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This is what I’m up to right now…..it’s just posted on my other blog!! ❤

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Well here I am, in the Sea-Tac airport, gate B. I’m pretty sure I’ve spent at least 20 hours in this particular terminal, it always seems to be the one I fly out of. I’m so very excited to be off on a new adventure, I can’t even explain it. It was definitely hard to say goodbye to all my friends in Victoria but I’ll be home soon enough and I’m just so beyond thrilled to be embarking on this journey. Now, if you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that almost every time I travel, I have a super amazing time in the airport/customs, and feel the need to go on and on about it. Well this is another one of those times, so if you don’t want to hear how much fun I just had in customs, maybe go ahead and skip to the bottom. You…

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Summer adventures!

I had such an amazing summer full of friends and fun and adventure. I feel like there’s a million adventure days I haven’t shared, so here’s one!! A lovely co-worker of mine has a cabin on Shawnigan Lake so one sunny afternoon, she invited some of us up for sea dooing and wakeboarding and boating!! So much fun!! We really do live in one of the most amazing places in the world and it’s so nice to get to enjoy it!!

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These are some photos from my sister’s blog from her music party!! Just one of the many spectacular events going on before the actual wedding day!

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Some images from my second wedding party. We danced all night, ate amazing food, and I got a chance to practice speaking Hindi, although it’s more of a party trick than actual conversation!

xo
Alana

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My lovely sister and I have been doing lots of fun things this summer, check out this blog post of hers!!

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If you need me, I’ll be hiding among the lavender with my sister Erica! Don’t come find me!

Happy weekend!

xox

Alana


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Michael Lake Cross Country

Well it’s been a pretty hectic few weeks!!! Since I’ve been injured and not allowed to run, it means I can’t focus on triathlon, so instead I’ve been focusing on horseback riding. It’s been better for my ankle overall and still lets me feel like I’m training. I’m still bike riding and swimming, but running is totally out of the question, I mangled my ankle very badly. So focusing on riding has been really saving me while I recover and I’m so happy to be doing it. I adore riding, and I’ve been very lucky to be riding some amazing horses. One of which is Rylin. He’s an amazing horse, so talented, has tons of jump and is very athletic. He’s a bit of a chicken, but that’s ok because I’m brave enough for both of us, and he’s got so much heart that when I tell him something is safe to jump, he’ll go for it with everything he has. Recently we went on a barn trip up island to Michael Lake Equestrian Centre, which is a stunning facility with a beautiful cross country field. We camped over night and rode two lovely days in the field. For those of you who aren’t familiar with cross country, it consists of a very large winding field with natural type obstacles, like ditches, large ponds, stone walls, logs, stacks of logs, and trails through forests. Generally, our hunter/jumper horses don’t see a lot of those kinds of obstacles and don’t get to play in a giant open field, so the cross country experience can be tough. Our horses all rose to the challenge and were amazing for both the days. We got some amazing photos and had the most wonderful time!!!

Check them out!!!

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Jumping the skinny jump is a lot harder than it looks!!!

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Can you see the dog in this photo?? she’s there!!

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My coach and her amazing 4 year old, Roulette!!!

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The crew after a lovely ride, headed back to the paddocks and camp site!!

WOW!

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Look what that guy did, to gain some attention during 2003 Tour de France. Of course he ended up in hospital, but he gained his 15 minutes of glory

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For the love of shine

Hi, my name is Erica and I’m a jewellery junkie. Bracelets, rings, necklaces, bangles, earrings, pretty much anything shiny. Like a crow. I’m ok with it, in fact, I’m proud of it. Nothing makes me happier than layering some playful wrist candy before I head out for my day of exciting adventures. Usually I’m training so much that lots of bangles aren’t practical, but yesterday was the most sacred of all days….SISTER DAY!! For the lovely miss Alana and I, sister day is very cherished time for us, we paint our nails, get dressed up, take photos in gardens, sing silly songs, watch our favorite shows, throw paint at eachother, pretty much just whatever we feel like! Yesterday, we did many of those things…and I put on some shiny bracelets!!

My lovely sister does such great work, doesn’t she!! Check out what she does on her blog: Dream Create.

 

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I particularly love wearing jewellery that has specific meaning to me, things that have a story or came from somewhere or someone important to me. The bracelets I’m wearing, from left to right; silver bangle, made by my mom; silver wire horseshoe charm bracelet, from a Disney merchandise store in Animal Kingdom; another silver mom-made bangle; red and rhinestone bracelet, made by my sister: silver feather bangle, another Disney find; ‘all good things are wild and free’ bracelet, etsy shop mstarbuck, and finally, white bead gold horseshoe charm, Ettika jewellery!

Friends and Photo shoots!

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You might remember a few weeks ago I did a photo shoot with the lovely Natasha Enquist and super talented photographer Darren Stone, well I got a few more images sent to me from the shoot, and looking at them just makes me so happy! We had such a great time, and now that Natasha is in Berlin, and soon I’ll be back in the US, it’s so nice to have some fun photos to enjoy that remind me of all the fun times we had!! Check them out!!

Tough Mudder

I know you’ve all been eagerly anticipating the Tough Mudder update and I’m ready to give it to you. First of all, I ADORED the atmosphere I found in Whistler during the race weekend because it was full of like minded people who are also into racing and health and the same things I am. Myself and my team stayed at the Westin and loved every minute of it. My friend works for them and took very good care of us while we were there. The challenge itself was amazing. I adore the idea of it, lots of teamwork, and for a good cause but also very physically and mentally challenging. For those who don’t know about it, this race is known as possibly the toughest race on the planet. It’s intense and painful and so awesome.

The official Tough Mudder Vancouver video came out today, check it out!!!

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I’ll post more photos later!! I managed to hang onto a disposable camera for the whole challenge, so I ended up with some great photos!

 

The Cankle

I have been a little absent for the last few weeks and I’m sorry about that….partially it’s because of an injury and partially I’ve been away. Let’s start with The Cankle. No matter how hard you try to prevent injuries as an athlete, it still happens. I work so hard to prevent injuries while I’m racing and training, and I very rarely injure myself during a race. However, two weeks ago, while walking back to my car with a coffee on my way to work, I tripped. Possibly on the air, possibly on an invisible cat, possibly on Doris Gravlin (don’t worry, she and I are friends, I’ve worked at the VGC for 5 years and we are very close.) Whatever it was, I flailed and sprained my ankle so badly that I was advised to not bear weight on it. This happened four days before Tough Mudder, which I wasn’t planning on missing. And I did not. But anyway, after this little mishap, my ankle swelled to a RIDICULOUS size, so much that I began calling it The Cankle, and making people do it’s bidding. Check it out…..

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So that’s The Cankle, and somehow the Cankle and I managed to run 18 km with 25 obstacles. More on that later. For all the other athletes out there who are cursing me for racing on this ankle, don’t worry, I’m paying for it now, but I’m stubborn and couldn’t not race. Sooo please forgive me, I’m a bad athlete, I don’t know how to rest.

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