Oct 20, 2015

October fun at 6.5-7 months pregnant

28 weeks pregnant hiking in Banff
Hiking and SUP seem to be what mostly consists of my outdoor adventures and fun in October.
As my tummy has grown and my pregnancy now in its third trimester I have opted to sit out from any kind of serious mountain biking. I am still bike commuting, and enjoying the general act of biking but I feel its best to avoid any potential falls on sharp objects. I feel lucky to have mtn biked as much as I have (up to 6.5 months pregnant) but its time to take a break until the baby comes out..

SUP has been wonderful, the low impact of the sport especially on lakes, is making it possible to paddle right through pregnancy. Albeit, I am no longer paddling hard interval workouts, I am still able to get out there on my board and paddle... awesome exercise, fun, and feels sooooo good.
calm SUP on Kal Lake in the fall

Gym I have been lifting some weights and going to the gym once a week which has been great and although my intensity is much lower and my weights are lighter my body can do it and it feels sooo good to move in a variety of ways. The weather has been killer (good) here, so I have not gone into the pool yet but as fall gets cooler and winter closer I forsee spending time in the pool swimming laps. I imagine that will feel great! Also I have been heading to yoga once a week and that has also been good to the body.. Now, that my tummy is bigger I avoid certain exercises but can still participate in most of the same class as everyone else:)

Hiking has been some of my more adventurous outdoor choices in this period for its comfort and ease. I can still run and do sometimes, but more often than not it just doesn't feel all that great and therefore not that fun BUT hiking or hike/running has been killer... I walk the ups and run/walk the downs or flats depending on how I feel at the time. I have hiked all over the place but more recently around Winthrop area, we head there annually for Canadian Thanksgiving (typically for mtn biking but this year I opted to hike) and then again around Banff area for my birthday weekend. I usually either run or bike so its been different hiking so much. I suppose I should be getting used to "different" as that is what life is and will be forever now... I do love different, its hard at the beginning, but change is so fun and healthy and keeps me on my toes....
Thanksgiving crew


Banff/Lake Louise Birthday weekend

Cutthroat Pass, WA Thanksgiving

The sun is shining and although I planned  a swim I can't not be outside... so I think its a SUP, bike, hike kind of day..... woohoo!

live, love, laugh,..DREAM!

West Coast SUP Symposium

Better late than never.....
Oct 4-5 2015 was the first ever West Coast SUP Symposium in Tofino, BC. The weekend consisted of a variety of workshops, food, camping, and SUP folks coming together from different areas and backgrounds.

I feel lucky to have been able to be a part of this great event in its first year. Thanks to Brian Raymer of South Island SUP and Emre of T'ashii Paddles for hosting me. I got to teach a variety of clinics and even catch some ankle bitter waves (didn't head to anything too crazy due to being 6.5 months pregnant)...

The weather blessed us with sunshine and warmth for the entire weekend which made the weekend just that much sweeter. Check out the link below for the different clinics and workshops that were offered.


check out some rad photos from Chad


Sunday tour photo by Emre

me teaching a SUP race clinic photo by Brian Raymer

It was a great event that I am hope will continue for years to come:)

live, love, laugh,..DREAM!