Merry Christmas!

Happy thoughts and best wishes, love and peace for your body and soul … enjoy the holidays! Life in paradise (i.e. Winthrop, Washington) is so good that I am going to have a hard time leaving yet again. Can’t we delay the start of the semester just a little bit until the ski trails aren’t as good…

Keyla

Times have been hard and lonely since Kootenai passed away in August and I don’t think I will ever get over his departure. So I didn’t really know when I would be ready but last week decided to adopt a new dog from the SPCA. Her name is Keyla and she is a 3-year old…

Almost Christmas

I have been a little lazy with keeping blog posts coming here … and I don’t even have a good excuse 🙂 Maybe I just got too busy with the end of the semester, lots of xc skiing, swimming and gym workouts. Christmas is getting closer and it sure has been cold around here (-3 to…

Kona 2011

Even though I have been back for 3 weeks, I am still trying to keep the sun of Hawaii inside of me for a little while longer! I do need it as the days are getting shorter, the lake swims less frequent (1-2 per week now but I have also started substituting with pool swims)…

Races Over Training Not

… The 2011 trail running season is completed, with the last two events (IRA XC series, first in Summerland and then in Vernon) being very enjoyable and fun! Summerland was a great course with a smaller group of racers participating, while the season finale in Vernon saw more runners which quickly spread out over the…

More 2011 Races

I just finished the second of racing three weekends in a row! On September 17, my annual pilgrimage to the Grand Columbian Triathlon in Grand Coulee was again a very enjoyable experience. The new race directors have brought back the Ironman distance and have even added a super tri for good measure … even longer than…

Manning Park

Our trip to Manning Park (the second within a month) was fantastic! Another thing off the bucket list: “Climbing Frosty Mountain” – check! It was quite a long trip up and down the highest peak in the park (28km; 1200m elevation gain) but we were rewarded with spectacular views, wildflowers, gorgeous trails and great company.…

Update

Sorry, it’s been a while since I have posted news on this blog. All of August rushed by in a blur as I was trying to deal with the loss of my beloved dog. I will post more on this when I can stomach it. It’s still raw and hard to hold back the tears. In addition, Graham’s apartment fell victim to a big fire which temporarily placed him into my house and added lots of hassles and issues to deal with. Add events and races on every weekend, and it becomes clear why I have neglected this blog.

First weekend of August: A trip to Manning Park to hike and relax. Glorious weather!

The big 4-0

Well, it has come and gone, and I have now joined the “40-something” club! I had plenty of opportunity to celebrate my big birthday, and I am blessed with wonderful friends who partied with me. First, Mona (who also had a big birthday this month!) and I invited our cycling buddies to spend a weekend…

Two Events – Check!

It has been a busy weekend! Two events were crossed off the list, one with slightly more lead time than the other 🙂 First, the 63rd annual Across the Lake Swim went off without a glitch yesterday in great weather with lots of happy faces around! With about a year of preparation, our core team…