Random condensed thoughts...
We've been staying busy through this year's winter. The start of classic and skate skiing became a reality when we had most of the Blackjack Jackrabbits coaches over for a pre-season get together.
Pretty soon we were doing night skate skiing in the moonlight.
And the boys were racing and getting on podiums.
Christmas came and went, Santa sat down in his office to set up a couple of Chromebooks for the boys.
I continued to ride my Orbea Alma's.
Day and night.
Cold temperatures require warm beverages. Not sure why people insist on drinking bad coffee, when you can drink good coffee.
When I got tired of drinking warm beverages, I drank cold ones.
Time in the tracks was fun this year.
There's lots to see, if you look.
Hard to beat this.
On a gorgeous sunny winter day.
Dave and Julie came out to Rossland, to get in some quality winter singletrack.
Dave wrestled with a tree, the tree won.
Evan raced the John Heintz Cup as a Solo racer again, here's how he did last year. I shadowed him throughout the race just to make sure he was ok through all the stages, so inspiring to watch him dig deep. It's a tough race as a Solo competitor, part racing/part gear organization and transition point optimization. This is some of the gear starting to get piled up on race morning.
On the way up to the top of Red for the start of the race, it's a downhill ski to the base lodge.
Followed by the bike race stage, then a skate ski stage, then a snowshoe stage.
The last stage being the run.
This year Evan was the only kid racing Solo, he improved on his time by almost 25%, a huge bump.
Skiing in the day.
Tracks in the evening.
More tracks at night.
And some more racing.
And some hard work up Ophir Dam loop.
Not as sunny days.
Throw in some mixed martial arts to break up the winter routine.
As long as it doesn't interfere with tree skiing.
Or some steep skiing.
It's been a great winter season so far, with lots more skiing at Blackjack and Red Mountain to come. In the next few days I'll get my thoughts posted up on my race a couple of weeks ago at 24hrs of Old Pueblo (Arizona). Till then...
Aaaannndddd still catching up...
At the end of Oct we headed off on a family vacation to Ireland, home to my mom and most of my relatives. Several years have gone by since we were in Ireland, with the boys getting older the travelling is getting easier.
As always, the arrival in Ireland required a trip to the Omagh Golf and Country Club for a pint of Guinness.
My mom had arranged for a nice cottage on the outskirts of Omagh, in a small village called Killyclogher. Doesn't get much more Irish than that.
Our days were mixed, sometimes we would jump on the bikes my cousin Ciara had lent us, and ride into town to hit the library so the boys could read and I could get work done.
Sometimes I would break bikes, apparently they weren't designed for singlespeed mashing.
Sometimes we would tour the local region.
We ate and drank, a lot.
We celebrated Evan's birthday, and enjoyed an Irish Halloween.
Most of all, we just hung out.
Too many stories to tell. Loads of quality time. A great trip. Before we knew it we were headed back to Canada.
And spending a couple of days in Kelowna.
We arrived back in Rossland and started enjoying the snow.
Yup, I cheated on this blog post. Not much writing, lot's of images. But at least I'm almost caught up.