Fortunately, the sun came out shortly after and started melting it rather quickly, leaving big messy puddles and a whole lot of flowing water in the streets of Banff. It was definitely a powder day up at Sunshine Village, the local ski hill, which is still open for another couple of weeks! I thought about skiing, but decided I was feeling to fragile and if ever an accident was going to happen, it would be to Leslie-on-her-skis-the-week-after-100k.
Phew. There's a run on sentence for y'all.
The pictures don't actually show how much snow fell, but it was big....it snowed for almost 24 hours non-stop. Big wet spring flakes - I wasn't exactly thrilled to see it, but it sure was pretty yesterday morning!
I have had a great "recovery" week - my honey surprised me at the airport on Monday (love you Keith) and cooked me up a tasty feast on Monday night. I worked Tue-Wed-Thursday and didn't do any activity at all. I do stand on my feet all day at work though - and I was feeling surprisingly good. I had one trip to the chiropractor. But I have had no significant discomfort and no ibuprofen required!
I have enjoyed more than a few reward beers, chocolate and ice cream this week. The interesting thing is that these things haven't been part of my diet for quite some time and while they tasted good, I felt crappy afterwards. It is true, you are what you eat! When you eat crap, you feel like crap. So back to yummy whole foods and fresh things.
Me and Mount Rundle
By Friday, I was ready to move my body, but there was a foot of snow on the ground. So, I took my poles, put on my gators and opted for a very gentle walk up Tunnel Mountain. No running, just strolling. O.K, I might have bust out the run on the descent, but I took it easy. I was feeling surprisingly fragile. After that, I went to the gym and put myself through some gentle motions and core work. I have a new goal in mind and that is to go to the gym all summer and build on the progress I have been making keeping my core and back strong. Historically, I never venture in to the gym in summer - because it is inside and you know, why would anyone want to go inside in summer?? As long as I keep my workout time to under an hour, I think I can wrap my brain around one hour inside.
Random thought - I am always amazed and bewildered at the people training inside, at the gym, on beautiful days. On cardio equipment. In the town of Banff. I had the "pleasure" of spending a lot of time at the gym exactly 2 years ago while I was doing rehab for a reconstructed ACL. The moment to docs gave me the go ahead to go outside and play, there was no looking back! Gym-be-gone! I am so outside!
Anyhow, I appear to be rambling about nothing - but in theory I have done nothing this week, so you get to hear about it!!
Next up this weekend: Mother's Day - Judy is coming to visit!
Next weekend: Sugoi Dirt Girl's Camp aka. getting my assed kicked on a mountain bike
Weekend after: Blackfoot 50k, but only if I feel recovered.
Enjoy your weekend!