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Win4Youth 2014 – Jackie’s August Update

A red-winged blackbird squawks aggressively

An August Update from Jackie Burrows

It’s been a while since my last update and I am happy to report the training is going quite well!

Since being back the end of April, I have added 1,300 kilometres towards Win 4 Youth totaling close to 1,800 kilometres at this point, personally.

The training Jackie Burrowsstarted off fairly gradually during the month of May with 3-4 days a week for about 1 to 1.5 hours per session. June was more intense with each ride averaging closer to 2 or 2.5 hours. I am committed to ride a minimum of 4-5 days, which at first sounded like a lot, but once you get going it’s actually addictive. And if you skip more than a day, you miss it.

I am still not there yet, mind you, as much of my training is done on flat roads, with a few short climbs here and there.

The next 8 weeks will be challenging. Our trainer amps up our program for the next while, which means getting in more long rides, doing more interval training, and getting ready to climb the big hill in the Pyrenees.

I was actually watching a bit of the Tour de France on the weekend and boy, those climbs look tough!

SPECIAL FEATURE: Attack of the Red-winged Blackbird

A very funny story I want to share takes place on this one route I take. I have been getting chased by red-winged blackbirds there this last month!

They sit on the wires above and actually chase you away with lots of scary squawking!

Well, yesterday, this situation escalated, and on my way back ( I knew I was getting in the zone of this particularly aggressive angry bird)  he swooped down and  actually attacked my helmet, trying to poke its beak through the vents!!!! I could not believe it that I was really being attacked by this killer bird and it scared me!A red-winged blackbird squawks aggressively

I mentioned this to a couple fellow cyclists, and this does happen if you can believe it!

Next ride I might need to bring a stick of something for self defense and hook it onto my handle bars!

A few weeks prior, there was a giant vulture perched high atop a tree, and if that bird was interested in me, I think I would have been knocked off my bike!!!

On a softer note, I have enjoyed watching the corn fields grow since May 1st, it’s so interesting to see these farm fields go from dirt to little sprouts and now to tall stalks!

Riding is good for the body and the soul. It really allows you be taken to another world. I love this sport and will continue it beyond the big event.

This past weekend I completed my personal best by doing a 72-kilometre ride to the Belfountain Conservation Area. It was a 3.5 hour ride on a hot sunny morning. I was very focused on hitting this destination even though at one point I was wondering if I’d ever get there.

Once I arrived, there were several bike groups at the resting station. I was on my own; me and little hybrid bike (which as a reminder, weighs a whole lot more than these fancy road bikes).

I hope you are all trying to get out and rack up some kilometres for Win4Youth!

About Win4Youth

Win4Youth LogoAs part of the international Adecco Group, Adecco Canada participates every year in Win4Youth, a global sports initiative organized by Adecco to raise money for youth foundations around the world. This initiative sees Adecco colleagues, associates, and clients from around the world working together to raise kilometres in order to meet (or exceed) the annual target set by Adecco S.A. If the target is met, the Adecco Group donates money to a select number of foundations chosen for that year. Since the program began in 2010, it has become an important part of our corporate culture because it fosters two of our core values, responsibility and team spirit, while at the same time promoting an active lifestyle.

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  1. Jackie- great bird story-I would have been freaked out. Sounds like you are getting into it. I have signed up for next year’s Ride to Conquer Cancer so will try & follow your lead! Well done.


    August 14, 2014

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