Showing posts from August, 2018

Blackspur: A Star Wars Story

A long time ago, in an ultra marathon far far away............ BLACKSPUR  The Province of British Columbia is on fire smoke from the fires has filled the air and blotted out the sun. The Sith Lord Brian of Gallant has seized the opportunity to enslave  a group of runners in the town of Kimberley. His Sinister empire has begun construction of  a 'Blackspur'. Plans for the Blackspur have been leaked to the runners however and a plan begins to overthrow the Sinister Empire and conquer the Blackspur has begun. EPISODE 1 The Smoky Menace Episode 1 is a flaming heap of garbage. This race has 6 episodes/legs (everyone knows that 6 episodes is the most episodes any series can have, and anything that comes after that will wreck the series, and feels like a cash grab...Yes, I have issues).  The smoke was bad.  The Air Quality Index looked more like a temperature gauge in death valley than a 0-10 meter. Runners lined up at the base of the ski hil

The Canadian Death Race (The Race from Hell)

( The following is an unedited, energy drink fueled brain dump.  It may be choppy, and rambling) THE FOLLOWING IS RATED 14A AND MAY CONTAIN SCENES OR ELEMENTS SOME READERS MAY FIND DISTURBING .  READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED. Redbull Fueled 17:09 finish Starting these posts is always the hardest part.  I guess the best place to start would be at the beginning. Date:  Sometime before registration closed Time: Sometime before bar close Place: Bridge Bistro, Fernie, BC I had registered for the Sinister 7, and the Blackspur Ultra, earlier in the season.  I had completed the Canadian Death Race (CDR) the year before, and had sworn to NEVER.  EVER.  EVER.  run it again.  I had a decent time, and had no desire to suffer needlessly.  If I wanted to suffer for no reason, I heard Taylor Swift had a new album.  But there I was.  Sitting on a patio, drinking some amazing Fernie Brewing Company craft beer in the summer sunshine, when my lovely wife brought up the subject. I