Get Fit this Fall

To our local athletes in Hawaii, a big congratulations on your achievement in getting there, and best wishes for a phenomenal race day!  For others, the season is behind us, and the off season is well underway.  What a great time to forget about super specific race/event goals, and enjoy the variety of activities the area has to offer: mountain biking, trail running,  hiking.  It’s a great time of year to be active and enjoy sport simply to enjoy movement, spend time with friends, work on something that gets neglected (or isn’t appropriate) during high volume training, or try something new.

I went back to the gym yesterday, am excited to attend a core/stretch class once a week, and will head to the pool to swim today because I love to swim, and for the first time in a long time, without the number 3.8 in my head.  My active something new this year will be skate skiing, and I’m starting from scratch, only having been on a pair of classic skis once in the past 20 years.  We have skipped the downhill passes this time around, it was the kids idea, they are super excited to give skate skiing a full season try.  I will have to work hard to keep up with the 3 boys who are all very strong skaters on the ice.

On that note, here are a few fun fall events/programs to keep you busy:

Vernon Masters Swim Club – starts today! 

Coach Laura Tues/Thurs 8:15-9:15pm

Coach Mel Wed/Fri 6:30-7:30am or 7:30-8:30am, Sun 8-9:30am or 9:30-11am (no turkey day swim).  I’ll be filling in this week while Mel supports her athletes in Kona.

Skip the line at the front desk and register here:  (Put a note in the ‘additional comments’ section to add your pool pass).

Off Season Cycling – Intro this week, Full program starts Oct 15 (Tues) & Oct 17 (Thurs).

This time of year it’s fun, social, good music, and don’t worry, it’ll be a workout too.  Again, skip the line at the front desk and register here:  Never been to an off season cycling class?  No worries!  Intro session this week, Oct 10, 5:30pm register thru above link, or at Rec Centre main office.  The intro session will cover – setting up the bike on the trainer, different working positions, a little bit of shifting techniques, and I’ll go over what to expect in a regular class.  Everything you need to know, and a chance to try it out before committing to the regular 10 week session.

Tuesdays – Coach Denise @ Harwood School – must bring own trainer

Thursdays – Coach Laura @ PV Gym 5:30-6:45pm.

NEW! After cycling strength/flexibility/core/stretch class.  All the stuff we know we should do on a regular basis, now available when you are already dressed to workout and same location. 7-8pm with Sue Cairns. It’s called Shape your Buddha and you get a discount on the class if you’re registered in cycling.  It’s good stuff.  Register thru Rec Centre.

And Finally!  Kal Park Cross Country Run – 9.5k or 2.5k Fun Trail Run Oct 27th.

For the second year in a row, I am volunteer race director for the Kal RATS for this one.  Scenic & challenging course, exactly what a cross country run should be.  This race is sanctioned by BC Athletics and is in the Interior Running Association XC Series.  Course is well marked, and costumes are encouraged.


Save the day and plan to race the 9.5k, try out the 2.5k, or volunteer. Contact me at lauramedcalf (@) to volunteer.

That’s all for now, see you out there!