AMBER MONFORTE- Wins the womens, breaking the record by 3 1/2 hours!! What an amazing woman!! No only was she an amazing athlete who worked full time... but apparently she finished each stage with a tequila shooter... now thats my kinda girl! For more info:
This was one of the first four guys... 3 of them from italy. There was a big whooplah. I was impressed with the size of the guy. Is it a common misconception that you have to be small to be fast?? inspration for my 6 ft 3"" husband.
And on to the actual HOLIDAY! :
GOAL: Endurance training, 75 miles running ( or similar xt);Learn to enjoy more biking.
ACHIEVED: two ten mile runs ; two 40 mile 5 1/2 hr bike rides in 4 days. ??bottles of wine consumed. tee hee.
LOVED 10 mile runs penticton to OK falls. Stopped once at a good ol' diner at OK falls. Jim ate some huge farmers scramble with eggs/bacon/cheeze/potatoes etc.... then ran back. I don't think he will have stomach problems for our 50 K!
We did a bike ride thru Naramata to ''wine taste''. It was so beautiful we never stopped to do the tasting. Biked 40 miles. The most I have ever biked in my life - I quite enjoyed this!.
Biking thru Naramata Vinyards :
Kettle Valley 40 mile bike ride: 20 miles uphill, in the sand, against the wind, for 3 1/2 hrs. I did not find this enjoyable... but it was a good workout. Tired after the 5 1/2 hrs of biking.
Beautiful tunnels at the beginning... but it just went uphill from there. No wonder everyone was going in the opposite direction to us.
lie down at the end at Chute lk:
To make it that much more enjoyable, Jim got a massive flat tire at 18 mi out . He rode 6 mi in then some old rock picker picked us up. Thank god. I know we could have ran back.
I want to GARBAGE his old hard tail bike. I think its 20 yrs old from deep cove bike shop! Give it up Jim!
We started to get into biking. No pounding on the joints but still a great workout! love it- but need better equipment.
Dirt to Dining: Total Vancouverite
Finish sweaty, dirty bike ride...cleaned up in the lake at Naramata... then off to Penticton Casino for some classy dining. A perfect day!
Great stop at Manning Park just before East entrance. I could spend a week here! I hoped to do part of the frosty 50k run but Jims foot (plantar fasciitis) was too sore. ..And back to Van we go.
Great trip, great work at cross training- liking the bike thing! Highly recommend BANBURY green for camping . Its betw penticton and ok falls. Access to the KVR. Bit more $, but most sites on skaha lk with your own private beach. LOVELY!!