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Well, it’s not for lack of effort!

Just 2 weeks to Tough Mudder. I’ve been training like mad, so even though I am certainly not an “elite athlete” by any stretch of the imagination, however the day turns out is not for lack of effort.

I’ve been at the gym lifting heavy weights, doing the “Spartan Bootcamp”, and all sorts of other power/strength/endurance stuff (including banded running. look it up. it’s hard.) On the weekends, Jamie and I have been hitting the trails and doing [what I consider to be] long runs. With few walk breaks. The point is to develop endurance. Jamie & I both agree that this season is going significantly better for me than last – much less walking. Aside from rolling my left ankle, rolling my right ankle, breaking a toe, and today hyper-extending my heel (all in the last 4 weeks), I feel ready.

Today we did the lovely 16k loop around Upper Kananaskis Lake. I specifically chose a route with with few hills to help with the extra couple kilometers from last week. It was a gorgeous run – until I tripped on something (later to be discovered as ‘nothing’), and landed on all fours, hyper-extending my right heel. This kinda weakened my ability to keep a good pace on the tougher terrain (see: shaky-rocky-shale-type stuff), but once we got through the gnarly stuff we were back on track.

We got ourselves a Gopro hero3 for all of our adventures – especially to take with us to Tough Mudder. It’s a waterproof, “drop-proof”, take-along-with-you-in-extreme-situations camera. It’s tiny and can be attached to your wrist, chest, helmet, bike, whatever.

Jamie played around with the GoPro during our K-Country run today. Enjoy.

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K-Country: Ptarmigan Cirque & Galatea

On the long weekend, hubby, Paula, and I ventured out into K-Country for a couple “easy” hikes. First we tackled the nice little 5k Ptarmigan Cirque loop – primarily to try and see little Pika’s amongst the rocks. Then hubby wanted to check out Galatea – apparently a flat, mild hike – just to get more out of our K-Country trip. So, we grabbed a banana for each of for a snack along the way and off we went.

20km and 2800ft elevation gain later…

Sheep River Falls


kananaskis adventures

jamie absolutely loves heading out for day trips into k-country with his camera. so this weekend, we headed out together! we took the long way, started in bragg creek, turner valley. black diamond, longview, and through the highwood pass. it was a very humid, foggy, and rainy day – so we did not get any good pics from the highwood pass. however, on our way through turner valley, we decided to detour to Sheep River Falls. I had never been (and never knew it existed), but since hubby spent half his childhood in the area, he had been many times. it is off the beaten path, so very few people were around. it was almost identical to Elbow Falls, but less developed… so a little prettier.

Sheep River Falls

Sheep River Falls

Jamie exploring the falls

Jamie exploring the falls

Jen down river from the falls

Jen down river from the falls

Once we had explored the falls a bit, we were ready to leave. On our way cresting the hill to head to the parking, lot, we spotted some kayakers! COOL! We stayed to watch them. You can check out all the pics on Jamie’s flicker site (www.flickr.com/photos/albinomuppet).

The Kayakers arrive @ Sheep River Falls!

The Kayakers arrive @ Sheep River Falls!

Courageous Kayaker! Click for more photos.

Courageous Kayaker! Click for more photos.