Journal

Feb
15

Tuesday in Tucson

      The last time I remember being this miserable on a bike would be a few years back while marooned on the roadside north of the Arctic Circle during a bike tour.  Never would I have thought I’d experience the same degree of near hypothermia in the state of Arizona.   Today was to be a four hour endurance ride through the desert landscape. Two days … more

Feb
9

Thank you

It’s difficult to find the words to describe what I’m feeling inside after a day like today; a yesterday like yesterday. What I’m talking about is the whirlwind of events taking place for this year’s Let’s Talk Day campaign. The sequence of interviews and appearances that have allowed, once again, for the story I have to be shared. The story that so often seems so small. The story … more

Feb
5

Welcome to the new site!

Welcome to the new and improved www.clara-hughes.com!  This reno has been a long time coming.  I finally met the right person for the job.  Back in December at the Specialized-lululemon training camp in California.  There was this very friendly and cool-without-trying guy named Brad who stuck with me and Ina Teutenburg for all the epic, ridiculously long, unnecessary but oh-so-fun training rides.  Brad Sheehan, I came to learn, … more

Feb
2

The Reality of Risk

The reality of the risk of a sport like mine, an ‘extreme’ sport, became clear once again a few weeks ago. I was in Tucson, Arizona and was shaken by a few things. First, the news of Canadian Freestyle Skier Sarah Burke and the horrific result of a seemingly minor crash on the superpipe up in Park City the week before. Second, a few days after arriving in … more

Jan
24

Let’s Talk! Join the conversation to end the stigma of mental illness

Since I first joined Bell in September 2010 to announce the Bell Let’s Talk campaign, Canadians from all walks of life have approached me sharing their stories and thanking me for being part of this. It’s now the second year of this campaign, and what I continue to hear is how important it is to so many Canadians. The response has been incredible and I am excited to … more

Jan
17

Winter Training Mecca Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona The first time I came down to Tucson for a cycling camp was way back in 1990. The other day on the infamous ‘shootout’ training ride/race here in town, I met an American rider younger than my years of making the pilgrimage to this winter cycling mecca. The city continues to sprawl and as much as I hate riding in traffic, I have to say Tucson … more

Jan
7

The Wonder in Winter Training and Perspective in the Strava Universe

  Mte. Aire Canyon, Utah I’m pretty good about keeping perspective, especially when it comes to training. For ten years training as a speed skater perspective came from training with the national team every day. We followed the program like good soldiers under the guidance of the ultimate drill sergeant: Coach Xuili Wang. There was no straying from the program and there was no doubt we trained harder … more

Dec
27

My Kind of Holiday Season

Mte. Aire Canyon, Utah Some people measure the success of a holiday season by the amount of presents given or received. Peter and I came to the conclusion over a decade and a half ago to not enter into the shopping center feeding frenzy this time of the year. The best memories I have from xmas and new years are when I’ve been in the great outdoors. What … more

Dec
21

Living the ‘Wild’life

Mte. Aire Canyon, Utah I’m on this new team and find myself suddenly connected to athletes around the world. We’ll wear the same jerseys and work towards winning together, yes, this is true, but it’s the human side that interests me the most. While on our epic rides at camp, I had the chance to get to know many of my new teammates. I discovered little bits of … more

Dec
15

Making Dreams into Realities

  Salt Lake City, Utah I’d run out of fingers and toes pretty fast if I were to use them to tally the amount of times I’ve had in the past twenty decades where a dream has become reality. Specifically, the times when the here and the now seem just too good to be true. The incredulousness of these moments almost always stem from a past experience. Most … more


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