My early morning trainer ride was spinning along all the while I looking out the front window at a cornucopia of weather right before my very eyes. Who needs TV, DVD or anything else for that matter, when you look out the window at rain, sleet, fog, sunshine ~ repeat! The weather was not looking promising for our get together.
When I threw out the idea of our snow-shoe, I included a Pot-Luck East Indian theme for the fare. What better way to get the creative juices flowing than by challenging everyone to come up with some delectable delights. So far, my procrastinating ways have not changed in 2012 but luckily for me, there is a new East Indian grocery store in the plaza where I work, so with ingredient list in hand I scoured the shelves looking for spices I've never even heard off. I picked up everything required to make the Mango Cucumber Potato Salad, Mango Salsa and I cheated and bought a very spicy Lime Pickle. All the while I was in town, it was in fact raining and sleeting, aggghhhh, all I could do was continue with my Full Moon chant and prayers to the weather Gods. During my drive home the weather and the wind was shifting, you could feel it getting colder and when I finally arrived home with my bundle of groceries it was starting to snow! YES!
While I was preparing the recipes I kept going to my back door and peering out I finally saw what I'd wished for all day!
|The Moon Dance paid off!|
It was so great to catch up with everyone! This was the group I'd met so many years ago when we all started running at the Running Room. Albeit they are much younger and faster runners, it is just amazing that we have kept in touch over the years. Running and Triathlons seem to make an unbreakable bond.
|Our gracious host's beautiful Christmas Tree|
|Heading into the night|
|A quick regroup|
|it was getting colder|
|breaking a new trail|
|ski's are just fine too!|
|where I live is gorgeous|
When we emerged from the bush it was really cold and very windy, many had thought that they'd over dressed for the event, but once we were back in the open everyone was scrambling to zip back up their jackets and pull their toques down further on their heads.
Once back at the house the food prep was in full swing! Every element on the gas stove was in use, the oven was on heating up nan bread, delicious aromas were wafting through the air and believe me, just hearing the laughter, the tales of first time snow-shoer's, toasting the new year and hearing all about their Ironman training made it all worth while. What a great way to kick off 2012! Wishing all of you great success while getting ready for Ironman Mt. Tremblant! See you out on the roads and at the pool!
Life's fun if you don't weaken,