And it was grrrrrreat! The views aren't great and it climbs for the first 6km or so....but as you get higher, the views start to open up. When I was up a month ago, we didn't get to many clear days. I had forgotten how impressive a mountain Mount Ball is....it a gorgeous, giant, VERY impressive chunk of rock! I stopped and had a visit with Alison Brewster and Kat the Kiwi at the lodge (thank-you for the cookies!) before heading back the same way. Another awesome day - 26km round trip, slow moving on the snow....4hours with my cookie break. Met lots of skiiers who thought I needed my head examined until they told me it took 5 hours to ski-in and it took me 2 hours to run in! Ha! Don't get all self righteous on me ya nordic geeks!!
Closing in on Mount Ball....
C'est tres impressive le Mont Ball, n'est pas??
(took this from the side of the highway, just driving home from the trailhead!)
Keith and Michelle in Action!
But wait! The days not over yet! After the run, I went for a spin for an hour with my honey Keith (I love Keith!) and my friend Michelle. They have been training up a storm in preparation for Michelles first half Ironman and helping keep each other motivated. Isn't that awesome? It's so much easier when you have friends to be accountable to and getcha' MOTIVATED. Of course, the biggest bonus is....it's usually way more fun! We have had lots of quality time in our garage together!
The Springboks defeated the All Blacks in the final, which is now remembered as an iconic moment in the history of the sport, and a watershed moment in the post-apartheid nation-building process. The last six lines deal with the transition (reflection) of the son growing up to be like his father in the future ("autumn...until the boy slept never to waken in that world again"). Determine the correction factor to be used during hydrometer tests (the difference between zero (0) and the calibration reading).
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