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┬áTriathlon 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 ­čÖé 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…

Canadian Rockies

The month of July has been declared national “Celebrate Biggi’s big birthday” month ­čÖé We had the chance to leave for a week and explore the Canadian Rockies on a pre-birthday getaway (the birthday bash with Mona and friends in New Denver is still to come …). Awesome scenery, great places to explore, lots of…

First Ultra Done

Completed my first “ultra” today … if only the distance of 25km. Very steep, dusty and rocky most of the way from lake level to Divide Lake on top of a 1430m high mountain! What a climb, and what a downhill. Surprisingly my quads and feet held up, and I was happy to get into…

Boise 70.3

My first major race of the season is in the books! Ironman Boise 70.3 was an enjoyable race, very well organized, and scenic. I have to admit it’s somewhat weird to be starting a race at 12noon (no 4am wakeup call, can do hotel breakfast, checking gear bags in on race morning etc.) but it…