Weekend in Pictures
Hi friendly faces.
This week is going to be CRAZY! Work has a huge event this weekend and I have a number of big events and galas strung together as well. Combined with the need to keep everything running smoothly AND the fact I just a training load increase from my coach, I will be a very busy girl. Truth is, I love it.
I thought I would do a quick recap on the weekend because it was a doozy. On Friday, I headed to Toronto and did a hill workout and my goodness, it is time to bring hills back to my life. Last August, I was scaling mountains every day and this weekend, I suffered through 10 hill repeats. Lots of work to do before Muskoka and I am READY.
Saturday morning started at a 5 AM workout at Goodlife Fitness.
I had a 2 hour cycle and a 20 minute run on tap and I needed to tackle it early so I could meet my dad for a day on the slopes!
The second the weather is nice, I will move this party outside, but it was in the negatives this weekend, so I opted to keep it indoors. I aim to drink a 500 mL bottle of fluids an hour on the bike and I have a drink mix with calories to make sure I am maximizing training benefits. Seems to be working for me so far!
My dad ended up needed to finish up at a meeting so I took a power nap in my old room at home.
While my iPhone died in the cold (standard) and I don’t have photos, it was a GORGEOUS day on the slopes with my dad and I spent the afternoon chasing him down the hill.
I did, however, manage to snap a shot of this incredible sandwich we grabbed a small little cafe on the way home. Followed by a butter tart that I ate too quickly to show you.
Sunday morning, I woke up bright and early to sit at 6 am in yet another vacant parking lot to meet Brad for our last minute race – Raid the RIB which was a 4 hour rogaine-style race at Albion Hills Conservation Area.
I will do a full recap once our video footage is prepared but we had a fantastic race. There was lots of stream crossings with our route choice and it was COLD with the snow, but a relatively fast race for adventure racing. I always love the Don’t Get Lost courses and this was a well planned course with lots of check points and included some solo scrambles where racers tested individual navigation skills (And goodness know I need help with that…)
Team dynamic is so vital when you are out in the woods for hours, especially when things go wrong. We had a few small hiccups but Dan and Brad are such a delight to race with that it didn’t matter. We communicate well as a team, we look out for each other and there is a no-holds-barred rule when it comes to conversation so awkward just doesn’t exist. Brad has seen me hallucinating on a race course and probably in a worse state than my own mother has, so it is just really hard to come back from that. Teams are like family and I am so fortunate to have found a good one.
I’m off to tackle my Monday. What do you have planned for the week?
What was the highlight of your weekend?