Friday, January 06, 2023

Raising Ski Babies

Raising ski babies has been an incredible amount of work but rewarding. Especially when they are grown, can put on their own gear, will ski with us (or not) and everyone is happy. Sophie heads back to university soon, so it was great to do something together today in the mountains.

It was a beautiful day!

Wednesday, December 21, 2022


 It's minus 22 degrees Celcius today. We've been in a deep freeze for several days. I told myself if I only ran for 20 minutes today that would be enough.  I need physical activity for my mental health in such a big way.

Running in freezing cold weather, if dressed appropriately, can be done.  With the exception of my hands being cold in my gloves, it wasn't horrible.  Not exactly enjoyable, but not terrible either.  I'm off work for the next 10 days or so, and this is my first official full day off.  It's already making me a bit stir crazy so it was good to get out no matter the weather. 

Sunday, December 04, 2022

Ski Day

With Sophie at UBCO, she has her own season's pass to Big White.  So, it's just the three of us skiing at Silver Star this season.  The mountain opened up in late November this year, which was the earliest we have ever skied. 

Conditions have been great, and today it was a bit chilly at around minus 13, but the snow conditions were perfect.  We stuck to Silver Woods where the crowds were fewer and lift lines short.

Sunday, March 27, 2022

5 weeks out to the BMO Vancouver Marathon

 Training has been going quite well apart from a 4 day break from running last week due to my left Achilles acting up.  I gave it rest and Ibuprofen and it seems to have settled back down.  

We also drove up to Silver Star today to clean our gear out of our locker.  The season is over and time to think about spring :)

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

A Silver Star mini vacation

 For the second year in a row, we booked a few nights at Silver Star in the Snowbird Lodge.  We love the idea of not having to rush around and drive up in the morning to ski. The freedom of waking up and deciding when we want to go out and start skiing when we want to come in for lunch, and going out after lunch when we are all warm and fed can't be beaten.  Vic and I also purchased new ski poles (very exciting).  Our old poles were over 30 years old.  We do get our money's worth.

Here are a few pics:

Monday, July 19, 2021

Dirty Feet - Trail Run 5km

 So much fun doing this little 5km trail run.  Good to experience a real race again after so much COVID-19 lock down closures/race cancellations. 

My first trail run, Fynn's first run - period.  He just just started running about about 3 weeks ago with him and I thought a little race would be good motivation.

He had some moments during the race (wanting to quit), but he didn't and I am so proud of him.  We are signed up for the next Dirty Feet 5km in Vernon at Predator Ridge in October!

Our times:

 Vic 32:14.9
Me: 34:57.5
Fynn: 41:48.8

Monday, March 22, 2021

Vancouver - Spring Break 2021

 It's been awhile, but here is what we have been up to:

1. School and work.  Sophie is only doing school 2-3 days a week due to the pandemic, while Fynn goes full time.  Still mandatory masks at work and in businesses.

2. Lots of running and CrossFit.  The Open 2021 is on right now. We have completed 2 of the 3 workouts, with the next one coming up this Friday.  I can say that I have double unders finally in decent shape and I can grind out about 3 ring dips unassisted.  Ring dips haven't appeared in a workout yet!  I run about 4 mornings a week with Joedine, Lindsay, Joanna and Christina. I love it. It's hard getting up at 5am, but it has been a real game changer. I am running about 100 km per month, something I never would have imagined I could do years ago.  I also did a long trail run on the weekend with Sophie and some of the early morning run crew.

3. Fynn has officially finished minor hockey for the season, but he is still in hockey as part of his school programming.

4. We took a much needed mini vacation to Vancouver. Staying at the Westin Bayshore.  Mom and Dad have their vaccines (first dose) so it will be good to see them at Easter in a couple of week.