Day 2/150 – June morning ride.

Friday morning, the end to a long week. One more day to work for me, Glennie gets to lounge around today. Off we go into the woods on our bikes. Really the first time on the trials for us other than riding the “urban” trail that takes us into town.

Green!

When we came out of the bush we interrupted a flock of turkey vultures. Glenis counted 15 of them. All hanging around in the trees, spreading their wings to warm up while they waited for us to leave. It’s garbage day and they were waiting to swoop down for breakfast!

Count them – 8 turkey vultures sitting in a tree!

So nice! Until that rock crashed into Glennie’s knee…. The first boo- boo of the season!

Still, it was a pretty awesome Friday morning in June! I wonder if she will ride again. HAHA, of course she will! On to day 3 of 150!

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Our plan to celebrate Canada’s 150 Birthday!

We’ve kind of let this little blog lag. Life has gotten in the way big time. So today we decided to commit to celebrate Canada’s 150 birthday by posting 150 cool, fun, and downright silly thing we get do every day!

Day 1/150

June 1st, and it’s a beautiful morning. We have waited so long for sunshine and blue sky. It’s been such a rainy spring, the river is still running high. It’s so nice to run by the river, the sound of the water over the rocks mixed with the songs of the bird’s make you want to play hooky from work! We love our mornings running the trails. Running the river fits right in there as a cool, fun thing!

It was a good morning to do some Blister Sister planning. We have planned a few fun things to get into this year. It’s going to a good season!

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The Come Back

Returning from an injury can be daunting. Some days are good and some days aren’t. I’ve been back running, or trying too for about two months now. Some days I feel great and other days not so great. I’m determined though to try to keep up with my sister! Today’s run took us along our favourite road. The sap buckets were out, spring and a new beginning are happening now! 

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Early spring sun! 

Out and about this morning to run at one of our local trails. We knew the temperature was going to warm up today, so we headed out early before the trails got too soft. 


The footing was perfect, the view was stunning with all the snow we have had in the last week or so but the sky, blue and clear, the photos don’t do it justice. 


If you have the time go out at look, spring is just around the bend! 

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Why not snowshoe before work?

We were really luck the last few days to get a dump of snow. So this morning before work we headed out for a little snowshoeing. It’s a lot of fun and it’s a work out too. You can really feel it in your hips and glutes. The valley looked so peaceful covered with snow as we stomped along. We cut a trail along the river.  The river isn’t frozen over now, too many above freezing days, so the ducks were still there, I can’t figure out why their feet don’t freeze in the water but that’s for another post.

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I’ve been snowshoeing off and on for a long time. I still have the first pair of snowshoes I bought when I was a kid on the farm from the local feed store. They are the older wooden kind with a tail and the cat-gut webbing. I bought them so I could check on the fence around the field my horses were in. Working snowshoes.

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Now we have the light-weight aluminum and nylon snowshoes. They have comfortable bindings and are light enough that we can run in them (although they aren’t made for running). No more special snowshoe shoes, we just use our trail runners and gaiters.

Snowshoes go back a long way. Historians don’t know the exact age of snowshoes but they believe they were invented 4000 to 6000 years ago. They say that North America wouldn’t have been populated without the snowshoe.  Wikipedia had a pretty good write up about the history of the snowshoe. Did you know that snowshoes are a Canadian Icon ? If it weren’t for snowshoes the fur trade might not have happened back when the Hudson Bay Company was in that business.

There are lots of different types of snowshoes depending on the terrain you are in and what exactly you want to do with them like running or back country hiking. Choosing a snowshoe can be as easy as going to your local sports store, farm store or Costco but a little knowledge goes a long way, check out Backcountry’s website.

Snowshoes are getting more technical too,  Fimbulvetr, a Norwegian company has some pretty cool technical snowshoes. They made the Outside (online) 2016 Winter Buyer’s Guide.

We are not in this group!

We are not in this group!

Have fun snowshoeing!

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A Friday Moment

I really enjoy running along the river near where I live. I am fortunate that I can get out there before work. It’s my awe time. It reminds me that there is a whole other world out there that I miss when I don’t get out an go for a run.

The trail was crazy icy under the fluff of snow that was falling so it turned into a death defying toddle but that gave me lots of time to take photos and just listen to the river.

Just take a moment and listen to the river…

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Winter morning run

Hard to believe it’s the middle of January already! Winter is here and the trails are great even after a few thaws.

The Blister Sister

The Blister Sister

We ventured on to the trails at Ravenshoe this morning and had a great time. The fat bikes have been out so the trails were smooth and it was cold enough that the snow was set and we didn’t do any damage running on them . It was a little icy in patches but our screw shoes kept us upright! We always have a laugh at Ravenshoe, you never know what your going to find in that little wood lot!

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Good-bye 2016

The last day of 2016. It’s been quite the year for the sisters. Injuries, and family time commitments pulled us out from training for any particular event. We did managed to do a few volunteer days this summers between our amazing travels. Oh yes and there was that wonderful girlfriend trip to do a little mountain climbing in the Adirondacks. That was pretty special.
So now we are planning for the new year, no more injuries! That’s our team resolution. Let’s get on with the fun! We wish everyone a very happy and healthy new year!


To kick start training we buckled on the snowshoes and went out for a few hours of fun. If you have to live with a snowy winter, you might as will get out and enjoy it, right?!

Have a look at this video I filmed today. I had to chuckle at me trying to tell Glenis how to get over the stream. I crunched down over the ice and crawled up the other side. She had a different approach!

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‘Tis the Season!

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Rockstar 2016!

We had a great time this weekend volunteering at the Rockstar Adventure Race. Injuries and family commitments prevented us from participating at the race but didn’t stop us from volunteering. We had a great time, volunteering lets us feel involved and connected with the race.

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Storm Racing out did themselves this year. There were a few technical difficulties, including a devastating fire at Bark Lake just weeks before the race but I’m sure the racers didn’t notice a thing.

Our job this year was to man the swim area where racers jumped into about 8 feet of murky, fishy water looking for a silver CD. Some racers just loved jumping in the water and others not so much.

This year there was a family category. It was great seeing all the kids out trying an adventure race. This race wasn’t easy and although not everyone walks away with a medal, all the participants are winners.

 

Check out the video below!

We had an amazing day with two of Bark Lakes finest lifeguards, Laura and Elana. There were the best, professional and fun!

Perfect summer weather (for sitting on the dock in the sun) great racers and the sisters together, we couldn’t have asked for a nicer weekend!

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