Cycling

Crash Mclaren!

Today was a beautiful spring day, but the store needed to be opened so we debated between running in or taking our bikes. Well, we really need the seat time so we met at the trailhead on our bikes and headed in. Did I mention it was a beautiful day?

Along the trail we met George Biondic, the ultimate ultra runner and congratulated him on his new Canadian Record, over 900k in 10 days! What an accomplishment!

We rode along, dodging downed trees from yesterday’s wind storm and rode up to the trailhead at Timothy Street. It was the first day of the farmers market and it was kind of busy in that area of town. Glenis was ahead of me and disappeared around the corner. The next think I know, she is on the ground! Crashed! Dare I say – again! (Last year riding the trail she crashed and broke her toes.) She rode up to the trailhead and hesitated a minute too soon on where to go next, off the curb or a sharp right on the walk way. That little hesitation crashed her into a huge railroad crossing pole!

People came running! Oh boy, from all directions, almost cleared out the farmer’s market! Her hands were a bit of a mess and she rang her bell, but up she got. I grabbed both bikes and we wandered to the store. We had a look and realized she needed more first aid than was at hand so off she went to emerge.

She’s always smiling. (Wait until she tries to knit!) Broken hand and cuts. I did mention she better get a waterproof cast! Storm the Trent is only few weeks away!

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Summer Evening Ride

I love riding my bike. We don’t do enough riding. This evening was a perfect summer evening. That sent of summer was in the air, that gentle air that is so light. Perfect for a ride.

The grain harvest is happening, and the soya beans are growing.

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Iditarod Trail Invitational

Right now the Iditarod Trail Invitational is going on in Alaska. No I don’t mean the famous dog sled race (although that is going on now too). I’m talking about the Trail invitational that involves people on foot, skis and bike, running, skiing or biking 130, 350 or 1000 mile across the Alaskan wildness.

The 1000 mile race runs from Knik Lake outside of Anchorage to Nome Alaska. For the most part this race follows the Iditarod Trail, the same one that dogs will use but these people head out before the dogs start (in some cases the dogs will pass them by). Fully self-supported; these cyclists and walkers can expect to spend up to a month riding or walking in the wilderness. I can’t imagine sleeping outside in the Alaskan wilderness by myself in a bevy sack on the side on a trail at 40 below but that is what these participants will do if they have to. Tough people these racers.

Iditerod map with Spot tracking of particilants

Iditarod map with Spot tracking of participants.

I’m following Jill Homer, a young endurance athlete/writer who is riding a fat bike in the 1000 mile race. She is the only women in the 1000 mile bike race. I’m so excited because she is almost done! She has made it down the Yukon River and across the sea ice, and now is only about 100 miles from Nome!

Jill Homer Facebook image by JJ Weizel. Check out that bike!

Jill Homer Facebook image by JJ Weizel. Check out that bike!

I’ve followed Jill for a few years in all her exploits ever since I read her first book Be Brave, Be Strong: A Journey Across the Great Divide, an inspiring story of her race in The Tour Divide – 2745 miles from Banff Alberta to Antelope Wells New Mexico (where she broke the women’s time record). I didn’t even know these types of ultra-endurance races existed. It isn’t a bad thing for me to find out about these event now because if I was younger I would probably want to do one dragging Glenis with me – Go Blister Sisters!

I’ve thought of Jill and her stories a few time when I find the going tough in a run. Her strength through adversity reminds me that nothing I do is that hard. I can’t wait for her next book.

 

Just a quick update. Jill finished 937 miles in just over 17 days, a women’s course record! We are so impressed! Yeah Jill!

 

Check out Jill Homer’s blog Jill Outside!

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