Monday, March 9, 2009

Operation: Don't Get Dropped in Florida

This time next week I'll be in Florida at the cycling camp....  which means that this time this week I am pretty super busy trying to get a whole bunch of things done before leaving.


First things first though, I have to send out a "congratulations" to all of my friends who competed at the UBC Triathlon on Sunday.  There was a HUGE Innovative Fitness contingent, as well as a friend or two from my masters class and several readers of MJ Racing.  I didn't hear of any disasters or frostbite....  it was -2ºC to start the day, which is fine weather for running around in a wet bathing suit.

Normally spectating at a race leaves me feeling a little lazy....  I like to be out there competing with everyone else.  This time I am not too worried about it - I have been laying down the miles on the bike.  I have been on the road or spinning 8 out of the last 10 days.  Operation: Don't Get Dropped in Florida is in full effect.

Sean has me on a steady diet of cycling with only a smattering of other activities.  It feels good and I am loving being on the bike these days.

So... given that I opted out of the race on Sunday I inflicted a long ride upon myself (out to UBC to cheer the racers) followed by a beautiful hike in Lighthouse Park with Mattias and Viggo.  V rode on my back and slept the whole way which was pretty awesome.  Aia was with her mom at Annie...  the play.  You know, "It's a Hard Knock Life..." no?  Never mind.

I took a bunch of pictures and Mattias packed along a camera too - he is getting excited about photography (Click to enlarge):


My favourite of the day...  Give me an angry sky and a camera and there's going to be A LOT of photos to choose from!

Mattias posing...

Viggo may not have had the best view...  I didn't realize I clamped him in there quite so tight.  Oh well, it was cold out...

Wide angle lens...  For all of you out of town readers:  The point of land way off in the distance is UBC - where I was for the triathlon earlier in the day.  It is about a 1.5 hour ride to get out there...

That's the Lighthouse at Point Atkinson

Mattias and Hewitt (dog-in-law) in the trees

Photo credit:  Mattias

On the way to the park....  Viggo strapped in.
It isn't nearly as warm as it looks...

Mattias likes running and leaping from rock to rock.  For the life of me I can't understand why he hasn't broken an ankle yet but I don't want to be the dad that tells him to "take it easy" all the time...


Dog glamour shot...

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14 comments:

Chloe said...

WOW! What wonderful pictures! Thank you so much for sharing!!

RunningLaur said...

Those are some great shots.
Good luck with all of your last minute cycling before heading South!

Ulyana said...

Those photos are amazing! Time well spent!

You gonna rock Florida!

Marcy said...

Oooooo I love that first shot! Very cool! Just out of curiosity what camera are you using with those? (Did you tell us already? You'll have to forgive me if you did. I have the memory of an 80 yo old lady LOL)

MJ said...

My shots were taken with a Canon EOS 5D MkII with a 17-40 wide angle lens.

Mattias was using my Lumix FX 35 which I did post about a few months ago. So you're not going crazy!

Cheers,

Chad in the AZ Desert said...

Those are wonderful pictures. Good luck with Operation DGDiF.

BreeWee said...

OH MY GOSH! I LOVE LOVE LOVE those fotos, amazing! Totally beautiful scenery... I am in awe! Oh, you son and dog LOOK GREAT too.... LOVE it!

ENJOY Florida!!

Eileen Swanson said...

I love these pics!! Last shot is beautiful ;-)) Who's in your pack?

MJ said...

Viggo is riding in the pack.... It's pretty hard to put that pack on with the baby in it by yourself. That's why he is clamped inside too tight - my mistake ... oops.

Jo Lynn said...

Great photos. I love the wide angle lens one. You had it all there - water, trees, lighthouse, kids, dogs. Gotta love it!

Missy said...

Those pictures totally rock. I swear I wasn't sure what was in your backpack...a little squished head, apparently;) ...happy kids and a happy dog too...what more can you want?

Ryan Denner said...

the first and last photos of mattias are incredible. I'd almost ask if you used a graduated filter, but it was the sunlight and clouds that made them so cool...

Jan said...

Awesome pics, Meyrick! I also did a double take into the backpack....(smile)....this a great shot to show his girlfriend when he's 16! Mattias is so...oo..o cute AND athletic like his Daddy. The dog-in-law (I love it!) is so cool. I adore Goldens & miss our "baby" every day. We'll all be thinking 'bout you in Florida, Meyrick. Good luck & enjoy the WARM sunshine!!

Mike said...

Great shots of the sky! My cousin and I used to jump from rock to rock as well, I remember my aunt calling us gazelles before I ever knew what that meant. :) Ankles of iron!