Hi y’all. I’ve been somewhat absent for a while. It’s all that gardening, lawn mowing and outside adventuring taking up my time (and watching the Olympics most recently). Anyway, here are some points to get you up to speed since my last post (Summit Runnit):
- Drove 1400km south to visit my folks and adventure with Kobi. We paddled, biked, and ran lots. Kobi met her social media boyfriend Cash (@eastcoastlaine on Instagram) and they hiked and played on their first real date.
- Bought a fat bike and named him Fat Boy Slim. All my bikes are boys by the way. My tri bike is named Magnum (after the ice cream bar I eat after I ride) and my cyclo-cross is named Marcus. I like naming things. Recall my heel spur has affectionately been named Wolverine.
- Ran my one and only race of 2016 in early August, The Emperor’s Challenge, in Tumbler Ridge. First time I haven’t actually raced a race, but rather participated. I was so grossly undertrained for this one thanks to Wolverine. At least I ran it. I have to say it feels kind of nice not to run so hard that you feel like puking the entire time. I recovered much faster too. Wolverine still joined me as he likes destination runs, but I think our relationship is becoming a bit strained. I’m ready for him to leave, but he’s not. We need counselling.
- And, Kobi is still awesome and we’re still adventuring lots together.
There, now you’re up to speed. Now onto recent events, the black bear situation in this neck of the woods is something else this year. Every day for over a month now I have seen 1-2 bears and not while I’m out driving around, but while I’m out walking, running or biking. I can’t count how many times strangers driving by have stopped to warn me of a bear up ahead.
I’ve run into one big dude a lot. He scares me. He’s gone so far as snorting and growling at me when I’ve walked by him while he’s lurking in the woods. Kobi typically smells them first and warns me by getting in her puffy dragon pose and staring at one spot. She chases them when they come in her yard.
Another exciting near miss was a few weeks ago. I rode Fat Boy Slim to the lake and about 2 minutes ahead of me was a sow with 2 cubs. Kobi picked up the scent and went crazy. I was oblivious to the potential hazard and didn’t see mama and cubs. Fortunately there were some folks at the lake who had seen her and were quite concerned about our well-being and how we had made it to the lake in one piece. They put Kobi in the van and drove her out with their dogs and I rode like a maniac beside their van.
I have to say I’m really looking forward to winter. I’m so done with the bears.
What are your thoughts on large predators? Would you still go outside? Ever adventure too much with your dog? Do you like my fat bike/tractor?
Remember we’re on Instagram (@outdoorruning) and Facebook (Kobi the Adventure Dog) if you need a daily dose of Kobi!