Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Jingle Bell Run:December 7th.
Fun for the family and runners/walkers at all levels. The Jingle Bell Run is sponsored by the CVRR and entry is $5 plus one non-perishable item for the local food bank. All cash and food go directly to the food bank.As usual, it is a poker run, with participants getting a playing card at 5 different locations. Make the best hand with someone else and win a prize.Coffee, hot chocolate, lots of draw prizes, warm beverages, and holiday atmosphere. Bring along your bells to ring through the trails. Lots of fun.
Start Time: 11 AM for the 7k, 11:15 am for the 3k.
Place: Seal Bay park (Bates Road Entrance)
Registration: Day of race 10:15 - 10:45 AM
Entry; $5 and a nonperishable donation for the Food Bank
**ALL PROCEEDS AND FOOD GO DIRECTLY TO THE COMOX VALLEY FOOD BANK!**
For More Information Contact: Frank Graham 250-334-7721
Sprint the Spit! 10K Run & 5K walk
What: 4th annual "Sprint to the Spit"
When: November 29th, 2008 - 10K run, 5K walk
Where: Start/Finish on Beaufort Ave by the Comox Valley Lions Club. 10:00 a.m.
YETI Snowshoe race! Saturday, January 17th on Mt Washingtonwww.theyeti.ca
Click here to register.
Mount Washington is located 25 km west of the Comox Valley, 50 km south of Campbell River and 100 km north of Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island.The Nanaimo Ferry terminals are serviced from Horseshoe Bay and Tsawwassen on the Lower Mainland. Call BC Ferries for schedules at 1-888-223-3779 or visit http://www.bcferries.com/. To view a map click here.
Check-in & Race Day Registration:
8:00 - 9:30am at the Raven Lodge
5km and 10km
Cat track, single track, powder sections, hiking trails and some hills.
Have a wonderful weekend:)
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
1/4 c butter
1/2 c sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
grated zest of 1 orange
1 large egg
3 tbs orange juice
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour (try a mix of whole wheat and white)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup fresh or frozen (unthawed) cranberries
1/2 cup white chocolate chunks or chips
Beat butter, sugar, orange, egg, orange juice, vanilla.
Mix dry ingredients other than last 2.
Add wet to dry until almost combined then add cranberries and white chocolate untill just blended.
Drop spoonfuls on non-stick surface...Bake 10-12 minutes until barely golden. Enjoy!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. - Eleanor RooseveltCan you believe it? Already...7 years since I started ELM in 2001! Back then I dreamed about starting a company that allowed me to share my knowledge of fitness & health with individuals who were ready to reach for their own personal dreams. I wanted to provide that launching pad for those who wanted to reach for the stars. I wanted to motivate and inspire and ignite the spark that would light a fire big enough to burn a house down. I wanted to help you reach your dreams. And in allowing me to do so over the past 7 years I have reached my own dream. And you have motivated and inspired me every day of every year along the way- thank you! To all those who have inspired...been inspired...motivated and been motivated...and shared many fitness adventures over the past 7 years with ELM...THANK YOU!
This slideshow is dedicated to you!
Today was another great day. I only managed to accomplish 3 things:
1. Amazing Sunday Ride in Cumberland
3. Afternoon visit with friends
That's right...I didn't work...I didn't clean up after the Leader Party last night...I didn't do chores or get anything ticked off of my 'house project' list. A great day!
I was a weeee bit tired this morning after celebrating until after midnight with my wonderful leaders at the annual ELM staff partay. This year we had a fun games night at my home with a charity auction to raise $ for our adopted Christmas Hamper family. Everyone brought things from their home that they were happy to donate (read: regift ... dump run stuff ... etc) and cash to bid in the auction. 2 hours and plenty of good hard laughs later we raised over $240 for our family!!! A huge thank you to all of my wonderful leaders and their partners for coming out and supporting the cause at this years celebration. We had a great night:)
I put together a fun slideshow with music to celebrate ELM's 7 year anniversary and we got to relive some wonderful fitness adventures. I will post the video on Youtube asap and let you know when you can view it. Check back later and it should be up tonight or tomorrow.
Today's ride was great. I was late and the gang had already taken off up the road in Cumberland so I had my work cut out for me to try and catch them. I guessed that they were going all the way to the top and managed to catch them while they were taking a breather at the summit in the sunshine. What a day. What a view. What a great place we get to call home! Here is what we rode today for those of you who know the trails and want to try the route:
Up the road towards the summit...down the new Bucket of Blood (it has been rebuilt and has a slalom course with lots of table tops and little kickers:)...down Bear Buns (they connect)...across Sykes bridge...down Teapot...back up Steamdonkey...back up and over the bridge...down Broadway to the Perseverance bridge on the main logging road...down Spankers...home via Tied Knot (super fun with lots of snakes and ladders). 2 hours of fun!
I am going to be posting the January schedule this week so stay tuned for details on this Winters Fitness Adventures!
Have a wonderful week!
Friday, November 21, 2008
CHRISTMAS HAMPER WISHLIST
Canned Salmon or Tuna
Jam or Honey
Toilettries: toothpaste, handsoap, shampoo etc...
Paper Products: napkins, toilet paper, paper towels...
Min $40 for perishables
Homebaking is a really nice touch:)
Gifts for the children. Please mark with age and gender of child
Couple with 1 male roommate and 3 boys: 12, 15, 17 years. (#36)
Couple with 1 by: 11 years. (#191)
Thank you for joining us in Sharing the Christmas Spirit!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I went for a great ride with Lene on Saturday out in Cumberland. We hit all the classic lower XC trails and then added a little climb up across Sykes bridge and over to the Allan Lake trails for a fantastic 'hammer' ride. On the homestretch while grinding through Spanker I hit a tree with my arm and realized that I was no longer wearing my arm pads...I had taken them off near the start of the ride to take off my jacket and left them on the trail! Ahhhhrrrr. So we rode up the road and hoped that they would still be there...no such luck. Cursing myself, cursing the dirty thief and praying that perhaps a kind soul had actually picked them up and turned them in to the bike shop we rode out via the oh-so classic Broncos Perseverance.
We jumped into the van and were just leaving the parking lot when I spied a walker with 2 huskies and an odd leash set up... He had my arm pads wrapped around his dog leash between the 2 dogs! I JUMPED out of the van squeeling with joy and gave the dogs big pats to thank them (and the man) for bringing out my armour. Thank you hiker man! You racked up some serious karma credit that day:) I hope someone did something nice for you too:) Yippee ... lucky me!
On Sunday, today, (after a LATE Saturday night reminiscing with friends Cathy and Pete about our visit to Nicaragua last year **see footnote: rum**) I met up with my Rat buddies at Nymph for a fantastic 3.5 hour fall ride: Up Forbidden...down 2 Sheiks...Cabin Fever...Dirty Jane...back up Plunge...down Johns Trail...Cable Hill...Cliffe Ave...then through the mess of lower XC trails and home via the Bears Bait...phew! It was SUPER warm ... crazy for mid November! I had my new winter booties and winter gloves and was way overdressed (so nice ). I had a great ride for some reason...riding quite a few 'firsts' down steeps...over big logs and across skinny's. I think it is my new 'magic boots'. Well, I look like freakin Peter Pan when I wear them so there you go!
This afternoon I got to work on my Christmas baking and filled the house with the smell of chocolate gingerbread- all natural goodness! I am going on a family vacation on December 13th (think the Griswold's Mexican Christmas Cruise Vacation) so I need to get a head start...only 3 more baking weekends! Those who know me know that I love to bake and share homemade goodies with natural, fresh ingredients. I am a firm believer in Moderation...not deprivation... so go on...!
I am stoked for more riding this week (I would ride everyday if I could) and have started thinking about adding some bike races to my 2009 calendar as a way to challenge and push my riding. We shall see...this week I plan to plan my 2009 calendar...and I would love to do something new...stay tuned!
Friday, November 14, 2008
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Bicep Curls on the ball...
And, at last, it is stretch time...
After Kim wrapped up Pre-Natal Fitness, it was time for her to do the 'Injury Prevention Chat' for our Womens Learn to Run group. Rae Walsh and her participants had the opportunity to check out the physio clinic and ask Kim their injury prevention/treatment questions. After the chat, Rae and leader Alma led the crew through a great Comox run!
Learn to Run participants ready to rock!
Have a great week!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Change is a word that frightens some and excites others. The more frequently we experience change the less anxiety we seem to have about it.
Change causes a stress response in the human body- be it good or bad.
Change can be a great thing. Change takes us to a new reality and with that our human experience expands and we grow...and grow...and grow...
You can only learn so much in one place. The more
that you wait...the more time that you waste. - From a song on my
I grew up in a life full of change. I moved more than 20 times before I graduated from high school and making new school friends every few months was fine by me- it was my reality. Change is nothing new to me and I have always found it exciting and one of life's great adventures.
But as I get older I find that change comes less often in life...and the less we experience it the less we are comfortable with it and open to it. I see now that change is actually an important part of life- one that ensures our continued growth through successes and failures alike.
Change. Try something new. Step out of the 'box'. Get out of your 'comfort zone'. Whatever you call it...do it.
You might be scared of failure..you probably have a fear of the unknown. But you will laugh about those fears one day...once you have overcome them and reached a new plateau...climbed a new peak...crossed a new valley...or...??? Step out. Cause man...you just never know.
Thanks for listening to my deep thoughts for the day. I don't really know where that came from but what the hell!
Happy Sunny November 5th day!