Me and my Mountain Bike: A Love/Sometimes Hate Story

This winter brought a record dumping of snow in Squamish- It was crazy!
Despite making the best of it and embracing winter I think we all started to grow a little tired of it…Ok…a lot tired of it.

The arrival of spring – FIIIIIINAAAAAAALLY has me thinking more about sunshine, green spaces and getting back on my bike!

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Myself and Sue riding Half Nelson, Squamish BC

In the last few years I’ve come along way on the ol’ mountain bike. I bought my first “Big girl bike” as I like to call it, a dual-suspension Norco Sight for those who want to know. I competed in my first race* and have taken some incredible riding trips all over BC.

* By race I mean fun, encouraging, AMAZING womens’ only social-enduro (where only the downhill portions are timed and scantily-clad male volunteers shoot vodka at you from water guns….I know, right?)

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Hot on Your Heels (2016) | Photo credit: Adrian C. Armstrong

When I first started mountain biking- which was WAY back in 2008, I legitimately cried my way down the easiest trail on the mountain. It was a women’s night at Whistler Blackcomb Bike Park and I was terrified! After that first experience, I did end up taking a few more group lessons but had mixed feelings about the sport. It was HARD and it was SCARY and there were plenty of perceived and actual risks involved- in fact, there still are- obviously. Continue reading “Me and my Mountain Bike: A Love/Sometimes Hate Story”

A Year in Review – Adventures of 2016

 

Ireland – June 2016

My boyfriend is from Ireland, so luckily for me we got invited to a wedding and decided to make a holiday out of the trip!  Although we spent most of our time in and around County Cork, we also visited Dublin with a quick stop over to see family in London, England too.

I had been to Ireland before and had done a lot of the more touristy things (Cliffs of Moher, Giants Causeway, etc) So this time we decided to stay between Cork and Dublin and do day trips.

In just over two weeks we managed to sneak in a trip to the Middleton Whiskey Distillery, Guinness Storehouse and Trinity College (Dublin), hiked in the Wicklow Mountains, visited Lismore Castle, Nohoval Cove  and many other spots along the way.

Highlights included driving fast on country roads, eating black pudding, visiting friends upon friends upon friends and of course, drinking TONS of Guinness.  I also held a chicken, which was no small feat.

The wedding was a SPECTACULARLY good time, Pete and I cleaned up pretty well, the sun made a timely appearance and despite my hangover the next day I was able to (almost) keep up drinking with the Irish.