me that he no longer works for the mine and he is suffering from generalized cancer. More than a few months to live ... He went down that day to go to ''close the loop'' as he says. A goodbye, a farewell. I talked to him a few moments before saying bye. Farewell done. I had a heavy heart all day. He was so serene about his fate that I was disconcerted. A message to be drawn from this day; life is short, do what you love! And that's exactly what I do. I lead the life I always wanted! I suggest you do the same.
What's coming for me? 2 weeks of rest. Rest does not mean that I will do the ''couch potato". On the menu; jogging and strength training! Later, I'll fly away three weeks in a city where I love to train; Tucson! From 19 December to 17 January, I will be in California with Team Quebec for the annual winter camp. I'll be there with several other athletes of the province where we will spend our time in the '' Santa Monica Mountains''. Then a few more weeks in Tucson to perfect my physiological training to get ready for the first World Cup in Australia, which is the very fact, a selection race for the Olympics!
Many people ask me if I like the life I lead. I can tell you that every morning I feel blessed by the gods. I'll leave you with a question you can share with me in the comments if you want. Do you have a good life? If so, enjoy. If not, what can you do to improve?