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It was my birthday last week and totally contrary to my personality instead of heading out and hitting the trails I just hung out and took a day off.  It was awesome to sit back and relax with the knowledge of a weekend of biking just on the horizon.  This weekend past was the annual Silver Mtn Brewsfest.  Silver mountain is in Kellogg, Idaho and a great place to go downhill.  The Brewsfest is a super cool event; for less than the price of a regular lift ticket you get to ride the mountain bike trails, try out beers from 30 different breweries and listen to cool music. 

It is not the most extensive bike park you'll ever visit but the trails are fun and super long.  From the top of the world's longest single pole gondola back to the base you drop 2,200 ft, its a long way down!  Three runs and I was revved up and loving life but the body was tired and ready to eat some food and drink some beer.  The runs are a little bumpy but have fun flow, a few challenging sections and lots of smiles at the bottom.  The gondola ride gives the legs and arms time to recover then downhill we go.  To make it a full weekend you can stay on mountain and enjoy the water park too where they have the Flowrider so surfing and biking in one day is possible at Silver Mountain.  This is the second year I've attended and it is definitely an annual event; check it out next year we will be there!!  The more friends the more fun to be had!

After the weekend I was a little jaded, slightly stiff and in need of some yoga.  BettyGoHard and Kerry Yoga had our first Hiking and Yoga event on Monday night - what a way to start the week off on the right foot!  We hiked to the top of Raven Rock trail to the lookout overlooking the the town of Trail and the Columbia river - what a view!!  Overlooking the Columbia, Agathe led us through a half hour gentle yoga practice; normally I have trouble stilling my mind and really getting into my practice but with the wind blowing gently and the view of the mountains it was the best yoga I have done for as long as I can remember.  Thank you to the ladies that joined us and the cute guy at the bottom with the amazing quinoa fruit parfait it was the perfect way to end a perfect experience.  Next week we will be doing Elder Trail high above the Columbia on the other side of Trail.  Maybe I will see you there.

Have a great week

Betty

 

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What inspires you?  what is it that gets you out of bed in the morning and planning your next adventure.  It is amazing who you meet along the way and the stories they have of their adventures.  Keep posted to the betty blog for inspiring stories about Betties just like you getting out and having fun.

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Posted by on in Events - News and Results

giantlogoClinics/Camps:

·         Rossland

o   May 8th – Mothers Day Ride Clinic

o   May 27-29 - Cindy Devine Skills Camp

o   June 4th –Ladies Introduction to Off-Road Riding

o   June 5th – Ladies Park Clinic

·         Trail

o   June 4th – Ladies Introduction to Off-Road Riding

·         Nelson – Working with Gerricks Cycle to create clinics for Nelson

·         Kelowna

o   May 13–15 - Ladies Off-road Tri Clinic –focus on running and biking

o   June 11th - Ladies Intro to off road riding Clinic

·         Vernon

o   June 12th - Ladies Intro to off road riding Clinic

Weekend Retreats

·         Silver Star

o   July 15,16&17 – Fourth Annual BettyGoHard Loeka Silver Star Biking Weekend

Local Summer Camps

·         Rossland

o   July 5,6&7 – Rossland beg/int – 8-13yrs Girls

o   July 11,12&13 – Rossland int – 10-15yrs Girls

·         Trail

o   July 18,19&20 – Trail beg/int – 8-13yrs Girls

o   July 21&22 – Trail beg/int – 8-13yrs Boys

·         Castlegar

o   August 15&16 – Castlegar beg/int – 8-13 Girls

o   August 22&23 – Castlegar beg/int – 8-13 Boys

·         Working with Grand Forks Recreation & Gerricks Nelson to develop camps for Grand Forks and Nelson

Local Ride Series

·         Trail

o   April 6th – 27th  – Four Week XC Biking and Chocolate – strengthening and conditioning

o   May 11th – June 1st – Four Week XC Biking and Chocolate

·         Rossland

o   May 23rd - 13th – Four Week XC Biking and Chocolate

o   May 24th – 14th – Four Week Beginner Downhill Biking and Chocolate

o   May 26th – 16th - Four Week Intermediate Downhill Biking and Chocolate

Local Hiking Series

·         Trail

o   April 21st – 12th – Four Week Hiking Series

·         Rossland

o   April 19th – 10th – Four Week Hiking Series

·         Renata

o   August 13th & 14th – Camping retreat: Hike to the Natural Arch and Dogwood Falls on the Arrow Lake just North of Castlegar

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As humans we expect a lot of ourselves.  Regardless of what you do, striving to be the best you can be has its highs and lows.  I find it humbling to be put in a position where I do not perform to the level I expect of myself.  Regardless of the situation I have high expectations of my abilities and when I don’t meet those expectations I get discouraged.  A fun ride with friends can quickly turn into a competition of me against the world; it’s not that I am comparing myself to my friends so much as comparing myself to my unreasonable expectations.  Quickly that little voice in my head starts to berate me on not being good enough, fit enough, fast enough, ballsy enough whatever fits the particular situation.  Instead of giving up I have started to embrace these feelings of discomfort and use them to propel me to the next level.  It is also great to know how it feels to be left behind, without these experiences where is the motivation to keep getting better?

I don’t think it matters what level you are at, this happens to the best of us and as a beginner don’t forget that everyone starts somewhere, and for most there is always someone better.  It is important not to hold yourself back by thinking you are not good enough; honestly how are you going to get better?  If someone wants to get out and have fun with you that is what they want to do.  I have found time and time again that people will decline an invitation to get out stating that they are not good enough and they don’t want to hold me up.  That is not a good enough excuse.  So take on the challenge, embrace the discomfort and use it to your advantage.  One of the things I love about the BettyGoHard participants is the way they feed off of each other; all of them turn up thinking they will be the weakest member of the group.  Pushing those boundaries and challenging those assumptions is as easy as seeing another at the same level as you do something you never thought you would do.  That same competitive spark flares up and the rules of the game change.  Suddenly, things not imagined become possible and new doors open.  I dare you to feel uncomfortable and love it!    

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It’s the end of the season and many of us are heading off for our summer jobs, spring vacations or new adventures.  I find at this time of the year I am always amazed at how fast the season fly’s by.  One day I am saying hi to old friends in Ferraros the next I am saying goodbyes.  Some will come back and others won’t, such are the hazards of living in a town like Rossland.  In the past few years Ian and I have headed off to the USA Snowboard Association nationals, however due to Ian’s recent injury while competing at the X Games we are staying put this spring and I am reminiscing over last year’s trip.  It was one of the best trips I have ever had; my girlfriend and I headed down to Moab, Utah in her Westfalia Camper for some biking.  I spent my days riding with old friends and making new ones, enjoying every moment of girl energy on and off the trails.  Moab is a beautiful place to bike, hike and be outside.  It was three weeks of biking, with a couple of days of snowboarding in the middle to mix it up, all my favorite things in one trip.  It was a great way to kick start my biking season.   I learnt that’s what I need; puts me in shape, and gets my head in the game as well as my body and gets me so amped I have to go every day for the rest of summer!

Now the bike season is here it is time to step it up a notch and I have started to see the pleasure and benefits in a good spin class.  Nothing can beat the real thing though, even if I can’t get out on the trails just being on a real bike outside is invaluable.  For the past few years BettyGoHard has been offering a strengthening and conditioning ride series, we are doing the same again this year so check out the schedule online or get in touch with us to find out more.   

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With my feet firmly attached to my board, my mind has started to think summer.  Not that I am ready for the snow to be gone, I am hoping for many more powder days yet, but it is time to start planning.  Mountain Biking and Hiking thoughts have started to creep into the minds of many in town, especially after the last warm spell. 

BettyGoHard is looking to be busy this year; we will be continuing our local womens mountain biking and womens hiking programs and womens mountaing biking camps as per previous years with some new additions that we are really excited about.  Last year Trish at Mountain Nugget did an amazing job of looking after us ladies after our rides, serving delectable goodies, the best way to finish a good mountain bike ride I think.  So on that note, we will be continuing the womens mountain biking & chocolate series, both cross country mountain biking & downhill mountain biking beginner and intermediate.  I get excited just thinking about it, the girls are amazing, thanks to all of you that have joined us over the years.  And most of all thanks for the excuse to hang out with ladies that are so willing to give it a go; riding great trails followed by amazing food and yummy chocolate - perfect!  From the first Betty event I have been blown away by the increase in confidence girls get when they are out together and how inspiring they can be.

Another one of my favorite things about summer is getting out mountain biking with the younger girls and guys in town.  We are adding to our existing kids programs with boys mountain biking camps, clinics and an afterschool riding series with one of the local rippers in town.   We are also planning a mountain bike or hike on the Columbia Trail to Castlegar, for Silver City days Saturday.  And as that weekend is Mothers Day,  we thought we would put together a ride for the kids to get out on the trails with their Mom. 

That is just the start.  We have so many other events, retreats, camps and clinics planned I will keep you posted and hopefully see you on the dirt. 

 

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