Sunday, April 19, 2015

my first leaf game

 so february was nasty this year.  it got real cold and the snow didn't go anywhere.  it did make for some pretty pics though ...


came across michelle and chris on centerville creek during one of my long runs up k2 ...


got me another butterfly!   thanks shawn!!


more winter pics ...


stoopid snow!


haha!   couple pics from st patrick's day ! got this one from bob!


didiboppers !!!


the snow finally started to melt and i was able to get north of 9 !!


the birthday tree and even more ground showing !!!!


hello ara!  great to see you after a long run ...


and spaff bitched that eddy was too big, so i finally relented and got me another tire.   managed to find one from a mini cooper (thanks mark!), so naturally we had to name her 'alice' ...


 and since i got kicked out of crossfit bolton last fall, i've been hanging out at 'anytime fitness'.  love this shot of me, jose and fig!


got me an evil hilly route from duncan last weekend!   almost 5 hours and over 6000' of elevation gain!  made it up to the 30th sideroad from hockley!


kool rock - looks a bit like frankenstein!


met up with this little guy - she came up and started licking my shoe!!!


beauty day - was actually in shorts and a t-shirt for the first time since arizona!   big thanks to brian mclean for the 'achilles canada' shirt - supporting runners with disabilities!


and saturday night i FINALLY made it to a leaf game - my first ever!  i got tickets from a former client (the best client in the world) - peter holland!  after a smart-ass remark about finding the tickets on the ground, duncan was more than happy to drive us south of 7 for the game!!   we got there real early and trudged up front street and grabbed a pre-game steak!   then over to the acc where duncan bought himself a $16 beer!


our seats were great!  i even borrowed a jersey for the game!! i had tears in my eyes when he stepped out onto the ice.  what a feeling to experience someone living their dream!


and pete was awesome enough to spend a bit of time with us after the game!  what an amazing kid!


this weekend was a 4 hour jaunt up to hwy 9 and back.   saw my first snake going up k2 !


absolutely gorgeous day!


i ran into kinga and stephan in glen haffy!


ahhhh!


i stopped at the birthday tree on my way back and gave it a big hug.   sending strong thoughts to a close friend who shares the same feelings for this lovely old tree...



yup!  i'm heading to kelowna in may to see THE REDHEAD!   he got all his curls chopped off! can't wait!!!


and finally, i came across this.  great great words of advice ...


Sunday, February 15, 2015

fat ass pylon training camp in arizona

oh ya!  feb 5th couldn't come soon enough for this chilled out runner!  imagine my delight when i left THIS ...


and THIS ...


for THIS ...


yup!  not even 24 hours off the plane, and i went from running in -25 weather, to +25!.  first kool spot - a desert-like section of the arizona trail with the captain, everhard and liz (now known as DiDi) ...


it was definitely a scorcher, but i wasn't complaining!


amazing blue sky ...


cap and DiDi did 20k, i managed 31, and keener everhard pulled off a marathon! 4+ hours of sweet, WARM trail bliss!




sunday, we traveled to tucson and did a 2 mile couples valentine run relay!  i think me and cap placed 3rd in the old fart's category!  after a couple cookies and half a donut (yes, i was very bad this trip), we said good-bye to DiDi and everhard, and me and cap headed to saguaro national park for another 'little' run!  this trail was totally different from the first, with big tall 'coyote/roadrunner' cactus!


there were a few good climbs ...


but the view made them totally worthwhile.   we put in almost 3 hours at this spot!

 

tuesday we ran the sabino canyon trail ...


another blue sky day, with a nice little mile climb to start ...


although the temp was close to 30, we were blessed with a bit of shade from the canyon wall!


coming back down was a little harry, as right around this spot, some poor old guy tripped on something and started sliding down into the canyon!  i yelled for the cap and we ran back to try and help.  luckily his fall was broken about 20' down by a big cactus!  we pulled him up, and after telling us he was fine, he went on his way!  wow!  i would have still been lying there crying like a school girl!
 

i really wanted a pic of me doing a handstand against a cactus, but we couldn't seem to find a good one!  so i settled for this ...


we put in just over two and a half hours, and i was loving every second - especially after hearing temps of minus yuck and snow back home ...


wednesday was my last day for running - good thing too, the cap was getting tired after having the three of us for 2 weeks!  we decided on the madera canyon - totally different again ...


kinda similar to the trails in bc, but with about a half dozen different types of oak trees!


sigh - another beauty day in paradise ...


 after a very challenging 4 mile climb to the top, we were rewarded with some sweet single track on the way down!


i even managed to get a couple kool shots of the creek ...


and hahahahahaha!  here's what my picture page on my phone looked like after the cap tried to get a bunch of shots with the camera facing the wrong way!  he couldn't figure out why he couldn't see me...


ah, but we eventually got it sorted out!





what an incredible way to end my trip.  another 2 and a half hours of heaven!  i was sad when we made it back to the car.  big big thanks to captain and bev for housing me for a week!  i hope the TWO pecan pies made up for it a little ...


and then, i came home to this - lots of snow ...




and a minus 37 run on sunday ...


sigh ...