I love watersports

Last night I was invited to go boating with Kent and Elizabeth, Evan and Vienna. Katie and Joshua also came along for the fun. It was a balmy 35° C and we got things off to a fun start with some tubing. Joshua and Katie both screamed in pure gleeful terror. I made the often done blunder of taunting the driver on my tube ride with Katie. What followed was a bone crushing sequence of waves, bumps and splashes that my back is still recovering from. I had a interesting moment where my fight or flight instinct kicked in and my body decided that flight was the best option as an impending sequence of pain loomed ahead on the lake and I found my hands releasing their firm grip allowing my escape into the watery abyss. Thankfully wakeboarding was far kinder to me later...

I was Running!

As previously mentioned I wanted to begin running again in preparation for a marathon in my future. Well the running began today with a whopping 2.3 km. I smirked as on about my 10th stride I felt something “different” in my left knee. This went away in short order but I had to laugh at my relatively young body feeling old for about 30 seconds. I had a invigorating time and think I could have done about 4 or 5 comfortably. We’ll see if I can stretch it out next week. I had flashbacks of Forrest Gump in the stretch home. A big thanks to Tonya my new running partner.

Fun Filled Week

This past week we spent an amazing 3 days at Echo Lake, Montana. Activities included: Swimming, Kayaking, Jet-Skiing, Wakeboarding, Tubing, Quadding on the ATV’s, putting together a playground and watching movies. Jam packed fun! Everyone got a ton of sunshine and the water was 80°F. Absolutely amazing.This is exactly what our family needed as I transition to the new job and the trip really got our summer off to an incredible start. Dylan learned how to wakeboard and it was a real treat to watch him. I even managed to get in some solid reading time on my Jack Canfield book and the New Testament and the Book of Mormon. We also went to the Calgary Stampede: The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. My In-Laws graciously got us tickets to the grandstand show which...

Treading Carefully

I’ve set some goals as alluded to in my previous post. One is very simple: Exercise for 15 minutes a day. That may sound so piddly, however I know it is easily achievable and realistic given my other competing aspirations. I’ve also realized that 15 minutes can easily turn into 30 minutes. So far so good and it feels rewarding to be doing something physically. To that end, I’m grateful for the treadmill Daria asked and received for her birthday, as well as the free weight set and bench bestowed on Dylan at a garage sale “clearance.” Everytime I see that weight bench (and use it) I think of my thoughtful siblings. Back in grade 11 they all chipped in and bought me a weight bench with a bar and weights. I’m still quietly...

Dylan’s Basketball

Dylan has now played in two basketball games this season with about 6 practices and seems to be enjoying his teammates and coaches. I like the coaches right now too. They play balanced lines and the league seems structured to change lines every 5 minutes or so by the referrees whistle. Dylan is learning and his court movement is improving each game. He’s got defense down pretty good and covers his man well. We are working on building Dylan’s killer instinct to rush the boards for rebounds. He is also a pretty good dribbler, though he plays forward so doesn’t handle the ball too much in games. He knows how to protect the ball and makes wise passes. It is incredibly weird to be sitting on the sidelines of your son’s basketball games instead...

One of the best buzzer beaters

Via Darren Barefoot’s site we find a link to an incredible shot. I too played something similar to basketball tonight. The team we played in intramural rec league was not incredibly coordinated and their defensive strategy consisted of a lot of shoving. There was a moment in the game where I got pretty ticked off at this player who kept laying on the cheap shots. Finally I resorted to animal instincts, threw an elbow his direction with a “mildly worded” caution to refrain from further harassment. Moments later a teammate of mine performed an incredible acrobatic crash to avoid the corner of the sideline stands literally sliding 15 feet across the front row on his back/side before stopping. Later on I sustained a few minor injuries (boo hoo hoo)...