Swim – Hike – Cycle

Another wonderful weekend has come and gone. It started with a fabulous swim on Friday morning in a warm and very calm lake. We swam for 3.4 km before grabbing a coffee at Starbucks.

On Saturday, a goal I have had for a while became reality: Hiking the High Rim Trail. This trail runs from Highway 33 at Philpott Road for 57km all the way to Cosens Bay in Vernon. We hiked the section from Goudie Road to Beaver Lake Road, about 20km (or 24km for us with an “oops” out and back). Our group of 10 included my friends Mona, Tom, Kristen, Bev, Lisa and Graham as well as 3 of Bev’s coworkers (Steven, Pat and Dallas). A great bunch of people!  Here is the GPS

We enjoyed wonderful views of Kelowna and the surrounding valley, and hiked through many different types of vegetation (dense woods, swamplands, lush fern-covered areas, exposed dry sections, etc.). Steven, the bird expert, was able to identify many different species of birds during our (almost 8 hour) hike. The lunch and snacks tasted so good while on the trail!

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An Active Weekend

As I am sitting here on Sunday evening with my tired legs elevated, I can’t help but smile as I think back over the last three days. How lucky I am! The hike on Friday with Mona, Lisa and Bev was described in a previous blog post. Yesterday, 18 of us cycled the Green Mountain…

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Global Warming Evidence!

Is the Okanagan/Shuswap getting so warm that we start seeing iguanas around our houses now? We certainly were surprised to see this one getting a sun tan in the driveway of Mona’s sister’s house in Enderby:

Iguana near Enderby, BC - What the heck!

It turns out that this beauty has been enjoying a week of bliss and freedom in the wild after escaping from Barb’s house. Lisa was brave enough to capture it and return it to the house.

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Guess what …

After applying last year and again this year, I am excited to announce that I have been selected as the June winner for the Miracle Mile Bursary, awarded by the PNE (Pacific National Exhibition). This bursary is intended to reward people actively involved in their sport and the community. Today I received the check as…

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Almost as tiring as racing!

We spent all day on Sunday in Oliver, BC, officiating at the Desert Half Ironman. The conditions were perfect for racing, not too hot, almost no wind and dry roads. However, spending a full day from 6am (leaving Kelowna at 5am) until 3pm standing and walking seems to be more exhausting than racing 🙂 I…

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First Time Trials a Success!

This morning we held our first Gyro Time Trial for the 2010 season (for non-locals: timed 800m swim from Gyro Beach with open water swim clinic beforehand). 17 swimmers followed our coach Brent into the not-so-balmy waters of Lake Okanagan (14 degrees) to get instructions on open water swimming before embarking on their first timed…

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More riding

I guess we got through the rainy part of the spring … time for summer! About 400 people had a great Century Ride on Sunday in Armstrong, with yummy food at the aid stations and lots of sweat on the Salmon Arm Hill! Despite our friend Daryl crashing his bike and having to stay in hospital to get fixed up with some metal and pins, it was a good day.

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Trail Run

This morning I took the dog out for another great trail run. I went into Myra Bellevue Provincial Park and ran my usual loop to Flamingo Flats, then down via Race Classic (for those of you who know the area). It totals about 11.5km. Everything looks fresh and clean, and the recent rain really settled…

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