Friday, July 26, 2013

Team ELM is heading to Hawaii!

If the ELM Tyax Trail Running Retreat isn't up your alley then perhaps a road trip to HAWAII is more your speed??  Yup, that's right folks, Team ELM is heading to Oahu this year!

This fall a group of trail runners will train, travel and compete as part of Team ELM (Equilibrium Lifestyle Management) in the XTERRA Half MarathonTrail Running World Championships in Hawaii on November 24th.
"The race will take place over some of the most scenic and diverse terrain on the planet at the majestic Kualoa Ranch in Hawaii.  The 4000 acre ranch reaches from the steep mountain cliffs to the sparkling sea and the terrain varies from dense rainforest to broad open valleys, with close up views of beautiful white sand beaches and awesome verdant cliff faces.  The epic nature of Kualoa Ranch has served as a scenic backdrop for numerous television shows and films such as Jurassic Park and Godzilla."

Beginning on August 18th, runners will train for 14 weeks leading up to their goal event on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. The program includes weekly coached running sessions with ELM, a 2 hour trail racing workshop led by Sarah Seads and a detailed day by day training plan to prepare to compete in the technical trail half marathon. In addition participants receive an ELM race jersey, entry into the race and a race weekend support/coaching from Sarah Seads.

Join Team ELM this winter for an awesome trail running adventure of a lifetime!  Contact ELM at or go to for more information.


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

ELM Epic Adventure: Tyax Trail Running Retreat

Do you dream of running free under big skies, along endless valley paths and and over supernatural mountains?  Are you ready for a trail running adventure of epic proportions?  Sarah Seads of ELM and Tyax Resort and Spa want to take you and your trail runners on an epic adventure where very few have been.

The Tyax 'fly in' adventure has always been prized by mountain bikers looking for an epic ride in supernatural scenery. However, local coach and endurance athlete, Sarah Seads, has worked with Tyax Resort to create the first trail running retreat at the lodge. This special trail running retreat was created to take a small group of trail runners off the beaten path and into some of North America's most pristine mountain trails. 

From Tyax Wilderness Resort & Spa participants will 'fly-in' by float plane to approximately 5100 feet then run out on close to '25kms of rolling scenic single track through spectacular meadows of wildflowers and ever-changing landscapes all the way back to Tyax Resort'. 

The 3 day camp takes pace over the September long weekend and includes all meals, accommodation, flights, guided runs, coaching and more. There are only a few spaces remaining in this unique camp and they will be gone quickly so be sure to contact ELM at or go to for more information.

Still need convincing?  Watch this video for some motivation...


Monday, July 15, 2013

MOMAR 101: Where the heck am I?

Declination...Catch Features...Never Eat Shredded Wheat......Body Glide...Bonking...Happy Food...Blisters...

What do these things all have in common?  They are all covered in MOMAR 101!  

I had a great time teaching the newest batch of 14 keen students the in's and out's of Adventure Racing at this weekends MOMAR 101 clinic.  This is my favourite clinic to teach because I get to talk about Adventure Racing for 4 people who actually want to hear about it lol!

I only wish this course existed back when I did my first the fall of 2003 in Cumberland!  Yes that's right I just realized I have been MOMARing for 10 years this year!!  I made every mistake in the book with my friend Sue that year...and managed to make even more since then!  I have no idea how many MOMAR's I have completed but I had a look back through MOMARs 'memories' blog post and see that I have been on the podium 12 times and won the solo female category 10 times - so at least I have learned from my mistakes (well, some of them) over the years!  

Multi-day staged races, through the night races, teams of 2, teams of 4, solo, rappelling, kayaking, biking, bonking, cramping, laughing, almost crying, amazing adventures amongst supernatural scenery and fantastic race friends...I am still as passionate about Adventure Racing as I was in the beginning (maybe more:) and I love having the opportunity to share my race experience with the next batch of adventure seekers:)

MOMAR (and 101) sold out early this year- and not by accident.  This event is one of the very best I have ever participated in and the best value for your race dollar out there.  Top notch race staff, amazing volunteers, seamless race logistics/racer support, great swag, ridiculous prizes, full weekend from Friday night registration through to the post race dinner banquet and dance party this is one of the best events out there.  If you didn't get in this year, be sure to sign up early for 2014 so you don't miss out again!

 We had sunny skies and the best 'classroom' ever:)

 A first look at the MOMAR map from left to right:  'Ummmm...OK I see my house...Can I get one in English?'

 Learning to orient the map and find north!

 HACCing our way through the woods - and I see these students are 'thumbing' along- nice work!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

What I learned at the BC Bike Race...

Wow.  What an amazing week.  I really had no idea what I was getting myself into when I signed up for the BCBR last year...I'm looking for sponsors for 2014:)

I was there for the experience, the adventure, to have fun and meet people from around the world.  My goals were to work hard, have fun and not get hurt.  In the end I reached my goal and surprised myself by finishing 7th in the Solo Open Women category to boot.  I can't be anything but stoked with that:)

I've done plenty of races.  Long ones, short ones, multi-day staged ones, epic through the night ones.  But the BCBR 7-day staged mountain bike race was unlike any other race I have experienced.  As with any race there were highs and lows, hi 5's and thumbs up, new race friends and competitors, big climbs and fun descents, friendly volunteers, awesome views and random race adventures.  But the BCBR multiplies those experiences by 7 and adds the unique elements of community and daily travel to the mix.

I had seen the event roll in and out of my town.  I had watched the videos, creeped the results and read the daily race reports.  But until I actually became part of the traveling circus, I did not realize the massive scale of the BCBR.  The logistics are insane- 550 racers (and who knows how many volunteers) were transported to seven different communities via ferries, buses, trailers, campers,  trucks, cars, sea planes, water taxi's and more.  But that was probably the easy part.  In addition to human cargo there were hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bikes in semi trailers, mobile shower and washroom trucks, first aiders, massage therapists, bike mechanics, bike wash stations, racer relations, communication stations,  not to mention all of the equipment and personnel to actually run each 40-60km race, to be broken down, transported and set up day after day after day.  The BCBR set up and tore down a small community for 7 consecutive days and they did it seamlessly.

Many local BC/Island riders think the BCBR would be fun but wouldn't dream of paying the fee's to race it.  Saying ' I could ride those 7 days anytime' for way less $$.  'Why would I pay that much to race in my own backyard?'  I will admit that up until a week ago I was one of those locals.  However, now that I have actually had the opportunity to experience the BCBR I can honestly say that it is worth every single penny and even MORE than they charge for registration.  It is truly a great value for all of the services that are included- and the experience really is priceless.  

How much did you pay for your bike?  How about those weekend races that you did over on the mainland?  How much did all of your other trips and holidays add up to last year?  Or, can you put $50 or $100 aside each month until you have enough saved up for the race? 

If you have ever considered doing this race but were on the fence, or thought it was too expensive, or didn't think you were fit enough or fast enough or whatever... JUST DO IT.  Go online and SIGN UP today.  Deal with the details later.  I can promise you that you will not regret it.

At the start of the week someone asked me if I would do it again.  I instantly said 'no, I think this is a race you do once in a lifetime'.  But then I finished the 7 days, watched the 2013 video and relived the week.  And now I can say for certain that 'yes, I would do it again in a heart beat'.

So...what did I learn?  So many things!  Not only did I learn in detail about the stages, the physical requirements, the training requirements and the logistics of the event, but I also learned a lot about myself along the way.  The race is like a mountain bike camp where you can improve your skills through volume, repetition and race intensity- and that in itself is worth the registration.

Things that I learned that might help those of you who are racing BCBR, however:
  •  Suffer during your training so you don't need to suffer (more than necessary) in the race.  Even though I didn't have very long to train, I did manage to get enough quality and quantity in the books to feel prepared for most of the demands of the race.  Make sure you get the long back to back rides in, including a few that are longer than you expect to ride, but even more that are race pace if you are planning to push yourself.  Get your intensity in through races in your community and you will get the benefit of becoming one with racing logistics, fueling and strategy in the process.  Plan out your training, give yourself enough time to get up to your goal mileage/training weeks and hire a coach if you want to do well.  2-3 months of committing to higher volume training and racing will pay you back in spades come race week.
  • The power of drafting.  Kill yourself to grab and stay on a wheel because the payback is priceless.
  • Let go of the brakes!  The less you brake the less you have to pedal in the end and that is a powerful motivator after hundreds of kms.
  • Sprint your guts out off the line.  Even better- train to sprint your guts out off the line.  Getting to the single track ahead of the pack is the first race of every day.  Your final result can be effected greatly by your ability to do well in this race.
  • Warm ups, fueling, post ride cool downs, refueling and recovery and 7 times as important over 7 days of racing.  My body felt great because I followed my plan day after day.
  • You will probably crash at some point.  
  • Your bike will probably cry at some point.  You must know how to fix your chain, fix a flat and adjust your derailleur so that you can get yourself to the next aid station.
  • You don't need to take all of your maintenance/cleaning gear with you- they have stations with everything you need.
  • You don't need to take your laptop - they have a communication station with computers and wifi.
  • You don't need to sign up for the meal plan unless you really want to.  Although the race is good value, you can eat for much less than the meal plan costs if you don't mind finding your own grub.  Towns are always accessible and I enjoyed sushi, thai, pizza and whatever else I felt like after each day.
  • You will want to have your own tent if you can afford the upgrade- or share with a friend.
  • Bring the most comfortable shammy's you can afford.  And bring lot's of them.  If it's wet weather, bring gear for 7 days.  If it's sunny and hot like this year, you can do laundry half way and it will dry in the breeze.
  • Don't take Benedryl during a race.  Take Reactin when you get to Squamish.
  • Take ear plugs. 
  • Take ginger gravol if you ever get motion sickness.  I took some every day with all of the buses and boats.
  • Get a new bike.  Yup.  If you are in the market anytime soon- just get the new bike.  You will have less issues on trail with newer gear and more time to enjoy the experience. 
  • Do it with a friend- but race as solo's unless you don't care what your results are each day.  It is near impossible to race the same pace as someone else over 350kms of singletrack.  But so fun to share the adventure with a friend.
  • Have your spouse or a friend join you for the week for free by volunteering.  It is hard work and long days, but they will be able to experience the journey with you and not have to pay for meals, accommodation, travel, ferries etc...
  • Persevere.  It ain't over til it's over.  Just keep the wheels turning and you never know how the cards will fall in the end.  Push hard on your strengths and endure your weaknesses.  Everyone is suffering out there no matter their finish time.  
  • Say hi.  Be nice.  Help out your fellow racers.  You never know when you will need a hand. We were all 'competitors', but we were also a team and we all got to the end together.

I could probably go on but that is it for now!  Message me if you have any questions!

Thank you BCBR organizers, volunteers and racers for an unforgettable week.  The BCBR is truly the Ultimate Single Track Experience and I know I will be back...maybe even next year?


Saturday, July 6, 2013

BCBR Day 7 Whistler!

Done!  I am officially a BCBR finisher and I have the belt buckle to prove it!

It was a short but sweet final ride through the buffed single track of the Whistler bike park and the Lost Lake trails.  Fast and furious off the line and the intensity was super high.  They threw a huge climb at us right away and we mashed the pedals up the road, then dirt then single track to the entrance of Crank it Up...via legs as opposed to of Whistlers famous park pump and jump trails...woah hold onto your handle bars!  

I am still riding a hard tail and it was everything I could do to avoid popping sky high off every jump which they have cleverly crafted to launch you effortlessly...  If you have ever ridden this trail just try and imagine hundreds of inexperienced bike park racers ripping down together on little XC was pretty crazy but really fun!  Apparently there were some out of control airs and bad crashes however.  Crossing fingers everyone is ok.

It was a super fun race course that linked flowy single track, bridges, short steep power climbs and a few logging road grunts into one silly grin on your face oh boy that was fun ride.  I was stoked to see the finish and surprised to see the clock around 1:45- super short day after all the epics this week.

I saw first aid last night and they figure it was exercise induced asthma due to inflammation of the lungs from an allergy to something in Squamish.  They gave me a Reactin antihistamine for today and I was back to my usual self which was a relief.  My lungs are sore and I sound like a smoker hacking up all sorts of lovely toxins now but cest la vie I'm finished!

I'm not sure about the final results and I honestly don't care because I had such a great week and an awesome time!

I'm signing out and heading out to celebrate!

Davin and Adrienne the downhill duo!  Davin had the red raceplate signifying winning the enduro stages...and Adrienne was top 3 all week!  
Dr Colin the master taper!

John Crosby AKA the man with the chicken.  If you've been to a race involving adventure over the past 10 years then you know who I mean.

Happy Trails!

Friday, July 5, 2013

BCBR Day 6 Squamish

Well friends, the wheels fell off for me today:(

After 5 days of good luck and feeling great, it was my turn for a little dip in the sunshine metre.  In the big scheme of things I have still been unbelievably lucky all round, but today I had my share of challenges.  Looking back it is all quite comical actually so I might as well share...

Nice relaxing morning in camp-no need to break down the tents as we are here for two nights which is a nice treat.  I was stuffed up and felt a bit odd when I woke up- and when I saw myself in the mirror I was all puffed up and looked quite frog-like.  Odd.  Then I remembered the last piece of advice my friend, Nikki, who did the race a few years back had given me... She told me to take antihistamines when camping in Squamish because tonnes of people seemed to have an allergic reaction to something in the park the year she did it.  Ooops. Forgot about that.  Oh well, puffy eyes are the least of my worries on Day 6, I thought...

I was stoked for Squamish- I know most of the trails and was looking forward to both the climbs and the awesome descents.  The climbs weren't going to be very long or very technical so I knew I would have to work really hard to push my pace and make up as much time on them as I could.  Off the line and I was breathing hard up the first climb.  I'm used to breathing hard off the line by now of course, but this was different.  I was struggling to get enough air in- I was gasping for air.  My legs felt awesome but my lungs were limiting the air flow.  By the time we were on the final part of the main climb of the day I was physically wheezing.  I thought this must be what asthma feels like.  I, do not have asthma, however.  Racers were dropping me on the hill like I was riding backwards.  Including other women who I know by now are in my category.  When it got so bad that I started to feel anxious I decided to stop and do the only thing I could think of- take an antihistamine- Benedry to be exact.  What is the first thing that comes to your mind when I tell you that?

Yup.  I completely forgot that Benedryl is not only an antihistamine, but it is also a depressant.  BIG oooops.

I made it to the top of the climb and enjoyed the sweet pump & birm goodness of Half Nelson, which always brings a smile to my face:)  Then another cheer station with tonnes of hi 5's to get us up the next little climb.  My lungs started to open up by the time I got to the top which was a huge relief mentally and physically.  Down Psudo Tsuga which was the first Enduro section and more fun than ever now that I have my new 29er:)  Back on the logging road for a climb up to the top of Powerhouse Plunge and I just started feeling really sluggish.  It took everything in me to try and push my legs and keep my intensity up.  But there wasn't really anything there.

I was really looking forward to checking out the Plunge on my new bike...and it was way better!  I rode everything but one steep rocky pitch and I am more than stoked about that.  Yay for the 29er!

I remember hearing a 'crunch' of metal on rock near the end of the Plunge, however...

When I got onto the next logging road and climb up to the next descent of 'Hoods in the Woods' I was on a single speed lol.  Well, I had the two front rings but I only had granny in the back.  Oooooops.

Let's just say it was a long and frustrating climb up to the trailhead...but I spun along and crossed fingers that I would find a 'bike patrol' crew member sooner than later.  But the first person I saw was a guy that looked like Bob & Doug Mackenzie standing on the side of the trail holding tongs and a piece of hot fried bacon out to me instead.  Oh dear.

But my luck came back and I came across an old fire fighting buddy, Jergan, who is on bike patrol, at the entrance to the trail.  He wasn't wearing his helmet, which I remember thinking was a bit odd as they all stand out with their red helmets and red jerseys on course.  Then I noticed he wasn't wearing his shirt either.

This is where it gets weird...

Jergan, checked out my derailer and started adjusting cables...that's when I realized he was also in his underwear...and just behind him, in the shadow of ferns, was Mr. Dave Norona, BCBR videographer and general trouble maker...with his video camera...wearing nothing but a loincloth made from, what appeared to be, a bundle of moss and a fern...I had stumbled into some strange forest nymph meets BCBR film and I didn't want anything to do with it so I grabbed my bike after a couple of minutes and got the heck out of there before I got roped into the 'magical' scene.  'Gears are good!  Gears are great!  Don't worry about it bud!  I'm outta here!'...and off I went to rattle and roll my new hardtail with a bent derailer hanger and a few gears down the steep and twisty turns of Hoods in the Woods.  Woah.  Did that really happen?  Or was it the Benedryl lol:)  Can't wait to see the video for Day 6...

On and on I rolled through the Crumpet forest and lovely trails I have encountered on oh so many Adventure Races and even Bike Races over the years... Only trouble is, I was stoned and riding a cranky bike with only a few gears.  I had to keep reminding myself that I was actually in a race and to get my butt in gear but there wasn't any heat to be found in the fire.  I knew well in advance that it wasn't  going to be a great result when I rolled across the line.  But I did my best for the day and what more can you do than that?

3:30ish and 50k with some of the best descents so far:)

I got back to camp, had the guys from Obsession Bikes nurse my derailer so it will live for tomorrow.  They would have preferred to swap it out and give me an overhaul so it would be 'perfect' for Day 7, but I will just wait until I get home and have the boys from Mountain City bring her back to life.  Post race was a blur but I know that I washed and checked my bike, had a shower, got a little wood fired pizza and sat down in the sunshine by my tent to enjoy it.  Last thing I remember was looking down at my plate and the pizza was gone, then I passed out for about 3 hours in my tent.

What a bizarre day!  Hope you had a good laugh at my expense...sometimes a good laugh is just what we need:).  I am officially looking forward to Whistler and a big celebration tomorrow night!

Roll On!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

BCBR Day 5 Sechelt to Langdale

The big wheels keep on rollin...

I can't believe tomorrow is already day 6:(  Sad to know the end is coming!

Yesterday was definitely the hardest day so far...many people were looking just as wasted as I was feeling at the end of the day...everyone said it was a brutal day...and a loooong day, with most not getting to dinner until 8:00...then it was back up and on the start line for 8:30 this morning to ride all the way from Sechelt to the Langdale ferry terminal through logging roads, quad trails and single track.

We are over the hump...2 days remain...

Bodies are battered and bruised.   Bags of ice, tensors, bruises, scabs and bodies decorated with strips of rock tape are the norm...

Bikes are reaching their limits too.  Every day they are blowing seals, tires, tubes, shocks and anything else you can think of.  I thought I had a rough day yesterday and then met a girl in the shower line who had 4 yes 4 flat tires on top of it all that day.  Then I saw a bike pushed across the finish line with a carbon frame that was completely severed.

My body is feeling surprisingly great!  Muscles are good and I am actually feeling better each day.  With the exception of the pounding my tissues are taking from riding a flipping hard tail since day 2.  My rear shock is hooped and won't even hold air over night now.  I pump it up to 150psi before bed and then it is down to 50 or less by the morning.  So...I have it locked out.  And I am paying the price for that.  I am sure I will live but omg...:0  Other than that my bike has been awesome (thanks MCC I love my Giant Anthem 29er)!I am sure it is the perfect bike for me for this race and I have full trust in my steed getting me safely across the line each day.!

Well, I felt hung over when I woke up but I am pretty sure I didn't have anything to drink last night.  I had a nice little walk down to the oceanfront in Sechelt which was the perfect way to clear my mind and greet the day before the insanity began.  Having time to prepare and get a little warm up in was a real treat after a couple of super rushed days.

I underestimated the amount of climbing and the difficulty of the day for sure- it was pretty tuff and up up up for most of the first 2/3s of the course.  It was 'only' 40k and the final 10k were nice flowy downhill trails but it was still surprisingly challenging.  The up's were all pretty much rideable and the downs were super duper fun with lots of wood work and a ride through the 'sprockids' mountain bike park trails to finish.  Crazy to ride right into the ferry terminal where the finish line was set up!  I felt great, and much more relaxed than yesterday which made for a fun day:).  I lucked out and made it across the finish in time to jump on the first ferry over to Horseshoe Bay so I was showered and settled into camp nice and early this afternoon.

I originally planned to stay at a friends place while in Squamish for 2 days, but camp life is pretty good and it is so convenient to be at race central so we are going to tent it instead.  The views from the tent and the weather can't be beat so it was an easy decision:).

They have wi-fi, a charging station for all of our hundreds of gadgets and about 8 Asus laptops (which I am using right now) for us to check in on.  And last night someone was walking around with a tray of delicious chocolate quinoa cupcakes.  Yup, all and all, camp life is pretty rad at BCBR

Right now super trials riding champion and now Yoga instructor, Ryan Leech, is leading Yoga in the park so I'd better go check it out!  Lululemon came on board as a sponsor and we all had sweet yoga mats added to our racer kit to boot:)

3hours 35ish minutes...good night!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

BCBR Day 4 Holy Crap

That was an insane day...I am still buzzing from the intensity and really don't think I can find the words to describe it at the moment...I'll probably give a play by play later but for now here are a few random things that went through my head during day 4...

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

BCBR Day 3 Powell River

Welcome to Powell River it's time to giver! Check out the view from my tent!

Forgive me for I have sinned...I tried my first Red Bull at the second aid station today!!  I know I know let me have it.. I am going to the hot zone for sure.  Toxic and as far from real food as you could get, it was an experiment of sorts.  I'm not sure if it truly gave me 'wings' but I did feel strong right until the end.  I will probably need to replicate the results to confirm my findings...lord I've turned into the Bridezilla of racing, over the top and doing things I swore I wouldn't...

I'll keep this short and sweet and share some pics instead...

Great day!
Arrived late via the ferry and had 10 minutes to warm up...and the race started with a big climb out of the gates yikes.  No chance to draft just push the pedals round and round all the way to the single track.
Another 48k of racing:)
Super pedally friendly single track heaven.
One VERY fun enduro section (will have to look the name of the trail up).  These are time sections on each course that highlight favorite downhill trails.  You hear the beep when you go through the gates and you hammer!
3:00hoursish - shorter and easier which was a nice treat as we started at 1:15 in the heat of the day!

I'm tucking in to Phad Thai at Thaidal Zone on the water!  Gotta go!

Ferry line up... BC ferries didn't know what hit them on the 10:10 sailing from Little River!
We had a wonderful welcome from the folks of Powell River!  Complete with pipers and high school cheer leaders!

Thanks to Dr Colin for the Rock Tape job this morning on the ferry, to support my shredded calf!  Feeling better so far and crossing fingers it's on the mend.

Monday, July 1, 2013

BCBR Day 2 Campbell River

Happy Canada Day Eh!
Another day, another bike race!  CR's Snowden Forest was the main stage today for a magical bike ride through endless kms of loamy single track.  Known by some as the 'cursed forest', Snowden has many technical rocky/rooty sections that never seem to dry and always keep you on your toes.  I love the challenge of riding these types of trails as you always have to be on alert and really get to play with your bike in order to keep in continuous forward motion.

Martin Ready of Island Mountain Rides put together an epic course that wound circles around the forest and managed to hit all the best trails along with tonnes of variety.  Great course!  

I met up with a shuttle this morning to get from the finish line at Willow Point Park to the race start at the nursery near Snowden.  The only problem was that the shuttle didn't exactly leave on time and we arrived at the start line with about 15 minutes until go time.  Not ideal but I had to get a warm up in before the crazy sprint start that seems to be the norm in these races.  By the time I got back the first wave of riders had already left and I had to hustle to line up with my wave!  I was placed in the fourth wave based on my time from day one.  As I looked around I recognized many faces that I had passed the day before.  Hmmm...maybe I should have started closer to the front...

But it turned out to be way less of a traffic jam today so it was super easy to sneak by riders and I actually got to race at my own pace which was awesome.  

It was a crazy sprint downhill on a logging road and I just put my head down and held on for the ride!  I am learning that there are a tonne of roadies in this race and they go hard on the roads!  I learned some new hand signals today and got a bit more confident hanging onto the wheel in front of me...that takes some serious trust!  They all go into crazy tucks that fold their spines and place their hands in the centre of the bars.'s a whole new world for me lol.

These are not the gang of riders I am used to ripping through the trails with.  It is great to hear all of the different languages, meet visitors and see our Province through their eyes.  But there is also a side to this experience that I didn't anticipate and that has actually shocked me.  Let me start by saying that the majority of riders have been nothing but courteous and friendly.  But I have also experienced a few negative encounters that I have never come across in any of my other racers over the years.  These range from just not so friendly peeps who don't return a hello or a smile (but really I can't blame them as many are in full on survival mode in the wilds of BC) to flat out disrespectful and real life trash talking on the trail.  

This morning I witnessed two guys in a full on fight that nearly came to fists while ripping along a logging road at 30kms/hour.  It was something to do with 'cutting me off' and then 'insulting me'.  Around here you don't really call people out like that in the trails...ever really. You just have fun and rip it up.

And yesterday  while I was merging into a line up of guys walking their bikes into the entrance to Two Sheiks I was actually physically PUSHED out of the line.  Yup.  I looked up at the (grown) man expecting it to be a joke and to see him laughing.  No smile there!  Just a solid arm pushing me to the side.  I was speechless.  

Ok ok enough about the negative because it truly is one small piece of this super rad BCBR puzzle.  But it really did shock me so I thought I should share my thoughts.  Apparently I live in a fluffy happy Island bubble of 'yo bro's, hi fives, rainbows and single track.  And I LOVE it:)

50 something kms
Cool in the shade hot in the sun.
Super sore calf from the crash cramp yesterday:(
No crashes yay!
My rear shock is leaking boo.
Moved up a spot in my category today.
Have just begun to appreciate the roots and gnarly sections.  The more the better as that seems to be where I make up all of my time!
I'm already starting to get sore in places I've never been sore before.
Finished in 3:20ish

It was an awesome day.  It has been so great to be a local over the past couple of days...I got to see so many friends and familiar faces and soaked up all of their positive cheering energy!  I'm heading to Powell River tomorrow morning where I will join in the big caravan and leave the comforts of home and familiar territory.  Let the next adventure begin!

I only took one pic today...of the bike wash.  They have it all set up for you with racks, hoses, soap, brushes, towels and chain lube.  It's awesome!

Gotta go eat some more...