So back on May 31st I turned the BIG 40 and my amazing family surprised me with a fabulous trip to Kona, Hawaii. But not just to sit on the beach and relax, no that would be too easy. I learned that, not only were we going to Hawaii, but also that I would be racing the Hawaii 70.3 Sweet! Needless to say, Hawaii is pretty hot compared to Vancouver, BC. The swim was a magical non wetsuit swim, the bike was windy and hilly like you hear about and the run was hot and humid. All in all, an wonderful trip and an awesome surprise.
After my minor breakdown at work on Friday, I set off on Saturday for Sechelt. I have run the April Fool's Half Marathon two times and this was my third time. It never fails to be hilly and hard. Sunday morning I started off at in Gibsons ready to run to Mission Point Park. I took it very conservatively knowing that I would be adding another 15kms on at the end of the 'race'. I crossed the finish line, collected my medal, filled my water bottles, ate a piece of bagel and a bite of banana and kept running west. I do not recommend running your longest run before a marathon in Sechelt if you are not used to hills. That place is full of 12-15% grades both up and down. At the end of the day, I ran from 9:17am - 2pm with a few quick breaks to refill bottles, eat gels and take few rocks out of my shoes. After a shower and some real food, I was back on the ferry to North Vancouver. Reward: White Spot Legendary Burger combo with cheese and a Coke.