Sunday, 30 January 2011
Sunday we snowshoed to the top of Hollyburn mountain from the Cypress parking lot. Good excuse to burn off some steam on the upper half - a few stops and half the climb at a pinning it pace yielded under an hour up. Cutting loose from the parking lot probably would have been 45 minutes. Great workout, fun times, sunny warm day. Steve, Tania, Tara and Cindy shared the afternoon smiles.
This North Vancouver recreation is awesome when it's not pouring rain (like Saturday when leaving for/driving to Whistler). I make an effort to do fun stuff in Calgary, but its different being right on the mountains. Having said that, it's a big choice to endure the tax burden out there - talk about a way to milk an economy dry.
My track record of skipping the "tougher" weather in Calgary is pretty lucky so far this year ; )
Sunday, 23 January 2011
Super fun day, but that caps off a big week for me and right after a big day yesterday, plus work this weekend, so I'm bagged.
Let's hope I can expand the endurance before being bagged before its Portugal time.
Half hour later Cyrus' derailleur bit the dust with his big ring/big cog combo so he had to call in evac procedures from his wife. The rest of us continued on the beautiful day up Symons Valley on the hardpack snow on gravel.
Coming back the turns of events let Bill and I ride into the northwest on our own. Great 4.5 hours of riding, followed up by straight to the office for me.
Caught up with Devin and Shannon later in the day for a 9pm dinner... so tired by then. Fun day, I like it when biking fits in before work.
Saturday, 15 January 2011
You know those days when you wake up at 3:30 am to drive 300km to chase down epic snow a few hundred km away, then ski all day, then après, then hot tub with beers, then massage, then 3 course meal, then hit the lodge where ukranian pool gives way to people dancing on the pool table while whitesnake is playing and the shot-ski is doing triple duty and the google employee vs. Sudbury champ are eyeing each other over the ping pong showdown from two years ago and “fireball” the chef is who you know has earned that name through some serious stories is drinking beers in chugging contests against the guests then someone rings the cowbell and shouts "it's snowing" and orders a round for everyone in the place and you dare not look at your watch cause you’ve been up a long long time, but you think that drinking from the glass of life is as good right now as drinking that ice cold kokannee that’s the “beer out here”?
Tuesday, 11 January 2011
Monday, 10 January 2011
Sunday, 9 January 2011
Loops through Tuscany ravine were top notch - all rideable, all twisty, fun and fast. Proceeded back along the north side of Bowmont on similar, then a loop through Edworthy which was great other than one massive spring flow which made 20m of steep ice to cross.
Finished off with the Edworthy east trails, then a warmup soup and sandwich at the Lazy Loaf.
How can it get any better? I have a great feeling about 2011. I had enough biking fitness to survive this 4h excursion, and have fun biking plans this year. Friends have great biking plans to follow too. Work looking great, and other stuff settling out well too.