Hello MXP Readers,
Even though I’ve been training at GPF Training Facility for a few weeks now, I still keep an eye on what is going on back in Canada. I had a lot fun racing the Sarnia and Barrie AX events, and it looks like the ones out west are just as fun. I want to wish my Rockstar Energy OTSFF Yamaha AX teammate Chris Blose good luck this weekend in Calgary.
Anyway, I see it’s beginning to get cold back home, so I feel bad telling everyone that it’s been 30 degrees and sunny every day down here. There are a few fellow Canadians down here working away while they prepare for the Mini O’s at Gatorback, Fla in a few weeks. I know this isn’t a typical 9-5 job, but I think one of the misconceptions about our training programs is that is really like a job. We get up at 8am and grab a quick snack on the way to the gym for our morning warm up. Then it’s back for breakfast just before our 10am motos. These motos consist of sprint laps, we work on a couple of different sections and then a few starts. Usually we’re done riding by 1:30pm and then we go back to the gym for circuits, or we go for a long bicycle ride, depending on what my trainer suggest. Once we’re finished that workout I head back to my motorhome to wash my bike, do my daily bike maintenance, and most of all, don’t forget to hit the books and do a few hours of online schooling. Then I clock out and maybe have some down time to relax.
With all of this going on I have really noticed how important it is to eat a balanced diet and to be properly hydrated. It is so crucial to put proper nutrition into your body when it has to work this hard. The importance of being focused and the foods that you feed your brain on a daily basis totally affects your riding. Eating raw vegetables, clean meats like chicken, beef and fish, no wheat, spilt wraps, rice pasta, no dairy (just greek yogurt), eggs, turkey bacon, steel cut oats, a large variety of fruits, and lots of water and coconut water. Also, including Vega smoothies with fish oil and lots of greens sometimes is not exactly a party in your mouth, but it does the trick and gives me a boost of energy if I’m feeling drained. Another key component to my training program is to make sure I get at least 8 hours of sleep to give my body the perfect amount of time to recover and be ready to do it all over again the next day. I know this may sound like a large amount of work and training, but at this level this what you have to do if you want to succeed. Of course, it isn’t all work as sometimes I jump on my 125 and take it for a spin, which always puts a smile on my face and reminds me why I put in the effort.
Only a few hours away from where I am right now, my team has opened MP Countyline and renovated the big track. They’re also in the process of building a Pro arenacross track as well as an amateur AX track. There is a beautiful building with showers and a gym with lots of hookups available. They are open Thursday to Monday from 10-5pm. If you’re looking for a place to ride this winter, give it a try, you wont be disappointed. Well, that’s it for me this week. I hope everyone is staying warm back home and keeping it real everyday. Please don’t forget to ride safe and ride with heart.