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2013 reflection (in photos)

I saw a year in photos on Amy’s blog and loved the idea. I promise this is the last recap of 2013!

Here are my monthly highlights from the year.

January

We spent this month hibernating at home and spending time with Harold before an extended vacation.

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My 29th birthday!

February

The highlight was definitely going back to Thailand, sightseeing, playing in the ocean, and taking a nice break from winter!

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Chaweng Beach

March

We finished our Asia trip with two weeks in China. We had a blast, but the true highlight was probably coming home to Harold!

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At the hutongs in Beijing

April

After five weeks in Asia with lots of food and not a ton of running, I had my work cut out for me to get ready for a June Ironman. I worked hard in April and rode countless miles on the trainer!

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May

We snuck away to the mountains in early May for our first camping trip of the season. It was good to be back!

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June

Ironman Coeur d’Alene pretty much dominated this month! Kelly got a huge personal best, and I bested my time by a whopping 55 seconds!

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On the run…

July

This was a busy month with lots of training, the Tour d’Alberta bike ride, and Kelly’s Dad’s 60th birthday party. However, the highlight was probably seeing family at my cousin’s wedding!

with my niece (and always in flats!)

with my niece (and always in flats!)

August

I had a great August, from an awesome Jasper camping trip to Whistler for the Ironman to an Okanagan holiday. Hands down the best part was having Kelly and Harold surprise me in Whistler. Despite my exhausted arms, I proudly carried Harold around after the race!

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September

This was another great month with the end of our BC holiday, trips to New Orleans and Vancouver, a camping trip to celebrate Kelly’s 30th birthday, and our fifth wedding anniversary.

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October

After a busy couple months, it was great to be home in October! We spent a lot of time on the trails.

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November

The highlight of November was a Jasper trip to cross-country and downhill ski. We love that town!

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December

We had a fantastic Canmore trip at the beginning of the month, but Christmas was definitely the highlight. We had a marvelous few days full of family, food, and fun, and we got spoiled rotten. With such busy lives, it’s great to slow down and catch up with family!

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This is just a snapshot of 2013! I have a lot to be thankful for: another year of health, a wonderful husband, a supportive family, a body that carries me through many adventures, the means to travel, the list goes on and on.

Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy, adventure-filled 2014!

Tell me a few highlights from your year! 

2013 – year of running

I love year in review articles, blogs and photos. There’s something about compacting a year into a simple snapshot of highlights that I find intriguing.

I’m linking up with Miss Zippy’s #yearofrunning13 again for a review with a triathlon twist. (Check out my review from last year.)

Best race experience?
This is a tough one to answer. I only completed three races, all triathlons, but they all meant a lot. I am going to go with Ironman Coeur d’Alene.

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I wasn’t as fit as I should have been going into it but still managed to squeak out a personal best. Plus, Kelly had a huge breakthrough and I love racing with him!

Best run?
Again, a toss up! (Can you tell I’m indecisive?!) I loved our family trail run in Jasper on our first camping weekend of the year. I have been falling for trail running more each year, and watching Harold hit switchbacks is priceless!

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My second best run was one steamy morning on Ko Samui with Kelly when we ran long beside coconut groves and the ocean.

Best bike?
Hands down my favourite road bike was when Kelly and I went to Jasper for a day trip and rode on a freshly paved road closed to vehicles! I also saw a bear scuttle up a tree that day!

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Best swim?
I’m not sure if there is ever a best swim for me, but if I have to choose I say Ironman Canada. It was my slowest Ironman swim out of the four I’ve done, but it was surreal with the fog on the lake. I kept popping my head up to look around and take it in!

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Best new piece of gear?
Hmmm…I have to go with something simple for this. I love my SpiBelt! It’s a great way to store my phone, toilet paper, and anything else I need on a run without having to hang on to a ton of things, having them bounce around in a pocket, or leaving them at home.

Best piece of running advice you received?
The quicker you finish, the less it will hurt. My husband gave me these words of wisdom about halfway through the marathon at Ironman Canada when it felt like my ankles were breaking. And he was right! They hurt no matter my pace, so if I ran faster, I’d finish faster!

Most inspirational runner?
Kilian Jornet continues to inspire me, but since he was my most inspirational runner last year I’ll choose a new one!

This time I have two. They’re both Canadian women marathoners. Both broke the 28-year-old marathon record at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in October.

Lanni Marchant ran a 2:28:00 and Krista DuChene ran a 2:28:32. They also are busy women, with Marchant as a practicing criminal lawyer and DuChene a mother to three kids under eight.  Next time you hear the excuse of someone being too busy to workout, tell them about these world-class marathoners!

If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be?
Surprising, challenging, fun.

Tell me about your 2013 and then link back to Miss Zippy’s post!

Unplanned unplug and training update

Well- two weeks went by quickly! I didn’t plan on taking a blog break but turns out I took quite a long one. I didn’t write posts, I didn’t comment on others blogs, and I had to clear my Bloglovin’ feed a few times. I think it was the break I needed.

Let’s get right into the training update!

It’s now less than three weeks until Ironman Canada, which means it’s TAPER TIME! I feel like it snuck up on me again just when I was getting into a training groove.

After the 185km confidence-boosting bike, training has been pretty steady. My legs still feel like they get tired quicker and stay tired longer, but it could also be that I tried to get in two solid training weeks.

A couple weekends ago my sister-in-law, Alicia, was in town for Kelly’s dad’s 60th birthday. She’s training for Ironman Canada (her first!!) so brought her bike out.

Kelly, Alicia, and I set out for a 100-mile ride that Saturday. The sky was threatening all day, but we had such a fabulous ride talking the entire time. It flew by! Of course we ended up getting rained on in the last 10km so I fell a few miles short of 100.

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On Sunday we celebrated my father-in-law’s milestone birthday. My mother-in-law threw him a surprise party with over 80 people. I think he was genuinely surprised!

This past weekend I completed my toughest workout of the season, a triple brick. My version of the triple brick is quite tame compared to some I read in the blog world and totaled 120km of biking and 15km of running.

It was windy and got hot, but I loved it! I was able to push harder on each bike than if I did the distances altogether. And it felt good to run off the bike. I’ve only done one, two-mile run off the bike since Coeur d’Alene so it was good to get a few in this weekend.

My favourite part of the day was my first bike ride. The sun was just rising and there was fog laced through the beautiful farmers’ fields. I didn’t want to stop and take photos but eventually I did when I was actually in the middle of a fog patch.

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I also got in the full Ironman distance swim this weekend. It’s mentally tough for me in a 25m pool (160 lengths) but I got through it to help with my confidence come race day!

What’s new in your world?

Do you take blog breaks?

Friday faves – version two

I rarely post on a Friday, but there are a few things I’m really loving right now that I thought I’d share.

1. Drying my clothes outside. I always air-dry my workout gear, but letting the summer breeze dry them takes it to the next level!

Clothes This is what a weeks worth of running/biking laundry looks like with the variance in temperatures!

2. A cylinder lawnmower. Last summer our gas one gave out. Kelly bought a green one that works like scissors. I enjoy mowing the lawn and like it even better now that it’s easy and good for the environment! (Our gas one was SO hard for me to start!)

3. My SPIbelt. I know they aren’t a new product, but it’s new to me! I’ve always carried my phone in my hand, had it bouncing in a pocket, or avoided taking one with me. With my hot pink SPIbelt, I can take my phone, toilet paper, and some money on all my runs.

SPIbeltTrailsI’m most surprised with how comfortable it feels and the lack of bouncing.

4. Fresh raspberries. My parent’s raspberry crop is ready so and my mom gave me a huge container picked right from the bush. Store bought just doesn’t compare.

5. Your support. From the highs of finishing Ironman Coeur d’Alene to admitting my struggle with getting back into training, your comments, advice, and encouragement are much appreciated. I wouldn’t consider myself a narcissist, but I sure feel like it sometimes when I blog and talk about myself so often. The online friendships I’ve made make it worth it all.

What are some things you’re loving this summer?

Ironman Coeur d’Alene complete!

On Sunday, June 23 I became an Ironman for the third time in Coeur d’Alene. It was an amazing day full of ups and downs on a challenging course.

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I surprisingly squeaked out a 55 second personal best finishing in 12:06:01. Kelly got a major personal best finishing in 11:34:39!

We had blast in the beautiful town of Coeur d’Alene. I’ll be posting a full recap but wanted to say THANK YOU for all your support. The online community is simply incredible.

Spring runnin’ and bloglovin

Winter socks, base layer pants, thick running pants – check!
Base layer sweater, long-sleeved shirt, winter running jacket – check!
Neck warmer, thick toque, thickest mitts – check!
Spring running in Edmonton at its finest.

At the end of last week we got bombarded by large amounts of heavy snow. (We’re going on six months of the white stuff now!)

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Friday’s Arctic walk

I had taken last week off running to give my knees a bit of a break after only running for five weeks. So after a long trainer session on Saturday, I anxiously laced up my sneakers for a Sunday morning run.

It was -20 Celsius for my first spring run! After running in heat for weeks, my lungs definitely felt it and so did my feet. I wheezed at the beginning and it took 5km before my feet warmed up!

The run wasn’t easy. I took it easy for the majority of it and fought hard during the last two kilometres to run a pace that used to come naturally.

The good news? It felt good to push myself and run outside in clean air. And, warmer weather is on its way!

Can’t wait to go on my first real spring run.

Bloglovin

I used to read all my favourite blogs through Google Reader. Since that’s about to  disappear, I’ve imported my feed to Bloglovin. It seems to be easy to use and has some handy features (finding similar blogs, seeing what some of your favourite bloggers  read, etc.)

If you want to sign up or already have an account, you can follow me on Bloglovin!

Are you enjoying runs in shorts? Or, did you get wacky weather this week too? 

Do you read blogs through a reader?