Thursday, August 26, 2010

Goodbye Old Friend

It is better to have loved and lost then to never have loved at all.

Goodbye old friend.

Peace be with you.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Human Wheels

Human Wheels...spin round and round...

Since my last posting I have been busy playing around on my human wheels. Hiking, running, biking and dancing my way around the Comox Valley. Good times, good friends:)

Here are some pics of where my 'wheels' have taken me lately...

Biking with Rat Buddies in the Forbidden Trails...

Hiking Mt. Becher...I have been up there 6 times this year already!

Dancing in the teepee Chai Tent at The BIG Time Out in Cumberland with friends:)

Running up and down Becher...again...cause I just can't get enough of the view up there...

Hiking all over the Valley with my Tuesday night ELM Women Hiking Clinic crew...

Do you know where this is????

How about this?
Or this?
Hiking with my inspiring Peru Crew...just over 1 week until we meet in Peru!
Running...and relaxing(????) with my ELM Leaders on our scouting runs for Adventure Running...
There are so many amazing places to play in this Valley...

Thank you for a wonderful summer my friends!

Friday, August 13, 2010


Hola Amigos!

BIG things are in the worx this month and the 'change' is in the air. You know how I know? Three clues:


CRICKETS - oh my.

DEW - yeesh.

That can only mean one thing... but I won't say it out loud...


I have been doing some BIG THINGS.

I will spare you the details of the ELM staff party last friday- but let's just say there were poles involved and I have some BIG BRUISES from the 'fitness' class.

BIG treks/runs with my BIG daypack to get my body tuned up for the BIG trip.

Liz and I scampered up the Boston Ridge Trail last the middle of a cloud...we were completely absolutely entirely soaked through and through. Lovely August day trampling through wet wild blueberries covering a non-existent trail. SO FUN! But we will have to return for a view...

Thumbs up...I think! WET but HAPPY at the top of Mt. Becher after scrambling up the alternate Boston Ridge Route.

I have NEVER seen Liz tired!! BUT HERE IS PROOF - she IS human afterall!

Gorillas in the mist...apparently the views are quite nice...

Nice signage!

There are BIG Things in my garden.
We went to Kelowna on the long weekend and when we came home something insane had happened in our garden...the zucchini's had exploded! WOAH! Grilled zucchini, chocolate zucchini muffins, and pizza loaded with zucchini have been on the menu...


With only 3 weeks to go until the BIG adventure in Peru, it is time to tackle the longest and most frequent hikes of the training program. Volume is UP.
Last Saturday we had our final group training hike up at Mt Washington- heading out to Cruickshank Canyon in our boots and gear. IT RAINED. What seemed like a bummer was actually a blessing as the hikers had a chance to battle the elements and try out their wet weather gear before the real deal next month.
Everyone did amazing. I was so happy to see how strong everyone looked! Their training has paid off and in a few weeks they will get to reap the rewards of their hard work...happy hikers on their 7 day trek in the mountains of Peru!

At the Ranger cabin...

Crossing the creek at Lake Beautiful...

Nice view at our lunch break! LOL...


This weekend brings more BIG adventures for me and all things ELM...
Saturday AM I will be doing a BIG trek once again in the hills above Cumberland this time- with Liz.
Saturday PM I am teaching MOMAR 101 in Cumberland - there is still one spot available if you want to register! This is your chance to learn all of the tricks of the trade as I spill all of my Adventure Racing secrets and give you the upper hand for your next MOMAR!
Saturday PM I will be found bouncing to the house beats in the Teepee tent at the Big Tiime Out in Cumberland! I just snagged a day pass from the good men at SURE Copies- sponsors of the BTO- THANKS SO MUCH!
Sunday AM I will be heading up up up once again for another 4-5hour run/trek with my mountain goat bud Liz...
Sunday PM I will get a rare and special visit from my family who are coming up from Vic to the wilds of Courtenay!
Have a wonderful weekend!



Clinic registration deadline this coming Monday, August 16th! Build from the half clinic to running the Royal Victoria Marathon on October 10th! We need 3 more peeps to get this clinic off the ground so be sure to register sooooon!


Ready to go LONG?? If you are comfortable with the half marathon distance then you are ready to train to race in the Victoria Full Marathon with ELM this fall!

This clinic will focus on going for the long haul with programs for novice and experienced marathon runners- building from 21kms and leading up to the Victoria Marathon in October.

Participants will learn marathon training techniques, fine tune form, build strength and increase stamina to reach their goal race times in Victoria.

Next Session:
Time: Sundays 8:00am
Dates: Full Marathon Training August 22nd-October 3rd
Location of classes : Various Routes in the Comox Valley area.
Prerequisite: Ability to run 21k before beginning clinic.
Marathon Training 7-weeks
Cost: ELM Members: $80 Non Members: $90