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Powerlifting teaches more then you might think…

July 21, 2013

Running away to join the Circus!

April 11, 2013

Steve and I have decide that at least once a week we are going to make a point of experiencing something new. This week we have 2 events lined up, the first one was last night and it was wonderful!

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We ran away to the circus! Actually, we took the C-train.. but you get the point.

Cirque du Soleil was in town with their production of Amaluna. I have been to a few Cirque shows and their ability to capture my imagination and take my breath away is always astounding!

Today at Up! Everyone who went to the show is talking about the woman who balanced the bones/branches.

I was amazed with Lara Jacobs and the branches.. which to me seemed like bones. Picture the bones of a whale, some small some huge all scattered on the ground and you were picking them up piece by piece (with your toes) and putting them back together, without the use of ligaments and skin.. it was a huge feat of balance and grace! Cirque does an amazing job of showcasing the most amazing acts.. she was wearing a microphone and all you could hear was her breathing. All of a sudden it was clear. All those times you have heard someone say.. “just breath through it” be it for pain, focus or strength, it all suddenly made sense. We were captivated. Breathing with her and focusing with, and for her. The energy was fabulous.

Please get tickets and enjoy all this wonderful production has to offer! I have only touched on one amazing act, the show has so many! I could write countless blogs from the girl on toe shoes walking the high wire, to the ladies flying through the air, the juggler, clowns, rope tricks, unicycles, thunder and lighting and fish tanks. Plus the MUSIC! It appeared to be an all female band that just rocked, it me there was a bit of a Prince influence.

Something else of note.  In the gym we often talk about the difference between strength and just looking strong. You would expect all these wonderful athletes and artists to look “ripped.” Not so. They are all strong and powerful looking, from the tiniest to the largest but really only a few looked “ripped” a la selfie pictures your gym rat friends take of themselves in the bathroom mirror.

…. and if you are wondering.. yes I am working on a powerlifting act.. but I have a way to go.. 🙂 Like as in another lifetime..

LINKS:

Cirque Du Soleil ~ AmaLuna on Now until May 19th.

More on Lara Jacobs ~ Balance Goddess you can also find her on twitter: @swisslara

Just for fun: A few years ago I did get to go behind the scences with Cirque and have some fun on a trampoline and a few other things

 

 

Sprinting!

April 06, 2013

OK.. before I get into the sprinting stuff just an FYI: Thursday morning I woke up and my inner 13 year old was screaming, pissed off and irrational, all be it for a good reason. I promise a blog on that bit of fun later. 

 

Now my “Sprint Mechanics Session” with the lovely Valentina Romanov. (Great name eh?) I was pretty nervous going in, plus I had a secret that even my conditioning coach (Michele Helmeczi) didn’t know.

The secret… as I kid I LOVED sprinting. I didn’t do it much because most of the gym time was spent doing longer distance running and I ALWAYS came in last.. huffing and puffing, red in the face, clumsy, embarrassed and generally discouraged. So I never mentioned to anyone that if all I had to do was 30 meters I would happily harness every bit of power my stocky legs had and give ‘er sh!t! I wasn’t very fast even at the short distances but something inside me always said I could be.

So here I stand at The Athlete Factory with more or less a bunch of kids.. who’s parents (that I am older than) sitting on the sidelines watching.

It was awesome.

While I did feel awkward, as in REALLY REALLY awkward, even worse then when my husband tried to teach me to swing dance awkward, I didn’t feel that deep embarrassment. You know the kind, that feeling that settles into your core and you can’t shake it for the rest of the day.

Yes, everyone in the group was faster, more experienced and seemed more coordinated. Yes, a bunch of coaches were shadowing the class and yes a group of parents were watching.

BUT

It is fun.

I can see how this was going to help with my goals and on top of that I was learning something that I wanted to learn in grade 7 but didn’t have the courage to persue because I had the belief that you didn’t try something unless you had an obvious talent for it.

Will I ever be known as Susan “Flash” Knight? Probably not.. at least not for sprinting skills, but I am going to get faster and it’s going to be fun learning the how and why!

WAIT! One other AWESOME thing. Track spikes. If I keep this up there will be a very cool new pair of shoes to add to my collection of cute sport stuff! Check out this video and Michele will tell you all about them:

 

One quick note.. if someone says to you… “Hey! Let’s try…..” Please do. Even if it is just once. It doesn’t matter if you are 7, 18, 26, 44 or more.. you seriously have nothing to lose!

An Epic Christmas Adventure!

January 02, 2013

Originally this Christmas Steve and I were going to be in Kelowna for a friends wedding, the wedding date was changed and we both had time off so another plan was hatched, this plan involved a road trip, to Ontario!

We only had so many days and we wanted to be at my sisters for Christmas Eve and stay to celebrate my Dad’s 70th birthday so we traveled to London Ontario thru the States and drove non stop, the trip home was done through Ontario and we stopped to sleep every night.

My sister is one of the hardest people to surprise in the world. I wasn’t sure of we would be able to do it. Here’s how the trip to London went…

http://youtu.be/7A-RSpwbhbM

Hour 4. Post Snow Storm.

http://youtu.be/5LlGqeNoVrI

What! Dog River!!

http://youtu.be/sLuABt0IVJg

Border has been crossed. I think.

http://youtu.be/QNc04dQaBFk

Day Light! I also seem to be a bit confused.

http://youtu.be/ind_l3YKpHQ

It’s an Oasis!

http://youtu.be/DJyuoxyVjpU

Chicago!!!

http://youtu.be/KfM55AuWbAc

Crossing the state line!

http://youtu.be/PDfICKgLUS8

Woot Woot! Heading back into Canada!

http://youtu.be/H9dTewCaE6I

Has my sister figured it out?

http://youtu.be/upPd9BSllKY

We have arrived…

http://youtu.be/Rod5P0DQeOY

Here we go…. did we pull it off?

http://youtu.be/OthsALMF1uc

We did it! The Trip back home to Calgary through Canada was amazing! Northern Ontario (while HUGE) is just beautiful! The only trouble spot was when we ended up on a ditch about 100K outside Calgary… yours truly was driving a bit too fast for the conditions. A lovely family from Saskatchewan stopped and had a tow strap and a big truck that popped our little car out no problem!

Merry Christmas! 🙂

 

 

This seems Monday worthy :)

June 04, 2012

“Optimist: someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it’s a cha-cha.” – Robert Brault

and just for fun.. here is Steve and I doing a Cha Cha to help raise money for the Kelowna Hospice.. be warned.. it’s kinda unique..

We all need to be reminded sometimes…

September 19, 2010

Enjoy the weekend!

September 19, 2010

Friday Feel Good! Here is a smile to take you into the weekend!

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