Posts Tagged With: Greatful

We’re Back!

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!

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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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#Toronto2015 Pan Am Torch Relay

Pan Am Torch Relay

I’ve have been fortunate in that I was chosen to run in the Pan Am Torch Relay.

Starting May 30 and running through to July 10th, about 3000 participants will move the torch though more than 130 communities. The flame will be lit in Teotihuacan, Mexico and travel by 60+ modes of transportation, least of all by me.

 

Pam Am Torch - Fast Facts

Pam Am Torch – Fast Facts

Now I always thought that torch bearing meant running miles or kilometers along a dreary highway until you see the next lonely long distant torch bearer. Ah Ha! Not so! I am running a mere 240 meters up the only hill in my little town. To top it off I will be dropped off by bus there even though my starting point is only a kilometer from my home! Too funny! I guess I just have to hill train to pull this one off!

After I finished chuckling at the absurdity of it, I started to think why I volunteered to do it.

This is my only chance to be a part of an international athletic event of this caliber. Never in my wildest dreams would I ever be good enough to compete with these amazing athletes who will be competing in the Pan Am games. This is my chance to shine!

240 meters up a hill, and I will give it my all!

Torch Fact Sheet

Torch Fact Sheet

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#Happydays – Frostbite!

It’s been crazy cold lately, almost too cold to run. Almost but not quite. Running in -22C (-7F) requires some precautions before you set out. Even though you think you are prepared things can happen. Just look at my sister’s Frost Nipped ear! Those dangly earrings will conduct cold quiet easily when it’s -22C. When we ran the next day she took the precaution of slipping on a pair of ear bags to protect her damaged ear lobe.

Frostbit is something that can happen to anyone out in the extreme cold, not just arctic explorers. People in more temperate climates can get it too when the temperature plunges and the wind whips up.

If you skin pales or turns red, gets is very cold, hard or waxy looking you just might have frostbite. You don’t have to have all these symptoms to succumb to frost nip, a milder form of frostbite.

There are three degrees of frostbite. Frostnip is a mild form and usually affects your face, ears or finger tips and toes. Superficial frostbite is more serious and affects the outer layer of your skin. Deep frostbite is when the underlying tissues freeze and can cause permanent damage.

You want to be careful when you warm skin that you suspect has been frostbitten. Warm water is the safest way. There is a lot of information on the web on how to treat frostbite. Although if I thought it was serious I would just head to medical clinic. I do know there are things you shouldn’t do like rub or massage frostbitten skin or break any blisters that form.

We had a little chuck about the close call we had with frostbite and took extra precautions running the next day. Our run in the forest was in beautiful bright sunshine and we were out of the wind. Hopefully now that March had arrived we will be putting that nasty frigid cold behind us and we can get on with our training in some more traditional March weather, LOL

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Rememberance Day Thoughts

There are so many things we could say about Remembrance Day but to honor our parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and friends who served we will just be silent and remember their sacrifice.

Poppies blowing in the ditch.

Poppies blowing in the ditch.

In Flanders Fields

by John McCrae, May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

During the early days of the Second Battle of Ypres a young Canadian artillery officer, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, was killed on 2nd May, 1915 in the gun positions near Ypres. An exploding German artillery shell landed near him. He was serving in the same Canadian artillery unit as a friend of his, the Canadian military doctor and artillery commander Major John McCrae.

As the brigade doctor, John McCrae was asked to conduct the burial service for Alexis because the chaplain had been called away somewhere else on duty that evening. It is believed that later that evening, after the burial, John began the draft for his now famous poem “In Flanders Fields”.  www.greatwar.co.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Flanders_Fields

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