I started the "racing season" with the Manotick Miler a small local race that I love. The kids come and do the little race and I get to run with my girlfriends. This year Big Rig was there for the best tasting burgers and beer after! Like I said FIT FEATS and WICKED TREATS :)
|A happy preview of what was to come in Pellee :)|
|Fit Fam :) I love that the whole family is into sweating and having fun.|
The first big "scary" was the CHEO 70km ride with friends. Heck if 70km and riding in a large group wasn't scary enough, I had to drive DT and find parking! I'm telling you this biking thing really pushed my comfort zone in all things this year and helped me own my big girl panties.
|Muriel, Kelly, Josee, Donna, Allyson and I, I loved having these girls to laugh and celebrate with. WIZARD RIDERS!|
Next up was the Pelee Island Half Marathon with some of my very bestest of friends. We took off on a 4 day adventure together. This weekend was amazing for so many reasons. My phone didn't receive data well so I was essentially unplugged. The Island truly felt like a retreat, everything seemed to pass by in a slower more relaxed mode. We rented bikes one day and toured about exploring like kids. We took a million selfies :) We drank wine, ate deep fried pickles, and had Bailey Lattes. Oh and then we ran a half marathon! I love that I got to see Sue-Anne and Liz finish their FIRST half marathons! Oh man the goosebumps! truly one of my favourite moments! My all time favourite moment was after the race when Liz came over with her plate full of food and her eyes full of happy tears and then we all started crying! A weekend of soul filling sisters.
After a fun and restful weekend away it was time to get back to training and get ready for my first Duathlon! I had a lot of fun training for this race with my running buddy Rachael, we shared some great long rides and jello leg bricks together. This was my favourite race of the year. I loved how new it was, I loved the transition zone that made me feel like an athlete. I know that sounds silly but it did. The kids did a 2km race in the am, and then hung around to cheer me on.
|this makes me all sorts of happy :)|
|My Rachael :) oh how I miss our runs and chats and looking at your spit!|
|I felt on fire in the 5km, got caught up in the excitement and instead of easing into the race gave the 5km my all! 24:20....oops :) I felt that later :)|
|Got to love small races where you place FIRST in your category and THIRD overall in your gender :) makes you feel like a super star!|
|So many amazing memories made this summer, our best summer yet!|
|Even I got up for about 30 sec's!|
|Nothing like sitting in the lake, waves lapping on your legs chatting away with your girlfriend :)|
|So many more adventures to come in this baby :)|
It was a crazy summer and we were away SIX WEEKEND IN A ROW from the start of the summer with trips to Norland, Camping and a week's rental at Sandbanks Summer Village! And with all that fun I took my bike with me everywhere!
|she's a beauty|
|It was all worth it when I got to enjoy views like this! I was certainly in my happy place :)|
|This curly girl got me through my nerves and anxiety and helped me push outside my comfort zone!|
|still managed to just squeak in under 2hrs at 1:58:58 :)|
|Seriously living it up with my girl Laura!|
|drunken 2am getting my awkward dance on!|
|let it go|