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And Finally, an Update!






My last post was in mid August and I have been pretty busy since then. Here is a brief summary of what I have been up to...

August 23 - family trip to Penticton to watch the SAA folks participate in Ironman Canada 2008.

August 25 - caught the Ironman fever and signed up for Ironman Canada 2009.

September 1 - participated in the Vancouver Triathlon for the 5th year in a row. Olympic Distance 3.04:25. I took 15 minutes off my time from last year! The water (as always) was exceptionally cold making T1 challenging. After tripping up the beach slightly disoriented from the cold water, getting out of my wetsuit and into my biking gear was slower than I had expected. A far cry from the super fast sock, sock, shoe, shoe, helmet, glasses, go mantra I practiced (thanks The Age Group for the tip). My bike was great. Used my new Orbea for the first time in a race. :-) T2 was better but my feet were still completely numb from the ankle down. This situation did not improve until 5kms into the run. I had almost forgotten I had feet. LOL. The finish line photo above cracks me up. My son ran me in with about 500m to go. He is actually a lot closer behind me that it looks in the photo and is yelling at me to 'run faster Mom!". Great end to a very focus and motivated season of triathlon.


September 12 - 27 - off to China for a family vacation. This was our first trip to China but not our last. It was an amazing and crazy place. Having never travelled outside of North America, it was a huge culture shock in the most inspiring way.

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Jamie said…
Congrats on signing up for Ironman Canada and welcome back to blog land!

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Fun

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