Saturday, August 2, 2014

not long now !

so i had my last tire run with eddy on tuesday - pulled my little buddy for 8k!  i had a lump in my throat when i put him back in the trunk ...


check out this sweet sunrise the other day ...


what i THOUGHT was my last long run - 5+ hours a week ago friday!  i met up with richard and barb at the top of the 5th.  they were heading in the opposite direction - hiking for twelve hours ...


haha!  they used the little red mazda as their aid station table!


it was still light when i popped out onto the 15th ...


i grabbed this shot in hockley - just before the stoopid skeeters came out ...


my view as the sun started setting ...


this was at the top of the ski hill, just past the golf course ...


i did about 90 minutes in the dark.  good for almost 32k by the time i got back to my car!


on sunday i got awesome news!  my super incredible mountain friend leslie is flying into kelowna and crewing for me!  i was so happy i cried!   i can't imagine anyone else i'd rather have stumbling thru the mountains with me!!!!
 

and then spafford informed me that i had ANOTHER long run THIS weekend - prolly cuz i've been giving him so much grief lately.  so back to hockley and up the 5th - for the last time!  the wildflowers were stunning ...



i couldn't sit for too long - the stoopid deer flies were awful !!!


the skeeters were horrible too, so i grabbed this one real quick ...


and holy krap - who knew they had orange salamanders in hockley !!!


so i put in another 5+ hours.   i'm tired.  but i'm ready.  and i think i'm done freaking out - which is good ...


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

north face endurance challenge collingwood

as part of my training for fatdawg, derrick decided i should do the 80k up in collingwood last weekend.   what could go wrong?  it's only a ski hill.  as always, i left the logistical shit to the last minute and was scrambling to find a place to stay.  luckily my crossfit buddy darla was kind enough to lend me her chalet - only 2 minutes from the start/finish in the village of blue mountains.   i had a few clients friday morning, came home and packed my stuff, and then headed north where i eventually met up with the captain - by the flags dora, by the flags.  i also ran into my sexy friend alistair and his partner richard, and their buddy noel - who had NO idea what he was getting himself into!  haha!


race start was at 5am - good gawd - so it was an early rise for us!  i marvel at how fresh and unsuspecting we all look at the beginning of these stoopid fucking things …


for sure the only time i'd see these two speedsters - at the start line!  they both came in under 10 hours - 9th and 11th i think ...


we had a great laugh at the numbers these three picked up - talk about pressure!


the morning wasn't too bad, although you could tell it was going to be a warm one.  after about a 2k climb we settled into a nice easy pace.  sunrise was spectacular and i was still sane enough to grab a couple of pictures …



it was a 25 mile loop, which i obviously had to do twice.  the captain was doing the 'sprint' distance, so he only went around once.  by chance we happened to meet up at one of the aid stations!  we were both looking pretty good here ...



as often happens, i get caught up in the event and forget to take pictures.  i can say that the first loop went very very well.  i was strong and running a lot of the hills.  i was actually feeling kind of smug, thinking it wasn't so bad UNTIL i hit the last 8k.  good gawd.  i think they threw in 4 monster climbs, all in direct sunlight.  AND the last mile was down this krazy cascade trail with switchbacks, rocks and about a thousand really high steps!  it was hard enough the first time around, and i was absolutely dreading what it would feel like on the second loop.  regardless, i was still feeling good right up until the 60k mark.  AGAIN - i met up with the captain at the same aid station.  he was looking like shit!   he had like 8 cups of water and electrolyte drink on the go, and was stuffing handfuls of potato chips into his mouth!  he was ranting about pavement and heat and sunglasses and surveys.  it was frightening!  it was at this point that i  think the heat started to affect me, as i was getting kinda dizzy and my left adductor was trying to cramp.   i then felt the old hammies starting to go - what the fuck - i rarely get cramps.  i was drinking lots and taking salt tabs just to stay ahead of them!  haha!  the last 20k were hard, but despite all the seizing up and the wobbliness, i was still running!  yahoo!  thanks eddy!  the second time down the steps was torture - i was grabbing trees and shit just to stay upright!  when i finally popped out of the forest and saw the big red north face arch, i was overjoyed!  i came across the line at 13:49 - eleven minutes to spare!  my buddy onions was standing at the finish line and helped me stagger over to a chair!  it was a good 30 minutes before i could get back up!  we all had a great laugh at my calves - twitching uncontrollably from electrolyte imbalance and calcium shortage - kind of like poltergeist!   (doctor joe later explained what that was all about)


cap was pretty messed up too, so we were quite the pair, walking like a couple of old geezers thru the village to our cars!   i was really hot and my whole body was throbbing.   stooped heat!  we finally got back to the chalet and spent the rest of the night indulging in 'forbidden foods' - ginger ale, chocolate milk, chips and pizza!  as my buddy coach panda would say, 'paleo faileo'  haha!!!


the best part of the run was knowing mfs was with me.  it would have been her birthday on saturday, and i figured a run in the forest was a good way to celebrate.  every time i felt like stopping, i would think of her, kiss my wrist and keep on moving ...


happy birthday mfs - you are always with me …


love you forever …
sisters forever ...


Sunday, June 29, 2014

happy birthday little red ...

 i KNEW i should have taken a right turn at albuquerque on saturday!  i was up in hockley, and was scheduled to do around 4 hours.


when i got to the 15th (see below) instead of heading back south, i made the decision to keep going and do a big loop.  i was sure i could make it ...


once i got off the gravel and into the nature reserve, i was hitting a big shit ass eating grin!


pretty kool sign on this bench ...


it had been over a year since i'd been up here and i was lovin every step!
  

clouds !!!


when i popped back onto hockley valley road, i realized i was going to be a bit longer than anticipated!  it was a warm one, and the skeeters were relentless thru the forest (definitely making me move a bit faster) but i still had a great run!
 

5 hours later (doh) i made it back to the little red mazda.  and okay, i'll admit, i was pretty tired!  but happy!  again i'm seeing the results of working with eddy.  i made way more climbs than ever before and i'm feeling strong!


monday was little red's birthday!  he turned 8 !!  good gawd!  when did he get so old!?  bob had a party for him and 10 of his friends!   i called him in the morning and the conversation was hilarious - he likes talking on the phone even less than me!  i think he said, 'hi',  'fine',  'okay', 'yes, it was fun', and 'here daddy' as he handed back the phone!  haha!!  too much!  looks like he had a great time ...


and i want to make a correction!  i know i said i won the over 50 category at the seaton soaker last month - they even gave me a plaque - but when i was checking the results the other day, i noticed that i was in fact 3rd.  so i apologize for that and just want everyone to know that i didn't win despite being told i did!!!
 

finally, happy pride to all my beautiful friends!
 



Sunday, June 22, 2014

dodging frawgs!

i sometimes wonder if anyone actually reads these, but i guess i do it for my own reasons.  i have a brutal memory, and this is the best way i can think of to keep track of all my adventures.  it's fun to waste time occasionally reading back over all the kool shit i've done!

anyway, i've put in two fantastic weekends of running.  last saturday was just a beauty of a day as i went over to hockley.   towing eddy sure is paying off - i was able to climb stuff i've never done before, including the 1.5 k slugger on the 5th north of hockley valley road!


i know i post tons of pics from here, but it's definitely my favorite place to run!


i managed over 4.5 hours that day and finished feeling pretty good!


and then just yesterday i went back up there for another stab at the hills!  check out my view from one of the stiles ...


seriously, i LOVE this place ...






big clumps of daisies everywhere !


and i've run into this couple the past two times up there.  jacques and karen drive all the way up from the city to do trail maintenance!  they were there when i started and were just finishing up as i got back to my car - 5 hours later!  so nice!  they originally came to the bruce to get in shape for machu pichu!
 

and look - BUTTERFLIES !!!



what a glorious day!  another 4.5 hours with over 2800m climbing!


i got up real early sunday and was out in palgrave just after 5:30 - couldn't miss weekly mass with father jimmy!  this is the sun coming up off humber station ...


great time of day to be out ...


ran into these two characters ...


yup!


3 hours later i was done and on my way into bolton!
 

and tuesday was one of the funnest runs i've had in a long time!  i was towing eddy on centerville creek and it started to piss down rain after about 25 minutes.  it was thundering but i kept turning up my music so i wouldn't hear it!  i then did a bunch of repeats on k2 and the rain was so heavy i was sloshing thru 3" of water.  the best part was all these bloody frawgs jumping across the trail as i was running!  too funny!  i was absolutely drenched by the time i finished!


have a good week everybody!