Thursday, July 31, 2008
The Sea-to-Sky highway between Vancouver and Whistler is closed due to an incredible rock slide near Porteau Cove.
There are some sobering pictures of the area and a clip of some of the news coverage.
Amazingly no one was injured although a bus was travelling thru the area at the time. The road looks like being closed thru the BC Day weekend though there are alternatives! Another road route via Duffy Lake takes a mere 7 hours or you could charter a helicopter or two, or even a plane to skip over the debris!
PS: In the picture above, the building on the cliff face is the BC Mining Museum at Britannia Beach, one time home of the X Files film unit for a few episodes.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Well, I did it!
I completed the Divas' Triathlon held in North Vancouver on Sunday, and in a time only a minute or so slower than my first attempt at it four years ago.
So I've only been training for it since May (started swimming again in mid April following viral labyrinthitis), my training comprised only two sessions a week and I had only been out once on my road bike - I'm amazed with myself!
My boys (DH and the wee guy) were out in force to support me, and feed me danish pastries at the finish. It pissed down with rain for almost the whole race.
The run was possibly the worst part of the race for me. My swim times are crap anyway but I managed to complete 740m in under 20 minutes (yay). The bike course is hilly but I captured my fastest time ever (in the rain and on a bike I hardly know - go figure). The cycling was completed in torrential rain so by the time I set out on the run my feet weighted 10 times more than usual cos of the amount of rainwater in each shoe. So my 5k was a long 34 minutes - v slow.
But I enjoyed it all. I don't have time to train for anything more than a sprint tri but I do welcome the variety involved.
... and it's good to feel like I have the energy for it all!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
how about a view of where i live (from a cycle commuter's point of view)!
His route starts from Barnet Highway and continues in along Murray/Clark towards Ioco. It's the same alarming route my husband takes on his bike commute every day!!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
oh how i hate posing for a full pic - bleh! i was going for 'coy' but only the hair behaved (thanks Jennyfer)
well it's my cycling outfit! there's a pair of padded cycling shorts hidden under the mini skirt (otherwise you would not see me in something so brief)
but today was a Very Good Day - i went out on my road bike for the first time this year since losing my sense of balance in January. i felt fine and was less intimidated by the bike than usual (which is A Good Thing since i'm competing in a triathlon this sunday and need to be speedy on this bike).
i spent an hour this morning whizzing along the Inlet Trail and only came a cropper on one hill thru Not Having Fucking Clue About The Gears. a very nice gentleman offered to give me a push. thank you sir! it's the best offer i've had in quite a while!
... and then i went back to being a mummy.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
I've just completed a run of metalworking, testing the limits of my trusty creme brulee torch and soldering capabilities.
While this piece isn't an incredibly technical example of what I can now accomplish at my home bench set up, I'm very pleased with it as I've had the idea in my head for some time now.
This copper pendant comes from a series I've called "Bud", inspired by the bud of wire mesh sprouting fromt he centre of the domed metal square. This particular one is a nautilus since it makes a spiral shape.
OK so the only metalworking comes from some drilling to create the holes for the wire and the hammering in a dapping block to smooth the dome. But I'm extraordinarily proud of my soldered copper hanging loop on the reverse and it looks pretty darn cool hanging from a cable steel necklace too!
Three versions, copper Nautilus, copper bud and sterling pearl bud are for sale in my Etsy shop right now!