I had been busy shopping, building furniture (luckily had some good friends to help), waiting for services/delivery, and prepping for house warming fiesta! Oh yeah and tact on that half ironman in Vancouver last weekend (report to come in another post). It's been a good week.
Well, actually it's been a good month. Two sub 5 hr performances in Victoria and Vancouver.
The weekend of Victoria, I had to make a pre-trip stop at the 24 hours Easter Seals relay to do the opening leg. PS - a friend Jen unfortunately couldn't attend to defend her title this year, so it was up to me to run on her behalf and defend the UBCTC's streak. :)
|Success! Trust me, it was the photographer's idea.|
|Photo shamelessly stolen from newspaper article from here.|
Next up was Victoria. The race and the competitor. Well I guess many all know too well that I had slimly edge Victoria by a few seconds last year in the same race. This year she was out for blood. Haha kidding, she's the nicest competitor and helped me tackle a few more minutes off my PB (and obviously beating me in the process). I guess that's racing sometimes and it's humbling getting beat while setting a killer PB. I finished just shy of 10 minutes faster from the previous year!!
|Victoria helped pace me stride for stride but I couldn't keep up to her after 14km. You may not be able to tell, but I was really struggling.|
I remember one dude, assuming he witnessed the final kilometer of our race last year, said during the run as both Victoria and I passed him "Really!?! Not you guys again".
My swim is also getting stronger this year. I've been shaving a couple minutes and consistently getting into the sub 37 minute range (I know still dreadful to swimmer's ears, but I'm really pleased).
|I'm just a poser of course.|
As mentioned earlier, July has been busy.
|Early stages of movin' with a bazillion shoe boxes.|
Lional was kind to offer his truck for getting the sofa and bedframe. I owe him big! This was also the day my mattress finally came in. Talk about getting your three biggest ticket items (exception of the dining table) on the same day.
|At IKEA, funny people thought I worked here by the way I dressed (In my defense, I had to book it from office and had keys/scan card hung around my neck so I wouldn't loose em').|
Thanks to a friend, Bridget and I prepared this awesome Philadelphia turtle cheesecake.
|Perfect cheesecake for the housewarming party!|
|Evidence of Naiely over taking the control tower and ordered us not to use the strawberries for the salad as I originally advertised.|
|I couldn't complain though, as this salad was super fantastique (with Jesse's help)!|