Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Manic Season Event #2

The 9th annual
24 Hours of Light Mountain Bike Festival was another roaring success. This year the course took some different routes through the trails at Mt MacIntyre including new single track (the Bouncing Bunny trail). A loop consisted of 14.5km and 375m (1230 feet) of climbing. I am disappointed to report that I am still slow (fastest lap was 76 minutes) and that my legs could feel the hills even after one measly lap. But I am happy to report that I still get a total kick out of the event and that this year I managed to nap (onsite) for only a couple of hours.

The weather ranged from awful (2C and hail) to really gorgeous (20C and sunny) and moods followed suit. I rode my first lap in the rain and unfortunately I never really warmed up for the rest of the day. Our completely non-competitive teams spent the 24 hours eating, drinking, occassionally biking, and generally having a good time. You can measure the seriousness with which we approach this event based on our costumes.

The Tighty Whiteys:
and The Blood Dopers:
For good measure I am tossing in a couple photos of the always stunning scenery and light around Whitehorse near the summer solstice.

I've got a few more weeks until the next manic season event - the dry tri is July 11th (our participation still to be determined) and then Sima Slamfest July 31-Aug 2. So the next few posts may be more domestic than sporty (we get possession of our house July 8!!!).

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Manic Season Event #1

Last weekend I travelled to my second annual Mayo Midnight Marathon. I suppose I should clarify: I have actually never run a marathon but that's the title of the event. Last year I managed the 1/2 and this year it was down to 10km. Anyhow, I love this event because it celebrates the solstice at 63°N which means a sunset at 0:26am and sunrise at 3:44am (or basically, 24 hours of light). The below photo was taken a few minutes before the midnight start (and by the way, the guy in the yellow shorts and the ponytail won the 10km in 40 minutes).
The event attracts a paltry few hundred (223 this year to be exact) participants so the vibe is very mellow. No one is trying to qualify for anything, it's just fun. And the best part is that the following morning, at 10am, paticipants are treated to a breakfast of eggs, ham, potatoes, fruit, and LOTS of homemade baking.

I'm, kinda afraid that word is going to get out and too many people will start registering and the casual community nature of the event will change. Fingers crossed that Mayo stays under the running world's radar and that I'll be back again in 2010.

This upcoming weekend: manic season event #2:
24 Hours of Light Mountain Bike Festival. Stay tuned.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Long Days

The action has been fast and furious the last three weeks. And to heighten the whole sensation, it's almost summer solstice which means the sun rose today at 4:27am and it will set at 11:36pm. I love manic season (workbikebbqwithfriendslaundrywalkdog all in one day) but re-jigging life at this time of year makes it extra exhausting.

Since I arrived on May 27th, the following has occurred:

- I started a new, summer contract, job
- I got offered a new, shiny government job which I accepted and I start in a week!
- Ben started work in the Land Titles Office. He considers the fact that he is now working in this area a cruel, cruel joke on the fact that Real Property was his least favourite course in law school
- Ben got offered a different, shiny government job
- Ben turned down different and is staying in Land Titles
- we had an offer accepted on a house
- we have moved where we are staying 3 times and will move again at the end of June. Couch surfing and house-sitting is lovely, but exhausting because one is never "at home"

It's all good stuff and things are really coming together, but man, I am exhausted.

This weekend we are headed up to Mayo (image from epodunk) for their midnight marathon. I'll only be running the 10km, but it will still likely kick my ass as I have been running really sporadically the last couple of months. Should be fun!