First Skate Ski Nov 27

Winter has hit early this year, with lots of snow around already. We have made it through the first deep freeze with temperatures down to -19 degrees. It has warmed up since, however, and was very enjoyable today for our first skate ski at Nordic! The conditions are great, and everybody is happy to be…

November Swims

Yes, you are correct, we are still swimming in the lake! Looks like last year’s record (mid November) can be broken since I have company this year: Mark and John have been swimming with me, even pushing longer distances and quite happily agreeing to the next swim each time we’re out. Anybody who has never…

XC Race

Yesterday (Halloween!) I raced my first trail race! Even though I train exclusively on trails for the running portion of my triathlons, I have never actually competed in a XC race. So yesterday I participated in the Kal Park Race in Vernon, BC (the last race of the Interior Running Association series). We started in…

Updates Soon!

Since returning from the World Championships in Kona, life has been very busy. Catching up on the grading of my students’ works has taken most of my time but of course I can’t complain … after all I got to go to Kona and fulfill my teaching responsibilities from that more than heavenly spot. The…

Going Off Road

Pre-XTERRA: This weekend will see the first ever XTERRA (off road triathlon) in Kelowna, organized by Rob Swan. I decided to give it a try … even though I like my road bike, skinny tires on clean roads, no ruts or logs, just dry roads with lots of traction 🙂 It will be a great…

Grand Coulee – Check!

My first half ironman of the season, and also the last triathlon of the season is done. Wait, that might not be true … there is a chance that I will be racing in an off-road triathlon (XTERRA) this coming Sunday. I am not a mountainbiker so the bumps and logs on the bike course…

Labour Day Weekend

Well, the long weekend is not over yet but I thought I post an update nevertheless. This is definitely a cycling weekend … We did about 78km around Armstrong and Enderby yesterday, adding a bit of distance to avoid the IPE traffic in Armstrong. Perfect weather and great company, with 17 riders enjoying the loop.…

Hiking the Valhallas

A 3-day hiking trip with the Ferguson’s took us into the Valhalla region west of Slocan. The first day saw us driving from Kelowna to Fauquier, stopping in for a beer with our friends Bud and Roberta, then continuing on to the Lemon Creek Lodge south of Slocan. A quiet and idyllic piece of this…

Full Moon Swim

Oh my, sometimes we do crazy stuff … like the 2010 Full Moon Swim! A perfect night with a perfect moon, a warm Lake Okanagan and about 20 fearless souls, donning glowsticks around the necks and wrists, and decorating the 11 buoys of the Gyro Swim Loop with glowsticks as well. Needless to say ……