Thursday, July 30, 2009
Don't ask what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you
come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. ~ Harold Whitman
Monday, July 27, 2009
A great time was had by all at this weekends Orienteering event at Nymph Falls Park! Close to 50 orienteers, including 20 summer cadets, completed the event which included 3 courses for different abilities.
It was the hottest day of the year so far, but luckily the park offered plenty of shade and the Puntledge river was open for a post course soak:). Finishers enjoyed refreshing watermelon and cookies while they cooled off in the shade and the river after sweating it out on the course.
There were a few critter encounters on the course : Mr. Bear decided to eat his fish right beside a control point ... and those darn Nymph falls wasps/bees were out to get some unlucky orienteers! Other than that, the event went off without a hitch and I was happy to be a part of it!
Draw prizes were donated by Extreme Runners and ELM and volunteers came from far and wide! A big thank you to all those who came out to support this event- non-profit, grass-roots, run by orienteers for orienteers:)
Some of my fav. pics are below. All the photos from the day can be found via the ELM Photo Gallery .
Orienteers are ready to start! There is Bryan Tasaka, MOMAR bossman, on the right. Ready to try his luck at orienteering!
Friday, July 24, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Saturday July 25th 2-3pm course starts
Leslie Dargie and I spent this morning at Nymph Falls planning out this weekends course...and it is going to be awesome! The 3 courses will take you to some beautiful spots in Nymph Falls park, along the Puntledge River and beyond...
- 1pm Instruction with moi
- 5pm course closes
- DRAW PRIZES!!
- 3 Course Levels
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Shipping is a terrible thing to do to vegetables (and fruit:). They probably get jet lagged just like people do.
- Elizabeth Berry
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
I had a fantastic weekend filled with friends, family and fun! One of my goals for the summer was to not over plan every weekend so that there would be room for freestyle ad lib adventure...and relaxing of course! I just realized that I am getting 3 weekends at home in a row this month! Here is what happens when I get a weekend at home....my weekend in pics:
FRIDAY: ELM LEADER MARTINI CHALLENGE AND BACKYARD SPA PARTAY!
A good bye cake for our superstar leader Lisa who is moving to Saudi Arabia with her family next month! A HUGE adventure awaits her...
SATURDAY: Was back up to Snowden in Campbell River for more rippin and ridin on the 25k loop...just can't get enough! A good few hour ride with friends finished with a dip in McIver Lake! ...ooooops no pics!
Friday, July 10, 2009
The weekend is here and I can't believe I haven't had time to post my Juan de Fuca blog yet...it has been a crazy busy week with the start of ELMs summer Fitness Adventures. Now that things are (relatively) under control I have had time to upload all of my pics from last weekend for you from JDF. I also shot some video so stay tuned for a little movie of our day on the trail.
The Juan de Fuca trail runs from China Beach (north of Sooke) to Botanical Beach, Port Renfrew, along the west coast of Vancouver Island. The trail is 47kms of classic west coast terrain including rocky and sandy beach sections, open cedar forest, ancient old growth timber, suspension bridges, ladders, boardwalks and countless river crossing that require descending and ascending up the other side. Although there are no long climbs, the total elevation lost/gained is over 2600m when all is said and done. That is a lot of up and down!
This first hand report is from Jim Smiley of CVRR:
"While cycling the river trails I was jumped at by a fiarly large cougar near Palm Beach that, thankfully, stopped about 2 ft. short of taking me down. It then proceeded to stalk me down the trail from about 40 or 50 meters away as I tried to back my way out of there walking my bike. When I got around a corner I jumped on my bike and rode like I've never rode before the hell out of there, looking back over my shoulder all the way.
Be very, very careful running or cycling in the Puntledge River area. Obviously this animal is not intimidated by an adult on a bicycle. Run in groups and/or bring a dog with you. Better yet, use alternate areas until this cougar is caught."
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
This weeks words of wisdom come from one of my superstar participants, Christine P, who moved to northern BC last year but still keeps in touch. Sometimes it is best to hear it from the people...
I thought I would send you a quick email to let you know how my first half
went. I absolutely LOVED it! It was fantastic!! I ended up getting a bit tired
with 6km left. Once I saw the sign for 17km I turned it back on again and
ran hard the last 4km. I am addicted!!! I am hoping to do my next on Sept.
27th in Port Coquiitlam and Oct. 11th in Kelowna.
I owe you a HUGE thank you for all your help and especially for telling me
this was not a dream and that I could easily achieve running a half!
Thanks for being such a great inspiration!!! I hope you are doing
well. I have joined your facebook group to stay up to date with what you
guys are doing. I only wish there was a business here that offers the same
things you do!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
We decided to explore the Snowden forest and were lucky enough to meet up with Kevin and Jamie - who put on the CR 50K Challenge race on September 6th. You HAVE to check out this race if you like flowy never ending single track heaven to run or ride!
They gave us a great map showing the 25k loop (the race offers single, team of 2, choose from run or ride for the 50k) and we had an absolutely stellar ride that day! You can get a copy of the Snowden trail map from the website or from Shorerunners site.
We had an AMAZING ride minus a huge gash on my shin after a freak accident when my bike went nutzo, pulled a Calvin and Hobbs and full on attacked me. Serious! I wasn't even riding it at the time! It was one nasty crush injury that left me thinking about our emergency action plan for the day cause I thought my leg was broken. But, luckily it wasn't and after the shock wore off we dragged my sorry butt back to the parking lot through another 15k of trail. It is super hard to suffer when you are riding such swwweeeet single track so all was good!
The route has a mix of everything XC has to offer...rock outcrops, lush west coast forest, winding mossy single track that goes on and on and on and lakes to cool off in! We are pumped on the trails and I will be riding that loop a few more times in the very near future...
Details are soon to be released about a new Orienteering Event in the Comox Valley on Saturday, July 25th 2:00pm start...Nymph Falls! Mark your calendars and stay tuned for details on this fun weekend!!
Monday, July 6, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Every day is Canada Day as we reap the benefits of living in the most amazing place on Earth. If you are Canadian you know what I mean. Just turn on the 6oclock news tonight if you don't get it. Nuff said.
In Celebration of Canada Day (and because I have to go to Vic to check in with the 'VeinMan' surgeon) the ELM office will be closed until Monday July 6th.
BUT You can still register for your favorite summer program all week either online or by heading down to Extreme Runners 436 5th st.
Check out the July ELM calendar to find out where your first class is next week! I am looking forward to seeing you then!!