Saturday, February 14, 2015

New Sponsorship: Bellefleur Physiotherapy

I couldn't be more thrilled to announce my newest sponsorship: Bellefleur Physiotherapy !!!

There are many reasons why I'm BEYOND excited about this:
#1 - I put my body through hell, and need to be sure I am taking all the steps necessary to care for it (dry needling is my personal fav treatment for muscle knots and sore spots)

#2:  Bellefleur's owners/physios are community leaders, and deeply involved with the Orleans communtiy (something that is very important to me)

#3 Did I mention that they are award winning physiotherapists?!?! Voted Health Care Professional of the Year and Business Person of the Year!!

#4 Their clinic is NOT your usual physio clinic with rows of beds, and impersonal treatment!  They pride themselves on a more personal touch, with beautiful private treatment facilities.

Meet Dave and Jason Bellefleur, and please check them out online

It's caring professionals like this that make me want to train harder and push myself even further!  I have no doubt that 2015 will be an amazing year, with them keeping my body working at its optimal fitness level!!


And to all my athletes who read this, remember that I always stress the importance of caring for our bodies! Don't wait for an injury to see a physio!! See them for maintenance and care of those muscles and tight spots (hips, glutes, knees, ITB and back to name a few!)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

New Race Added!!

In addition to my previously posted race lineup, I have added one more 100 miler in November!! The course is fast, and has been the site of some wicked-fast 100 mile times.  I'm stoked to have a fast race after my extremely mountainous season!!

Stay tuned for more info, wooooohoooo!!!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Never tell me that I can't... cause I will!!

So today I arrived at my absolute fav ski trails, only to discover that they were completely ungroomed!!  With over 20 centimeters of fresh powder.  Another skier said to me "the trails are unskiable"... hmmmmm, sounded like a challenge to me!!

I took off!! (well, took off at a turtle's pace) trudging through the snow, pushing as hard as I could.  Before i knew it I was done the distance i had set out to complete. Sure, it took me twice as long as I had planned. Sure, my poor legs were completely destroyed afterwards and my upper body/arms were complete jello. But I had conquered the "unskiable" trails!! muhahaha!!  There is something very powerful about being out on km after km of untouched trails.  I heard the trees cracking, the snow blowing, the woodpeckers and the sled-dogs in the distance, and I couldn't have felt more alive! It was just me, my skis and kms of fresh powder.  True bliss.

Ok, now i need food and a nap!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

A Thank You

Just wanted to send a thank you to all my sponsors who support my crazy adventures!!  You are all so wonderful and supportive!!

And of course, thank you to my wonderful husband Corey, my amazing parents and parents-in-law, and my wonderful friends!!

The year ahead

I don't often share what races etc I have planned for the year, but I'm just so excited for the year ahead that I couldn't stop myself this time.

As many of you know I recently opted for a coaching change, before the rumour mill starts I wanted to explain why I decided to change coaches.  It has nothing to do with the quality of coaching that I was receiving from my previous coach, he was fabulous!  In the end it came down to his personal commitments and the amount of time that he was away/out of the country.  I wanted to have a coach that could adjust my schedule when needed and who was there to answer my questions more frequently.  I just found that my previous coach was away too often and was unavailable too much.  It became very stressful when I couldn't receive the guidance that I needed before / after races and training.

I am now being coached by Ann Trason, and I couldn't be more thrilled with how things are going!  Ann is extremely involved, organized and ALWAYS available to answer my questions, it is truly fabulous.  She has set out a great training program for me and I feel as though I'm already learning so much.

As for the year ahead, I have a 50M in July to warmup, then THE CANADIAN DEATH RACE in August!!
I'm so stoked about this race, I can barely contain myself!!!!  I can't wait to get out to the mountains to train for this one :) Lots of trip with my wonderful hubby to the White Mountains!!

Next up, I will have my biggest challenge EVER!!  The Bear 100 Miler in September!!  The course profile scares the crap out of me.


After the Bear I will be tackling a fantastic 50M race in October!! Really looking forward to seeing what I can achieve at this race.

So, that's my year in a nutshell... of course there is also a marathon and a half marathon in there :)

Saturday, January 3, 2015

"Mealballs" aka meatballs that are a meal on their own!

Ok, wow... these just kind of happened on the fly today!  So I love meatballs, but I wanted something a little more substantial and healthy so I decided to add a bunch of veggies and yumminess (that is not a word... oh well!)

1 sweet potato peeled and diced
3 shallots
2tbs oil/fat
3 natural, nitrate free, honey garlic sausage
1tsp cayenne
1tsp cinnamon
3tbs maple syrup
1 egg
1 1/3 cups almond flour
3 strips bacon (diced into bits)
1 red pepper
1 cup button mushrooms
1/3 cup spinach

1. pre-heat oven to 375 degrees
2. throw diced sweet potato into food processor and chop until into a fine dice, scoop out and put into bowl, set aside
3. do the same with the shallots
4. heat fat/oil in pan over medium heat
5. add shallots and sweet potato, cover and leave alone for 5 mins, then stir... you want to cook until the sweet potato gets soft (normally about 8 mins), keep covered when not stirring
6. In a stand mixer remove sausage from casing put into mixer, mix around to break up
7. add cooked sweet potato and shallots, mix around for about 2 mins
8. add salt and pepper (good amount)
9. add cinnamon, cayenne, maple syrup, and egg... mix again
10. throw peppers, spinach and mushrooms into food processor, chop up into a fine dice (set aside)
 11. cook cut up bacon in pan over medium heat, once about half way cooked add peppers spinach and mushrooms, cook for another 5mins or so, until soft.
12. add bacon and veggies to meat mixture
13. mix around and add almond flour (if it looks too liquidy add more almond flour, but it will be a little liquidy)
14.  form into balls and drop onto NON-STICK foil or pan

15. bake for 30 mins
16. EAT!

Pesto... need I say more??

Note: This is just the recipe for my pesto sauce!!! I will be posting what the heck I do with it tomorrow... Though I could easily eat this with a spoon!

2/3 cup pine nuts
4 gloves of garlic (minced)
2 cups PACKED DOWN basil (lots and lots!! load it in there... heck, add extra.. but not too much!)
2/3 cup Olive Oil (wait, what?!?! isn't that bad for me? NO! STOP, JUST STOP)... healthy fats
parmesan cheese (freshly grated, no packaged CRAP)... I only add a little, about 1/3 cup - but you can add as much or as little as you like.
1tsp cayenne
good pinch of salt and pepper

1. in a non-stick pan toast pine nuts (medium heat... keep those puppies moving, DON'T BURN'EM!!)
2. once toasted, throw into food processor and GO NUTS!! You want them well chopped up.
3. add garlic to pine nuts and give it another whirl! Weeeeeeeeheeeeee
4. add basil, yes all of it! Whirly-time again! watch that food processor go.  (be sure to scrape down the sides (when the machine is off please) and chop for long enough to get a consistent look)
4. add olive oil and give a good whirl, about 3 mins
5. Add parmesan, salt, pepper and cayenne - whirl that food processor again... about 2 mins
6. scoop out!

** I normally use half and freeze half - so separate into 2 containers**