ATLS 2010

Finally, after almost a year of preparation, our big event, the 62nd annual Across the Lake Swim, took place last Saturday. I won’t bore you with the details of all the things we revamped, organized, argued about, ordered, purchased and discussed … but it was a lot of work, especially in the last few weeks.…

Swim – Hike – Cycle

Another wonderful weekend has come and gone. It started with a fabulous swim on Friday morning in a warm and very calm lake. We swam for 3.4 km before grabbing a coffee at Starbucks.

On Saturday, a goal I have had for a while became reality: Hiking the High Rim Trail. This trail runs from Highway 33 at Philpott Road for 57km all the way to Cosens Bay in Vernon. We hiked the section from Goudie Road to Beaver Lake Road, about 20km (or 24km for us with an “oops” out and back). Our group of 10 included my friends Mona, Tom, Kristen, Bev, Lisa and Graham as well as 3 of Bev’s coworkers (Steven, Pat and Dallas). A great bunch of people!  Here is the GPS

We enjoyed wonderful views of Kelowna and the surrounding valley, and hiked through many different types of vegetation (dense woods, swamplands, lush fern-covered areas, exposed dry sections, etc.). Steven, the bird expert, was able to identify many different species of birds during our (almost 8 hour) hike. The lunch and snacks tasted so good while on the trail!

Almost as tiring as racing!

We spent all day on Sunday in Oliver, BC, officiating at the Desert Half Ironman. The conditions were perfect for racing, not too hot, almost no wind and dry roads. However, spending a full day from 6am (leaving Kelowna at 5am) until 3pm standing and walking seems to be more exhausting than racing 🙂 I…

First Time Trials a Success!

This morning we held our first Gyro Time Trial for the 2010 season (for non-locals: timed 800m swim from Gyro Beach with open water swim clinic beforehand). 17 swimmers followed our coach Brent into the not-so-balmy waters of Lake Okanagan (14 degrees) to get instructions on open water swimming before embarking on their first timed…