Living in the East Kootenay’s definitely has it’s drawbacks (uh, nowhere to shop!), but at the ripe old age of 32, I will finally admit that it also has incredible bonuses . . . the wilderness, the mountains, the trails, the lakes, the peaks!
I did not own a pair of hiking boots, cross country skis, a backpack, hiking poles, bear spray or gaiters until I met Paul. Pause and think about how romantic that all sounds. I had never seen a tick, a bear, a wolf, the peak of a mountain or an alpine lake.
I can truly say I had not seen true natural beauty until . . . . I went out and explored. I bet you thought I was going to say Paul, eh?
We have been to some incredible places together . . . some that I can’t wait to go back to, and some that I NEVER want to see again!
One of my favourite easy day hikes to do is located at Silver Springs Lake, near Elko, British Columbia. Silver Springs is a chain of three deep lakes, which is populated with cliff jumpers throughout the summer.
Dramatic cliffs line each of the lakes, and the scenery alone is worth the hike . . . not to mention the caloric burn!
Lining the lakes on one side is the path that winds along the shore of all three lakes. Talus lines the trail on many parts, and the trail is well travelled . . . but can sometimes be hard to find when you’re scrambling over exposed bedrock. Look for the trail inukshuks to guide you at certain points.
We went out on this hike with another couple and their dog, Buddy. It was nice to have some company as P and I are usually out traipsing around the country side alone with Ruby . . . our bear bait! I’m just kidding, it’s really Paul. I can run faster than him. I hope.
Along the path is some beautiful vegetation . . . I have NO IDEA what any of these plants and flowers were, but I thought they looked pretty. Maybe someone does?
Our day was overcast, as you can tell, on the way out to the third lake. We briefly stopped to take a break, turned around, and the sky opened up. It DUMPED on us the entire way back, and I unfortunately had to put the camera underneath the rain cover in my backpack. If it hadn’t of been such an ugly day, I definitely would have cliff jumped from the third lake! It’s my favourite spot to do it. The cliffs are lower, and there is never as many people as there is at the first lake.
The hike is the perfect one for a day half day hike to get your legs going. It is flat, with the exception of the beginning of the trail, where it is straight up a creek bed! But don’t be turned off by that, it’s worth the climb.
This is the view from the top of the cliffs at the first lake, and is the most popular spot for cliff jumping. You can’t really tell how high it is, but when you look over the side, it’s HIGH!
Christmas Eve dinner. Christmas Day brunch. Boxing Day treats. New Years Eve indulgences.
Sin. Sin. Sin. Sin.
Well, at least in the Cookies, Cupcakes and Cardio world they’re called sins.
The mantra is “You have to spin to sin” here at CCC.
Here is the remedy for all of your “Oh, I shouldn’t have” holiday luxuries.
Haven’t Met You Yet – 4:05 – Michael Buble- warm up, light, relaxing start to the class. Add a full turn and stand up half way through.
Dancing On My Own – 4:51 – Robyn- Seat/Hover/Stand, 30 secs slow then 20 secs fast while seated. Turn tension up full turn, then hover for 30 secs slow, 30 fast, full turn up, stand 30 slow, 30 fast, full turn, seated etc.
Get Shaky – 2:56 – The Ian Carey Project-30 secs fast, 30 slow in the position of your choosing.
Lost – 4:38 – Crash Karma- 2:00 road pace, at 2:00 turn up 1/2 turn, at 2:15 standing surge for 45 secs. At 3:00 add half a turn, 3:15, standing surge! Repeat for minute 4.
Remedy – 3:25 – Little Boots- Tension sprint 20 secs turn tension high while sprinting, 10 sec recovery. Repeat.
Forever Is Over – 3:23 – The Saturdays- Regular sprint. 20 on/10 off
Rhythm Of My Heart – 4:15 – Rod Stewart- Find comfortable road pace for 2 mins. At 2 min mark, endurance sprint to the end of the song!
Giving Up The Gun – 4:46 – Vampire Weekend- Standing RUN! Get up, be quick! You can add some one handed running, some pick ups, even some LOW running.
Look For Me – 3:28 – Chipmunk Feat Talay Riley- 20 jumps, 30 second rest. Repeat.
Million Dollar Bill (Frankie Knuckles Radio Mix) – 3:16 – Whitney Houston- We’re doing the wave with this one peeps! Starting from the left, person A stands up for 20 sec, person B joins in standing, then C etc. Once the whole class is standing, A will then sit down, then 20 secs later B sits etc. Think a slow motion wave at a hockey game.
Green Eyes – 3:43 – Coldplay- Hover – Keep that butt stretched out over the seat for the duration of the song. Tension 8/10 with a full turn up at the 2 min mark.
Inside Out – 3:39 – Eve 6- Card Game! Instuctor hands out cards with tensions written on them “7/10″ or “9/10″ for example. The card that you get is the tension your bike needs to stay at the whole time! 8 count speed bursts every 45 seconds.
Somebody To Love – 3:41 – Justin Bieber- Card game again, this time switch cards with the person(s) beside you. Set you tension, and speed bursts are 16 counts this time!
Pencil Full Of Lead – 2:27 – Paolo Nutini- on you own…pick you position and tension.
Chasing Cars – 4:28 – Snow Patrol- Cooldown and stretch
My tried and true spinners who were out tonight (the ones who could teach the class themselves) said “Was that an hour? It didn’t feel like it!”
That is the greatest sign of a good playlist Have fun with it.
I’m off to bed as I’m teaching again tomorrow morning at 6:00am! Less than a 12 hour turn over. Whose idea was that? Wish me luck.
This morning was our last spin class before the Christmas break. Woohoo? It’s like a double edged sword. It’s great to have a break from teaching, but at the same time, the season of gluttony is before us and like my tagline says . . . “You have to spin to sin!” I still have 17 more runs to fit in, so I’m not too worried about my lack of spin. Paul and I are also about to head out for a hike this afternoon, so my cardio component for today is definitely pretty good!
Here’s what we did this morning . . . one of my new favourites! I’ve posted this playlist before, but to make up for that I have added the artist names in so you can actually find the songs if you’re looking for them.
Duration 60 mins
Remember to keep the beat of the songs
I Need You Now (Agnes) – 3:07 – warm up, release tension
All Night Long (Alexandra Burke ft Pitbull)- 3:49 – 20s each position (seated, hover, stand)
Catalyst (Linkin Park) – 5:40 – 6/10 very quick, standing, increase tension every minute and keep the cadence!
Get Through This (Art of Dying) – 2:28 – sprint, 10 sprint, 20 off
Airplanes (B.o.B. ft Hayley Williams) – 3:01 – seated flat, find a comfortable gear for a good strong road pace, increase speed every minute, last minute BREAKAWAY!
Around the World (Daft Punk)- 7:28 – Birthday drill – standing jog, high tension, when it’s your month, take a break, 30s each month
Good Luck (Basement Jaxx)- 3:37 – 20s sprint, 10 off
Dog Days are Over (Florence and the Machine)- 4:13 – continue from previous song, but standing!
Lost Highway (Bon Jovi)- 4:15 – climb in students choice of position, every minute, full turn up
Summer of ’69 (Bryan Adams) – 3:34 – slides with 5 second pickups in slide position
Teenage Dream (Katy Perry)- 3:48 – standing jog with seated sprints @ :51-1:24, 1:55-2:27, 2:52-3:24
Piece of Me (Britney Spears)- 3:32 – Hover
Little Lion Man (Mumford and Sons) – 3:28 – seated flat, find a comfortable gear for a good strong road pace, decrease speed every minute, last minute begin cooldown
October (Broken Bells) Cooldown and Stretch
It’s a good thing I got my spin in this morning, because I have spent the last couple of hours making my Christmas Baking To Do List! It’s a long one folks
Have a great day!