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!
A little mud, a few hills and a lot of fun! The Sisters joined in on the fun and participated in Don’t Get Losts Raid the Rib on Sunday. The event was held on the Niagara escarpment down near Niagara-on-the-Lake based out of Niagara College, a perfect venue for this event.
Course is mapped out and we are ready to go!
This was the first time we were able to participate as a team of two in a Raid. That meant we only had to look after one another throughout the run.
Maps in hand and compasses security tucked away in our packs off we went. This year there were 4 controls you could find in any order that were not worth points called the spine and a number of ribs off the spine that were full of points to find. We planned our route and stuck to it. Picking off the spine controls along with some of the ribs.
Screaming Tunnel, and mud!
It sounds easy but we were running up and down the escarpment, through mud (lots of mud), rocks, boulders and brush. Up and down cliffs and through more than a few streams that flow off the escarpment. It was a blast! We found every control we had planned to find and even the bonus controls.
Looking for the control
After scrapping off the mud we enjoyed the barbecue and salads and Glenis even won some of the draw prizes! A great day! Bring on the next event – Storm the Trent!
Listening to last minute instructions and the Winner is! (of the draw prize)
Last year was a bit of a bust for the Sisters but we are recovered, home, healthy and ready to go this year.
We’ve been planning our season and our training for this year. We are excited to get started with Raid the Rib in two weeks down near Niagara on the Lake.
Now that the weather has finally decided to cooperated we got some miles in on the bike today!
After a summer of vacations and injury we finally got out for an adventure run at the Peak to Peak. It was Glenis’s first run after her little bike accident which landed her foot in a boot! She did great, I might have to stomp on her other foot to slow her down (just joking).
We were pretty proud of ourselves, hitting all our planned CP’s until we came to the last one and I realized I had lost my SportIdent (my timer). I know I had it at CP84 but bushwhacking through thick brambles must have ripped it from my finger and it was gone when we arrived at CP 85! We even retraced our steps, or tried to, all the way back to CP 84. Standing at the control, neither of us could remember the exact way we had chosen to bushwhacked our way towards the next CP. With all the leaves on the ground, it was like looking for that needle in a haystack!
A not so nice way to finish but we felt pretty darn good with our navigation and our first run event in months!
Yay! We are back racing! Well that’s is debatable, racing that is, but the Sisters ran the Iroquois Trail Test today! Beautiful day, challenging course, lots of heart pumping fun. we even had an awesome guest with us, Cecilia! The three of us rock the course, and yes there were tons of rocks, and hills and more rocks, a true Test! Yay for us!
Thanks for remembering to take this photo, Cecilia!
Last Saturday was the Pride Parade in town! Glenis had a prime spectator seat as it wound by the store. She said the parade was great, the crowds so deep along the side walk that she took a ladder out to sit on top of it so she could see and take these great pictures!
What every gal needs is a time to hang out with her running friends, which usually are her best friends! We had a wonder 23 hours with our closest running friends. The four of us got together during our marathons days years ago, so it was great to get together to reminisce, catch up with each other and to plan another adventure.
The last adventure we had was a little mountain climbing last year in the Adirondacks. After a lot of laughter this years plans are well under way for another great adventure.
A little hiking, a lot of laughing, love these girls!
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!
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!
One lost pair of glasses hooked on this tree deserved a few friends!
Off she goes!
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!
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
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!
Glenis finds friends everywhere!
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.
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!