Thoughts on Cross-Country Skiing: Cypress Mountain

Played around with the boards and the phone this evening up (January 22nd) up at Cypress Mountain. A little xc ski reminiscence back to the race days as I work on my super-rusty skate ski technique.

Hoka One One Speed Instinct 2 Review

How I longed to love this shoe. Hoka had rectified the previous Speed Instinct’s shortcomings of a cramped toe box, spongy response, and improved traction. The first item of that list precluded me from the use of the shoe’s first generation. So dropping $160.00CND/130USD on a shoe should render glorious trail run fun. Well, mostly it will leave you and your bank account feeling shorted.

Getting Traction: Winter Ice and Snow Running

Another round of cold weather, with predicted rain or snow potentially making slick conditions on the local trails and seawall even slicker, has a few runners in my circle asking, “How do I safely train in this?”  So, a few tips on equipment and preparation, to reduce the risk of slipping and injuring yourself while…

Destination Runs: Salt Spring Island Trailrunners Series

I am heads down navigating the trail, when a voice calls out, “I think you’re going the wrong way.” Like a true road runner, I’ve committed the situational awareness faux pas of looking at my feet, and missed one of the well marked turns in the 2015 Channel Ridge 9k produced by the Salt Spring…

Lessons Learned from Running the BMO Vancouver Marathon on a Whim

Less than ten kilometers in and I’m exiting my third port-a-potty, three port-a-potty stops into the 2015 Vancouver BMO Marathon.  The run is quickly becoming a list of ‘what not to do’ in undertaking a marathon.  Foremost, in embracing the spirit of the moment and adventure I had signed up for the marathon the day…

Utah: The White Rim Trail in Pictures

I’m walking across a wide open “campground”, where the sites are a several hundred meters apart. To disturb your neighbours under the darkening purple of the Moab sky, you’d have to work up a good, loud bellow. They do things big here, and it’s been a big day on the White Rim Trail in Canyon…

One Day Expedition: Indian Arm

Photos: Kevin Miklossy & Bart Stockdill The text message comes in, “Looks like Indian River blockade is passable on a quad or dirt bike, didn’t go any further on account of being alone and sunset.”  The blockade in question is a 15-plus foot high cement barrier intended to keep all users off the Indian River…