If the miles behind me could be put into words before you, you would feel my efforts, my struggles, my desires. Most of all you would see my joy. Watch me from afar run the trails and hills and miles upon miles and you will see ...

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Sweet, Bitter, Sweet, Bitter, Sweet, Bitter, Sweet, Bitter, Sweet

On Canada Day, Mike, Ryan, Kevin and I went to run the first half of the Knee Knacker course to familiarize ourselves with it for next Saturday. It was to be a quick 3 - 3.5 hour run along some beautiful trails. It was, as the title suggests, sweet and bitter.

Sweet - Actually getting out on the trails ten days after Bighorn with the feet feeling good again

Bitter - The first huge climb up 3000' in a five km stretch, including scrambling up huge boulders as far as the eye could see

Sweet - Getting to the top of this climb and appreciating the amazing view of Horseshoe Bay and the Gulf Islands

Bitter - Continuing on and running into crazy amounts of snow, sometimes hard-packed and six feet deep in spots, and not
being able to find the trail in between the markers on the trees. Also Ryan going over a bridge, losing hand-held
bottle with car key in the pouch into a river under a patch of snow.

Sweet - Finding Ryan's bottle and key and retrieving it after only fifteen minutes of fishing for it with a stick

Bitter - More snow and finally descending to dry ground but missing the Skyline trail turnoff

Sweet - Getting back onto the trail after a stretch on the road and running back to Cleveland Dam, appreciating this view as

Bitter - Heading home after a 4:30 run/hike and finding the Ironworkers Bridge closed due to a distraught teen standing
outside the rails. Waiting for six hours while they tried talking her down

Sweet - Enjoying the sun while waiting, having the police incident end successfully, making it home finally and getting an hour
in of Kick The Can with the neighbourhood kids

As a side note I can confidently state that the record will NOT be falling this year at the Knee Knacker. There's way too much snow to be making time like that.

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