On Sunday the 8th I competed in my first ever snowshoe running race. The race was the first ever snowshoe running race held in Edmonton; pretty dang cool! The race was 4km and put on by the lovely 5 Peaks Northern Alberta organizers; and we all know they know how to execute a race perfectly..they are so awesome. Part of the deal is that you could rent snowshoes for $10…good deal.
Now 4km easy easy… 21 minutes no big deal…..NAWT this sport is HARD….and on top of it all I had one hell of a time with my snowshoes.
This is how my race went down…Jesse and I parked at the Royal Glenora stairs and ran over to Kinsmen field for a warm up, then we arrived and got situated with our snowshoes. Good. Then at 11 am the race started and I was feeling ready to roll Jesse and I paced out together and at about 700M my snowshoe flew off. Bad. I stopped and put that bitch on as tight as I could..so I thought. For the next 3.3 kms my left snowshoe fell off every 4 feet; I kid you not. Bad. I wanted to quit but I didn’t because I do not like quitters. Good. I eventually finished the race. Good. In a slow time. Bad. Got a free drink and some homemade soup. Good!
Jesse got second in his age category and I didn’t come in last even with my serious technical difficulties. After the race a few people came up to me and commended me on my efforts as they witnessed my run away snowshoe. That was really nice because I wanted to break that snowshoe in half.
Next step, purchase my own snowshoes that fit me perfectly; I think and hope this will make snowshoe racing much more enjoyable! They are on sale now everywhere so I am going to snag a pair so I can throw down like Bobby Flay in the next race! BOOM.
As for my running training still consistently running 30-40km/ week my body feels great the weather has been beautiful so things are good!
I am looking forward to the Hypothermic Half Marathon on Feb 12th and HOPING for nice weather!
Finally this is a great picture and Jesse and I are both in it!