Hard Days

Some days are harder than others.  Tough days at work, challenging workouts or lack of motivation.  Some hard days put others in perspective.  Be thankful you are still alive to experience those hard days.

Rest In Peace Amy Lee May 10, 1935 - March 18, 2018


Two years ago after I herniated a disc in my lower back, my recovery activity was swimming.  Once the initial pain had subsided (about 8 weeks after the initial injury) I started walking and then swimming.   
In 2016, I swam 80,000 metres and completed three open water swim events.  By the end of the year, I was given the OK to start running again so I cut back on my swimming.
In 2017, I decided to train for a June marathon and my swimming completely fell off the radar.  For the whole year, I swam once for a total of 2200 metres.
With Escape from Alcatraz on the race calendar, I have returned to the water.  I have only been back for 3 sessions now.  The longest one was today 2400 metres in 51:47 (2:09/100m).  
Looks like I have some work to do if I am going to make that 1 hour swim cut off in Alcatraz.
I feel more focused swimming will be in my immediate future.  

Big Goals and Bucket List

2018 The Year of Big Goals and the Bucket List

April 28, 2018               Revel Mt Charleston Marathon June 3, 2018                 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon September 16, 2018      Light at the End of the Tunnel Marathon November 4, 2018         TCS New York Marathon
Three themes for 2018 1. Adventure 2. Creativity 3. Self Care
1 Year Goals:  See above 5 Year Goals:  Qualify and run Boston Marathon and complete Challenge Roth


In early February, I bought a season's pass to Grouse Mountain.  I have owned a pass in the past but not in for a few years.  My main goal was to get up on Monday and/or Wednesday nights for the Social Snowshoe.  90 minutes snowshoeing up the Snowshoe Grind and over the back side of Dam Mountain.  Headlamps required.

Full Moon

Fellow Snowshoers
View of Vancouver
Yes, these are terrible photos.  I only took photos this one time.  I realized that the iPhone will not take good photos in these conditions and you miss the actual moment trying to get a good photo.
In addition to Grouse, I have been up to Cypress Mountain Nordic area two times this season
First trip to Cypress
Our friend The Raven

Map of the snowshoe trails
Happy hikers today
Happy hikers today


Not too long ago, I was still pretty bitter about my back injury.  I tried not to talk about and just suck it up.  After all, my sadness was about not being able to compete at Challenge Roth.  I was not diagnosed with a terminal illness.  Get over it!

This week I experienced what I would consider progress.  I found myself liking photos on Facebook of friends in California at a triathlon camp and REALLY feeling happy for them.  Not cursing under my breath and feeling fake happy but REALLY happy.

Then on Thursday, a coworker asked if I would ever do another Iron distance race and I said YES!  Emphatically, without hesitation, YES.  

Physically, I am still making progress, no set backs to speak of.  I am still taking it easier that I would have in years past.  This approach is currently working.  I am enjoying my workouts and enjoy having goals again.  

I have been keeping consistent with my training.  My favourite things right now is my spin class on Thursday nights and swimming on Wednesda…

Welcome 2016!

Welcome 2016!  

What a year 2015 was.  I am SO VERY happy it it is OVER!

My body gave me a forced break in May when a disc in my lower back (between L5/S1) decided to make itself known by putting pressure on my S1 nerve.  The timing was bad.  8 weeks before Challenge Roth.  This injury not only took me out of sport, it took me out of my daily life.  2 weeks off work, unable to move or be still without pain.  If you have had this type of injury, you know what I am talking about.  

This disc injury was the final straw in a year of health issues that really made me evaluate my participation in sport, my job and life in general.  

Although I was not able to participate in Challenge Roth, I was well enough to travel and to Germany and follow my good friends around the course.  Seeing them finish in the stadium was both very inspiring and sad for me.  I was so happy to see them accomplish their goals and so very sad for myself not to be out there with them.

2016 will see the end of my pity party…

One Step Forward - A Few Steps Back

2015 is proving to be a weird and wonderful year so far.  

The week before Christmas, I managed to jam my right pointer finger, damaging the tendons.  The condition is call Mallet Finger.  Look it up if you are interested.  

The treatment for Mallet Finger includes mobilizing the affected joint for 8 weeks.  

If you haven't realized how important your fingers are, try wearing this for 8 weeks.  It makes typing, opening boxes, turning keys in locks and using your iPhone a little more difficult than usual.  

The good thing is it is was not painful.

After wearing this for a few weeks, a running buddy was kind enough to knit me a finger warmer.  Because the splint is made from plastic, it made my finger quite cold.  

The finger cozy got more attention then the splint did so I had to limit its use to running outside.

As time went by, I started to have fun with the splint after a friend mentioned it looked like a hat.

Two weeks ago, I was given the OK to start taking the splint off for 1 hour p…