Thursday, October 30, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I took her out for my first ride today. It was my first time riding a road bike ever and I have to say I learned a few things very quickly.
1. Road biking hurts my crotch. Note: need new seat.
2. Road biking makes me feel fast (again, compared to a mountain bike) but the damn computer doesn't lie: I'm slow. 30 kph was as fast as my little legs wanted to carry me. Disappointing.
3. Road bikes are stiff. Every bump in the road is painful. Who knew how useful my fat mtn bike tires and front suspension are?!
4. Drop bars make me nervous, but they make me feel speedy!
5. My husband can still outrun me on his mountain bike on the road. Note: Stop that!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Last weekend was Thanksgiving (in Canada, people) and the Victoria Marathon. The weekend was an awesome distraction from things that have had me a little down in the dumps lately (rain, missing the Yukon, lack of a job). Sierra came down from Whitehorse (she was supposed to be running the marathon but couldn't, for a variety of painful reasons which she will probably detail on her blog) and she let Julie and me stay with her at her swank Empress suite.
I love hotels where the beds you stay in are comfier than the one you have at home.
I had signed up to run the Victoria half marathon mostly because I said I would way back in the summer. As with the KRR, I was under-prepared for this event and I seriously thought about not bothering, especially since Sierra wasn't running and she is always an excellent motivator. But, because I suffer from FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) and because I thought it would be good for me to get another 21km under my belt, I showed up to run at 7:30am on the Sunday. The day was gorgeous and I was treated to a beautiful sunrise over the Olympic mountains. It was a little odd to be surrounded by so many other runners, but they probably pushed me to keep moving even when I didn't feel like it. I ran a 2:06, which is considerably better than I had figured I would do, so I can't complain. That's me in the green shirt in the last few hundred metres. I don't look too happy because, truthfully, the end couldn't come fast enough. I guess the lesson there is...learn to run faster. Maybe someday.
While my heart had no trouble with the distance, my legs sure as hell weren't happy with me. I could hardly walk the next day. Happily, this provided me with an excuse to do very little this week, which has been pleasant.
But now...on to the next challenge. I need to think about what that will be. Certainly one goal, once I have a new job, is to become a commited bike commuter. But what about running? Will there be a marathon in my future? Or perhaps a sub-2 hour 21km? Maybe it's time for something completely different.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
It comes complete with that Cathay Pacific A-340. Seriously. We are at the end of the runway at YVR, so the airplane noise takes a bit of getting used to. I don't mind though. I like airplanes and they remind me of what makes Ben happy. He can also walk or ride to work really easily which is important to us.
I've been scouting out running routes (mostly along the dyke in Richmond which is okay) and once I get a job I am going to try and become a committed bike commuter. This allows me to purchase a bicycle, which is an unfortunate (?) new desire that I have learned from the lovely, but bike-obsessed Sierra of Whitehorse. We saw an old Bianci in a used bike shop in Victoria this weekend that might just make its way into my life. Stay tuned and keep your fingers crossed that the frame is in the 52cm neighbourhood.
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Stunned former Whitehorse resident comes to terms with transit, rain, and the big city. My deer caught in the headlights look is courtesy of a bus ride on the 98 express and the usual Friday night transit combination of drunk university students and an unstable personality yelling at everyone on the bus to "move to the back" and "why are you ignoring me?"
Thursday, October 2, 2008
"I may not answer the questions that either the moderator or you want to hear," she told her opponent, Democratic vice-presidential candidate Joe Biden, "but I'm gonna talk straight to the American people."
I guess that's one way to try and hide the fact that you don't know the answers to most of the questions - just don't repsond!
That's my favourite quote from tonight's leaders debate. Jack Layton made it, to Stephen Harper, following these comments by Elizabeth May of the Green Party:
"You offered nothing up and again tonight you've spent your time attacking the policies of others," said May. "Where's your platform? Yours is the only party that hasn't put forward any platform in this election. All the other parties have."
And she is so right - how ridiculous is it to be campaigning without a full platform?!
Then, from Layton: "You say you've got a plan? Where is it? Under your sweater?"
Tee-hee! Harper is perceived as a cold and controlling leader so in the early days of the election, his campaign put out these truly awful ads where he is wearing a sweater vest and talking about how he's a family man. They were really embarrassing. Don't believe me? Check him out.
Anyhow, I missed being able to cringe at Sarah Palin tonight, but overall our English language debate was engaging, I thought. Dion came out seeming earnest, a little bit angry (which is okay for him) and sincere. I am cautiously optimistic that we won't have a Conservative majority on October 14th. Fingers and toes crossed, anyway.
Photo of the leaders was taken from the Globe and Mail.