Met up with Ased at lunch for an easy out and back along the Switch Bridge route. We had a good BS, he is taking off soon for a Hawaiian Island cruise. Having spent some time there I gave him some ideas for beaches to visit.
After work it was another easy run while T was at the Youth Centre. Met Doc C, Squinch and Diva at the Youth Centre and then we car pooled down to Spinnakers to meet up with Sylvan and Deby. We picked up Andy for a short time while out, he is back from his extended vacation. Sylvan took us on a guided tour through some great trails and back roads in Esquimalt hitting both the lowest (right down by the ocean near the boat ramp) and highest points (the peak in Cairn Park) in Esquimalt along the route. We ran thru some of the DND property by the old gun emplacements and ammo bunkers, I had no idea there were so many trails in Victoria, I ran through and saw a whole new side of Esquimalt tonight - It was a great run!
T and I stopped in at Thrifty's for a quick shop before coming home and getting dinner ready. Then it was vegg time in front of the TV.
I had no plans for the morning so laid in bed dozing for as long as I could. When I finally did get out of bed I decided to treat myself to some Molé for breakfast. I ended up running into a few friends while there and joined them at their table. After breakfast I paid a quick visit to MEC and then another stop at work to wash the car before coming home and lounging for a bit.
Packman and I had tried to organize ourselves for a run together this afternoon but it didn't work out so I ended up going for one along Dallas road, to Gonzales Beach and back with a trip out to the end of the Breakwater. I had intended to only go for 45 minutes but was feeling good so just kept on cruising. This was only the second time I have been running along Dallas since moving into James Bay, I just can't seem to fit any in during the week.
After the run I cleaned up and relaxed for a bit before heading out to hang with Turbo. We went for dinner at Sabri's and then to watch “Lady in the Water” at SilverCity.
Now the plan is to 'vegg' for awhile in front of the TV and then head to bed...
Met up with a few people at the Six Mile this morning for a car pool out to the JDF trailhead at China Beach. There was Jackal, Danimal, Lindsay P, Ludo and I. We enjoyed the ride out, Lindsay was heckling Jackal pretty hard about his driving and we all had some good laughs.
We made it to the trailhead just before 9 and after some quick bathroom breaks we started our run. We set a easy pace and after 2km made it down to Mystic Beach in about 20 minutes. We went across the beach quickly, passing a huge dead seal, and got back onto the trail. It was another 6km to Bear Beach where we stopped and took a refuel break. Continued on after the break slowly making our way down the rocky beach, it took us 30 minutes to get across the beach and back onto the coastal trail. We decided to push on to the 12km marker and make that our turn around point and we made it there in about 2 hours and 20 minutes. The trail got pretty difficult just after Bear Beach, lots of climbs and descents. After turning around it was straight back, got a bit of a break as we hit Bear Beach again and had to slow down to cross the rocky stuff. We finished strong and when we got back to the van got to enjoy some watermelon and a Stella (Big thanks to Jackal!!!) before heading back towards town. We enjoyed a late lunch at the Six Mile, and another Stella, before it was time to get on with our days.
I had a wonderful day with some great company! Here are a few pictures from the run:
Jackal took some great pictures too, take a look at them here.
Came home after and got cleaned up and then wandered up to Thriftys to grab something for dinner and with a stop at the video store on the way home have set myself up for a relaxing evening at home – a couple of movies and a big bag of “Cracker Jacks”
Other than the walk I went out for at lunch today there has not been much activity...
Spent part of the evening catching up with Lisa L who just got back to the Island from London. We had dinner and then I gave her a lift to her parents place in Mill Bay.
It is an early morning tomorrow, need to meet the “bus” at the Six Mile at 7:30 for the trip out to China Beach. Planning on a 4+ hour run on the Juan De Fuca Trail, will be a blast!! I just finished getting all my goodies ready so now it's off to bed!
Ran to the Marina at lunch, a good steady pace the whole way. No other training today, was feeling quite fatigued by the end of the day so decided to skip the double and take tomorrow as a rest day as well. Have plans for a long run on Saturday and then possibly another longish one on Sunday.
T's paintball went well today. She was very excited about it. When I picked her up from the Youth Centre tonight, she was talking so fast I couldn't understand a thing she was saying – it was hilarious!
Made it out at lunch for a great run to the Breakwater. Cruising through downtown was a blast, got the usual couple of honks for blowing the lights and a yell or two to get off the road (the sidewalks were far too busy to run on).
This evening was spent at Ali's place for her B-day BBQ. Ate some good food, played some bocce (with a spoiled hard boiled egg no less) and hung with some friends. They were planning on having a backyard drive-in night with a movie projector and big sheet. T and I left before that got started and got her in bed.
T had another fun day, spent the day on the Cowichan River tubing. Tomorrow is another paintball day for her.
Another double today. Hooked up with Ased at lunch for an easy 40+ minute run on the Goose. Chatted the whole way and just enjoyed the company.
After work T had girls group so I headed to Cedar Hill to run with the club. Got there early and did a warm up loop then joined the club on their warm up loop before continuing on my own while they did the workout. Diva joined me on and off, I was going a bit slower then her so she'd take off ahead and then come back to get me.
T's day sounded great, some extreme bocce at Witty's Lagoon and then her afternoon was spent at Sooke Potholes.
Started the training week off with a double today. A Macaulay loop at lunch in 50:15 at a steady pace and then an easy run from the Youth Centre with Squinch and Doc C. for another 50 minutes. Was very neat to have a couple of new faces on the Monday run, I hadn't run with either Squinch or Doc C. for awhile and it was great to catch up with them both. Although I did miss Diva's shiny demeanor and stimulating conversation tonight
T spent her day at the IMAX and then out at Elk Lake in the afternoon.
It has been an amazing weekend! I will start off with Friday – it was a workday for me, pretty normal as far as that went. I did get out for a great run at lunch, the Macaulay Loop in 51:51. It was a stupid hot day and I could definitely feel it on the run. After work I picked up T and we came home for a quick stop to pick up our weekend gear.
We got totally spoiled this weekend. Wayne and his wife, Jill, own a home on Sprout Lake and were not using it this weekend and they offered it's use to T and I. We left Victoria at around 5:30pm and after a couple of stops on the way to get some dinner, ice cream from DQ and pick up some groceries made it to Sprout Lake around 9pm. We unloaded the car and explored the house quickly then went straight down to the dock and jumped in the lake! After our quick night swim we spent the rest of the night relaxing up at the house.
Saturday morning after breakfast it was straight down to the dock and other then a couple of trips to the house for one thing or another we spent the entire day down there. Our only extended absence from the dock was to get some dinner but then it was right back down and right back in the lake.
Sunday morning was much the same. We spent a couple of hours on the dock before cleaning up and getting things ready to head home. We made a couple stops on the way home, a walk through Cathedral Grove, a short visit with Otto and Tini in Errington and a stop at Moby Meats to pick up some turkey sausages for dinner.
Here are some pics from the weekend
The views from the deck:
The next four are of the Mars Bomber at work:
T on the Lake:
Our lounge spot for the day:
Lounging on the lake
Me and one of my favorite beverages:
T and a couple of trees:
We had a great weekend and owe a huge thank-you to Wayne and Jill for giving us the keys for the weekend!!!!!!!!!
T was worn out from her very active day, she had been wake boarding and water skiing at Shawnigan Lake for most of the day and when I went to pick her up after work she was actually napping on the couch, so we skipped the Youth Centre tonight and just spent the night at home relaxing.
It was a mom night for T so I hooked up with the gang at Coach Boob's work and we went for a great run. Coach Boob led us thru the trails around the Tech Park, then to Beaver Lake for a quick water stop and up and around Royal Oak before heading back to his work. We had a great group tonight – Coach Boob, Matty, Diva, Don E, Wayne and myself. The weather took quite a shift this evening, it had looked kinda ugly at lunch and turn into a very hot and beautiful night.
After the run, Diva, Matty, Coach and I went into the weight room. I did a bunch of stretching, Diva and Coach Boob did some weights and Matty ran some more on the treadmill.
It has been a quiet night at home, had some dinner, watched a bit of TV and will probably veg some more after I finish this.
While T has at her girls group tonight I met up with Jon K, Leanne B and another friend of Jon's at the Oak Bay track. Decided to skip the Cedar Hill workout with the club wanting something a little more flat to run on.
I got to the track a little early and did a few really easy laps before doing some warm up exercises and stretching while waiting for the rest to show up. My workout was 5 times 1min 30sec with 30sec recovery, a 1 minute set break, 1 times 800m at tempo pace, a 1min recovery and then one 400m starting off slow and finishing at full spin. It was a treat to run a shorter workout for a change and the legs really enjoyed the faster pace tonight.
Had time after the workout to come home and get cleaned up before I had to go pick T up. We came home and got dinner ready together and then have been relaxing for the rest of the evening.
A good group out tonight for an easy run along the Songhees. Diva and Matty came out, Leanne B joined us again and just as we were getting ready to go Sylvan S screamed by with tunnel vision not even noticing us until we yelled at him – he thought he was late and was going hard trying to catch up
He went the usual route and really enjoyed the easy pace, I was briefly worried when I saw Matty step out of Diva's car thinking that it might be a bit faster tonight but he was all for the easy pace too Sylvan left us at our turn around and just kept on going, heading home. It was pretty windy tonight and was in our face on the way out but did give us a great push on the way back. Leanne had to take off right away but Matty and Diva did a few strides on the field after the run, they had tried to talk me into doing a couple but my legs were done!
T and I came home after, got some dinner ready, which we enjoyed eating at our new table, and then just relaxed.
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I have had a couple of great meetings in the last couple of days for some fund raising events we are planning. Don't want to 'tell' too much just yet other than they will be very exciting!!
Spent part of the evening writing some follow up letters to potential sponsors and will make some follow up phone calls tomorrow to try and secure some more.
5:45 wake up this morning and on the road by 6:30 for the trip up island. After a stop at Timmy's in Duncan for coffee and a bagel I made it to Westwood Lake just before 8. Lots of time to get dressed and ready for the 9am start of the long course. It was a gorgeous day for a run and the course they had set up for us was brilliant. The first kilo and a half was on some well groomed trail but then it got in to the really technical single track and made its way up to Cabin Point and the Kilpatrick Trail for some great Ridge running before heading down towards the hydro corridor on Baby Head Trail (named for the size of the rocks you are running over ). Once in the hydro corridor we made our way towards the Chase river crossing and Harewood Mines Road and then into a big loop around on the Abyss trail to the Cabin Connector which hooked onto the Humility Trail heading back towards Harewood Mines Road. We got back into the hydro corridor and ran through the Morrell Nature Sanctuary before hooking back into the Westwood Lake trails and finishing on the beach. I had a great run, a good solid effort, no huge surges but a nice steady pace the entire course. Semi rolled the ankle within about 1km of the finish line and can feel it now but it didn't cause any problems on the run today.
Made a few stops on the way home, grabbed some turkey sausages from Moby's Meats in Duncan, then a stop in at Ray W's for some lunch and a visit, and finally a quick stop at Venturi Schulze to pickup some wine. It was a short visit at home, just long enough to get cleaned up and then I was out the door again for a grocery shop and some errands.
Tonight was a summer farewell BBQ for Jules who is heading out this week for an extended vacation. Another great night with good friends!!!
First thing this morning I went and dropped off all of the laundry to get done, 8 and 1/2 loads worth! Not long after I got back from that Shaun and Dini stopped by to drop off a dinner table for T and I. We had been with out a table for quite a while and are looking forward to sitting at a table for all our meals now!!
Spent most of my afternoon just resting and relaxing and then was treated to dinner at Shaun and Dini's tonight. We went for a short walk through their neighborhood after and then had sat down to watch a movie but I started to feel very tired and decided I better get home.
Will crash soon, it will be an early morning tomorrow for the trip up island for the Westwood Lake GutBuster.
It was work as normal today and then after, I spent a bit of time at home getting things cleaned up and organized before heading out to watch some of the ACME boys play softball - actually it turned into more of a practice for them as the team they were supposed to play did not show up. Went for dinner at BP after that and now have come home and am getting ready to call it a night.
Went for an out and back to Switch Bridge at lunch. Tried to ease into it some as the achilles was still sore and tight when I started but did warm up within the first 10 minutes. The plan for the rest of my training week is to take tomorrow and Saturday off. Get a good rest and recovery, then start a fresh week on Sunday with a hard effort at the Westwood Lake GutBuster. Even with the extra couple of days off this weeks mileage is not to bad, approx 85-90km.
T's daycamp went paintballing today. Last night she was really concerned about playing, not wanting to get shot. She had decided that she would stay out of the games and just shoot the gun at targets. Today it was a different story. A couple of the older girls in the camp took her under their wings and got her on the field and paintballing like a champ. She did get shot a few times but took it well. She is all excited for the camps next trip to the paintball field!
No training today, took the day off. After the double yesterday I went to bed last night feeling really fatigued and could feel some soreness in my left achilles. Will ice it up tonight, see how it feels in the morning and then see if a nice easy 30-40 minutes at lunch is in order.
Tonight Uncle Jimmy treated T and I to dinner. We had some burgers at White Spot and just goofed off and razzed each other for the whole meal. After dinner T and I went over to Packman's place for a visit, T hung out with Anna and Sophie while Packman and I chatted for awhile.
We came home after the visit with Packman and the girls and just relaxed for the rest of the evening.
Well... the legs are no longer feeling surprisingly good they now are feeling quite fatigued and sore! Depending on how they feel tomorrow morning I may make the day a recovery day. If they are feeling okay, I'll go out for an easy 30-40 minutes at lunch.
I did make it a double day today. The lunch run was an out and back on the Goose to the Dupplin Road crossing with 2 sets of 3 times 1 minute with 30 second recovery and a 1 minute set break tossed in the middle of the run to get some turn over in the legs. Total running time was just over 36 minutes. The second run of the day was done while T was at her girls group. I joined the club at Cedar Hill and did 3+ loops on the chip trail while they did their workout. Diva was taking it easy tonight as well, she joined me on the last loop and we chatted and laughed some while working our way around.
It was paper mache night at T's girls group, when I got there to pick her up the room was a disaster - definitely do not envy the group leaders that clean up.
The legs felt surprisingly good after yesterday's slog but I did not double today, that would of been too much! I did get out for a nice walk at lunch wandering up to MEC for some browsing through the aisles and then after work an out and back on the Goose and along the Songhees while T was at the Youth Centre. Had some company tonight, Diva, Maestro, and Leanne B were along for the run. Maestro is just coming back from an injury so only joined us for the first 15 minutes on our way out. Diva, Leanne and I kept it at a pretty easy pace most of the way but did pick it up some near the end. It was a good run and the extra company was great!
T and I came home after and just relaxed. She has girls group on Tuesday nights so I will be able to get in a double tomorrow. Will do some short intervals at lunch and then join the group at Cedar Hill for some easy running after work.
I did get home at a semi decent hour last night so the 6am wake up this morning was not too bad. I met up with Packman, Dan F and Gerry out at the Caleb Pike parking lot of Gowlland Tod Park. The plan was for us to do a long run and it went off well The first part was an out and back in the Park from Caleb Pike to McKenzie Bight. We took a short break at the McKenzie Bight side for some stretching and food and then again when we got back to the cars to refuel and refill our water bottles (at this point Gerry left us). We then left the Park in the other direction heading toward Goldstream. Dan tagged along until we hit the base of Mt. Finlayson and then he turned back. Packman and I continued on, climbing the back side of Finlayson and then descending the front side down into Goldstream Park where we took another short break to stretch and again refill our water bottles before starting our slog back to the cars. It was somewhere around this time that I discovered my key was missing from my back pocket After a initial bit of panic I thought that “maybe?” I had left it in the trunk lock of my car and was hoping that it was still there and nobody had noticed. No luck tho', the key was not there... and after a closer inspection of the back pocket a hole was discovered so all hope of finding the missing key was abandoned, it could be anywhere along that second part of the run, probably somewhere up Mt. Finlayson
I did have another car key back at home but of course my house keys, wallet and phone were all locked in the car Packman drove me back into town to my place where we got the emergency number to call. We raced over to Packman's place (he was supposed to be taking his daughters to a birthday party) and made some phone calls. After a few tries I was able to get hold of someone and then I made a couple of calls to see if I could find someone else to take me back out to my car - but no luck. So Packman got me back to my place and waited while (after a bit of confusion ) the weekend emergency guy was able to let me in the house. Having house keys and car keys now I felt bad keeping Packman away from his girls so told him I would find some other way of getting back out to the car.
I grabbed a handful of quarters and headed up to the nearest pay phone and luckily only had to dial one number. I had called Miss S and Rosalyn's place, thankfully Miss S answered and she and Lindsay were on their way! They picked me up and after a bit of site-seeing thru the Bear Mountain neighborhood got me back out to the car. After all their help I was able to talk them into letting me get them some coffee and donuts from Timmy's as a small token of thanks - It would have been a very long day without those two ladies help!!!
I am home now and cleaned up and will go pick up T from Shawna's after dinner (they were kind enough to let T stay with them for the day so I could get all this figured out and fixed).
Thanks again Packman, Miss S and Lindsay!!!!
I'll explain the title later
This morning T and I just relaxed - a big pancake breakfast, some Saturday morning cartoons, some painting, and just general lounge time. This afternoon I dropped T off at Shawna's place for a sleepover and then came home and prepared for the rest of the day.
Today was a continuation of Linday's birthday with “The Lindsay Raines Amazing Race/Road Rally/Scavenger Hunt/Mayhem Day!”. There were about 17 of us who met out at the Juan De Fuca Rec Centre for the start. Three teams of 4 and the rest were “marshal's”. I was the DD for our team, “Lindsay's Angels”. Our first task was to properly decorate the Birthday Mobile with the supplies provided (streamers, party hats, happy birthday signs, and bangles) and then report to our first checkpoint. After the start at the first checkpoint it was total mayhem!! We went all over town – BC Experience, Conference Centre, Parliament Buildings, Beacon Drive Inn, Breakwater, Beacon Hill, Cattle Point, Uvic, Gyro Park, Mt. Doug, Craigdarroch Castle, Royal Jubilee, Monkey Tree and a couple more spots I can't remember right now... There were tasks, games, and challenges galore. We finished off the race at Miss S's (who had planned and organized the whole thing) parents place for a BBQ and PARTAY and a few more surprises for Lindsay.
It was a great day and big thanks go out to Miss S for all the time spent planning and organizing the amazing event!!
Had a Team meeting this morning, last one until Scooter returns from holidays. A lot got discussed this morning but the two items that are taking top priority right now are sponsorship and our first 'Event'.
Training today was a out and back around Macaulay Elementary at lunch. It was a steady paced run, no surges or tempo attempts today, just nice and even. I really enjoyed the time away from the office, it was a gorgeous afternoon.
T and I stopped at the grocery store on the way home to pick up some stuff for dinner. While shopping I asked T to run down and rent “us” a movie (thinking that she would come back with a comedy or light action flick that we would both like). When she got back she had a huge smile on her face and movie in hand - “High School Musical – Encore Edition” - beaming and proclaiming happily that it was the sing-along version.
Needless to say it has been a very musical evening in this home, T singing and dancing to the movie and I was the ecstatic audience!!
There are some days I wish Diva would take her for the night
Hooked up with Ased for an easy run at lunch. We ran the Switch Bridge route at a very casual pace and just enjoyed our time out on the Goose. Andrew G. could not join us today, he injured himself during the HBC 10km and will be in recovery/rehab mode for a few weeks.
Tonight both T and I were really tired, on our way home we had talked about going to the Youth Centre but by the time we got home T decided that she just wanted to spend the night hanging out here. She and I got some dinner ready and then spent the night curled up on the couch.
Did not really miss the second run today and I am sure that the body really appreciates the extra bit of rest.
Team Gobi Canada News:
Spent some time tonight sending out 'Sponsorship Packages' to a couple of dozen businesses and organizations. We do have a very nice document to send out and just put some finishing touches on it this afternoon but after emailing it out to all the potential sponsors on my list I realized that it was missing one page – the endorsement letter from CBCF. I am hoping that it will not make too much of a difference...
I have been having a bad week for this kind of thing
Another double today - Out for a quick 30+ minutes at lunch with an out and back along the Songhees and around the Gazebo that is not too far past Spinnakers, it was a warm, windy run and very enjoyable.
After work I met up with Wayne at Uvic to put some more mileage on the legs. We met at the stadium and headed out on to the chip trail, working our way around the campus into Mystic Vale and then down to Cadboro Bay, into the Ten Mile Point area and through the Queenswood neighborhood as well. We were setting a pretty good pace and while we had started off the run with some conversation it waned a bit in the middle . We eased up some near the end and again started chatting to finish it up. It was another great run, had some great weather and a very nice breeze to cool us down some coming off the water.
Hoping to get one more double in tomorrow, a Switch Bridge run at lunch and then another 45-50 minutes while T is at the Youth Centre.
Need to start this off with birthday wishes for Lindsay R.
T and I had planned on going out to her birthday dinner (which was at the Keg tonight) for a visit, some hugs and to drop off a card but I messed up. T and I went to the Keg downtown while the dinner was at the Keg on Quadra. I even had a note that I left by the door to remind me of that fact but obviously I missed it
Sorry Lindsay!!! (and a sorry to Miss S too for the “I don't remember reading that” statement).
I didn't screw up the training today, was actually feeling pretty good. Got out for an out and back to West Bay Marina at lunch with some at a nice tempo pace and then was able to hook up with the club at Cedar Hill tonight. Most of the club were doing a workout of some sort and I did join them for their warm up lap but then while they were zipping around the chip trail I just ran a few more loops in the opposite direction and cheered them on. I joined Diva and Matty for my first loop but then they started going a bit too quick for me so I fell back some. Was very happy to get in two good runs in today!
For the next few weeks T is taking part in a “Girl's Group” after her day camp every Tuesday. They are doing all kinds of things, crafts, playtime, games, and some more serious stuff as well - talks on drugs and alcohol, puberty, sex, peer pressure, friendships. Will be some good Father/Daughter talks coming out of this I think
Was able to sleep in some this morning and then jumped on the bike and rode over to Paul and Scott's place to pick up the car (I had taken a cab home on Saturday and was not feeling well enough to get it yesterday ). Visited with Paul for a few minutes and then had to run a couple of errands in the mall before heading home and getting some lunch.
After lunch and downing a few litres of water I went out to Thetis to run on the shaded trails. I went the usual route up until I got to the fence to head towards the powerlines, instead of jumping the fence I went up the other way, climbing Stewart Mountain. I had a great run even though I was still not feeling 100% and it was dang hot! Finished up on the main beach at Thetis and then walked in the lake and soaked the legs for awhile.
Came home again after and got cleaned up then a quick grocery shop, dinner and now relax time. I am thinking of a double tomorrow but that will depend on how busy things are at work.
Team Gobi Canada News:
Team Gobi made it in todays issue of the Times Colonist, in the "Life" section, page D6. Pretty exciting stuff!!
Today was pretty much a write off. I have been hurting all day, tried to stay in bed for as long as I could and then crawled my way out to the couch and spent the rest of the day there : )
Started my Canada Day off with a breakfast at Molé and then some relax time before heading over to Paul and Scott's place in the afternoon for a Birthday Party/Canada Day barbeque. It was great, Scott had the backyard mostly set up by the time I got there. There was a hottub, a small pool, a slip-n-slide, a Sumo wrestling ring plus a fridge set up in the shed to keep all the beverages cool.