Apr 26, 2010

Comox Snow to Surf....GOLD!

(Paul Palfreyman photographer)

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Figrolls racing came together in Comox for another fun filled weekend of mtn biking and the annual snow to surf relay race. This year Andrew and I were the last leg of the race... the ocean canoe!

First thoug,h Saturday a crew of us went out on some of the local CUmberland xcountry mtn bike trails for a little rip around...after a couple of minor mishaps (leaving a helmet behind etc) and our usual guides being busy we had an eventful little ride. We were left to our memories and a map but some recent logging left us confused and a little lost.... we did manage to hit some of the usual trails and a couple of new ones even if they weren't the ones we intended to ride and it was still good times with awesome trails!

After the ride, Andrew and I hit the water on the canoe for a last minute paddle on the course for Sunday.. it was calm and a beautiful evening for a paddle.... race day would prove to be very different....

Our usual potluck dinner and drinks finished off the fun filled day in Comox....

Sunday was the big Snow to Surf RACE DAY. It is a brilliant locally run event but can be a swarm of confusion for those of us with a lack of organizational skills. Luckily Andrew and I just had to head to the beginning of the canoe leg, simple!..... The race begins with the alpine ski, then nordic ski, two runners, mtn bike, kayak, road bike and finished with the canoe.

(photographer Paul Palfreyman)

Andrew and I had been in the canoe twice beforehand but felt fairly confident in the sturdy boat. The canoe leg began with a 1km run down the bike path where the canoe partner would be waiting with the boat at the edge of the water. I scored the run as I luckily brought running shoes (lucky? I don't know?!?)... I forgot how much sprinting hurts! Jacek came in 12/13th from the road bike and I was off trying to hold off another competitor just behind me. Andrew was ready with the canoe I jumped in and we were off. The water was nothing like the evening before, it was choppy, wavy and pretty much all over the place. One canoe took off ahead of us and we tried to keep it in our sight and managed to sneak by another. 3/4 of the way through the course a canoe that overtook us capsized in front of us which allowed us to regain our spot. Andrew did a fabulous job steering while I tried to keep us moving forward. I have to say we were a great team. Paddling into the finish was grand and I got to jump out of the canoe and ring the finish line bell! woohoo. We managed to come in 12th overall and 1st in the Open mixed category! the rest of the crew did awesome!

we enjoyed the beer garden but had to sadly head back to mainland... until next year

live, love, laugh,...DREAM!

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