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February – Touring in the Slackcountry

Fresh Powder in the Backcountry

It snowed 18 cm overnight.
Cold enough to keep the snow fluffy and dry, and no wind crust.
A sunny day.
Climb up, remove skins, lock bindings down and float back down on soft beautiful turns.

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Sweethearts’ Dance

My church group sponsored a sweethearts’ dance the other week and invited me to take a few pictures.

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More of the baby

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Motivation 4 – Watching a new World Record

Chistine Nesbitt sets new world record at the Calgary Oval, Jan 28 2012

At the world sprint championships held last weekend in Calgary, Christine Nesbitt set a new 1000 meter world record. She shattered it with a time of 1 min 12.68 sec, knocking almost 1/2 second off the old record which stood since 2006. This year, she has won six out of the six 1000 meter world cup races she has participated in.

Earlier in the day, she did not do as well as she wanted in the 500 meter race. She was a bit angry with herself, and she said that motivated her to push harder in the 1000.

Seeing her race that day was definitely motivational!

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We have an amaryllis that is blooming.  I figured there is no reason not to shoot it.


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Motivation 3 – Bicycle Commuting at 20 Below

I use my bicycle to get to work year round but last Monday tested my motivation. It was minus 28C (minus 18F) in the morning and I was tempted to take the bus. I should have.

On the way to work, a derailleur cable snapped, leaving me with a reduced number of gears. I had to pedal harder and despite the cold, was almost too hot when I arrived at work.

Minus 30 Celsius: Steam Rising from the River Under the Crowchild Bridge

The temperature dropped for return trip home and it was tough pedaling. The bike wheels just didn’t want to turn and it felt like my brakes were dragging!  Steam rising from the river where the water still ran open, I took a minute to rest and make a photo.

Shortly after crossing on the bike path below the bridge, the cold took its toll and the front tire went flat. Though I had a repair kit, I really didn’t want to try to repair a tire at those temperatures. Knowing that I had limited gearing to get up a steep hill further along made the decision easy. I called for a ride!

The bike is repaired (for now) and the temperatures milder this week – yay!

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