Jeremy Hopwood

Jeremy Hopwood

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Photos from "cross training" with Ada

Had to cut the lawn so figure would build a mini track and soccer field

It's like rock climbing - ride the trailer to this one 30+ pound bike + 35 pound toddler + 20 pound trailer = 85 pounds of strength training!

Always good to run new trails and see the cherry blossoms! 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Powered By Chocolate Milk Prize Pack Winners

Thanks to all that entered the Powered By Chocolate Milk Prize Pack contest. Lots of ideas out there and including chocolate milk, pancakes, coffee and bacon just to mention a few.

 After a Random Draw of all the eligible entries by the fine folks at Powered By Chocolate Milk the winners were;

  • Paul Kilkenny 
  • Laura Carleton 
  • Michelle Mackintosh 
  • Fraser Milling 
  • Tyler Milling 

If your name is above please email your daytime delivery address to claim your prize.

 For those who haven't read through the comments these were some of the main tips - although i dont suggest blending all these ingredients into a smoothie (although it would make an interesting youtube video)! 

  • Chocolate Milk 
  • Fried Eggs 
  • Toast 
  • Pulled Pork Sandwich 
  • Coffee 
  • Blueberries 
  • Yoghurt 
  • Pancakes 
  • Bacon Cheeseburger 
  • Salt and Vinegar Chips 

 Thanks to all that entered and congrats to those who won. Race season starts to get hectic for me in a couple weeks time so look forward to trying out some of the tips.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Top 5 Worst Things I Have Done for Recovery

So as per my previous post I have a contest focussed around recovery with some great prize packs from Powered by Chocolate Milk to give away.

For all the details of how to enter visit the post at

However as we all know we often learn from our mistakes and I thought I would share my top 5 things I have done in the past that may have inhibited my ability to recover from that workout or race

5 - Drive 5 to 10 hours immediately post race (or the day after)

Heck, this is often unavoidable but I do remember having to drive back 10 hours following Ironman Couer d'Alene as Leslie had to work the next day. The rest stops were the worst part where I had to lift myself out of the car each time due to my quads not being in a fully functioning state.

An honourable mention goes to flying across the world, have also done that and I tell you 20 hours on a plane post racing is far from optimal!

4 - Not having a change of clothes for "Destination Training Sessions"

To be honest I am not a big fan of driving somewhere to go train from a time efficiency perspective but when I do I have on occasion forgotten to bring a change of clothes. Sitting in bike or run shorts for a long drive home is not something that I  enjoy - so remembering a comfortable set of clothes for post workout is always good to remember.

Another thing to remember is to have adequate food, cold water in the car for post ride. Having a cooler with some ice is good for this and prevents the temptation to eat crap food on the drive home.

3 - Waiting till an injury to visit my Physio or Chiro

I am a big fan of proactive visits to my chiro. I often find that when I wait till an injury or niggle I remember ho many other things are not functioning 100% which often can be the cause of the niggle/injury

2 - Not wearing socks in a Ironman

I will do this again so this is why it is not no.1 but not wearing socks in a ironman run while giving the opportunity for fast T2's does have it side effects. In my last race it was the beautiful appearance of bandage socks

1 - Wearing Dress Shoes to Formal events the night after a 100km Event

So unbeknownst to many I have done a 100km event back in my time in Australia called the Oxfam Trailwalker in Melbourne. All I can say that is after covering 100km you can most probably get a pass for wearing non dress shoes to a engagement party that evening. As over time the feet seem to keep swelling and if you ever take those shoes off you will be walking home shoeless.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Prize Packs to Be Won - Thanks to Powered By Chocolate Milk

I have been lucky enough to have been working with Powered by Chocolate Milk as an Ambassador of the past 2 years and been drinking Chocolate Milk for my choice of recovery drink for as long as I can remember.

This April I now have some prize packs to give away to 5 lucky readers.

What Can You Win?

A Prize pack that contains;

  • A $50 Running Room gift card, an aluminium water bottle, dri-fit shirt, and of course some chocolate milk!
Who Can Win?

You must live in Western Canada to win - so unfortunately for my readers outside of Western Canada you are not eligible. However I will do those readers a deal; - if you come to Vancouver lets go for a run and the chocolate milk will be on me that day!

How To Enter

To enter you need to do the two following things;

1. Leave a comment on the blog post below with your favourite post workout recovery tip
(Hint! An easy one is to drink Chocolate Milk!)

2. Tweet me the following (I have made it that easy you just need to click the hyperlink)

"I just entered to win a @pbchocolatemilk prize pack on @jeremyhopwood blog #pbcm" 

And BOOM! it is that easy. In fact entering is nearly as easy as drinking Chocolate Milk post your next workout

The Draw!

At the end of the week on Friday April 11th, 2014 I will be announcing the names of five lucky winners. Don’t forget to follow me on twitter so I can get your contact information! Reminder that the winners must live in Western Canada (BC, AB, MB or SK)