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If Youíre Ever in Vancouver . . .
By:  Zoe Braul   (2007/08/20)

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If youíre in Vancouver and have a day to kill, try the ultimate triple threat workout. Cross-country ski in the early morning, paddle in the afternoon and road bike in the evening. Vancouver is one of the few places in Canada where you can ski, paddle and cycle in the same day because the ski trails are at altitude compared to the rest of the city. 

Cross Country Ski . . .
There are three hills in North Vancouver- Cypress, Seymour and Grouse. However, Cypress Mountain is the only one with cross-country ski trails. Anyone who has skied Cypress can tell you that it is brutally hilly. You are either skiing up a steep hill, or ripping down one.  Cypress has 19km of trails, 5km of them are lit. Make sure to check out the historic Hollyburn Lodge, a licensed cafť with an authentic atmosphere. 

Paddle . . .
After the ski workout, you can drive along the Upper Levels Highway to Deep Cove for the paddling portion of the day. The Deep Cove Canoe and Kayak Centre rents out ocean kayaks. You can bring your own boat as well. I recommend trying out a flatwater kayak. They are extremely tippy at first, but once you get the hang of it, they are really good for your core muscles. 

 Ride . . .
After youíre done the kayak portion, youíll be pretty pooped and it may already be getting dark outside. At this point, a steady road bike ride would be good for recovery. I recommend riding by the UBC campus because the roads have big shoulders (good for when itís dark outside). 

Itís up to you how long you want to make each workout. If youíre really in-shape, you could make it a 6-hour day by doing 2 hours of each activity. But if youíre going to, it will definitely take up the entire day, so start early in the morning. Recovery is important when doing long days. Make sure you have at least an hour and half of recovery between sessions. 

 
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