September 30th, 2006
T and Haley were in no hurry to get up this morning, I had to go in a
few times to get them moving so that we could meet the Fisher's at Molè
for breakfast. After breakfast we all wandered around downtown
for awhile before dropping Haley off at her gymnastics class.
T spent part of the afternoon with her Big Sister, they did some
cooking, crafting and even got around to doing T's nails. I spent
part of the afternoon at Beacon Hill Park watching the New Balance XC
races and the other part catching back up to all the laundry.
Took a ton of pictures at the races here are a few of them.
Start of the Women's race:
Lucy S. takes the lead early with Diva not too far behind:
Coming in from the 1st Lap. Lucy S, Natashia F, and Diva are 1-2-3:
Natashia F and Diva battling:
Lucy has a good lead:
Natashia is starting to break away from Diva:
Diva pushing up the last hill:
Start of the Men's race:
Going out hard:
Ased pushing on the 2nd lap:
The cheering squad; Hugh T, Deby, Jennie S, Coach Boob and Matty:
Jennie's favorite racers
The top three Senior Men and Women:
1. Jerry Ziak
2. Jeff Martinson
3. Graham Cocksedge
1. Lucy Smith
2. Natashia Filliol
3. Marilyn Arseneault
T got dropped off at home early this evening and we relaxed for a bit
before walking down to Ferris' Oyster Bar to meet up with Pan-Pan,
Linds, Diva and Squinch for some dinner, Maestro was able to join us a
little later after his rehearsal. We had a wonderful dinner and a
great visit with everyone. Squinch and Pan-Pan are hilarious when
they get together, there is no letting up with them
September 29th, 2006
Other then it being the end of the month at work the day was pretty
slow but I did have to work a bit late to run the month end stuff.
I made it out at lunch for a wonderful run to the Breakwater.
There were a ton of buses lined up in the cruise ship terminal waiting
for the next ship to pull in, probably about twenty of them.
T came to work after school and hung out for awhile and then we walked
home together. We stopped by Scooter's work on the way to drop
off some stuff for her and then made one more stop on the way. We
picked up my race backpack at Valhalla. Very pumped about the
bag, it is sooo light!
Tonight was pizza night at the Youth Centre, I snagged one piece and
then bailed to go hang with Fish for an hour before heading back and
picking up T and Haley. We picked up a movie and some snacks
before coming home and now those two are snuggled on the couch and
Plans for a Molè breakfast in the morning with the Fishers and then
probably a wander downtown to waste some time before T goes to hang
with her Big Sister for part of the afternoon.
September 28th, 2006
It is over... looking back at it now I am not sure how to
feel. Scooter and Packman were great, they are amazing
speakers. I felt very nervous and when Rob started to introduce
me all I could think was “Crap!!! Is it my turn to speak
already???”. I was able to muddle my way through it and hopefully
did not mangle it too much, can't really remember what I said
Will definitely need much more practice with that before I feel even
slightly comfortable with the public speaking - at least I didn't faint
For those of you that do read this and were there tonight, I need to
set the record straight – I do not sing along to Hillary Duff songs, I
don't even know who that is
We did have a great turnout, lots of friends and family and many
others. I think we had 90 to 100 people in the audience. It
was great to see so many familiar faces and even better to see the ones
we didn't recognize. We also had a great crew helping us out,
Packman's wife Michelle and a friend of hers plus Jules and T. We
couldn't of done it without them! T was running up a storm at the
end trying to keep up to all the draw prize handouts.
We also owe a huge-huge-huge thank you to the Managers and all the staff at SilverCity for such a great venue!!!!!!
I am still a bit wound up from the evening but will hopefully calm down
some after a nice shower and be able to get to bed at a decent time.
Back at the running tomorrow, will get out for a lunch run and then
after work I think we have Haley H joining us for a sleepover and
possibly another “High School Musical Dance Along” evening.
Here are a couple of my favorite pictures from the Gobi Slides:
September 27th, 2006
There is a lot running through the head at the moment but with the
presentation tomorrow and there not really being anymore practice time
available I will just have to go with what I have. I know I will
be nervous I am just hoping that I won't be too nervous...
No lunch run today, too busy at work. I did get out for one
tonight - a nice cruise along Dallas Road. I quickly got cleaned
up after the run, had some dinner and then went for a wander to get out
of the house for awhile. While wandering I was running through my
part of the presentation over and over again – must of looked the fool
walking and talking to myself
September 26th, 2006
Got in a nice relaxing run at lunch, to the Breakwater and back.
My right quad is still feeling a bit tender but seemed fine while
running. It only seems to be bothering me when I am getting in or
out of my chair at work???
After work T and I met the club at Beacon Hill for a quick visit and to
get some stuff back to Doc C. He had left some of his gear in the
car from our Sunday run. Later we went to Packman's place for our
final meeting before the show on Thursday. I will do a couple
more runs through my stuff just to get more comfortable with it and
then should be ready.
Will see how tomorrow goes but hope to get out for another run at lunch.
September 25th, 2006
After work T and I came home for a quick dinner and then back out again
to meet Packman (and his girls) and Scooter at SilverCity to work
through some of the technical stuff for the presentation and make sure
that the hook ups would all work. The slides looked absolutely
amazing up on the big screen, I can't wait for everyone to see
them! Have a few more days to prepare myself for being up on
stage, and with a few more practices think I'll be ready.
No running today, couldn't quite fit one in and probably a good idea to
take the day off anyway. The right quad is still feeling tender
from yesterday. Will try and get out for a run at lunch tomorrow.
September 24th, 2006
An early morning, up and out to make it to Beaver Lake for a 6am meet
with Doc C and Mark. We carpooled from there to Caleb Pike for
the start of our run. I was pack running today, pack weight was
somewhere around 13-15lbs. We ran from Caleb Pike down to
MacKenzie Bight, then up along the side of Mount Work to
Hartland. We took a pit stop there and then continued on, running
down Hartland Road and getting onto the Interurban Connector and
finally finishing at Beaver Lake just in time for the start of the
We had about a 5 minute break before the start, just enough time to
refill my waterbottle and pin my number on. At the sound of the
siren I went out pretty hard – too hard – and by the time I got to the
Rowing Centre my right quad was starting to cramp up. I slowed
down and got my breathing back in line and it relaxed, I was able to
continue on at a slightly slower pace. In the last 3km I slowed
some more, I think between the pack and last weeks run the legs have
had enough. I did finish at a nice steady pace if somewhat slower
and was very happy with my run. Mark had a rough go on the last
10km, his calves started cramping on him right off the start and he
just pushed through it to finish. Doc C kicked some butt today,
he passed me at about the 7km marker and finished strong.
A couple pictures from the run:
Doc C and Mark
Me and Mark (kinda dark – sorry)
Me and Doc C (kinda dark too – sorry)
I was feeling quite famished after driving Doc C back out to his truck
so on the way home stopped and treated myself to another wonderful
breakfast at Molè. Then it was time to get home, clean up and
relax – am actually in a state of pajamaness now and am feeling quite
wonderful! May throw some clothes on later and go for a wander
but will wait and see how the afternoon goes
September 23rd, 2006
Got up in time to make it to the Oak Bay track and watch the 1st Annual
Fall Classic “workout”. It was a low key but very high calibre
track workout. There were three “runs”, 3000m, 2000m and 1000m
and with people like Lucy S, Oz, Hugh T, Gwyn W and Diva (just to name
a few) doing the workout it was amazing to watch, I think Oz has
learned how to fly!
Here are a few pictures from the Fall Classic:
The Fastees getting ready
Diva, Brad C, Patrick D, and Judith L
Hugh T looking very strong
John C and Gwyn W
Striking a “Diva” pose
Ased's little one with the best smile of the day
After the “workout” Deby and I followed Diva down to Willows to hang
with her while she soaked her legs in the ocean for a few minutes and
then the three of us went to Molè for some eats. After breakfast
I came home and relaxed for awhile before meeting up with Diva again
downtown to wander, window shop (I saw the backpack I want to get for
the Gobi, a Salomon Raid Revo 30) and get some very yummy gelato (I had
the white chocolate raspberry flavour) – thanks again for the ice cream
The evening has been spent at home catching up on a few chores and just
lounging. Will try to get to bed fairly early as I have plans to
meet Doc C in the morning for a run.
September 22nd, 2006
Nothing too exciting today...
I did make up for yesterdays mental lapse while running and today did
make it out to the Breakwater for my run. Took it nice and easy,
a very cruisey day.
Had a couple of errands to run after work - a quick MEC visit and then
into Frontrunner's to register for the Firefighters Trail Run. I
really enjoyed doing them on the bike - I have been able to cut down my
driving to work to one day a week for the past couple of weeks since T
has been busing it to school.
Did a bit more grocery shopping tonight and rented a movie. The night will be spent at home lounging.
September 21st, 2006
Scooter and Packman came by work early again this morning and we did a
walk thru' on the slide show. I think we will be able to get two
more in together and I will get a couple more in just for me. Out
of the three of us I am the one that has the least amount of public
speaking experience and definitely need the practice.
I did make it out for a run at lunch and while I had planned to run to
the Breakwater, my mind was totally wandering and was not paying
attention at all when I started out and by the time I realize that I
was not going the direction I had intended I was already half way to
T and I didn't get up to much tonight, did a quick grocery shop before
dinner, then lounged for awhile before doing some tidying in T's room.
September 20th, 2006
A slow rainy day at work today followed with a great run with Coach
Boob, Doc C, Wayne and Diva. I felt very good tonight, the legs
are recovering very well. Running with the Wednesday night gang
was a treat, I have really missed this run! Will try for a lunch
run tomorrow, hope to get out to the Breakwater.
We are going to do another dry run of the slide show tomorrow morning – I need all the practice I can get
September 19th, 2006
Had an early meeting at my work this morning with Packman and
Scooter. We used the meeting room to do our first dry run of the
slide show. Things went well and I think with a couple more and
some practice on my own I should not be quite so nervous with it
No running today, a rest day after yesterdays test on the legs
It's a Mom night for T tomorrow so I will try and get out with the club for an easy run after work.
This evening was spent at home, T and I both did some homework and just lounged for a bit.
September 18th, 2006
I was able to get a nice easy run along the Songhees and a bit into
West Bay while T was at the Youth Centre tonight. Took it pretty
easy at first feeling the legs out to see if there was any pain in
them. They actually felt quite good so after 15 minutes or so
picked it up a bit to stretch them out some and kept the pace there for
the rest of the way.
T was really excited about getting back to the Youth Centre, she got to
hang with Jacob, Marie and a few of her friends from her old
school. I am sure this will become a regular Monday night event
for T again.
September 17th, 2006
I had thought that after yesterdays event falling asleep last night
would have been easy but I think the short nap may of messed me
up. I had a hard time falling asleep and the last I looked
the clock read 1:47am. Waking up again at 7:45 surprised me, I
was really looking forward to sleeping in
I made the best of it and after getting out of bed did some homework
this morning. I lounged in the house for awhile before heading
downtown to treat myself to some breakfast at Molè . I had a
great breakfast, the ladies there always treat me very well!
After breakfast it was laundry time, I am still in shock at how many
clothes T can go through in a week, ended up spending a few hours at
the laundry mat. When the laundry was finished I dropped by
Scooter's place to see how she was feeling and to pick up a flute that
she is lending to T.
Came home after all that and relaxed some then went for a wander down to Dallas Road and a cruise along the beach.
Will just lounge for the rest of the night.
September 16th, 2006
Waking up at 1:50am this morning was not so bad. I had ended up
going to bed just before 9pm last night and fell asleep fairly quickly
– I was surprised it was that easy.
After getting a quick breakfast and walking out the door I made my way
through downtown heading towards Packman's place. It was just
after 2am, closing time for the nightclubs and bars, and the streets
were filled with people heading home for the night. Only a few
years ago, I would have been amongst the crowd heading home after a
night at the club not the one who had just got up and was looking
forward to running for a few hours
Picked up Packman and Scooter and we made our way upisland. A
quick stop at Timmy's in Duncan for a coffee and then on to
Youbou. Made it there around 4am and had a hour to check-in and
The race started at 5am and it was dark. Of course not one of us
brought a head lamp but it was not too bad, there was enough moonlight
to see okay and tons of people around us did have headlamps. We
decided early on to do this as a team and run together the whole
way. Scooter set the pace for us and we ran a 10 and 1 (10
minutes of running then a 1 minute walk). Once it got light
enough to see well we realized how beautiful a course it is, on the
logging road right along Lake Cowichan.
There were about 12 aid stations and each one had a different theme and
volunteer team. There was a competition going on to see which aid
station could be the loudest and all the volunteers looked like they
were having a great time. It was amazing to get so much support!
We cruised pretty good for the first 35km, sang a couple of songs,
played some games, and shared some stories along the way trying to keep
ourselves entertained. Packman has some good stories!
Both Packman and I were very impressed with Scooter - before today her
longest run was around 2:30 and she totally demolished that. She
did get a couple of blisters but Packman taped her up.
The last 10km were hard but she pushed on
and finished with a smile on her face.
We streched out some and Scooter got her blisters taken care of then caught the shuttle back to Youbou to get the car.
Scooter wasted no time in getting into recovery mode falling asleep in the shuttle
After dropping Scooter and Packman off I came home got cleaned up and
took a nap. This evening I went to a movie with Squinch and his
September 15th, 2006
I got in a nice easy jog this afternoon, an out and back along the
Songhees to the Gazebo. Just long enough to warm and loosen up
I came home right after work and had some dinner then spent a little
time in front of the TV before getting all my stuff together for the
morning. I have got it all laid out by the front door so all I
will need to do in the morning is get up, get some clothes on, eat, and
head out the door – grabbing the stuff on my way by
The plan is to pick up Packman at 2:30am, head to Scooter's to pick her up and then we are on our way to Youbou.
It is just after 8pm now and I will be heading to my bed fairly soon to
lay down and read. Hopefully I will be able to fall asleep a wee
bit early tonight.
September 14th, 2006
T spent a few hours with her Big tonight. They went to jazzercize
and then for some eats after. I spent the evening at home with a
quick run along Dallas Road to warm the legs up and stretch them out
Will head to bed early tonight and try to get some extra sleep as it
looks like tomorrows sleep is going to be a short one. Need to be
up extra early on Saturday to make it to Youbou for a 5am race start
And here is a shot of T's bruise:
September 13th, 2006
It was another shorter mileage day, was able to fit in a lunch run an
out and back to the Breakwater. Downtown is much easier to run
threw' now with far less bodies and vehicles to dodge.
After work T and I hung out at home some, getting dinner and chores
done, then treated ourselves with a walk up to Starbucks tonight for a
beverage and a couple of cookies - I love white chocolate and macadamia
We had a Team Gobi meeting tonight at Packman's work, T and I picked
Scooter up on the way and the four of us spent a couple hours in
Packman's office getting some stuff organized. T was amazing, she
is always sooo patient with me!
When we were picking Scooter up T took a bit of a tumble. While
helping out with Scooter's bike T kinda lost control and crashed, T now
has a nice bit of road rash on her leg and it looks like she will get a
good bruise too – will get a couple of pictures tomorrow to post so
that all can see
September 12th, 2006
It turned out to be a very early morning. T had some scary dreams
last night and ended up crawling in my bed at 2am this morning.
She fell right back to sleep but is a huge bed hog so did not leave
much room for me to get comfortable again
I bailed on another run today, had a meeting at lunch and no time for
one after work. The last couple of weeks have been pretty low on
the mileage and I am feeling slightly guilty about it but it is
probably a good break for the body. Will get out for a lunch run
tomorrow, then hopefully another on Thursday and one more really easy
one on Friday before the race on Saturday.
September 11th, 2006
A cruise around Macaulay at lunch followed up with a couple T
activities this evening. She had a dentist appointment and then a
1st year Band meeting at the school.
Only a few days left until the Great Lake Ultra – feeling a bit nervous already...
September 10th, 2006
The only real activity today was heading out to pick up T from Haley's
place this afternoon. I am feeling very tired today and spent
most of the time laying on the couch napping.
T spent part of the day with her Big Sister, they went for a hike
around Thetis Lake and made some plans for another outing later this
Even after laying around all day I am still feeling wiped out and will be heading to bed soon
September 9th, 2006
T and I met James R at Molé for breakfast and then wandered
around downtown for awhile with him. He is getting ready to take
off again, traveling to India, France and Switzerland over the next few
months. T got an invite for a sleepover this evening and she
jumped all over it, she spent the night at Haley's place...
Tonight was Ryan M's grad celebration! Scott and Paul were the
hosts and it was a formal theme. Of course I did not know that so
showed up in jeans, flipflops and a t-shirt only to turn around right
away, head home and get changed. I tried to talk Scooter into
joining me but she had spent the day at the lake and was beat.
Here are a few pictures of the night:
And one of my favorites
September 8th, 2006
I made it out for another great lunch run, another out and back to the end of the Breakwater
It was no where near as foggy today but there was a very nice cool
breeze coming off the water and it was really refreshing as I cruised
out on the Breakwater.
We had a Team Gobi meeting this morning and got some plans laid and
some issues sorted out
Scooter had our tickets and
posters for our slideshow printed and picked up today – they look
amazing! Scooter's friend Kim (whom Scooter referred to as “Camel
Face”??) did all the graphic work for us and we owe her huge!!
T and I spent part of the evening delivering the tickets and posters to
a couple of running stores around town and then home for the rest of
the night only to find out that there is a special showing of “High
School Musical” tonight, the dance along version. Needless to say
our furniture has been cleared out of the living room
September 7th, 2006
T's second day of self sufficiency with the school travel – very exciting!!
I made it out for a great lunch run, an out and back to the end of the
Breakwater. It was gorgeous downtown, much less foot traffic down
there now with school back on and less tourists in town. As I was
running towards the Breakwater I had not been paying much attention but
when I turned the corner by the Ogden Pointe Cafe all I could see was
fog, it was low and heavy, you could not see the end of the
Breakwater. As I ran out on it there came a point when all you
could see was Breakwater and ocean, kinda eerie...
No doubles for the past couple of weeks, with T not having any after
school activities yet it has been hard to fit them in. Things
will start rolling next week, the Youth Centre drop-ins will be back on
and T is going to look into some activities at the local Community
Centre, might find one that interests her.
September 6th, 2006
She made it! T's first full day of school and all on her
own... Took the bus to school in the morning and then a couple on
the way home after school. I was pretty nervous this morning and
I did have her make a couple of check-in phone calls this afternoon but
she did great and I had no reason to worry
Got out for a lunch run this afternoon, a loop around Macaulay.
I did ride my bike to work and really enjoyed the escape from the
car. Will continue with the bike transport and leave the car
parked as often as I can.
September 5th, 2006
T was very nervous this morning, she didn't know what to expect going
to a brand new school and not having many friends there. It was a
very short day of school for her, only a couple of hours but by the end
of it she had met a few “cool” people and ran into Mr. Ross who is a
friend of ours so her whole attitude has changed and she is really
excited about going tomorrow. It will be her first day of doing
it all on her own, riding the bus both ways and having a little home
alone time until I get off work.
I think I am more nervous about tomorrow than she is
There was no training for me today, with all the running around for
school and just some good hang time this evening it was a great day to
take a break.
With T starting to take the bus tomorrow I will start riding my bike to
work, no need to drive the car anymore since I am not needing to drop T
off. Will have to pack all my running and work gear up tonight so
the morning won't be rushed.
September 4th, 2006
T and I both slept in some this morning - it felt wonderful!
After getting up we made a big breakfast and then headed to the laundry
mat to get our massive pile of laundry done. T was with me for
most of the laundry expedition but then went with her mom to spend the
afternoon hanging with her Aunt and Uncle.
After laundry I came home and relaxed for a bit before heading out for
a run. Cruised down Dallas road up to Trafalgar Park and back, it
was a great day to be out running. I love this late summer
T got dropped off early this evening, we wandered up to Thrifty's and
grabbed some food for dinner and then spent the rest of the night
September 3rd, 2006
I had got up early with the thought of heading out to the Lakes and get
in a run but felt like crap this morning so instead laid back
down. I spent most of the morning resting, might be fighting some
sort of bug? I headed out this afternoon to pick up T from
Shawna's, we came home for some lunch and then T went out with her Big
Sister for a few hours, they went mini-golfing and for ice cream – T
had a blast and is really looking forward to their next outing.
I spent the afternoon resting some more, hopefully whatever is making me so tired will be all cleared up tomorrow
When T got home we wandered up to Thrifty's for some grocery's then picked up a movie on the way home.
Got T's hair finished tonight, here are the final pictures:
September 2nd, 2006
It has been a busy day! We started the morning off with breakfast
at Molè with Scooter and her friend Lexi then a quick visit in MEC
before T's hair appointment at "Wiink"
with Nikki. I took off while T was getting her hair cut and
wandered for a bit downtown. Came back to a brand new girl!
Nikki even did some make up for T, made her look much older (thanks for
), you can see the before and after pictures below.
After the hair we braved Wal Mart for some school supply shopping –
uugghh! - then some lunch and a stop in at Mayfair for some more
browsing and school prep shopping.
I dropped T off at Shawna's this afternoon for a sleepover and then came home to relax and made it another movie night.
Here are the before pictures:
And the after shots:
Unfortunately it was kinda windy when we took the after pictures but we
still have one more step to go before T's hair is finished...
along with the schools supplies we picked up some hair colour -
“Intense Auburn” - that we will put in tomorrow night. We will
take a few more pictures then, indoors, and have the final after shots
September 1st, 2006
Went for an amazing run at lunch, the weather was great and the traffic
not too bad to wade through downtown on my way to the Breakwater.
A good cruise on the way out and then slowed up some on the way back in.
Tonight T and I are having a beer, pizza and movie night – no explanation needed for that one