I am fully immersed in the new training season and am starting to feel my fitness coming back. We started the season by going back to our traditional May training camp in Vernon. The skiing at Sovereign was great and we did solid technical work, logging lots of hours on snow. Instead of staying at the deserted Silver Star resort, this year we rented beautiful condos on Okanagan Lake. It was so nice to be down in the valley with its spring weather, and the lake was definitely worth the early morning drives up to Sovereign.
The lake was perfect ice-bathing temperature, demonstrated below by Marlis. There were some fun cliff-jumping spots but I'm a scaredy-cat and only jumped off the lowest one!
The highlights of the week for me were the workouts in the valley. Our afternoon runs took us through Ellison Park where we got a full dose of spring flowers and greenery, as well as some bushwacking, fence-crossing shortcuts. We also did a 100+km road ride, starting from our door in Vernon and riding to my parents' house near Salmon Arm where my mom filled us up with a delicious lunch. It was nice to be close to home and Chris and I had a Mother's Day dinner with my Mom, Aunt and Uncle.
The rest of May was spent training around Canmore and getting our base fitness back in preparation for some hard weeks ahead. One of our first workouts of the season was a hike up Ha Ling - it is the standard Canmore short hike but the views are impressive especially with the snow still on the mountain tops.
My most recent adventure was a trip to Bellingham, Washington for my 2nd year on the Boundary Bay Ski to Sea team. I had a blast and was honored to be a part of such an incredible team once again. We won the women's division for the 14th straight year in our closest race yet!
|Fit, fierce, and fun group of women!|
|Croquet tournament before our pre-race feast: Ed showed us how it's done!|
The day after the race we went on the annual scenic run to Fragrance Lake:
|Taking in the view|