The Hike…

If you see my training log (lower right column), you will see that I haven’t been active for the holidays.

On Tuesday, I spent an enjoyable evening with my cousins. Our family had a tradition to go to them during Christmas. My cousins were about my age. The older one got marry in Sept and I checked out their new condo.

It was nice to hear how they are doing. We ended the night watching movies and playing Wii. When you have four guys who play a lot of video games, it can become very competitive. My right arm is still sore from that night.

Yesterday, as everyone was busy shopping, I headed out for a run/hike. I needed it. All the busy-ness from the holidays, I needed the solitude.

I went along Credit River trail. During summer, I ran there all the time.

It is rare to find a good trail living in the suburbs. Because the trail is situated along the river, it is naturally a ravine. This is great as it blocks the city noise.

Due to the flunctuation of warmer and cooler weather, the trail became icy. There was a portion of downhill where I fell on my butt and let myself slide down.

I am blessed to see three deers. I spotted one on the other side of the river stopping to get a drink. He saw me instantly. As I moved closer, I noticed he had two other companions. They looked small. I suspect they were not fully grown. Two of them had antlers.

It made me happy to see such wildlife in the city.

I whistled to get their attention. In turn, they run away. As they galloped, their tails were white. So I figure they were white tail buck.

As I left the trail, a car got stuck in the parking lot. It took me and two other guys to push the car out of the snow.

I went home and spent 30 min riding on the Dual :). It felt nice.

Been thinking and reflecting the past year and the coming year.

I am grateful for having a great holiday. It ended just as fast as it begins.

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