Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
OK! So...I had the best run ever on Saturday in Victoria! With only a few opportunities left for big training sessions before my taper leading up to the Squamish MOMAR on May 10th, I was happy to hit the trails in Victoria. My sisters partner Chris and a buddy Ryan were planning to ride the mt biking trails at the base of Mt Work in Saanich on Saturday afternoon. PERFECT I thought...and asked them to bring out my bike so that I could head out early for an hour run in the trails and make a nice little brick workout of it.
So...I took off to the Hartland landfill entrance to the park-this area is also known as 'the Dump' and is the main place for mountain bikers to ride in the Victoria area. Yes these are fantastic trails-tonnes of them, heaps of variety, awesome marking and map system...but man oh man did I realize just how good we have it up here in the Valley! This is one of only two places bikers can ride in Vic...and you have to drive 30 minutes to get there...and it is understandably packed with bikers from the capital city. I shouldn't be posting this for the world to see but...we have sooooo many options of natural trail networks with so much variety in terrain and elevation! If you run into another biker out there it is cause to stop and chat! Ok. I am over it.
Anyways...I decided to try and link some of the biking trails together and practice my map reading/navigation skills combined with a few ups and downs to get the quads burning. About 30 minutes into it I got a call on my cell phone...Chris: "held up and won't be there for a couple of hours. Should I cancel the ride?" Me: "Heck no! Get out here when you can and call me when you are on your way...I will just keep running until you get here." I had plenty of snacks and water and a map so I was happy to change my route for a longer run. I was just dieing to see the view from the top of Mount Work so I turned back to the main trail and made my way to the summit trail on the other side of the park. Up Up Up! This was a fantastic climb up rocky single track with quad searing scrambles beneath climbing arbutus trees. The view from the top was unbelievable! Looking northwest on a crystal clear day I could see the malahat, Mt. Finlayson and all the way out to Swartz Bay...I only wished I had my camera to share it with you! You will have to print off the map and make this trek happen next time you are in Victoria.
I thought about running down the other side and then returning for a double summit but my better judgment kicked in and I made my way back to Hartland to meet up with the buds. Good thing I did-2.5 hours later I was back in the parking lot and they arrived about 10 minutes later. Quick shirt change (it was like 17 degrees out and I was totally drenched...loving it cause I haven't been warm in months), snack, refill of the camelback and I was enjoying the sun (reclined in my car) when they arrived. First time on the new bike was good and not so good. The GOOD: Uphill supestar! The Not So Good: Downhill beginner-trying to learn how to ride a new bike, with new geometry and the new clipless peddle system was complete information overload. I may need to take something out of the equation to take the pressure off of my attention capacity! Anyways-a added on a 1 hour ride and it was a good training combo for the quads for sure:)
Good times! More to come I am sure:)
Our mission was 3 part: First we spent 15 minutes wandering the grounds looking for a view that inspired us. We listed the aspects of this spot that made it important to us on a piece of paper. Secondly we regrouped and switched spots with random classmates. Now we were to go and capture our partners spot and create a photo that represented everything which was important to them. Tuff one but very inspiring for me as I was sent along to a wonderful magnolia tree backlit by the early morning sun. Finally, we got to go to our original spot and capture it for ourselves. Here are my magnolia sots...my mission was to capture the story of a new life beginning and another close to it's end. You can check out these and my other favs in my online Picasa Chicks album too... http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/elmhealth/SeadyPhotography
What started out as a custom bike frame which I won at the end of last years MOMAR series evolved into a dual suspension, lighweight machine completely macked out with high end race components. Woah. I got a little caught up in the whole experience and ended up with a screamin deal from BERG as I have been brought on board to be a BERG Bike Test Pilot! Total retail value? Do you really want to know? Lots. A BIG Thank you to BERG for taking me on as a test pilot and allowing me this excellent opportunity to ride such a quality bike:)
So...now I need to learn how to ride this machine...hmmm...and not injure myself or my pride in the process. You may laugh at the thought of 'learning' to ride a bike-but really this is a completely different geometry and style of riding for me. I am coming from a lazy boy recliner onto a bar stool...a cadillac into a mini cooper...get it? The stem height alone is 5 inches lower than I am used to. Enough. I will tame this wild beast! Less than 2 weeks until MOMAR Squamish...I will be on that bike everyday until then!
The BERG crew...Al (left)-frame builder and Chris (right) mechanic...and the cutest animal family ever had to be in the team shot!
Ok...gotta go look at my bike again...back in a minute:)
Lynn Swift looking fresh at the very start of the race...she still had this fantastic smile on her face at the finish line! Way to go Lynn:)
Penny and Tara flying high after crossing the finish line! After cheering on the crew at the start line, I boogied my way to the finishline in front of the Parliment buildings on Wharf st. Not sure what I was thinking...there was already a sea of onlookers and I couldn't get close to the barrier to see the racers. Then I had a brainwave when I spotted a lightpost...scrambled up about 4 feet for a fantastic (albeit painful) view of the ladies! It was a full on Survivor challenge and I hung on with one arm and a friction point on my two feet-not pretty but well worth the strain to get a birds eye view:)
A few of the crew posing for a photo shoot on the lawn of the legislature...big smiles and ELM Women swirls all around! WAY TO GO! I have posted a few favorite pics on the ELM Gallery-and you will find a link there to a complete collection on my Picasa online album. Enjoy:) http://www.elmhealth.com/Womens10K2008.htm
And... Team ELM Women came 15th in the corporate challenge with a top 5 team average of 52 minutes and 58 seconds!! Woweee!
More weekend tales to come...
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Seeya next year ladies!
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
- Rapelling out of helicopters into fire zones in all corners of BC, Alberta and the Yukon
- Experiencing our amazing province from the view of a helicopter-unbelievable sunsets.
- Waking up on remote mountaintops after working hard and resting under the stars on small spot fires-where no human may have stepped before..
- Exploring Australias east coast-diving in the Whitsundays and being chased by dingos on Fraser Island (the largest sand island in the world)
- Backpacking in Australia, Mexico, Thailand, Malaysia, Honduras, Guatamala and Nicaragua.
- Completing a 3 day staged Adventure Race (250kms) in Invermere and standing on top of the world with my team- Seaquinn Balls
- Working as a DiveMaster on the Bay Islands of Honduras
- Running downhill (v.fast) from an errupting Volcano in Guatamala
- Driving to the tip of the Baja, Mexico
- Learning to Surf in Todos Santos, Baja
- Climbing a volcano and riding an old school bike around the same volcano on Ometepe Island in Nicaragua!
- I am sure there are more...but man are those great memories!
- Climbing Kilimanjaro
- Hiking the Inca Trail in Peru
- Diving with the sealife in the Galapogos
- Rafting/Grizzly spotting in Northern BC/Yukon
- Hiking a Volcano & Surfing the waves in Hawaii
Once I get to the bottom of this list then the rest is all just gravy really.
Myra Station to Penticton Trans Canada Trail PavilionAn 80-km section of the Kettle Valley Rail Trail
Sunday, July 6
The following is an invitation to you and members of your group to participate in this year’s Trans Canada Trail Challenge event.
Trails BC, the Myra Canyon Trestle Restoration Society, the Naramata Woodwackers, and the Summerland TCT Society along with regional communities/jurisdictions are pleased to offer its 8th Trans Canada Trail Challenge. This year it will be held in conjunction with the re-opening of the Myra Canyon and the Penticton Centennial. Participants will be able to discover and explore up to 80 km of the Trans Canada Trail on the Kettle Valley Rail Trail.
You can choose to cycle, walk, run, or ride your horse in this non-competitive and personally challenging event. Cyclists can choose to ride the full 80 km while walkers along with cyclists and runners can choose to do shorter sections that include the spectacular Myra Canyon with all its re-constructed trestles. In the Myra Canyon alone there are 18 trestles and two tunnels. Equestrians will be able to combine a ride with a walk or cycle in the Myra Canyon.
If you haven’t already done so, go to our website: www.trailsbc.ca for more details and to register either online or by regular mail. For information about the Myra canyon and its location go to: http://www.myratrestles.com
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Other ELM racers busting a gut on Sunday include Pascale Houde, Sarah Burrell, Veronique Dion, Leo Rolfe and Chris Winkelaar. Hope you all had fun playing in the mud and skunk cabbage at the old castle! Complete results and photos by Tony Austin can be found at: http://www.gutbustertrailrun.com/results.html
Next race: GutBuster 002 - Mt. Tzouhalem, Duncan - May 4th, 2008
Happy Trails! Sarah.
Friday, April 4, 2008
Womens Trail Running...Mondays 9:30am
Sunrise Bootcamp...Tues/Thurs 6:15am
(Daytime Bootcamp W/F 9:30am has been postponed)
Call or email ELM TODAY if you would like to add your name to the list...or spread the good word to your friends and family who would enjoy a little Adventure in their Fitness...
I managed to get a solid week of training in this past week...and I must admit the sunshine did help! A break between ELM Fitness Adventure sessions means more play time for me so I took advantage and got some good intense miles in.
Saturday: Mountain Run ascent/descent- 2:45hrs
Sunday: XC Bike 1.5hours & Trailrun 1hour- 2.5hrs
Monday: Resistance - 1hr
Tuesday: XC Interval Bike- 1.5hrs
Weds: Weights 1hr & Kayak- 1.5hrs -2.5hrs
Thurs: Weights 1hr & Track Intervals 1hr - 2hrs
Friday: ? Paddle or Stretch Day 1.5hrs tba...
Total : 13.75hrs
My training focus was not on total miles but on intervals and high intensity training. This week will be a bit less intense and then it is up up up with the miles as I work up to longer hours of training during the month of April...Only 1 month to go until the first MOMAR www.mindovermountain.com of the season!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Well wait a minute- I haven't actually eaten my way through ALL of these Clif Bars yet but there is a clear front runner emerging from the pack...Oatmeal Raisin Walnut (aka ohmygodgood). If you like oatmeal raisin cookies or a good bowl of steaming rolled oats for breaky then this is your bar. I am hooked. Moist, chewy, not too sweet, real oat flakes, 70% organic ingredients...what more could you ask for?
Pulling up the far rear is the forgettable Peanut Toffee Buzz...tasted like a mix of all the other bars to be honest. And really, if you are advertising Toffee-let there be delicious nuggets of toffee!
While I believe Clif bars to be the perfect (packaged) fuel for biking or hiking workouts...they can be um challenging ( to say the least) to get down during a hard effort on a run. For more intense workouts I have found a new favorite in Clif Shot Blocks (and no I am not sponsored by Clif-although I am thinking I should probably contact them:). With flavors like Margarita with Salt and Pina Colada these little cubes of jelly sound more like Friday night shooters than racing food. Actually they are fantastic little blocks of energy and electrolytes! Similar to my old favorite-Sharkies- these blocks pack a greater caloric value per gram and melt in your mouth way easier for a quick easy to digest snack on the run. Bet you can't stop at one...
Will get back to you with the final results in the coming weeks...
Munch munch munch,