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.

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…

A Special Day in Paradise

Finally … back in my favorite spot for 4 days to hike, cycle and relax: Winthrop, Washington. Today (Graham’s birthday!) we enjoyed everything the valley has to offer, from a scenic hike and leisurely bike ride (to Twisp) to some shopping and a wonderful dinner with a view of the whole valley.

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…

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…

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.

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…

Riding in Enderby

Today we did a scenic bike ride from Armstrong to Enderby (north of Vernon, BC). Even though it looked like it could rain on us, we got lucky and mostly avoided the clouds. Of course, the ride involved a coffee stop and lunch at the pub afterwards! Check out the pictures here! Tomorrow there will…

It’s hot

Summer has arrived in Kelowna! Today we hit 28 degrees … nice temperature for a morning bike ride and a relaxing break on the patio. The dog also enjoyed being outside and stretching in the grass.

Tomorrow, we will be at the Oliver Sprint and Olympic triathlon, officiating for TriBC. Usually that means patrolling the bike course (on the back of a motorcycle) and check for drafting, littering and other rule violations. The weather should be warm again but overcast so hopefully the sun won’t burn down on us as much. I might have to bring my wetsuit and jump into Tuc-el-Nuit lake after our duties are done.