check out this cool pic of 'the tony' in moab.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
check out this cool pic of 'the tony' in moab.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
we got to know each other pretty well, and a couple of things i won't forget is her undying love for the maple leafs and how crazy she was over bryan adams.
and, unfortunately for me, kristy decided to up and move to the big city -leaving b'town behind her. she stayed with me for a little longer, but finally made up her mind that it was just too hot to train outside, and that she was really tired of the gym. that and she was bored with the drive to bolton. i totally understand all this, but i will really miss her. we had so much fun on monday nights, laughing at all the wankers. my wish is that we remain friends and never lose touch. oh, and by the way, her final weight loss was over 100 lbs. you are beautiful !
so be safe darlin, and be happy! i love ya.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
then we noticed this poor little dude flattened on the gore who 'almost made it'. a case of frogger gone bad . . .
and finally, this just in ! the beaver has finished his first ironman - lake placid ! swim time 1:33:25 - bike time 6:26:41 - run time 3:43.
now you can get the tattoo . . .
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
well i think it was back in the spring when this one all started. my tall, adorable friend michael was looking for sponsors for his cycle for sight ride in june. upon receiving my donation, he emailed me and said that if he reached his fundraising goal, the plan was to go sky diving. 'gee, that sounds like fun,' i replied. and holy crap, the next thing i know i'm signed up and we're jumping here on the 18th of july up in cookstown!!!
and, after mentioning it to a few of my friends and clients, little miss betty decided to jump on board !!!
come sunday morning, i went for a run to keep my mind occupied - not that i have trouble with that - and finally made my way up to cookstown. once there, miss betty was waiting for me and we managed to find michael and his buddies. after a short video explaining the waiver - basically saying if we die, and we try to sue them, we're screwed. so don't bother trying ! haha! the second part of the video explains some of the techniques of jumping and landing - all of which i promptly forgot the minute i walked out of the room. there was a really amusing bit where they demonstrated, a couple of times, what happens when you don't lift your feet on landing (but i will come back to that later . . . )
here's a pic of some of the guys signing their lives away.
while we were waiting around for more instructions, i mentioned to the gang that i'd like the guy that looks like he's from 'top gun' as my partner. hehe! after a couple of hours - it took that long - they finally called the first group to the floor to be suited up. and with some last minute instructions, 5 of our peeps and their instructors headed to the plane ! then they called the next group - including me - number 13 - to start getting ready. my jumping partner, oleg, was nowhere to be found, and finally, with about 5 minutes to go, my wish came true - i was getting maverick - aka j-rodd the hunk ! yahoo ! he came running over in shorts and barefeet, and proceeded to throw me into a barney-purple suit, wrench me into my harness, throw a hat on my head, grab his own shoes, and hustle me to the plane. good grief - i wasn't at all comfortable with this, and even mentioned it to him. he just laughed and said, 'relax, i do this all the time.' once in the plane, he managed to attach me to him (and the parachute), put on his shoes, and give me some last minute instructions. when we reached 12,000 feet, it was time to go. michael was first out of the plane, followed by (oh for the love of god i can't remember his name.) WAIT - ryan just emailed me back, it's joel. (sorry joel) and finally, MY TURN ! 'now remember kendra, as soon as you're out, arch your back and kick my ass.' 'oh, and keep your mouth closed and breath through your nose.' we crouched beside the door and it felt like i was going to be sucked out of the plane! 'ready, set, go . . . ' HOLY CRAP ! the first thing i did was arch my back, kick j-rodd's ass and scream !!! it only took a few seconds to remember NOT to open my mouth ! hahaha stoopid dora !! the sound was deafening and it was all so overwhelming ! i can't describe the feeling, other than pure exhilaration! we were free-falling, i think, for about 45 seconds. when we got to 6000 feet, it was time to pull the chute. i couldn't find the stoopid cord, so j-rodd had to take over. that was really cool too - we stopped real sudden, and then bounced upright into the air. after a few seconds we settled down and it was sooooo quiet. it was amazing. i apologized for not being able to find the cord, and he just laughed and said 'that's why i'm here.' i'm not sure the exact time, but we floated slowly down for about 5 minutes. with 20 feet to go, i lifted my legs and we hit the ground on our butts and skidded on the grass for 5 feet. WOW ! (i found out later that poor brian forgot to lift his feet, and pretty much duplicated what happened in the video). he was okay, and we all had a good laugh over that one!
michael getting his !!! what an incredible guy !! and the really cool thing is that he was actually able to see some stuff while up there ! (i won't mention how nervous he looked just before he jumped . . . )
and the whole gang - except for miss betty - who had already left.
so i guess there's another thing to check off my bucket list - not that it was actually on the list - but what the hell ! thanks to everybody there who made the day so much fun. more thanks to ryan for organizing it. and finally, big special thanks to michael for 'enabling me'.
love you and don't ever stop dreaming big . . .
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
so like i said - gotta get me a vest !
Monday, July 12, 2010
- laughing fits
- balloons at basketball games
- hard boiled eggs on the cabot trail
- running with cows
- ugly feet
- false teeth in glasses
- cat picks on road rash
- people in public swimming pools
- thanksgiving turkey phone messages
love you lots . . .
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
so my super speedy friend ali decided to join the island of misfit toys last year and jump into the world of ultra running. his main race for 2010 - the ultimate xc 56k mont tremblant in quebec. as a warm-up he did the 'pick your poison' 50k and came 1st overall with a time of 4:25 !!!
as for tremblant, he was 9th overall in a time of 7:28. OUTSTANDING !!
congratulations my friend - you are incredible!!!
lots of hugs
Saturday, July 3, 2010
i believe it was about 5 years ago when i first was approached by my friend liz'bet for personal training. like her mother, who i love dearly, she hated exercise - any and all exercise. but she knew she had to make a few changes in her life, and this was one of them. for the first year it was rough. if i had a dollar for every session she missed, i'd be rich. wait a minute - i DID make her pay me - so what went wrong???!!! i was lucky if i could get her on the treadmill for more than 5 minutes, and don't even think about getting her to sweat !
way to go sweetie!!! you're amazing!!! come september it'll be easy.