Thursday, December 29, 2011

Gear For Sale

Mountain Hardwear Gear For Sale

MHW Brono Jacket Gore Windstopper softshell mens small only used once. Retails $240 Asking $100.

MHW Monkey Man Heavy Weight Fleece, Used but in great shape.. Retails for $160 Asking $50.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas

It is Christmas Eve and we have almost zero cm's of snow. I think people are generally more excited that there is no snow and that it has been a very green December then they are a white snowy Christmas. I love snow, period. Large amounts of deep white fluffy gold, the more the better. I much rather have -10 degree temps and 3 feet of snow then have 2 degrees and rain. It is already crappy enough that the days are so short.. (thank goodness winter solstice has past) without having almost freezing temps and rain. If it were only a few degrees colder it would be snowing where we can nordic ski, snowshoe, downhill ski/ snowboard etc. Anyways I just find it sad when I am making small talk with people on the lack of snow topic and they actually seem happy for it to be grey, almost freezing, raining and overall shitty out. I just cannot comprehend that mentality.

Anyways enough of a debby downer... On a much more positive note, friends of ours just had one of the most special gifts imaginable. They welcomed their first child, a son early this morning.

I am very fortunate to be sitting here trying to decide what to do today. I am ready for Christmas with my shopping done and all I have on the skeddy is visit with family and friends (after a wee bit of exercise).. Now if we only had some snow I my exercise options would be more plentiful then run or ride..

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

1 month ago today with photos

1 month ago was my last entry into my blog. Quite a bit has happened in the last 31 days. I am going to make a solid effort to post more frequently from now until I start to slack off and the posting gets more spaced out...again..

Lets start off with the fact that I am engaged! Big step in a small life, probably one of the biggest I will ever make and it will define who I am from this point onwards. I am more excited then I ever could of imagined I would be for something so simple and yet satisfying. I truly look forward to spending the rest of my life with someone so special.

I am currently fighting a wee chest cold, nothing serious but with a increase in some sleep and a bottle of cold-fx I should be good to go. I have been holding steady with the running miles, with a weekly average around 110km's. All of those km's are on trail, in every condition that winter can throw at us. Wait... the weather has been quite pleasant, hasn't it? It feels more like October or the beginning of November then it does the middle of December. Christmas is creeping up with 11 days till Jolly old Saint Nick raids my cookie stash. I haven't started Christmas shopping and plan on doing a 60min blitz and get everyone a LCBO gift card or a Swiss Army Knife.

I have been trying to lay out my racing schedule for 2012 and.... WAY too many wicked cool events to choose from. I want to do a few 100 milers (trail running), a handful of bigger multi-sport adventure races and then most of the highlights on the MTB circuit. I also have a shoebox full of maps that are just begging to be explored. I have 4 or 5 epic's in mind for the winter and a few for next summer/fall. I am going to have to lay it all out on a calendar and see how things shape up.

This is going to be the most random mishmash post as I am literally just typing as things pop into my mind.

I got a iPhone. Sorry Blackberry, but the iPhone is just to sweet a rig to hold out for the simple reason that BB is Canadian. Oh and BBM. I am blown away by the usefulness of this little heavy device. It can do almost anything. ANYTHING!

Now for some more useful info:
I have changed the way I have run completely. I mean I have taken the way I used to run and tossed it in the trash. I read the book "Born to Run" and it got me thinking, researching and learning more about why we are the way we are. (Bio mechanically that is). We have evolved a very certain way and nobody really knew why until recently. (Or nobody cared). I stumbled across a Russian guy who seemed to have his bio mechanics more figured out then all the other research I was engulfing put together. His name is Dr. Nicholas Romanov PhD. He has dedicated his entire life to running mechanics. I took a weekend course with him in August and learned way more then my money's worth. I left with a overwhelmed brain full of techniques and drills to help me run more efficiently. He has started the "POSE METHOD" and teaches you how to run the way nature meant us to. Fast forward to today and I am really starting to feel the effects of time spent training myself how to run rather then just running to run.

Below are a few recent photos to check out.